The Firm

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 22

    Chapter Twenty-Two

    Aired 7/14/12

  • S 1 : Ep 21

    Chapter Twenty-One

    Aired 7/7/12

  • S 1 : Ep 20

    Chapter Twenty

    Aired 6/30/12

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    Chapter Nineteen

    Aired 6/23/12

  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Chapter Eighteen

    Aired 5/26/12

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Lucas

    Mitchell McDeere

  • Callum Keith Rennie

    Ray McDeere

  • Molly Parker

    Abby McDeere

  • Juliette Lewis

    Tammy Hemphill

  • Tricia Helfer

    Alex Clark

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  • show Description
  • Based on John Grisham's famous novel of the same name, the pilot episode will pick up ten years after the movie left off with Mitch McDeere coming out of the Federal Witness Protection Program after taking down a Memphis law firm run by the mob. Shortly after, he finds out that he and his family are in danger.

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    • Judge Louis Trott: Mr. McDeere, so nice of you to join us, only 50 minutes after I ordered you to.
      Mitch: I'm sorry, Your Honor, it's my daughter's birthday.
      Judge Louis Trott: Well, as a gift to your daughter, I'll refrain from holding her father in contempt.
      Mitch: She's 10 today, Judge, I promise you she holds me in enough contempt for the both of you.

    • Judge Louis Trott: Mr. McDeere, I take it you spoke to our young Mr. Heywood.
      Mitch: I did, Your Honor.
      Judge Louis Trott: And?
      Mitch: I'm in.
      Judge Louis Trott: Wonderful. So shines a good deed in a weary world. Mr. Heywood, you're a very lucky man, sir. You'll find a lot of good human beings in this courthouse and a lot of very talented lawyers, but what you won't find are many people who are both. You've got one here in Mr. McDeere. Trust his advice.

    • (after Claire's birthday party)
      Mitch: You know, I don't I have ever seen Claire so happy.
      Abby: (laughs) Makes no sense, how did two of the most independent people on the planet give birth to such a joiner?
      Mitch: Speaking of which, I was going to tell you this before but I knew what you'd say.
      Abby: Oh oh, that's never the start of a good conversation.
      Mitch: It's not a big deal.
      Abby: Let me guess, it's about that firm, the one you looked up on the computer.
      Mitch: Uh, you saw that?
      Abby: I teach fifth graders, babe, you don't move half as fast as they do!

    • (at Kinross and Clark's offices)
      Abby: Wow, look at this place, this is really beautiful.
      Andrew: Let me guess, you were expecting more mahogany and marble?
      Abby: I think so. (laughs) You know shallows and leather and at least one gargoyle.

    • Alex: You know I consider it a point of pride that I've never tried a case in front of a jury.
      Mitch: Is that true?
      Alex: Juries love facts, whereas I find facts often get in the way of a winning argument.

    • Bradley Halverson: So, Mitch, I wanted to ask about your practice.
      Mitch: Oh, sure.
      Bradley Halverson: Well, Andrew says you were once a money guy, bankruptcy law, tax. We could use you.
      Mitch: Nah, I considered it and actually I did do some tax work for a while, but it wasn't my thing.
      Bradley Halverson: Uh huh, and what particular thing wasn't your thing?
      Mitch: Ah, I don't know, waking up in the morning helping billionaires beat the tax code, that kind of thing.
      Bradley Halverson: Ah, I see, you're a moralist. So instead you spend your day defending criminals.
      Mitch: I spend my day making sure that no man's freedom or future is taken from them unjustly. We both defend criminals, Brad. The difference is I'll admit it to anyone and you won't even admit it to yourself.

    • Andrew: (to Mitch) Boundaries? That's not a word you use in a law firm, buddy, that's a word you use in couple's therapy!

    • Mitch: Your Honor, my client confessed to killing a dozen young girls, half of which the DA knows full well are very much alive.
      Judge Brandt: That you defense Counsel? He thinks he killed 12 but he only killed six.

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    Notes (66)

    • This episode is rated TV-14-V.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 8, 2012 on Global

    • The Pilot and Chapter Two aired as a 2-hour series premiere in a special Sunday 9 PM ET time slot. Chapter Three will air in the program's regular time slot of Thursdays at 10 PM ET.

    • Additional Credits for all Episodes:
      High definition laboratory / post production sound: Technicolor Creative Services - Toronto
      Insurance provided by: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
      Production Financing Provided by: National Bank of Canada
      Presented in: Dolby Digital
      Camera Systems by: SIM Video
      Lighting and Grip Equipment Provided by: William F. White Limited

      Promotional Consideration Furnished by:
      Hilton Hotels and Resorts
      Stantec Consultants Ltd.
      Thomson Reuters Westlaw

    • This episode is rated TV-14-V.

    • The Pilot and Chapter Two aired as a 2-hour series premiere in a special Sunday 9 PM ET time slot. Chapter Three will air in the program's regular time slot of Thursdays at 10 PM ET.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      USA: January 8, 2012 on NBC
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Thailand: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Singapore: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Taiwan: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Poland: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Argentina: February 19, 2012 on AXN
      Mexico: February 19, 2012 on AXN

    • This episode is rated TV-14.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Mitch tells us his father was killed in a mine explosion.

    • In the scene in which Ray and Mitch drive up to look for the switch car, we can see the intersection of Orbital and Explorer Drives. The intersection is located in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga and back on to the 401 Freeway, which is the major artery traversing southern Ontario and Quebec and connects Toronto with Montreal. In behind the 401 in this scene is Toronto's Pearson International Airport.

    • We learn that Abby's maiden name is Sutherland and that her parents' names are Harold and Maxine, who were born in Kentucky in 1948 and 1951 respectively. She has not spoken to them for many years due to, among other things, their dislike of Mitch and the boycotting of their wedding.

    • Mitch is seen wearing a WKU Hilltoppers t-shirt in this episode. The shirt is from Western Kentucky University located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Its athletic teams, the Hilltoppers, play in the Sun Belt Conference.


    • We learn in this episode that Alex Clark and U.S. Attorney Franklin Shore graduated from Georgetown and Diane Ruckeyser graduated from Yale.

    • The prescription Abby takes is Alprazolam, more commonly known in the United States as Xanax. It is in the benzodiazepine group of drugs, which can be habit forming and must be used with care. Alprazloan slows down unbalanced chemical movements in the brain thus resulting in a reduction in nervous tension. It is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders as well as anxiety caused by depression.

    • The framed saying on Judge Trott's wall reads:
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      To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
      Ralph Waldo Emerson

    • Tammy's full legal name is Tamara Inez Hemphill.

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    Allusions (7)

    • Mitch: We had to read this book in English, Native Son.

      Native Son, published in 1940, is a novel by American author Richard Wright (1908–1960). It tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old blank man living in poverty in the 1930s in Chicago's South Side ghetto who becomes a murderer and is sentenced to death. The best-selling novel is sympathetic to Thomas' plight, suggesting that his crimes were almost inevitable given the social conditions imposed on blacks.

      The novel is also controversial in that Wright was affiliated with the Communist Party of the U.S. In an article, Wright stated that blacks in America could be compared to communism's working c l a s s.

    • Johnnie Baston executed using pentobarbital
      Baston's execution on March 10, 2011, was the first in the U.S. where pentobarbital was used as a stand-alone execution drug. The sedative has primarily been used to put down animals.

      Baston was on death row for the 1994 shooting of 53-year-old downtown Toledo shopkeeper Chong Mah.

    • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals
      Formally known as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, this Federal court is located in Richmond, Virginia and holds appellate jurisdiction over district courts in the Districts of Maryland and South Carolina, the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina, the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia and the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia.

    • F.B.I. Special Agent Wayne Tarrance: We found Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Mitch McDeere in D.C., I like our chances.
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      Refers to Operation Neptune Spear, the United States special forces military operation executed around 1:00AM local time on May 2, 2011, on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid resulted in the death of mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

    • Susan McDougal did 22 months for refusing to cooperate with the Federal investigation of Bill Clinton.
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      Refers to the Whitewater scandal, a controversy that dogged then President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary. The is derived from the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture that began with real estate investments by the Clintons, Susan and her then husband James McDougal.
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      Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr was charged with the prosecution of Whitewater participants including Susan, who spent 22 months in prison for contempt of court when she refused to answer three grand jury questions regarding whether President Clinton lied in his testimony. She received a full Presidential pardon in January 2001.

    • Sonia: (to Mitch) Somewhere Pablo Escobar's mouthpiece must be so proud.
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      Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was a cocaine trafficking Colombian drug lord and head of the Medellín Cartel. At the height of his power, the Medellín cartel controlled some 80% of the world's cocaine market and Forbes magazine estimated his net worth in the range of US$3 billion.

    • Abby: I think underprivileged kids need laptops, not a cotillion.
      .
      The cotillion is a type of patterned social dance which originated in 18th century France. It has been suggested that it was a forerunner to, among other types of dance, square dancing.

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  • Fan Reviews (52)
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    By linserene, Sep 18, 2013

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