Justice (2006)

Season 1 Episode 3

Behind the Orange Curtain

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 13, 2006 on FOX
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Behind the Orange Curtain
TNT&G goes to Orange County when a bartender, who is employed at a restaurant co-owned by Ron, is accused of killing a runaway bride. Ron's certainty of a win begins to wane, however, when the team encounters the culture shock of Orange County.

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  • A bartender is accused of murder and they defend them?? Yeah sure on what planet?

    Another show another big parade of stereotype casting and acting. Nothing we havent seen before. The show moves so fast that there is no room for charactor development what so ever. And what is the use of showing us what "realy" happened at the end? Is it to let us believe that our heroes in this series are magical and are always right? Still lots of badacting and just for some very few hints here and there we still have no idea who the characters realy are. All we know is what we add ourselves and that is just stereotyping. Its also very easy on the writers who dont have to come-up with lots of background. Why still watch it then you ask? Well I also believe that that things can change for the better. And the series has potential if the just would slow down a bit, make two-parters instead of ramming all the info into 40+ minutes leave some room for the actors to expand their roles instead of playing on cruisecontrol. My prediction is that when the novelty wears of the whole series just dies a slow horrible death if they dont get cracking and start changing things around.

    As always this is my very personal opion.moreless
  • Los Angeles law firm defends working guy accused murderer in Orange County - the other possible suspects? Wealthy OC socialite businessman? hmmmmmm

    This was a great episode for me in particular. I grew up in and around Orange and Los Angeles counties... plus I have spent a fair amount of time around lawyers... this episode brought out what so many already know. The \"justice\" system really does work better for those with the ability to procure the better lawyer. That said, much of the behind the scenes, or rather courtroom, wheeling and dealing present in this episode is just like it really is in "real life" and was fairly portrayed. \"Justice\" is one new show I am hoping continues to develop along the path it has begun and avoids the axe. Studio folk - keep it going... I think this is a show that may move a little slowly in the ratings at first but will build up steam quickly as the watcher base grows and gets the word out.moreless
  • The other review was right, you either liked this episode or you hated it.

    The plot was good but I hated the way it ended. The groom watching his step father kill his soon to be wife. Hello, call off the wedding. The maid of honor was the one that got her killed. I loved that they told Ron Orange County people hate him.
  • This show is one that people will either love or hate. There is no middle ground which is why I am aready in love.

    Far too often shows take the middle ground to pull in the largest audience possible. It is like they are afraid to say the truth and tell it like it is... the law is often sleasy and unfair and that is the bottom line. So it is refreshing to find a show that is not afraid to show the bottom slease factor of law and make it fun to watch. If you don't like it, turn the channel but please I am begging Fox leave Justice where it is so that those of us who love honest jiggle factors can giggle, grin and wink at the turth of real Justice American style.moreless
  • The tactics and smarts of the characters are undoubtedly genius!!

    I have to admit the whole "bartender did it" scenario has been done but the writers, producers, actors, and everyone else involved added a lot of extras to make it stand out. The reason I wanted to watch was because of Kerr Smith. After watching the first episode, I absolutely loved the characters. In this episode, the lawyers' defense goes out the window when the body of the socialite is found. How in the world are they going to get out of this one? By using cool gadgets, great P.R., and smart expert witnesses. I thought using the strangling demo was awesome. I wonder if real lawyers use some of these high-tech tactics? The whole voice recognition with the anonymous phone call was also genius. Overall, great eppy. The technology helped the bartender which in turn helped us viewers out by wowing us with some cool stuff.moreless
Diego Torres

Diego Torres

Jake Garcia

Guest Star

Jeffrey Nordling

Jeffrey Nordling

OCDA Richard Lane

Guest Star

John Sanderford

John Sanderford

Walter Hall

Guest Star

Mark Deklin

Mark Deklin

Dr. Matthew Shaw

Recurring Role

Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis

Miranda Lee

Recurring Role

Katherine La Nasa

Katherine La Nasa

Suzanne Fulcrum

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The Orange County Sheriff's Department and "Central Justice Center" seen in this episode is not in Orange County, but is the former Ambassador College (built by the Worldwide Church of God under the direction of Herbert W. Armstrong). The building is in Pasadena, California, which is part of the Los Angeles County (not Orange County).

      The building seen as the Orange County "Central Justice Center" is the Ambassador Auditorium.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Alden Tuller: (about the missing bride) So where is she now?
      Ron Trott: Hiding. Once it hit the press, she was too embarrassed to come back -- like you were, Tom, when you pulled out of your wedding.
      Alden Tuller: What? You were engaged?
      Tom Nicholson: Briefly. You know how I get when I'm waiting for a verdict.

    • Alden Tuller: (about Dr. Shaw) Great our cute expert sees me dressed like my mother. I hate Orange County.

    • Ron Trott: (concerned because the practice scores are low) So what are you telling me? We can't try cases out of LA.
      Miranda Lee: Tom's sincerity works great everywhere. Luther's background as an ex-prosecutor gives him high numbers across the board. Alden has problems in the South and Midwest but you dress her right she's fine.
      Ron Trott: And?
      Miranda Lee: You're good in LA, Ron.

    • Ron Trott: You've prejudiced the jury pool against Jake enough. How about a little fair and balance here?
      Suzanne Fulcrum: Sorry Ron, different network.

    • (about Jake's girlfriend)
      Tom Nicholson: If she loves you, you won't lose her.
      Ron Trott: You can't. In fact, you're going to do whatever it takes to keep her by your side. Understand?
      Jake Garcia: I will. I love her.
      Ron Trott: Whether you do or not, act like you do.
      Ron Trott: ...But you're never going to keep her by blubbering like this, so man up. It's Orange County. The airport is named for John Wayne for God's sake. No whining.
      Tom Nicholson: Nice pep talk, Ron.

    • Ron Trott: Orange County is 35 miles from here, Tom. Are you telling me I don't know how to win a case because the courtroom is 35 miles away?
      Luther Graves: Orange County is more like 1,000 miles away.

    • Ron Trott: (to the press) We want to go to trial now.
      Alden Tuller: (quietly) Did Ron just commit us to going to trial in Orange County?
      Luther Graves: L.A., Orange County, Ron thinks we can win trials anywhere.
      Tom Nicholson: That's because Ron's never tried a case in Orange County. They don't like defense attorney's down there, especially L.A. defense attorneys.

    • Tom Nicholson: (about Beth) Did anything happen between the two of you in the car?
      Jake Garcia: No, she just wanted to talk.
      Luther Graves: About what?
      Jake Garcia: Wedding jitters. Cold feet about getting married. How her in-laws hated her. How she wasn't sure she wanted to settle down.
      Ron Trott: Why tell you? Did you know her?
      Jake Garcia: No, but I'm a bartender. Everybody always talks to me.

    • Tom Nicholson: Do you ever feel like Ron manipulates you?
      Luther Graves: All the time. How do you think he got me to join the firm?

    • Ron Trott: Put enough good questions together, you have a beautiful mosiac called "reasonable doubt." You just have to paint it right.

    • (after learning Beth's body had been found)
      Jake Garcia: ...But they have a REAL case now!
      Tom Nicholson: Yes, they do.

    • (upon learning Beth's body has been found)
      Ron Trott: So... Runaway bride is out.
      Tom Nicholson: Yeah, you think?

    • Luther Graves: The only thing the DA can prove is Jake's guilty of bad judgment. Like I tell my son, "Do not get into compromising positions with inebriated women."
      Tom Nicholson: Your son's five years old.
      Luther Graves: It's never too early to warn him.

    • Tom Nicholson: You want to plead him out already?
      Jake Garcia: I didn't kill anybody!
      Ron Trott: I'm not pleading anything out; I'm buying us time.

    • Alden Tuller: (to Dr. Matthew Shaw) My colleague, Tom Nicholson, likes to think all our clients are innocent; he's a romantic. I prefer to assume they're all guilty... it's less disappointing that way.

    • Tom Nicholson: Where you going?
      Ron Trott: Crystal Cathedral, as a guest of Reverend Shuller, then the Angels game. I'm sitting in Arte Moreno's box... I own a bar in Orange County, I want jurors down there to see I'm just like them -- a business owner, a Christian, and an Angels fan.

    • Alden Tuller: Killing your daughter-in-law because she wouldn't sign a prenup? I don't buy it!
      Ron Trott: Then you don't know enough rich people... money is exactly what they kill for.

    • Tom Nicholson: Offering a reward was a bad idea.
      Ron Trott: Why? If she's dead, we never have to pay. If she's alive, it's the best money we ever spent.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Airdates:
      United Kingdom – October 12, 2007 on LivingTV
      Czech Republic – October 5, 2008 on Prima
      Slovakia – June 8, 2009 on Markiza


    • Ron Trott: ...I'm sitting in Arte Moreno's box.

      Arturo "Arte" Moreno is the owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, formerly the Anaheim Angels, one of three Major League Baseball teams located in Southern California.

    • Behind the Orange Curtain is a mostly derogatory term used in Southern California to denote the border between Orange County and Los Angeles County. A lot of the scorn arises from the fact that Orange County is one of the few conservative bastions in historically liberal California. Some from the O.C. inhabitants use the term as a label of pride.

    • Ron Trott: ...How about a little fair and balance here?

      This is a rather pointed jab at the Fox News Network. "Fair and balanced" is its slogan, and Fox News claims to remain impartial on all news stories. However, it is frequently criticized for leaning in favor of conservative Republicans.

    • The title of this episode is a reference to the metaphoric "Iron Curtain" that separated democratic Western European countries from communist Eastern European countries after WWII. The term was first coined by Joseph Goebbels (Hitler's propaganda minister) and made famous by Winston Churchill.