Murder One

Season 1 Episode 23

Chapter Twenty-Three

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Apr 23, 1996 on ABC
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As the tape reveals the identity of Jessica's killer, Ted Hoffman needs to get it accepted by the court. Political ambitions of the D.A. make this more difficult than expected.

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  • How could any end be satisfactory?

    8.5
    At the end of the penultimate episode the lawyers at Hoffman & Associates apparently discover the identity of Jessica's killer when they watch a video. At the start of the last episode the writers do their best to keep that identity hidden though the characters continue to talk about the case and they discuss strategies. Cute at first, but after ten minutes it begins to get irritating.



    It's only after twenty minutes that the viewer is finally let in on the secret. Whether he likes the answer is a matter of taste, but I can applaud the writers for coming up with an unexpected resolution that does not contradict anything that came before, nor seems forced.



    Most of the episode is about trying to get the case settled satisfactorily. The political ambitions of the D.A. threaten to sabotage everything, but once Miriam Grass has thrown in the towel, Garfield's attempts come across as futile and petty.



    As often in this series, the scene about Hoffman's family life is the weakest link.moreless
Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Pat Ferguson

Guest Star

Lenny Wolpe

Lenny Wolpe

Ezra Nagle

Guest Star

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell

Dr. Paul Kressel

Guest Star

Gregory Itzin

Gregory Itzin

Roger Garfield

Recurring Role

Dylan Baker

Dylan Baker

Arthur Polson

Recurring Role

Joe Spano

Joe Spano

Ray Velacek

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hoffman: You said you're Neil's friend. You told me you're not my enemy and one day I would know that. This is the day, Richard. This is the day all the subterfuge, all the lies end.

    • Grasso: Judge, if I hadn't parked next to him in the garage, I would have suspected Mr. Hoffman rode over here with the cavalry.

    • Richard Cross: I was not telling the truth.
      Roger Garfield: Then you acknowledge you're someone who lies depending on circumstances?
      Richard Cross: I think we all do from time to time. Being a politician you should understand that better than anyone.

    • Roger Garfield: Isn't it possible you're delusional right now? That the testimony you've given here today has no basis in reality, but is a product of your worsening dementia?
      Richard Cross: Roger, I am as clear-headed today as I was three weeks ago when you asked me to give $50,000 to your re-election campaign.

    • Richard Cross: Mister Garfield, if you're asking if I'm dying for Neil's sins, the answer is no. I can assure you, I'm dying for my own.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the last episode in which Daniel Benzali, Grace Phillips, Stanley Tucci, Dylan Baker, Vanessa Williams, Patricia Clarkson and Jason Gedrick appear.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Lisa: If the tape's authentic, why isn't this Res Ipsa Loquitur? I mean, the tape speaks for itself.
      Chris: Tell that to Rodney King.

      The brutal arrest of Rodney King by the LAPD was filmed and shocked many Americans. When the police officers were later acquitted of any wrongdoing, riots broke out in Los Angeles.

    • Roger Garfield: Your client's about to be shipped to Folsom and suddenly you produce your own Zapruder film.

      The Zapruder film was the 8mm amateur movie made by Abraham Zapruder on November 22, 1963. It's the only existing film of the assassination of President J.F.Kennedy.

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