Season 2 Episode 12


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 04, 2014 on TNT
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Lewicki's brother, Kenny, makes a surprise visit. When he's later named as the suspect in a murder, Pierce's loyalties are torn between friendship and justice. An enticing offer makes Lewicki question Pierce's loyalty to him.

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  • Great episode

    A very interesting story exploring racism and a young man doing what he thinks is right to protect the friend who saved his life.
  • Wonderful twists and turns, but the writers really need to get a basic und

    Yet another outstanding episode of twists, turns, and cool hallucinations affirming yet again people living with mental illnesses can have wonderful, fulfilling, and productive lives!

    "Brotherhood" begins the process of exploring the past and present lives of the supporting characters and not just simply looking at crimes and the leading characters. This time around the writers give us a wonderful story by leading us and Dr. Daniel Pierce into the life (past and present) of Max Lewicki, At the same time, they leave enough room undistributed so we look forward to learning more about him in the future.

    "Brotherhood" turns the thumb screws to Max's life by giving him several hard choices, by making him face his past actions, and by putting pressure upon both him and the other characters to see who sticks by him regardless of actions or behavior. Honestly to catch all the information, most of us will need to see this episode several times, which is a good thing given the level of complexity.

    Discussing the two faults with "Brotherhood" requires our looking at the ending of the episode and thus I give everyone a spoiler notice. Reading beyond this point means learning about various aspects of the episode. For those who decide they don't want to spoil the episode, the bottom line is simple: The two faults I'll be discussing don't take away from the real basis of the episode - our learning about both Max Lewicki and the wonderful mind of Dr. Daniel Pierce. So, yes, I highly recommend this episode even with its obvious faults.

    Reading past this point means learning even more about the episode. If you've seen "Brotherhood" don't worry and maybe you can help me understand why what I see as faults aren't faults, too. ;-)

    First, I don't understand why . Marshals would be looking for Kenny. Even though there was a warrant out for him the charge would be at the city / state and not Federal level. Given the unfortunate reputation of the Chicago Police Department, writing the scene with CPD officers arresting Max and drilling him would work, too. As for having Donnie (AUSA) show up to get Max out of jail, it would still work as I'm sure he'd have contacts (and high level, too) with the CPD and the States Attorney office.

    The major fault with "Brotherhood" is its unexpected lack of understanding the law. I just can't see how the writers messed up so greatly, especially when it was unnecessary, but they did it (as far as I can tell). The series takes place in Chicago and in Illinois (as with many states) there is a felony murder statute, which basically says if anyone dies during the commission of a felony the death is murder regardless of the circumstance. Thus if someone during an armed robbery dies of a heart attack, those committing the armed robbery also committed felony murder. The logic is two fold: (A) if the original crime didn't occur the death wouldn't have also occurred and (B) to discourage felonies by getting rid of the normal "mens rea" (intent or knowledge) aspect of a crime that was traditionally required to obtain a murder conviction.

    As I viewed the ending, Kenny has been waiting over 28 hours to rob Bootsie. He brought a gun and when Brick (the basketball player) arrives we see Kenny holding a gun and trying to rob Bootsie. This is the base felony and regardless of how it turns out, Kenny was committing a felony. So even though Brick kills Bootsie to save Kenny's life (and most likely his own), the murder is on Kenny. The logic being the only reason the murder took place is because Kenny was committing a felony (robbery / attempted robbery).

    Thus I don't understand how Kenny is going to do only 6 months (implied in the episode) for the attempted robbery and felony murder. Yes, he was a juvenile, but in Chicago / Cook county the two charges would be serious enough and Kenny old enough to move this case into adult court. Of course, maybe with the strings and the great lawyer, the State Attorney (the DA) decided to leave this in juvenile court, but the episode doesn't say or even imply this fact. Instead it implies Brick would be doing time, too, which doesn't make sense given he shot in both self-defense and to protect the life of another person. I don't see how he had a choice, but to fire and given both of these facts I wouldn't see any charges on Brick.

    Even with these two faults, I'm rating the episode a 10! Why? First, only give us .5 increments and while the episode isn't perfect, I round up and so a 9.6 - 9.9 becomes a 10.

    Second, the faults don't take away from the real basis of the episode - our learning about both Max Lewicki and the wonderful mind of Dr. Daniel Pierce. So, yes, I highly recommend this episode even with its obvious faults.moreless
Christopher Meyer

Christopher Meyer

Kenny Rivers

Guest Star

Titus Makin, Jr.

Titus Makin, Jr.

Charlie Clark

Guest Star

James Ning

James Ning

Sen Li

Guest Star

Scott Wolf

Scott Wolf

AUSA Donnie Ryan

Recurring Role

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