Raising the Bar

Season 1 Episode 3

I Will, I'm Will

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 15, 2008 on TNT
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Episode Summary


Jerry defends a mentally ill client and runs into problems with Judge Kessler. Richard defends a woman who caused problems due to a welfare check and may not be able to take care of her grandmother if she is convicted.

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  • Slow going with character development but Jerry (still annoying) is learning some tact, his energy and desire to help his client is endearing. Judge Kessler is still an idiot and her reliance on her clerk is pathetic.moreless

    Jerry Kellerman the main character is passionate about his clients and certainly seems to spend a lot of time on their defence. In this episode his client is a likeable character in jail for assault and larceny and facing fie years in jail. The catch is that he is mentally ill, he vividly remembers the day it happened and the big blobs of blue snow falling from the sky. Jerry tries everything to have Will sentenced to a residential mental institution but when that backfires he even tries to have Wills family help. When all that fails he must go to trial and by clever examination he gets his client partly exonerated and sentenced to time served.. he hopes his client will get help but Will can't wait to see blue snow again.

    Richards client Kea is also likeable and typical of those unfairly dealt with by the legal and welfare system. As sole carer of her Grandmother she is fighting an uphill battle and a year in jail seems extreme..good on the show for highlighting such a social justice issue.moreless
Shane Johnson

Shane Johnson

Will Cooper

Guest Star

Bresha Webb

Bresha Webb

Kea Banks

Guest Star

Michael Mantell

Michael Mantell

Dr. Daniels

Guest Star

Stacy Hall

Stacy Hall

Vince Culp

Recurring Role

Wayne Lopez

Wayne Lopez

Bob the Court Clerk

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In this episode, Jerry reveals to his client/friend (Will) that he is not close with his parents. He states that they find him to be a disappointment since he's chosen to be a public defender, rather than a "real" lawyer.

      We hear similar sentiments (during the series) from Richard, whose family owns a prestigious club and whose father runs a high-class law firm. Richard alludes to the fact that some members of his family feel like he could be doing "so much more" with his life and education.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Kessler: Okay, "Judge" Sagansky, how would you rule on Kellerman's bail motion, keeping in mind that if you make the WRONG decision, you're gonna expose the real world to consequences that you should have forseen.

      Charlie: Okay, if I'd insisted upon a residential program as a condition of the defendant's discharge, then I think the correct ruling would be to facilitate admission. I wouldn't make a demand and then refuse to allow it to be satisfied.

      Kessler: But what if that's the safe choice, and you're just trying to protect yourself?

      Charlie: "Yes" is not always a position of weakness.

      Kessler: You're braver than I am. You're gonna make a good judge, Charlie.

    • Judge Kessler: You are late counselor.
      Jerry: I apologize for delaying the court a hundred and twelve seconds your honor.

    • Marcus: Remind me why we're friends.
      Jerry: 'Cause I taught you how to roll a tight joint.
      Marcus: (serious tone) You did no such thing.
      Jerry: Whatever you say. (Jerry pretends to lick a rolling paper.) Later.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Curious George: Curious George is the protagonist of a series of popular childrens books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey.[1] The books feature a curious monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with The Yellow Hat" to live with him in a big city.

    • Will: I've been waiting, Waiting for Godot.

      Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett in which two characters are waiting for a man named Godot, who never arrives.