Episode 4 of Season 2…. I'm on the fence. This episode focuses on a child pornography case where a man posts a nude picture of his son on a private website in a display of family photos and it is taken and sold as child pornography. The father is prosecuted as a sex offender. The audience is left to decipher the extent of the exploitation of the child, supposedly originating in innocence as both sides present their cases. As with all of the cases in this series, the accused seems innocent, and it is up to the DA to show us otherwise. – a spin on the real justice system, in my opinion.
I like the character of Nick Balco, and want to see him get more screen time, but the DA's case seemed weak to me, especially the closing arguments which were touted in the episode to have "killed." Jerry Kellerman had a much better defense. I found it hard to believe the jury could be hung. But that's just me. I think Currie Graham does a great job in the role of Balco and hope the character gets to reveal more of his legal chops soon, so that the actor can showcase his broad range of acting skills. The office-based legalese banter and borderline sexual harassment have established that Balco pushes the boundaries, but the character has not yet been given enough development to let us decide as an audience where he stands with us.
The side story of this episode has Bobbi's divorce settlement heating up with the incendiary ingredients that always rile me up where one party gets ridiculously greedy and aggressive, and needs to be knocked down a peg. I was pretty satisfied with the gratuitous result. It worked for me!