Shark

Season 2 Episode 13

Bar Fight

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2008 on CBS
9.2
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62 votes
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Stark faces a formal disbarment hearing, and while he awaits the verdict a back-room deal with the State Attorney's office may save him if he and his team can put away the people responsible for Sarah Belkin's 1996 murder.

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  • The Shark gets the chance to bite back...

    9.0
    When Stark is given the chance at redemption (and earn some clout with the State's Attorny's office) you'd imagine he'd jump at the chance. He is recruited for an covert operation to nail the real killers behind the death of Sarah Belkin. So begins his journey of vengence to put away the criminal elements he worked for(previous episode). A great episode where Stark faces and confronts the demons of his past. Heavily themed with the personal confessions and penitence of our esteemed lawyer anti-hero, the script also provides Stark with the oppotunity for restitution to the victim's mother. As you can imagine all these factor provide a steady source of emotional drama across the story.



    There is also alot of conflict throughout in substantial doses. As mentioned Stark confronts his inner demons, argue's with his (small) team and those members from his office he has kept in the dark, to protect them. The action packed element of drama comes from Michael Rooker's character: Oscar Riddick. He provides a real source of menance and augments the plausible threat provide by Bank's character in the previous episode. All these factors make for an excellent episode that never lets up. Screenplay fells a little jagged, but it doesn't detract from what is an enjoyable episode.



    Notable scenes are Raina is given the chance to betray Stark by the DA, will she turn on Stark - seeing he is on the way down? While Rooker's Riddick just oozes real danger. All elements of this episode really come together well - hence the score.



    A fantastic story which adds to the quality ending that this show enjoyed. But will Stark survive unscathed?moreless
  • The Shark gets the chance to bite back...

    9.0
    When Stark is given the chance at redemption (and earn some clout with the State's Attorny's office) you'd imagine he'd jump at the chance. He is recruited for an covert operation to nail the real killers behind the death of Sarah Belkin. So begins his journey of vengence to put away the criminal elements he worked for(previous episode). A great episode where Stark faces and confronts the demons of his past. Heavily themed with the personal confessions and penitence of our esteemed lawyer anti-hero, the script also provides Stark with the oppotunity for restitution to the victim's mother. As you can imagine all these factor provide a steady source of emotional drama across the story.



    There is also alot of conflict throughout in substantial doses. As mentioned Stark confronts his inner demons, argue's with his (small) team and those members from his office he has kept in the dark, to protect them. The action packed element of drama comes from Michael Rooker's character: Oscar Riddick. He provides a real source of menance and augments the plausible threat provide by Bank's character in the previous episode. All these factors make for an excellent episode that never lets up. Screenplay fells a little jagged, but it doesn't detract from what is an enjoyable episode.



    Notable scenes are Raina is given the chance to betray Stark by the DA, will she turn on Stark - seeing he is on the way down? While Rooker's Riddick just oozes real danger. All elements of this episode really come together well - hence the score.



    A fantastic story which adds to the quality ending that this show enjoyed.moreless
  • Finally!!!

    9.2
    After all this time waiting it was great to finally have Shark to watch. It's one of the funniest tv series I watch and yesterday it was a great example of that. His conscience is getting stronger and stronger as he continues to try to amend his past mistakes. He did a great job, as usual, nailing the mass murderer and he got away from the charges. Of course that had to happen, otherwise it would be the end. Now, there's the suspense of where and how he will continue to do what he does best. Personally I can't wait to watch next week's episode!!

    Stay tunned for more!!!moreless
Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

Jason Normandy

Guest Star

John Kapelos

John Kapelos

Presiding Officer

Guest Star

Patty McCormack

Patty McCormack

Mary Belkin

Guest Star

Orla Brady

Orla Brady

Claire Stark

Recurring Role

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall

Jordan Westlake

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In the previous episode, "Partners in Crime," Sarah Belkin's body was only a skeleton when it was dug up. In this episode, Danny said that, according to coroners report, Sarah's body had traces of high amounts of heroin. How could they do such a test if there was no flesh left, only bones?

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jordan Westlake: Thought you'd bring your attorney.
      Stark: I can defend myself.
      Jordan Westlake: But you needed me to bail you out. You're doing a bang-up job so far. I particularly liked that part about all your soul-searching – don't you need an actual soul for that?

    • (Leaving the hearing.)
      Madeleine: This isn't over yet, we've still got the disbarment hearing.
      Stark: And I appreciate the optimism, but the thermometer in my butt popped the second I into that hearing room – I'm done.

    • Stark: (handing out business cards to fellow holding-cell inmates) These things are gonna go for a fortune on eBay when my trial comes on Court TV, so… .

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Staré viny" (Old Guilts)

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic – November 25, 2009 on Prima
      Finland – September 4, 2010 on MTV3

    • Special billing was given to Michael Rooker (with) and Paula Marshall (and) in this episode.

    • Although credited, Jeri Ryan (Jessica Devlin) does not appear in this episode due to the actress' real-life maternity leave. Her character's father's stroke in Chicago explains her absence within the show.

    • Although Shark was announced as moving to a new time slot as of this episode (Tuesdays at 10:00pm), CBS followed that up with another shift so that three of the final four episodes of the season took up The Unit's time slot on Tuesdays at 9:00pm.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • (Stark is visiting Jason Normandy in jail)
      Jason: Compared to Hell's Kitchen, this place is a country club.

      This is a reference to the Hell's Kitchen area of Manhattan, New York City. It is historically known for organized crime, bootlegging, and gangs.

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