Season 1 Episode 15

Here Comes The Judge

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The wife of an ultraconservative judge known for giving harsh sentences, who had also tried to have Sebastian disbarred twice, is murdered in an apparent robbery attempt at LAX. The judge becomes Sebastian's prime suspect when he learns the judge's marriage had been in trouble and he had been anticipating confirmation to the Federal Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, Julie plans a fancy dinner to say goodbye to Neal when she discovers he will no longer be her bodyguard.moreless

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  • Stark finds more secrets than he bargained for when a judge's wife is killed.

    "Shark" is always better when a strong actor is playing opposite James Woods, and in this episode we get Tim Matheson playing a judge whose wife has been murdered. Matheson is not only a strong (and very underrated, IMO) actor, but also an accomplished TV director, and he's a perfect foil to go toe-to-toe with Woods, particularly when it is revealed that the judge and Stark have a history.

    "Here Comes the Judge" is one of the better examples of how "Shark" breaks the usual procedural mold. The reveal of the judge's secret life has arguably been "done before," but the tactic his lawyer tries to use to exonerate him is surprising. Having only a slight familiarity with criminal law (the law firm where I work does mostly corporate work), I do think that most of the legal manueverings on "Shark" are accurate, and they aren't usually seen on most courtroom dramas.

    Unfortunately, at this point in the season, the Julie/homefront stories are tending to get out of control. We've gone from a cheating scandal to a teen romance to a crush on the bodyguard to a's a lot to throw at the viewers. Maybe the writers could try developing the Sebastian/Julie relationship without a new crisis of the week?

    Still, all in all, a very strong episode thanks largely to Tim Matheson's guest performance.moreless
  • This is a good episode. It's a little twisty, with ManCandy for girls and boys of all ages. Thank you very much.

    Tim Matheson guest-stars as an ultra-conservative judge suspected of murdering his wife. And guess what? He and Stark? Not friends. The battle of 'Who's Are Bigger' ensues. Rally the troops!

    Our Darling Julie self-medicates at a party she's been invited to (but truly, is not mature enough to attend) when her teenaged crush on soon-to-be-ex hired protector Neal proves to be totally one-sided. Dang! I realize Neal wanted off the hook, but he could have told her to bring a date…

    The ensuing scenes demonstrate the dangers of combining teen angst with …traffic. Yes, charming Jules is in trouble. Again.

    You know, I hadn't watched this show in ages (but TiVO suddenly decided to show some damned independence :-p) before this episode, but other than the depressing downward spiral of Stark's daughter, Julie, not much seemed to have changed in the cases or methods of Team Stark. I guess this can be seen as a good thing…or bad.

    This was a solid episode for the series with a strong (and damned good looking!) complement of guest stars.moreless
  • a great episode!! love it so much! shark is one of my favorite shows cause it makes me all excited and balistic everytime i watch it! LOVE SHARK!

    see.... i only watch this cause of danielle panabaker being in it....

    i really hate neal for hurting her! i love danielle panabaker, but i guess its just, "acting".....

    well she acted really awsome in this episode....i guess she acts really good in all episodes of all her showS!

    so if your reading this.... and you happen to know danielle panabaker... tell her i love her!! XxOoOOoXXXXxOoOo

    big kiss small kiss big hug small hug so on and so fourth....moreless
  • One will do anything to protect one's image including murder

    There are two things that arise with each passing episodes and they are (1) a very catchy storyline that gets you drawn in till the very end and (2) in that storyline a unexpected twist comes into play. The case at hand was the death of Mrs. Bennett and the suspect is, you guessed it, her husband Mr Judge Andrew Bennett. This episode seem to be with out flaw that the judge was innocent but that was before the twist came into play and that twist was the gay card, this isn't the first time gay card was used in dealing with a case the episode "Love Triangle" also dealt with the issue. Stark ended up winning the case at hand and the mighty Judge was thrown into Prison where he belonged. It turned out that the divorce Laywer and Judge Andrew Bennett were having a secret relationship but soon Mrs. Bennett got way to close to spoiling both the relationship and the judge's image so she was taken care of. This episode was a mix of lies, betrayel, and the ever popular word "hippocrite". I enjoyed this episode from the beginning to the very end, especially the emotional ending for Julie. I give this episode a very high 9.3 perfect images out of 10 because the pacing, although faster then usual, was still pretty lacking and the storyline wasn't my personal favorite but overall a very good emotional episode. I just have this feeling that Julie's DWI(Driving while intoxicated) is going to come back and haunt Stark in the episodes to come.moreless
  • Stark and his team are incredible. Love this show!!!!!

    Another great show. Stark up against a judge that loathes him, my bets are on Stark. This episode was about a judge who decides to use his power as a judge to have his wife killed so that he no longer has to live under false pretenses. Of all things letting someone out on parole early as payment for having your wife killed and then thinking you are so good you can get away with it. Stark and his team done a great job on investigating this and Jessica (district attorney) was actually not giving Sebastian to much grief on this episode. I was so sad to see what Neal was doing to Julie. In my opinion he led her on letting her think he was interested when in reality he was not. I wish that she had of called her dad instead of getting behind the wheel or at least called a cab so now she will have to go to jail and then call her dad.

    This episode was great! Keep up the good work!!!!!!!moreless
Tim Matheson

Tim Matheson

Judge Andrew Bennett

Guest Star

Rick Hoffman

Rick Hoffman

Sam Harris

Guest Star

Jordan Belfi

Jordan Belfi

Neal Donovan

Guest Star

Michael Cotter

Michael Cotter

Lewis Slocombe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Stark dismissed the jury during the arrest of Judge Bennett, his pose with arms upright in the shape of a "V" was an homage to Richard Nixon.

    • When Stark's team is explaining the oil residue, the right-top corner of the laptop screen says "Mute" in bright green letters, but, strangely enough, the application makes sounds as each window is brought forward.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Stark: An eye for an eye?
      Judge Bennett: Exactly.
      Stark: I guess that's why they say justice is blind.

    • Stark: That's Sam Harris. The top DC spin doctor. He's shepherding Bennett's confirmation to the Federal Court of Appeals. Guy's a magician.
      Raina: You should hire him to fix your public image.
      Stark: Nobody's that good.

    • Danny Vargas: He told me if he ever catches me using again, he'd kick my ass.
      Isaac: Cons helping cons.
      Raina: Isn't that special?

    • (Stark bursts through the courtroom doors and strides toward bench.)
      Judge Bennett: We're in the middle of a trial.
      Stark: Not any more. Andrew Bennett, you are under arrest for the murder of your wife. (Stark turns toward jury and raises his arms in a Nixonesque "V") Ladies and gentlemen, court is adjourned.

    • Judge Bennett: This is a personal vendetta, Stark. And you know when this trial is over and I'm exonerated, I'm going to return the favor. I'm going to make your life a living hell.
      Stark: Well, thanks, I've already been married.
      Judge Bennett: Yeah, just remember: when you go after the king, you better kill the king.
      Stark: That's what Elvis said to the Beatles. Next thing you know he's playing Vegas in a sequined jumpsuit.

    • Jessica: Are you sure he's never met somebody else here? A woman?
      Bartender: (Chuckles) Oh-huh. Like I said, that's not how this place works.
      (Only then does she look around the bar to observe men huddled together as couples.)

    • Stark: Why not confess? Throw yourself on the mercy of the Court?
      Judge Bennett: Well, you know I've never been a big proponent of mercy.

    • Stark: What were you thinking, barhopping with your boy friend weeks before your confirmation hearing? Did you honestly think nobody would find out?
      Judge Bennett: Do you think this has been easy? I have been trapped for years unable to live my life and be who I am.
      Stark: Have you ever been to West Hollywood? Great food, rent control. You're the one who made the choice to pretend to be somebody you're not!

    • (Madeleine and a forensics technician carrying a laptop enter Stark's office.)
      Stark: Let me guess... casting call for "Beauty and the Geek?"
      Madeleine: He wishes.
      Forensics Tech: So badly.

    • Jessica: Bennett is a judge, Sebastian, you can't afford to get this one wrong.
      Stark: You know, last time I looked, my office door said, High Profile Crime Unit. I don't have the luxury of getting anything wrong, Jess, which is where my god-like perfection comes in handy. So unless one of those civil servant hacks that you laughingly call a prosecutor has suddenly grown a brain – and some balls – kindly take a giant step back.

    • Stark: I don't care if you did it with farm animals. You killed your wife, Bennett, to protect your image. That disgusts me.

    • Judge Bennett: In the end, the truth will come out.
      Stark: And the truth will set you free, right? … Don't bet on it.

    • Casey: This is the part where we get disbarred, isn't it?.

    • Isaac: Wow, that's a lot of blood. Judge definitely didn't cut himself shaving.
      Raina: No, but he may have just cut his own throat.

    • Stark: You know my motto: Winning first, revenge a close second.

    • Stark: (to Raina) That hurts me deeply. I'm going after Bennett because it's my job. If he happens to be guilty, it'll be an added bonus.

    • Raina: Is there anyone in this town you haven't pissed off?
      Stark: Yeah...the guy who killed Karen Bennett. He's next on my list.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Stark: Dueling crime-boards?

      This is a reference to "Dueling Banjos," a famous scene from 1972's Deliverance highlighted by two of the movie's characters playing a song of the same name.