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Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stark has a new case, the murder of an undercover narcotics detective by a drug dealer. He will have to deal with the murdered cop's partners, who are hesitant to trust or help him because he often used questionable means to win acquittals for his often-guilty clients when he was a defense attorney.moreless

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  • Following up a strong pilot with an equally strong first episode is no small feat.

    With its Spike Lee-helmed pilot and James Woods' fire-breathing intensity, I was afraid "Shark" would cool down and swim to safer waters with its first regular episode. Thankfully, I was wrong.

    A cop is dead, his partner's actions may have led to the death, and...oh, by the way, the cop has a beef against Stark. It all adds up to a powerful episode about the justice system, and addresses the thorny issue of whether it is right to break the law to make sure a criminal gets punished. I am a little afraid the show is going to fall on the "what prosecutorial misconduct is Stark gonna do this week?" motif, but so far his legal angling has been murky rather than outright malicious. I would also love to jettison the lapdogs who work under Woods and keep him one-on-one with the gorgeous Jeri Ryan, who actually can go toe-to-toe with Woods and not get run over by him.

    Henry Simmons (in what I understand is a recurring role) is quietly brilliant as tortured detective Isaac Wright. This guy stole every scene he was in on "N.Y.P.D. Blue" and I'm glad to see him back on TV. And the always excellent Zeljko Ivanek turns up as a former pupil of Stark's who knows the cutthroat manifesto all too well.moreless
  • getting warmer to hot

    this series has all the making of a great hit. In this episode we see an attorney that goes out side the box to chalenge almost every one in the distric attorney to have his way and put away a bad guy. The inclusion of another big gun like Henry Simmons, brinds a goos sence of know how to the series. He has done a superb job in NYPD BLUE and i hope he does a good job in this series. THe way that shark manage the jury and the witnes is almost real and very well tought, i never expected to go this waymoreless
  • really have your work cut out for you!

    Stark seriously has his work cut out for him...since he stepped on a lot of toes when he was a 'ruthless' defence atthorney!

    He definitely has a lot of making up to do...if he wants to be taken seriously as a District Atthorney.

    Anyway, he seems to be doing a pretty good job...minus the part when the LAPD wanted to kick his ass!
  • Shark\'s team is trying to nail a well-to-do creep who moonlights as a drug dealer and has graduated to cop killer. This is made harder by Shark\'s bad relationship with the LAPD.moreless

    I think this is the best episode so far. The murdered cop's partner is an intersiting character. I hope they return to him. After all, Shark hired him as an investigator, but by the next couple of episodes the lawyers are still doing all the investigating!! And while I love actress Danielle Panabaker (who plays Shark\'s daughter), I would rather see a flesh-out of his legal team than his family. But on the whole the series is very good. I do like crime dramas (all CSI's Criminal Minds, Numbers) but rarely like legal dramas. Maybe it is the good blending of criminal and legal in Shark that is the appeal. And this was one of the best examples of how Shark does that.moreless
  • Clever, as usual.

    In this episode the rookie lawyers attempt to overlook something, which later impacts on the case. But Stark surprises everyone by taking it in stride and having just the right thing to say to save the situation. What's funny is later when court is dismissed, Stark is seen in the hall reprimanding his underlings when in reality he's talking strategy and telling his minions to act like he's giving them the third degree.

    There is such good writing on this show, everything dovetails, such as Stark now having to deal with cops who hate him because of when he was on the other side. I know this show's going to clobber ER (if not sooner, then later).

    The father/daugher relationship is getting better and more what I envisioned for the characters. However, the part where the daughter says "Why didn't you fight for me?" is a bit melodramatic. It's a given that most fathers don't fight for custody unless the mother is ill-suited or negligent or the fathers have such an overwhelming fondness for the kids that they can't part with them. Well, Stark is a normal father that simply waives his rights for custody like most fathers would. So this looked a little out of place.

    Also, I thought Stark was trying to get the instructor to allow his daugter to retake the driving test, not muscle him into passing her. That WAS a little low.moreless
Shirley Jordan

Shirley Jordan

Judge Vivian Bell

Guest Star

Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck


Guest Star

Tom Wright

Tom Wright

Chief George Martinson

Guest Star

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Mayor Manuel Delgado

Recurring Role

Henry Simmons

Henry Simmons

Detective Isaac Wright

Recurring Role

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