Season 2 Episode 14

Leaving Las Vegas

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 06, 2008 on CBS
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Although reluctantly, Sebastian accepts a seven-figure retainer to defend a crooked casino owner who allegedly murdered the head of operations at his casino. Meanwhile, back in Los Angeles, Cutler makes a move to rid the D.A.'s office of Stark for good.

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  • What goes on in Vegas, doesn't stay there... at least for Stark.

    With the state attorny reneging on the deal to get Stark back. Our intrepid ex-ADA goes to Vegas. Its not too long thereafter, that 'another' old acquaintence (with a dubious past) corners Stark and gives him an ultimatum - get him off a charge or else. The incentive... threats, plus lots of cash. Given Seb's money issues he accepts.

    So starts one last look at Stark in action of what could have been if he'd gone to work as a defence attoney again. Adding his newfound chivalry and morality. Giving the team redundacy notice, provides a realistic reason for them to turn up to aid their mentor in this escapade. As for the screenplay, this is more of an mystery plot type in the vein of CSI. Stark and crew must decipher who is the guilty party is, always with the spectre of his employ and the person charged - actually being the guilty party.

    Its mainly pedestrian fare, as Stark and the team go through leads and come to dead ends. The threats to Stark aren't anything new. Our anti-hero has to fight off, the mounting threats from his client. His ex-employer's (Cutler's) sabotaging, Reina and the others attempts at helping him. Its only until a potential witness is found does the level of intenisty really rise. Confusion is also added when when Stark's client's son admits to the crime on TV. The episode's journey reaches its expected ending though, with Stark having to brandish a trump card to win the day.... but will it be enough?

    A decent story. Not as good as the last couple of episodes, but we can forgive that seeing as this is the penultimate episode. I guess they were saving the twists and turns for the grand finale!moreless
  • He's really one of the good guys now!

    It was a nice episode out of the routine. Because of last week's disbarment, Stark took a little trip to Vegas to play and he found himself defending a big criminal that he already knew. This time however, he couldn't go with all those crimes and he decided to actually help the prosecutors putting him away. He gathered his team in Vegas, big paycheck for everyone and in the end of the day he got his job back in California. So I guess next week we'll be back to the normal daily life of Shark. Just one question?? Where is Jessica? I like to see her next to Shark!moreless
Nestor Serrano

Nestor Serrano

Duke Ballantine

Guest Star

James Immekus

James Immekus

Monte Ballantine

Guest Star

Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes

Karla Ballantine

Guest Star

Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

D.A. Leo Cutler

Recurring Role

Paula Marshall

Paula Marshall

Jordan Westlake

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Karla Ballantine was the prosecution's star witness and had to give testimony in her husband's trial. However a wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband and the only way Karla Ballantine would have testified was if she had waived her spousal right and there is no indication that she did this.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sebastian Stark: Oh, so you found me!
      Jordan Westlake: Wasn't tough. I just asked for the biggest jerk in the biggest cabana.

    • Danny Reyes: This is all Stark's fault!
      Madeleine Poe: Please… you knew what you were getting into when you signed on.
      Danny Reyes: Yeah, she's right. You swim with the sharks… (Sebastian Stark calls) Speak of the devil!

    • Stark: You think anybody heard anything?
      Duke Ballantine: You kidding? Brad sound-proofed this place. You could toss a grenade in here, the neighbors would sleep right through it.
      Stark: That's the good news, here's the bad. There are no alibi witnesses, you knew the victim, and you are Duke Ballantine. D.A.'s gonna smell headlines.
      Duke Ballantine: So I'm gonna get charged.
      Stark: Like a platinum card.

    • Isaac: (about Ballantine) I'd love to kick this guy's ass.
      Madeleine: Yeah, let's win the case first, and then I'll help you.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Raina: I did what I was told to do.
      Cutler: Yeah, the old Nuremberg gambit never really works.

      This references the Nuremberg Trials from 1945-1949. These were a series of trials over the commanding officers and key figures of Nazi Germany who were responsible for the atrocities of the Second World War. The most common excuse was "I was only following orders."