Shark

Season 2 Episode 6

No Holds Barred

1
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 2007 on CBS
8.7
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After a popular ultimate fighter commits suicide, an investigation reveals he had been the third fighter in the league to commit suicide and the league CEO had been pushing steroids on the players. Following the results of the investigation, Sebastian charges the CEO with murder.

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  • ...but to diluted!

    7.2
    This episode suffers with the season2 affliction of being to diluted. Not enough focus on Stark, too much going on with Julies life. Im all for having scenes with her affecting Starks life, but that hasnt been the case. Woods is the reason for the show and I just cant help feel that unless a subplot (like here) has him on scene then the screenplay just becomes to diluted.



    It doesnt help when the episode deals with uninteresting subject matter (at least to me). At least there are a few engaging screens with Cutlers character.



    The investigation is too flimsy. The courtcase two orchestrated to provide any mystery and keep viewers guessing. Not too many problems hit the team and they seem to be gliding to the inevitable endgame, and to easily to be entertaining. Stark does get up to some tricks, but they arent new and have been seen before. With his partytricks running dry, the only notable scene in this episode is when he corners the real perp on the stand tricking him (and his lawyer) into giving evidence. Nice idea, but even that could have been executed with more of seaseon 1's flair.



    This episode looks to be the first step on the downhill path to oblivion. The production is still slick, but overall I felt alienated from seeing more of Stark in action. Felt that more of his feelings and more of his frustations were missing. The show is ultimately about his character, but instead of focusing on him, the production has taken the best asset from the screen and diluted his affect by having him dance between to many supporting characters. If only theyd had one of his team be the main focus with him per episode, perhaps the plot would work better.



    If more episodes are like this then its clear to see why its was scrapped.



    Unfortunately Im a fan, so while Id say dont miss this episode because its still good, the truth is that you could miss it and be none the wiser!moreless
  • A fairly good episode with some very nice Cutler scenes.

    8.2
    One reason I thought this episode was above average was the great scenes with Leo Cutler. He was great to watch and you almost didn't hate him. He really stepped up to help, but of course he did it to his absolute benefit. Cutler that political slave.



    The actual story line did not interest me as much as I hoped it would have. The case was kind of iffy, but they did do a good job of really flip-flopping between suicide or murder.



    I loved Madeline's scene when she said, "I have a brown belt in Akido(spelling?) so don't piss me off." Of course the acting by everyone was once again awesome. This is such a great cast!moreless
  • The dark world of Ultimate Fighting!

    8.9
    The ugly world of Ultimate fighting takes a deadly turn in this really growing and very dangerous popular sport that I think needs to be banned IMHO. As people get hurt or even killed. A third fighter is killed but it is due to a suicide drug. Shark goes after the CEO of the company. That supplied the wrestler this drug. Hoping that the CEO won't get away with the third death just like he did the first two deaths. We also learn that Madeline has a brown belt in Aikido as she isn't just brains but also can protect herself really well. Very good show. Go get em Shark!moreless
  • Typically good episode of Shark this time bringing into picture a story about the UFC craze. The case was pretty interesting wondering if he had committed suicide or was murdered. Pollack was great giving the public persona ofmoreless

    9.0
    Typically good episode of Shark this time bringing into picture a story about the UFC craze. The case was pretty interesting wondering if he had committed suicide or was murdered. Pollack was great giving the public persona of caring about justice. While behind the scenes working the best political angle for himself. He is also on par with Woods in the one-liner department. His comment to Jessica about winning the election was priceless. Julie continues to do well helping her drunk boyfriend whom Stark had to put in his place after showing up drunk and wreaking his motorcycle. Good episode only real news is the further development of Julie and boyfriend and her attempts to get him clean and sober.moreless
Rockmond Dunbar

Rockmond Dunbar

Teddy Banks

Guest Star

Marcus LaVoi

Marcus LaVoi

Steve Abbott

Guest Star

Josie Davis

Josie Davis

Kelly Abbott

Guest Star

Kevin Pollak

Kevin Pollak

Leo Cutler

Recurring Role

Orla Brady

Orla Brady

Claire Stark

Recurring Role

Shaun Sipos

Shaun Sipos

Trevor Boyd

Recurring Role

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