Finally, Stark's past returns to haunt
his present. Events that occur throughout this episode lead to one overriding decision that he must make - will he come clean about his murky past?
A great first act is beautifully framed by the artistic flashback of illegal events past. Events return to the present with a bang, as one of Stark's ex-partner's is shot during a drive-by. Poignent words from the victim hint at what is about to transpire - "Everybody is guilty of something."
As the story moves into the the middle act, an interesting dynamic is set up as the team investigate on their own w/o their enigmatic boss time. The middle act is full of the standard investigation of possible suspects, their motives, alibi's, oppotunity and such. These are above average than your usual shark episode. Yet, as the obvious motives are crossed off, and the team make inroads on who pulled the trigger, the true players of this story come into play. A hitman, old and new members of Stark's old firm and a major criminal who Stark defended, are all involved and all are keeping their mouth's shut leading Stark to a conclusion he really doesnt want to make. In the background the memory of the innocent girl who's crime against he covered up and her mother, who had to face her disappearance w/o knowing what really happened to her child.
This episode is full of intrigue as Stark battles against memories of his past, against his team, against the system he faces retribution for and most importantly against his nature to survive and win.
It is the context of this no-win-situation that he finds himself in that makes this episode extra-special and in my view gives Woods' character that certain je ne sais quoi, that other legal drama leads dont have. Does he have morals? Has he really changed? Will he do the right thing - even if it means the worst possible thing for him?
If there is one episode you need to watch of this show, Id say this one is pretty much it - so far -
I just loved it to bits. It represents the pinnacle of the show.