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The Firm

Season 1 Episode 18

Chapter Eighteen

Aired Thursday 10:00 PM May 26, 2012 on NBC
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Episode Summary


With Abby and Claire in Danesboro, Mitch takes the case of long-time Kinross client Henry Kettle. Henry, who has become a recluse since writing his best-seller 15 years ago, is charged with the brutal murder of his little sister. Meanwhile, Abby gets to know Dr. Wilson better while she and Claire help her mom put on a dance at the town's community center.


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  • We never give up.

    I love that line from Mitch. It's what he says to Henry when he thinks the trial is over due to the jury thinking that he's crazy. In a way, it's the thread of the entire show. Abby's anger at Mitch over her torture is that he never stopped, never turned it over to the Feds, didn't know when to stop.

    Andrew said in the last episode that it is that very quality that makes him a great lawyer although Abby reminded him that it didn't necessarily make him a great husband. It leaves me wondering about the last episode when he changed his mind and told Jenny not to go into Witness Protection.He tells his story and in retrospect he thinks it wasn't worth it. I wonder if to him that meant giving up.

    It also reminds of Winston Churchill's.famous 'Never Give In' speech to harrow School in 1941, amidst World War II. The relevant quote is:

    I am addressing myself to the School - surely from this period of ten months this is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.moreless
David Conrad

David Conrad

Dr. Benjamin Wilson

Guest Star

Eric Lange

Eric Lange

Henry Kettle

Guest Star

David McIlwraith

David McIlwraith

Harold Sutherland

Guest Star

Gianpaolo Venuta

Gianpaolo Venuta

Joey Morolto Jr.

Recurring Role

Cam Natale

Cam Natale


Recurring Role

Nick Mancuso

Nick Mancuso

Peanut Eating Man

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Henry Kettle: Look, it's true. I am a highly suspicious, deeply paranoid, militant vegetarian, but I loved my sister.
      Mitch: I believe that, but they have evidence.

    • Mitch: Henry, did you kill Margaret?
      Henry Kettle: No, but it's too late, I mean, the jury thinks I did, they're convinced I'm crazy.
      Mitch: No, it is not too late. We never give up.

  • NOTES (5)

    • This episode is rated TV-14-V.

    • Although credited, Juliette Lewis (Tammy) does not appear in this episode. She is in Tennessee tracking down her husband so that he can sign their divorce papers.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: July 3, 2012 on AXN

    • Music featured at the dance:
      Followed by Glenna Bree
      Fun Tonight by Lindsay Dennis

    • Actual Roles as per the show's credits:
      Sean Sealey ("B" Camera Operator)
      David Nardi (First Asst. "A" Camera)
      John Hickey (First Asst. "B" Camera)
      Courtney Graham (Second Asst. "A" Camera)
      David McCallion (Second Asst. "B" Camera)
      Jack Wudarzewski (Camera Trainee)
      Chris Pavoni (Asst. Production Manager)
      Petra Demas (1st Asst. Picture Editor)
      Marc Roussel (1st Asst. Picture Editor)


    • Abby: I think underprivileged kids need laptops, not a cotillion.
      The cotillion is a type of patterned social dance which originated in 18th century France. It has been suggested that it was a forerunner to, among other types of dance, square dancing.