The Firm

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Jan 08, 2012 on NBC
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Picking up 10 years from where the movie left off and based on John Grisham's bestselling novel of the same name, Mitch and Abby McDeere, along with their 10-year old daughter Claire, decide to leave witness protection and, along with Mitch's brother, private investigator Ray, and secretary Tammy, set up their own law firm.

In the opener, the family celebrates Claire's tenth birthday. On the professional front Mitch takes on the case of accused murderer Sarah Holt and, at the behest of Judge Trott, the case of 14-year old Donnell Heywood, who stabbed a ate to death. Also, Mitch is offered a temping partnership with a law firm who want him to head up a newly created Criminal Division.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Rothaford Gray

    Rothaford Gray

    Richard Williams

    Guest Star

    Allan Royal

    Allan Royal

    Judge Louis Trott

    Guest Star

    Lamar Johnson

    Lamar Johnson

    Donnell Heywood

    Guest Star

    Rachael Crawford

    Rachael Crawford

    Diane Ruckeyser

    Recurring Role

    Stuart Hughes

    Stuart Hughes

    Martin Moxon

    Recurring Role

    Paulino Nunes

    Paulino Nunes

    Federal Marshal Louis Coleman

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Judge Louis Trott: Mr. McDeere, so nice of you to join us, only 50 minutes after I ordered you to.
        Mitch: I'm sorry, Your Honor, it's my daughter's birthday.
        Judge Louis Trott: Well, as a gift to your daughter, I'll refrain from holding her father in contempt.
        Mitch: She's 10 today, Judge, I promise you she holds me in enough contempt for the both of you.

      • Judge Louis Trott: Mr. McDeere, I take it you spoke to our young Mr. Heywood.
        Mitch: I did, Your Honor.
        Judge Louis Trott: And?
        Mitch: I'm in.
        Judge Louis Trott: Wonderful. So shines a good deed in a weary world. Mr. Heywood, you're a very lucky man, sir. You'll find a lot of good human beings in this courthouse and a lot of very talented lawyers, but what you won't find are many people who are both. You've got one here in Mr. McDeere. Trust his advice.

      • (after Claire's birthday party)
        Mitch: You know, I don't I have ever seen Claire so happy.
        Abby: (laughs) Makes no sense, how did two of the most independent people on the planet give birth to such a joiner?
        Mitch: Speaking of which, I was going to tell you this before but I knew what you'd say.
        Abby: Oh oh, that's never the start of a good conversation.
        Mitch: It's not a big deal.
        Abby: Let me guess, it's about that firm, the one you looked up on the computer.
        Mitch: Uh, you saw that?
        Abby: I teach fifth graders, babe, you don't move half as fast as they do!

    • NOTES (4)

      • This episode is rated TV-14-V.

      • Original International Air Dates:
        Canada: January 8, 2012 on Global

      • The Pilot and Chapter Two aired as a 2-hour series premiere in a special Sunday 9 PM ET time slot. Chapter Three will air in the program's regular time slot of Thursdays at 10 PM ET.

      • Additional Credits for all Episodes:
        High definition laboratory / post production sound: Technicolor Creative Services - Toronto
        Insurance provided by: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.
        Production Financing Provided by: National Bank of Canada
        Presented in: Dolby Digital
        Camera Systems by: SIM Video
        Lighting and Grip Equipment Provided by: William F. White Limited

        Promotional Consideration Furnished by:
        Hilton Hotels and Resorts
        Stantec Consultants Ltd.
        Thomson Reuters Westlaw

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mitch: We had to read this book in English, Native Son.

        Native Son, published in 1940, is a novel by American author Richard Wright (1908–1960). It tells the story of Bigger Thomas, a 20-year-old blank man living in poverty in the 1930s in Chicago's South Side ghetto who becomes a murderer and is sentenced to death. The best-selling novel is sympathetic to Thomas' plight, suggesting that his crimes were almost inevitable given the social conditions imposed on blacks.

        The novel is also controversial in that Wright was affiliated with the Communist Party of the U.S. In an article, Wright stated that blacks in America could be compared to communism's working c l a s s.

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