The Guardian

Season 2 Episode 22

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM May 06, 2003 on CBS
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Nick hands the case file of Taliek to James, who goes before Judge Rebecca Damsen for custody, James and Nick help a young dad try and trying to get his son back but due to the dad's temper may lose his son. Meanwhile over at Fallin & Fallin Nick wants to have a criminal defense attorney to the team because Nick feels Burton needs to worry about the firm and less about Shannon. Nick worries that James may be to close to Taliek Allen because James believes that Taliek may have killed Levi (who was a nephew of James.) Lulu could soon leave LSP for a job in California. Nick thinks Lulu's job move is bad because he may lose her love.moreless

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  • Normally, 'The Guardian' can be relied upon for an above average hour's worth of drama. The characters, especially our principal protagonist, Nick, are flawed but always believable in their motives and actions. That's why this episode is so irritating.moreless

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    Normally, 'The Guardian' can be relied upon for an above average hour's worth of drama. The characters, especially our principal protagonist, Nick, are flawed but always believable in their motives and actions. That's why this episode is so irritating. Everyone seems to be behaving so far out of character that it must rate as one of the worst episodes of the second season. First of all, Jake acts out of character. If his High School enemy is so thoroughly unpleasant then why on earth would Jake even suggest him to head up Fallin & Fallin's new Criminal Defence Department? It's ridiculous! Then Lulu brings up the subjects of her pending divorce from Brian and the possibility of her permanently moving to California for the very first time when she and Nick are in bed together! That's probably a very good way to piss off your boyfriend Lulu – especially someone who is as quicksilver as Nick. Alvin is acting oddly too. Why does he seem so philosophical about Lulu leaving LSP? This is not explained. Alvin seems happier and smiles more in this episode then in any other episode of the second season. Perhaps he's secretly back on the sauce! Then Shannon, who is normally such a tough cookie, manages to be upset by Nick twice in the same episode. This is hardly consistent with her previous outlook. And even the normally solid Burton seems by turns, a soft pushover for Nick's argument for the new F&F Criminal Defence Department, and later, vindictive and out of sorts towards Nick at the Moot trial.

    And why have such a terrific guest star as Eugene Roche in an episode and then completely waste him? Perhaps Nick should just say "to hell with the lot of you, I'm the one off to California!".



    But James' sympathy for Nick's parental access plaintiff, Taliek, is perhaps the most jarring behaviour of all. Is this the same man who was so enraged by his nephew Levi's murder that he was prepared to take direct and personal action in the matter? One minute he is complaining to Alvin about the size of his office and the next he seems to have developed enough conscience for ten men! This episode is something of a novelty because Nick is far and away the most mature and sensible person on view! This is quite a contrast with Nick's usual role of the 'never quite knowable' taciturn outsider. The advice he gives to James is personal not professional and is right on the money - but the normally sensible James totally ignores him. At least the episode ends on a good point. James appears about to confess all to his prior 'victim'. I ask you to judge, Dear reader, would any Lawyer ever do such a thing in real life?moreless
Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Burton Fallin

Alan Rosenberg

Alan Rosenberg

Alvin Masterson

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jake Straka

Wendy Moniz

Wendy Moniz

Louisa "Lulu" Archer

Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

James Mooney [Episodes 1-45]

Erica Leerhsen

Erica Leerhsen

Amanda Bowles [1- 14]

Tom Kiesche

Tom Kiesche

Leo Widenski

Guest Star

Elizabeth Liang

Elizabeth Liang

Law student

Guest Star

Vicellous Shannon

Vicellous Shannon

Taliek Allen

Guest Star

Denise Dowse

Denise Dowse

Judge Rebecca Damsen

Recurring Role

Amanda Michalka

Amanda Michalka

Shannon

Recurring Role

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