On tonight's episode of Raising the Bar - "Rules of Engagement" - Jerry and Michelle appear before a new judge (John Michael Higgins) whose courtroom rules aren't exactly conventional. In fact, they're so draconian they make Judge Kessler's rules seem quaint by comparison. During the case, Michelle becomes smitten with a handsome cop who may be perjuring himself in order to cover up fro a bad arrest.
Elsewhere, Richard defends a pair of elderly twins who are accused of forging the signature of their dead roommates for his welfare check. The accused, however, don't seem to understand the gravity of the situation. Finally, Marcus scores a date with the borough president's chief of staff, who also happened to be the head juror on a case Marcus lost the week before.
The main issue last week, of course, was Mark-Paul Gosselaar's new haircut. On the season premiere, the NYPD Blue star was forced to cut the locks to appease a condescending potential juror, and he said it also represented a change in Jerry Kellerman's character.
"He's going through the voir dire process [of screening jury members]. A potential juror doesn't think he can trust Jerry because of his appearance. So Jerry takes that element right off by cutting his hair. It's showing that he's being a bit more tactful and maturing. I think last season he would have just blown that guy out of the water. He would have stepped right on his soapbox and told him, 'How dare you call me a dirty hippie?!'"
On the episode, Jerry celebrated his birthday with his friends, who didn't mince in poking fun at his hair. He was very persistent in keeping the 'do until he had to represent an HIV-positive man who spit in a cop's face and is charged with attempted murder.
Catch Raising the Bar
tonight 10pm on TNT.
- Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff columnist
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