Things got intense this week on Drop Dead Diva. There were no wacky lawsuits or heart-wrenching custody cases for Jane. This time, she’s dealing with a murder trial, courtesy of Old Jane’s mom. The accused killer: a 16-year-old swimmer who Old Jane used to babysit and be crazy close to.
- Director: Michael Grossman
- Writer: Josh Berman
- Cast: Brooke Elliott, Jackson Hurst, Kate Levering, April Bowlby, Josh Stamberg
Episode Title: “Crushed”
This week, the stakes are higher than ever for Jane as she takes on a high school swimmer’s murder case. The accused is a sweet-but-spunky 16-year-old named Chloe who Old Jane used to babysit until a big fight with her mom tore them apart. She has a decent plea on the table when Jane takes the case, and as the situation worsens, Chloe insists on her innocence. She instructs Jane to push forward without throwing any of her loved ones under the bus for reasonable doubt.
- The Premise: There’s just no other way to say it: This week’s episode was a good idea and it’s no wonder it was penned by series creator Josh Berman. A murder trial was probably the only thing that could have kept Jane’s attention off Owen’s abrupt exit and this was a deliciously juicy one at that.
- Stacey and Teri Play Private Eye: Stacey and Teri probably love Jane more than anyone. They prove their Good Friend statuses by bearing the bad news they learn in their respective searches for Owen and where he disappeared to. Teri “borrowed” Jane’s key to his house to check out his credit card bill and Stacey did some Facebook sleuthing. Their result was the knowledge that Owen appears to be in Minneapolis with his college girlfriend. Yikes.
- The Meanest D.A. in All the Land: Jane makes things worse for her client on more than one occasion. Her first and most substantial blunder is a stunt she orchestrates to prove that the D.A.’s prime piece of evidence (a threatening text her client sent the victim) isn’t so conclusive. Jane has her mom (that’s Jane’s mom, not Deb’s mom) basically stalk the D.A.’s wife and borrow her phone to send him a text gloating about Jane’s superiority in court and intellect. When Jane has the judge instruct him to read the text aloud, it’s an embarrassment and he turns the case into a personal vendetta. He ups the charges to try Chloe as an adult and eventually goes after her younger sister as well. It might seem a little over-the-top, but that’s just the kind of mini-villian the episode needed.
- Luke and Teri Teaming Up?: Murder and heartbreak might be the primary concerns on Jane’s mind, but Teri is uber upset by the prospect of a new investor joining the firm. She doesn’t want anyone taking Luke’s place. The woman, Gina, is an old colleague of Parker’s whom Teri worked with at her last job. Teri’s volatile, bitchy and vindictive, but she’s usually a pretty decent judge of character.
- Gina and Grayson: Oh look, a pretty lawyer shows up and Grayson takes her out for a low-key wings-and-beer date. Mutual swooning ensues. Cue the eye rolls. Grayson, this sets you back so far in my heart.
The case of the week was superb and it’s nice to see Jane’s crisis with Owen slowly unfold. Grayson is being a royal loser, going after the most obvious women in his typical fashion. It’s great to see Teri integrating herself more outside of Jane. She and Stacey have bonded and she’s even plotting a little with underused guardian angel Luke. Overall, an outstanding episode.
Drop Dead Diva airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Lifetime
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