HARRY’S LAW “Send in the Clowns” Review

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HARRY’S LAW “Send in the Clowns” Episode 10 – I’ll begin this review with the same quote that Harry ended the episode with:

“It’s why we promise to keep in touch. If only we did. If only we did.”

Do you know why this quote has any significance in the tenth episode of season one of Harry’s Law? Why it strikes hard and true to the very center of “Send in the Clowns?”

If you can figure it out, please let me know. I have no freaking clue. I guess it makes more sense than some of the other quotes I heard tonight. Here are some examples:

Jenna: “Confucius said, Do unto others or they will do unto you.” (I have a personal relationship with Confucius. He never said that.)

Harry: “I don’t care whether he exists or not, the point is I asked you to find him.” (That’s actually pretty funny. She sounds like my best friend’s mom.)

Malcolm: “Uhhh…” (Not a surprising quote, all things considered. Malcolm doesn’t come across as very quick on the uptake.)

Hell, they kicked the whole episode off with Harry spouting an Oscar Wilde quote. Maybe it’s just me, but I never pictured Harry as an Oscar Wilde kind of girl. (David E. Kelley, yes, perhaps, but not the gun-toting growler he writes for.)

“Send in the Clowns” had some problems. This script was stand-alone Kelley stuff (no help from his lady friends this time), so blame needs to fall there. It was directed by Michael Pressman, but I didn’t see any flaws in the direction.

One possible issue was the lack of TOMMY JEFFERSON! No Christopher McDonald in this episode; instead we get Richard Kind as Marty Slumarch—Harry’s ex. And no offense to Kind, who is routinely funny, but there’s a certain lost energy in that trade-off. Richard Kind is good at what he does, but what he does is Richard Kind, which is kind of soft and slow and schlubby.

(I’ve never seen him be anything other than an onscreen representation of himself. If anyone knows if Kind has ever done like … MacBeth or whatever … by all means let me know.)

Anyway, it was an odd, off-balance episode. Jai Rodriguez was another one of the guest stars, he of the Queer Eye For The Straight Guy fame, playing a performing transvestite for the second time in as many months (see my reviews for Law & Order: SVU) …

Actually, it may have been the same transvestite club too. The Chez Paris. (Do networks share tranny bars? Someone call NBC!) Except L&O doesn’t take place in the ‘Nati, so … oh well.

Where was I? Right, subpar episode. If anything embodied the going-nowhere spirit of “Send in the Clowns” it was Adam’s going-nowhere relationship with Chunhua (an increasingly dull Irene Keng). Adam (a bored-looking Nate Corddry) had an excellent chance to break up with this plastic toy of a girlfriend, but he chickened out. I can only hope it’s because Kelley wants to take Chunhua out in a blaze of violent destruction, but since Chunhua already fell victim to an attack this season I find it improbable. Like as not we’ll have to tolerate her a bit longer.

In short: a continuing Chunhua + a lack of Tommy Jefferson = dull episode. The mindless circling Jenna (Brittany Snow) and Malcolm (Aml Ameen) keep doing is a little useless. Go out on that date already!

(Malcolm is less pretty when he pouts like a girl, as he did this episode. And since he’s only really there for Ameen’s good looks…)

Next episode: Something better. I hope.

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