We’re now into the episodes I’ve seen before. This
was the first episode of the show I ever saw.
Cast and Crew
Nestor Carbonell as Tom Montero
Viola Davis as Hannah Crane
Ioan Gruffudd as Lukas Gold
Kristin Lehman as Lee May Bristol
Eric Schaeffer as Darwin McNeil
Hector Elizondo as Martin Constable
Guest starring Zachery Ty Bryan, and Judith Hoag.
Written by David Shore.
Directed by J. Miller Tobin.
Created by Ed Zuckerman.
Love and Games originally aired on March 27,
There are three cases running through this episode.
prominent is the case with Zach Bryan as a baseball
draftee with an
artificial eye who is not being allowed to play
baseball because of a
mechanical eye. The second case (with Judith Hoag) is
about a couple
arguing through divorce court about the meaning of
family, and how
they need to negotiate a settlement. The third and
most amusing case
is one brought forward by former firm employees. It
seems that, by
2030, people have the right not to work for “an ass.”
lawyer with the firm, is an unabashed and undeniable
ass, and his
previous assisstants feel the world needs to know
The meeting in the gym.
The conclusion of one of the cases. The case was won,
not because of
any effective arguments from the firm, but because of
judge brought in independently. The victory felt
weak, as did the
closing arguments of the lawyers involved. The first
time I saw this
episode, I expected the case to be lost. It just felt
like a forced
The only case involved that felt original was
prominent, involving Darwin. I give it 3 out of 6.
The effects were minimal. We have
establishing shots, and a
CGI shot revealing the mechanical eye. That was
clearly CGI. The
other elements involved were as subtle as usual. I
give it 5 out of 6.
The story was only weak in the final
execution. We got some
real drama, some effective comedy, and some real depth
to Darwin. I
give it 5 out of 6.
The acting from the guest stars mentioned was
very impressed with Zach Bryan in this episode, in
Schaeffer does a great job as Darwin, and most of the
rest of the firm
does their jobs. Ioan Gruffudd doesn’t do as well
here, though. Some
points just didn’t sell me for reasons I can’t pin
down. The worst
scene was when he came to visit Bryan’s character in
the batting box
without Elizondo’s character. He didn’t seem
invested, and even
worse, he didn’t respond to Bryan’s work. At one
point, his head
snaps over to Bryan, as though responding to
something, but Bryan was
still in a dramatic pause. Rather than recover or do
Gruffudd held the pose, and waiting for the line. It
poorly done. Bryan just outclassed him in every scene
and unfortunately, there were a lot of them. I give
it 3 out of 6.
The emotional response was good until the
win. Even Gruffudd’s acting in the scene above wasn’t
problem, given how good Bryan’s acting was in the same
scene, and that
it was Bryan’s character we were meant to sympathize
with. The two
other cases were used to illustrate the two different
Darwin’s character, and they both worked quite well.
I give it 5 out
The production felt like there were some
received a lot of attention, and others that were just
opening teaser was very well done, as were the
exchanges. The scene I complained about in the acting
shouldn’t have been used as is. I don’t know what
happened there, but
there should have either been another take to use, or
available to use an insert to cover the timing issue.
I give it 4 out
Overall, it’s a good episode, but not
spectacular. I give it
4 out of 6.
In total, Love and Games receives 29 out of
Next week’s episode is the one that I find the
funniest of the
series. It’s worth checking out, particularly since
storyline, while seen many times before, is one which
I suspect many
Bureau 42 readers can identify with.