The episode that we have all been waiting for is here. It’s the People vs. Jacob Barber. In the show’s most intense episode yet, Pablo Schreiber’s Neal Logiudice puts the Barber family through the wringer. Things are not looking good for Jacob, but more importantly, things aren’t looking good for Andy and Laurie’s marriage. If any viewer had doubts before this episode, the trial does well to clear up those doubts – or give us a really good illusion act.
The episode starts with a brief flashback of a time where Neal and Andy actually were friendly colleagues. It’s almost poetic that Neal, seemingly Andy’s protege at some point; becomes the man who looks to put Jacob away. As well as the man going up against Andy in the grand jury trial that the show keeps referring to.
In general, I love trial stuff. It’s probably why I enjoy Law and Order: SVU so much. Or was enamored with The People vs. OJ Simpson. I love the intensity of a fictionalized trial and how anything could happen. That was certainly the case in the People vs. Jacob Barber. Neal and Joanna Klein are like two boxers, throwing out punches that will seemingly defeat the other, until the opposition comes out with a truly powerful impact.
Honestly, I’m not sure what is going to happen. All I can say is Schreiber did a spectacular job this episode and Chris Evans really brought in some fantastic acting here. You could completely feel Andy and Laurie’s marriage come apart at the seams and there were a few moments where my breath was hitched in the back of my throat. The relationship between Andy and his father (played by JK Simmons) continues to be a tremulous one, but I believe the father truly cares for his grandson. When all is said and done, will Andy only have his father to lean on?
Episode 7 was by far the most intense episode yet and I cannot wait to find out how it all concludes next week.
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