I have been so into this series and was so worried I would not be able to stay awake for the finale. To be honest, I am still a bit worried I will nod off. Narcolepsy is a real issue for me lately. Hopefully, my keen interest in finding out whether Naz is guilty or not will propel me to stay awake.
We start with the retired cop back in the precinct reviewing evidence of the murder. He sees the murdered girl on the street in front of her brownstone alone at some point. No idea what that means.
The defense attorney puts all the usual suspects on the stand. The guys on the street,and the undertaker, come in willingly but John Stone has to seek out the step father in a dark alley to serve him with a subpoena. The prosecutor does not cross any of them. The jury is present but Naz is not. Perhaps this is just voir dire. I’m confused. He should be able to be that for that as well. Why is he in jail cutting coke and coming up short? When the female attorney goes to see him to tell him she wants him to testify he asks her for a favor. She goes to buy condoms to smuggle him in drugs. This show is sort of falling a part for me with the interaction between the attorney and Naz. She buys the drugs right out on the street and there are video cameras on her. She smuggles it in her vagina even though attorneys are not searched before meeting with their clients in jail. I hate this entire part of the story,
When the prosecutor cross examines Naz on the stand. She sets things up in a such a way that makes it seem like he was not sure she was dead when he left. She implies she could have been saved but he left her to die. She asks him again if he killed her. He thinks for a long time, hanging his head and finally replies, “I don’t know.”
His lawyer cries and rests her case without further questions for the defendant.
John Stone tells her that when they started he thought they might have a ten percent shot. But now there is zero hope. He tells her, “You just convicted him.” He leaves. The jury is dismissed for the weekend. In prison, Naz gets a neck tattoo of a crown.
John Stone takes the cat back to the kill shelter.
The cop continues to research the evidence. This time he goes through the phone records again. He finds a call from a Richard Halle. He seems to be trying to connect the case to a murder in a strip club. He watches another tape of the victim talking to a man outside a bar. He has gotten all the credit card transactions from that bar. He tracks down a guy that got shot in the crotch by a pimp in the strip club for beating up the strippers. The guy has a gambling problem and the cop accuses him of extorting money from her. He tells him that they found his semen on her bed. He rattled the guy and he left without his hat. Now he has a DNA sample.
The cop takes a ton of evidence on the guy to the prosecutor. She tells him, “We’ve got more on the kid.” He leaves with his evidence.
In jail, Naz has gone full on thug. But the dirty cop that watches over the jail shows one of the guys in his group some video. I’m guessing it might be the attorney passing him the coke. He gives the guy a CD of the video.
John Stone heads home to find an envelope on the floor outside his house. It’s the CD of the attorney kidding Naz. Stone goes to Naz and tells him that this is grounds for a mistrial. Finally, I got something right. Naz is worried about what will happen to her. The agrees to go forward with the CD. The judge refuses to grant a mistrial and instead insists that the amorous attorney take second chair and that John gives the closing argument. He freaks out because he was not expecting that. John threats to appeal his decision.
John tells the cop there is no mistrial. He is convinced that the cop dropped off the tape, but it really came from inside the jail. But the cop knows there is a better suspect.
The prosecutor is a horrible attorney. Her closing argument is pathetic. The cop sits in the gallery as she tells the jury that he was the only person in the house the night she was murdered. As she goes on saying that Naz was the only person in the house, the only one whose semen was in her bed, etc, etc, the cop dramatically walks out. The holds up the knife and says it is a knife to cut through meat. And that is what the defendant did with it, cutting through tendons, muscle, bone and the heart, twenty-two times. She stops talking. She seems to be thinking what I am thinking. If he was so drugged up, how did he manage such a laborious murder? She abruptly says, “thank you”and ends her closing.She tosses the knife back down on a table covered with bloody photos of the victim. I am distracted by the fact that the murder weapon is not in an evidence bag and that she is waving it around with no gloves on.
It’s John’s turn. He has the night to prepare. His psoriasis is flaring up. Not just on his feet this time, but everywhere. He has an asthma attack. He is a hot mess. He goes to the ER covered in welts and wheezing. He shows up to court the next day with welts and psoriasis all over his face, neck and everywhere else the jury can see.
His closing is very good.
The cop waits alongside the prosecutor for the verdict. Both defense attorneys and the parents wait. There was no verdict reached and deliberations will continue the next day.
John goes to the pharmacy for the latest psoriasis medicine. They have Viagra back in stock. John says he doesn’t give a fuck about Viagra anymore.
Back in the jail, Naz gets high with his thug mentor. The guy says that Naz smells like innocence.
The jury is back. The jury is hung. They say they are deadlocked and will not be able to reach a verdict. The foreman says the count is six to six and it is not going to change. They are done. The judge has to declare a mistrial.
The prosecutor declines to retire the case. Naz is free to go. His buddy avoids the goodbye. He manages to get his copy of The Call of The Wild to the releasing officer to give him.
The cop takes a job as a campus security officer. The prosecutor tells him she wants him to go get her the real killer.
Back at home, things are awkward with the family. Naz accuses his mother of thinking he was guilty. He goes out into the night. He meets with John Stone. as they are talking, a guy comes in and they exchange a long look. At first I thought it was the new suspect, then I thought it was one of the kids he tutored, but I finally settled on it just being someone who recognized him from TV and assumed he was guilty. John Stone tells him that everyone has their cross to bear. To just get out there and live his life.
We see John Stone back in sandals scratching his feet with a stick people looking away in disgust.
Naz sits by the water smoking crack think about his time there with the dead girl.
John Stone is home watching a crime show. I am hoping it is the kid from the shelter telling him to come get the damn cat before he is killed but it’s a new client.
And then a commercial comes on about all the animals that die in shelters. John puts on his gloves and goes out the door to go to the jail to bail out his client. He closes the door.
And the cat walks across his apartment floor.
So will they make another series about the real killer? Or no? It was supposed to be a one time thing. But the series was very popular. I’d watch season two.