Enough has happened both in and out of Riker’s to keep us watching. Both the prosecuting and defending parties are fighting tooth and nail for justice and the accused settles in at prison. The wheels of justice are turning, but sometimes you wonder just how just it all is. Here is a recap to get us up to speed:
Now the next phase of the system comes into play. After refusing a plea bargain Nasir Khan has got to survive in prison long enough, which he can under Freddie’s wing, to make it to trial. Weiss/Box and Kapoo/Stone make their respective cases.
Part VI: Samson and Delilah
Freddy: “I’m gonna make a proper convict of you yet.”
Under Freddy’s wing now, Naz settles into Rikers, making commissary money renting out a cell phone to other inmates, sitting for tattoos, smoking weed and heroin. Looking into Naz’s past, Box discovers he transferred schools in 9th grade. A teacher explains why: aggressive behavior that put a schoolmate in the hospital. Reviewing security footage from the gas station where Naz stopped with Andrea “the night of,” Chandra notices a man who waits for the cab to leave before driving after it. Questioning the man at his workplace, a mortuary, she’s shaken by his intense dislike of women. Naz’s trial begins, and prosecutor Weiss methodically reconstructs the night of the crime, Naz’s movements around the city, and his attempt to escape custody at the precinct. Looking over photos of the crime scene he took earlier on his iPhone, Stone wonders how it is a young unemployed drug addict like Andrea lived alone in a brownstone worth so much money, and who could profit from her death.
Are all of us itching for this story to move on? Once we get a taste of the trial proceedings at the back end of this episode we are all eager to see what plays out there. The Zallian/Price story is well written and executed; we get all aspects of the issue and the players. That includes, for example, moments with the Khan family, reflective moments for Chandra Kapoor or Stone’s home life with the cat.
To me, and I may be the only one, feel that those moments add character development and richness, but don’t propel the story along much. Neither do the lengthy scenes in Riker’s. Though they are a great take on prison life, they fit more into a series like HBO’s OZ. If I had a complaint about THE NIGHT OF it would be that these scenes seem to dominate the story and all they do is repetitively prove that Naz is being acclimated into the criminal life very well regardless whether he really is one or not. Well, let me correct that – he is criminal, if he isn’t a murderer at least he is now a drug smuggler. At any rate, to be gleaned from these scenes is the notion that Freddie is setting up Naz nicely for a life in prison. Even though Naz has not been convicted yet, the chances of being set free are slim and Freddie knows it. Though he gives Naz clothes and sets him up for hope it is all so that Naz bonds with Freddie. Freddie knows Naz is doomed to be a convict and he wants him in his corner and to be his drug mule. Being naive and alone Naz has clearly taken that hook, line & sinker.
With two episodes to go the question still looms rather large and all the metaphor’s we’ve been talking about are still obvious. First, the hanging question – is Naz guilty or innocent of the murder of Andrea Cornish? Detective Box has finally been doing some real legwork & Weiss has painted the picture now that it was a premediated act. You know, I wondered about Box’s methods early, did you? Stone hit the pavement and looks at angles while Box just let the quick and easy evidence convince him that Naz was guilty. Now we finally have seen Box talking to character witnesses and tracking records and footage in these past two episodes. But, is the prosecuting side of the coin only seeking out the answers that would benefit them?
John Stone and Chandra Kapoor on the other hand have really dug up some evidence for the defense. If nothing else, in the 11th hour will they surely shed light on the fact that there could be three other likely suspects. They are Duane Reade, if they can find him again, Mr. Day, the creepy mortician and Don Taylor, the victim’s stepfather. This show is very much still a ‘whodunit’. Weiss and Box are just going after the easy target. What does that say about the criminal justice system?
Now a quick look at some of the metaphorical examples. We can easily see moments or clues, perhaps that things are looking up, though on the surface it clearly doesn’t look like it. Stone’s eczema is clearing up. He can even put shoes on now. You know, sometimes you just got to be diligent and try all measures or alternative choices to get to the answers. The non-traditional herbal remedy is helping Stone and the diligence of his and Chandra’s work may just do the same. A clearly John and Andrea’s cat are assimilating slowly, but surely, just like Naz in prison. The biggest and newest metaphor is this episode’s title – Samson and Delilah. It refers to Mr. Day’s feelings about women and men that women are out to seduce and entrap men, to his disgust. We know what suspicions that raised in Chandra. Andrea entrapped Naz with sex & drugs and brought him down. Also Weiss is bringing down a man and emasculating him in her own way too. So, watch out for the wiles of women, I guess!
You certainly need to watch out for Helen Weiss. She is very cleverly working the system her way and is very good at it. But, again the defending team have their ammunition. The question lies of whether Chandra and lay it out as well as Weiss did. At the end of the episode we learn more about the relationship between Andrea and her stepfather. Can Stone reveal truths there? It all comes down to two more episodes. In Part VII the Defendant’s side of the story is heard.
Keep this in mind –
– It has been proved that Naz has previous drug use and violent behavior. – Naz lies. He didn’t mention drug use before and he has never mentioned that he stabbed Andrea through the hand.
The crime scene shows splattered blood in Andrea’s bedroom yet Naz was not blood soaked. Yes, there was some blood, but he looked overall neat and clean really for all the blood there was about.
Though this particular review did not go scene by scene through all of the story, it has set up the major points from it and set you up for what is ahead. It isn’t over yet up its exciting end is coming soon.