Last Night’s TV – Criminal Justice


I’m left at a bit of a loss after last night’s episode in that what had been – previously – a flawless plot, seemed to go somewhat awry in episode four.

In last night’s episode, the trial had begun, the defence being provocation, but although Jack spent a lot of time and expended a lot of energy to get Juliet to accept this was her only option if she wanted her life back, Juliet didn’t actually say anything that could get her off on a manslaughter or even diminished responsibility charge. Or did I just miss something?

Once again, the actors’ performances were faultless, but I felt that we’re missing exactly what it is the defence are going to be putting forward in court. Yes, we heard Juliet admit to Jack – after some leading motivational words – that Joe had been controlling, but since when was that sufficient to present a case of justifiable homicide?

We didn’t hear that he’d sexually or physically abused her, not specifically anyway, and we didn’t hear in detail what the manner of his controlling was, so I did feel somewhat let down by that gaping hole in the plotline.

That said, maybe the answers will come tonight. Perhaps Moffat is going to keep us waiting until the last moment to hear Juliet’s revelations. I hope so because otherwise, he’ll be asking us to simply accept that Jack and Anna have a solid case.

I thought it a rather nice touch to have the drug dealing youth admit to innocently sponsoring Joe for his marathon; I have to say, I didn’t see that one coming.

Tonight’s episode should be an edge of the seater as we’ll finally get to hear just exactly what happened on the night Joe was stabbed, and why. Was he abusing Ella? Is that why she said in last night’s episode, “Roll over baby” while playing with dolls? Was she reliving that abuse?

Or does Juliet think that Ella stabbed Joe? Is that why she said to her daughter, “I did it for you” meaning not that she’d killed Joe for her daughter but that she’d owned up to it so Ella wouldn’t be suspected? After all, we saw the sequence in which Joe ended up with a knife in him from Ella’s perspective, and as Jack proved in her cross-examination of the girl last night, her recollections aren’t necessarily the true ones.

We didn’t actually see anybody sticking that knife in Joe, and if Ella did do the deed, and had simply blocked it out, it would explain a lot.

Two things from last night’s episode that I’m still unclear on though were why Juliet trashed her room in an apparent rage and why has she started pushing that piece of ceramic through her palm?

I’m sure all will become clear tonight, and I daresay I’ll be dangling off the edge of my sofa for the entire conclusion!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.