Conviction: (S01E07) “A Simple Man”


I apologize for the tardiness of this review also. 

So this episode is about the injustices faced by people who fall in a limbo area on the IQ scale and whether or not they should be incarcerated or placed in an alternative facility. 

Hayes is ambushed by the DA and a film crew who are working on a story about a man with diminished capacity who was convicted of arson. He allegedly set fire to his family’s restaurant which resulted in the death of one man and the injury of another.

The investigation is hampered a bit but Hayes’s reluctance to be filmed because she thinks the filmmaker is manipulative and simply using someone else’s story to get rich. She referred to him as a whore, which I thought was very funny.

Her and her team work around the film crew. First they thought it was one of the two brothers because of financial motives but then it turns out it was actually one of the brother’s wife. The brother who was convicted always followed the rules on his chore sheet. She changed the chore sheet so that he would put kitty litter into a bucket of oil, that would eventually catch on fire.

B Story: The filmmaker manipulates the team a bit to get his interviews. The ex-cop has started using pain medication again. This is probably a direct result of having to watch a man kill himself in the previous episode. 

Buss laugh moment of this episode: Hayes calling the filmmaker and the DAs whores. You have to watch the scene to see why it funny. (Go do that.) 

Punched in the feels moment of this episode:  When the guy realizes that he did set the fire but by accident because he followed the rules, like he always does. Poor guy. 

Made me ponder for a sec moment of this episode:  n/a

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