“Bad Judge” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot” aired on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. The first episode was an introduction to Rebecca Wright’s personality and character, her job and the people in her life. Read on for the recap to “Bad Judge.”
The pilot opened with Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) having a hard time getting up from bed after her phone’s alarm sounded off. She reluctantly rolled over, revealing a slutty outfit, obviously worn during a night of partying. This was then followed by a montage of what Rebecca had to do to prepare for work, including taking a detour to the local Walgreens to get medicine for her hangover. She also bought a pregnancy kit.
She peed on the stick just in time for the bailiff Tedward (Tone Bell) to declare that the “honorable Judge Rebecca Wright” was coming inside the court. She walked in discreetly holding the pregnancy stick, with her hair tied up neatly and her disheveled clothes covered under the judges’ robe. Before she was to start her session, she saw that the test was negative. Good! She gave the pee stick to Tedward, who was cringing as he was holding it.
It was time to get to work. Today’s case was that of a bigamist, Douglas Riller, whose crime of loving and marrying two different women have landed him in court. He also falsified documents. The prosecutor’s witness for this day was the court psychiatrist Dr. Gary Boyd (Ryan Hansen), who was brought on the stand to convince the judge that Riller was a flight risk.
Riller denied this, but Rebecca was able to smartly draw him out, proving that the defendant was quite familiar with flights and layovers of a place where there had no extradition clauses with America. A quick decision about his bail, and Rebecca was back in her chambers, this time, making out with Gary, the psychiatrist. But in their haste, her bag dropped on the floor, revealing stuff like condoms and an opened pregnancy test kit.
Gary freaked out. Was Rebecca pregnant? Was the baby his? Rebecca had to make sure that Gary was aware they were not exclusive, and she was seeing other men. And no, she was not pregnant.
Tedward caught the two of them in their almost naked state, which seemed to not surprise him anymore. Apparently, this happened a lot at Judge Wright’s chambers. Anyway, he reminded her that Judge Hernandez (Miguel Sandoval) had asked her to file a motion, and right on cue, Hernandez walked in just as Rebecca received a call from Lincoln Elementary School. It was from Robby Shoemaker (Theodore Barnes), a 10-year-old kid. Hernandez reminded Rebecca not to get involved with the boy anymore, but she can’t help it. It was she who sentenced Robby’s parents to jail, so now, he’s in a group home.
So Rebecca drove to Robby’s school, who was in trouble for malicious drawings. She argued his case to the teachers and reduced his punishment from a two-week detention to just an apology. In the car, Rebecca reminded the boy to not get in trouble as she cannot keep doing this. Before Robby went inside the group home, Rebecca learned that he was being bullied by an unusually heavily bearded 12-year-old boy named Alphonso. When she saw the weird boy, she made sure to warn him.
It was the next morning, and Rebecca was running to get to a food truck. With headphones on, she bumped into people but could not care so long as she got breakfast. When she returned to the courthouse, Tedward warned her that Hernandez was looking for her. Apparently, she forgot to file the motion he asked her to do. But she was able to smooth talk her way out of this immediately, saying she was too caught up preparing a speech at the law school where Hernandez was the trustee. So her boss let this pass. Prosecutor Tom Barlow (John Ducey) saw the whole thing and could not believe Rebecca got away with it — again.
Robby called once more, and just like before, she helped him get off an offense at school. Once again, she brought him home; and just like before, she learned Alphonso was still bullying him. Rebecca advised the boy to document everything so he could report it, which was not a fun idea for a 10- year-old. Okay then. Instead, Rebecca suggested, why not punch Alphonso?
Robby: That’s the best advice a grownup’s given me in a long time!
It was time to hear Riller’s case again, where his wives pleaded for the judge to set him free. He was, after all, a first time offender and that he truly did love both women. The judge’s rule? Riller has already served time for his bigamy case, so he no longer has to go to jail. He has to go to a feminism course though and wear a shirt that said, “I’m a Convicted Bigamist” to class. Judge’s orders!
Anyway, remember that advise Rebecca told Robby about punching Alphonso? Well, it landed him in big trouble that a social worker recommended Robby be moved to a different home where the more violent juvenile delinquents were housed. Once again, Rebecca felt guilty, but she thought of a way to straighten things out. She asked Gary to come up with a letter supporting that Robby was only defending himself. It would be okay.
Then with Robby in tow, she proceeded to go to the event where she delivered her speech.
Rebecca: The very spirit of the law is about making things right side up and doing whatever you can to keep it that way.
All in a day’s work, right? Later, Rebecca celebrated at the bar with Tedward, Gary and Robby before a social worker came by to pick the boy up to bring him back home. Hernandez also swung by, congratulating Rebecca for the speech, while overlooking her involvement with Robby.
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And that’s the recap of “Bad Judge” Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot,” which aired on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. Did you like the first episode? Check back to Movie News Guide (MNG) for more about this show.
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