The DA finishes her presentation of the evidence, the defense begins theirs, and the prison gets bloody.
Spoilers for “Ordinary Death”
As the trial continues on the Helen continues on with her presentation of her case. She shows the jury the photos of Andrea (causing Safar to walk out of the courtroom) and the medical examiner explains the wounds on both her and the one on Naz’s hand. Box gives evidence as to his rational for charging Naz and why he waited so long to do so. The DA talks to a college kid who testifies Naz sold him Adderall. The coach from Naz’s first school discloses his past at the school, witnessing the defendant throwing his fellow classmate down the stairs and Naz’s cold demeanor afterward.
Chandra cross examines the coach about the atmosphere of the school at the time Naz attended. It wasn’t too long after the events on September 11th, the Muslim kids were being harassed and attacked by other students. “But Khan was the only [kid] at school who sent two students to the hospital,” the coach responds. “Two…” Chandra says, shocked. Naz neglected to tell her or Jack about throwing a full coke can at a different student less than a week after he returned from his suspension.
The prosecution rests and Chandra is up to the plate. She brings Dr. Katz in to dispute the medical examiners testimony about a wound on Andrea’s hand. He explains the stab wound didn’t come from the murder, but the game Naz and Andrea played while drinking and taking drugs. He also mentions the police missed seeing Andrea’s skin cells on her coffee and failed to mention the prior scars on the victim’s body from self-inflicted wounds over the years. The back gate doesn’t close, the back door was unlocked, a second story window was open, and a tree nearby could have been easily scaled to get up to that window. More evidence the police failed to mention or investigate. The knife found on Naz from Andrea’s apartment is a part of a set of four, one of the knifes is unaccounted for though Helen makes a good case for the possibility it could have gone missing over time.
While poring over the crime scene photos, John notices the inhaler in Andrea’s bed. It is not in evidence because Box gave it to Naz. The defense puts Box back on the stand to explain why he would break the chain of evidence to give Naz his inhaler. “Because he needed it. He was distressed. He was having trouble breathing,” Box says, but Chandra has a different theory. Box gave the defendant his inhaler because it doesn’t fit with the story they wanted to tell. How can Naz stab Andrea while puffing on his meds and not get blood all over it?
Chandra also questions the retiring detective about why he didn’t look into any other possible suspects. People like Duane Reade, who was with Trevor outside of Andrea’s apartment. Or Mr. Day the creepy mortician who talked to Andrea at the gas station when Naz was inside. Box has no answers, but it is pretty obvious he saw Naz and didn’t want to look any further. He is about to retire after all.
John is looking into Don Taylor and so far, what he sees does not look good for the stepfather. Don works at a gym, hitting on older women, even takes them to lunch. John has Ray Halle look into Don’s financials and the man has a few maxed out credit cards. Ray comes with some bonus information. The name of Don’s wife before Andrea’s mother. The older woman chats with John about her former husband. She knew the kind of man he is when she married him, but she didn’t mind. Until Don strangled her one night and she had to call 911. She paid him off to give her a quick divorce and that was that. John is not exactly invisible and Don knows the lawyer has been looking into him. He threatens John with a visit to his ex-wife and son if John doesn’t stop looking into him.
Back in Rikers, Naz is dealing with his mother thinking he killed Andrea by falling further into drugs and sharing a kiss with Chandra. Coming back from the courthouse, Naz notices blood by one of the toilets. He walks over to find Petey had cut his wrists open shards of broken glass. Freddy is confused as to why his drug hookup would take his own life. Petey had it made, he was protected by Freddy. Victor gives Naz a look to keep his mouth shut and the two men play dumb. Until Freddy comes to talk to Naz later that night. The next day, Naz distracts the guard on duty while Freddy cuts Victor’s throat in the TV lounge.
Questions, Thoughts, and Theories:
Since the kiss Chandra and Naz shared is on video, I’m sure she is going to have to recuse herself and John will have to take over as his lawyer.
Despite the fact that they introduced themselves to each other in court and acted as if they didn’t know one another, Helen and Dr. Katz very much know one another judging by their demeanor. I don’t know why I felt the need to point that out, but I did enjoy their back and forth. Good chemistry between the two.
It is curious to me that Safar thinks her son could be guilty, but Salim does not. What does the mother know about her son placed these doubts in her mind? Was it because of his actions at the first high school that makes her think her son could kill a young woman? Or did something else happen in his childhood?
In the beginning of the episode, the show none too subtly makes a point that a black woman (who may or may not be a prostitute) is stabbed to death, much in the same way Andrea was, but no media was there to cover this case. Simple, but hard truth, the media (and the public in general) will not care about this woman because she is not a beautiful, young, white girl who was murdered by a man whose skin color was not white.
Despite the fact that it is a losing situation between John and the cat, he can’t give up the feline he has become attached to even though it is making him sick. He can’t bear the idea of giving up without finding a way to save her. The parallels between the cat and Naz deepen. Despite the evidence stacking up against Naz, making him look like an unstable and violent person, John still believes in his client.
By the way he looked at the end of the episode, I wonder if Box is going to start poking around in the case. There is a large amount of doubt in his face and Chandra pointing out to him his lack of investigation has put that look there.
What did you think of last night’s The Night of? Do you think Box is regretting charging Naz without further investigation? Why do you think Safar could not believe her son? Talk to me in the comments section below.