Episodes: 13 (half-hour)
TV show dates: October 2, 2014 — January 22, 2015
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Kate Walsh, Tone Bell, Ryan Hansen, John Ducey, and Miguel Sandoval.
TV show description:
This comedy series revolves around Judge Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh) of the Los Angeles County Circuit Court. She’s tough-as-nails and one of LA’s most respected criminal court judges. She has a reputation for unorthodox behavior in the courtroom, including creative rulings and saying exactly what’s on her mind.
Her private life, on the other hand, is anything but innocent and she has a truly wild lifestyle. While there’s no shortage of male admirers who would love to spend time with her, she’s not ready to settle down.
Other characters include bailiff Tedward (Tone Bell), handsome expert witness Gary Boyd (Ryan Hansen), prosecutor Tom Barlow (John Ducey), and Judge Hernandez (Miguel Sandoval), Rebecca’s boss.
Episode #13 — Case Closed
Judge Hernandez informs Rebecca that if she hears three more cases by Thursday, she will break the record as the youngest judge to hear 1,000 cases. She and Tedward leap into action, but the first case involves a series of geriatric witnesses and moves so very, very slowly, Rebecca fears it could jeopardize her chances. In order to guarantee the record, Rebecca snags a shift in night court and skates through two cases in quick succession. The important third case comes to a screeching halt, however, when a fire-breathing magician demonstrates his act and sets off the emergency sprinkler system. The record still stands.
Meanwhile, Tedward urges Gary to buy Rebecca a present in anticipation of her new record. They go shopping together and while Gary struggles to find the right thing for Rebecca, he manages to purchase several cool gifts for Tedward. Although Tedward appreciates each one, it’s not until they both see a remarkably familiar van that they both know what to do.
Back in her courtroom, Rebecca continues with the original, slow-moving case, losing confidence in her ability to finish it before the Thursday deadline. During recess, she agrees to meet up with Michelle, who’s in need of some support after discovering her ex-husband is dating an old high school friend… a friend they both spot at lunch! Rebecca and Michelle confront her, but when the girlfriend dumps a margarita in Michelle’s lap, Rebecca responds with a strong right hook to her face – and finds herself in cuffs for assault.
Tom manages to finagle Rebecca’s release from jail in time to learn that a technicality will postpone Rebecca’s chance at setting the record. That is, until Judge Hernandez hands her a case to cover – a quick and dirty dine-and-dash. Tom, Tedward, Judy and Rebecca work at breakneck speed to complete the case in the final four minutes before the deadline – and Rebecca sets the record!
Afterwards, Judge Hernandez gifts her his lucky bolo tie that he received when he hit 1,000 cases. But Gary and Tedward wow her with their big surprise: an exact replica of her van. Rebecca nearly cries with excitement as she hops in and drives away.
The next day, Rebecca wakes up (with Gary asleep by her side) and starts her day as she always does: in a rush, shockingly late and with a flair unlike any other judge. (Courtesy NBC.)
First aired: January 22, 2015
What do you think? Do you like the Bad Judge TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?