In ‘Your Honor,’ Bryan Cranston plays Michael Desiato, a father, who is desperately trying to save his son, Adam, after his involvement in a hit and run kills the son of a powerful mobster, Jimmy Baxter. In episode 2, we come to know more about how Michael plans to salvage the situation. Although it sounds plausible in theory, his actions have some rather far-reaching consequences. So, without further ado, let’s discuss the episode, shall we? SPOILERS AHEAD.
Your Honor Episode 2 Recap
Michael asks Charlie to dispose of Robin’s car, which was involved in the accident. Kofi is the one who is assigned this task by his gang mate. Later, Adam and his father visit a coffee shop where the judge discusses a previous case with the waitress. They then head over to the cemetery, and Michael pulls a fast one on the beggar sitting at the gate. Essentially, Michael plans to play with people’s memories and make it seem as though “today is yesterday.”
The visit to Robin’s grave is also supposed to act as Adam’s alibi. Subsequently, during a conversation between Detective Nancy Costello and the judge, we find out that Robin was actually murdered in a robbery gone wrong. Michael also concocts an elaborate story about how the car was stolen when the detective asks him if everything is okay. Nancy affirms that they will find it. On the other side of town, cops pull Kofi over as he seemingly runs a red light.
Although they arrest him and take him to the station, he is able to finesse his way out until Cusack stops him. Baxter is desperately looking for the man that killed his son. Frankie tells him that Rocco’s blood was found on the inhaler (that belongs to Adam). Apart from this, they are also checking for any DNA evidence. At the impound, when the cop drives Adam’s car out, a piece of Rocco’s vehicle falls from the Volvo, confirming that this was the car used in the hit and run.
The car is then kept for evidential reasons, and a cop escorts Michael home. After he leaves, Adam and the father talk about the details of the case once again. The judge even asks him about the inhaler. All this time, Kofi is being mistreated by the police force. He has been taken to a remote location and is even cuffed to a radiator.
Your Honor Episode 2 Ending
Kofi is interrogated about the location of the phone, but he has no answers. So the corrupt cops put him in a car and fill it up with gas. The suspect passes out. Nancy calls the Desiato residence and leaves the information of the car “thief” with Adam, who then lets Michael know that an innocent man is being framed for their crimes. Moreover, officials even break into Kofi’s mother’s house in search of the phone. Lee comes back to town and goes to meet the judge. Michael asks her out for a glass of wine, and she accepts.
In prison, Little Mo gets in touch with Kofi and tells him to take the fall. He promises that the gang will take care of his mother and family. So that’s exactly what he does the next day at his court hearing – Kofi declares that he is guilty in the hit and run case. Michael and Adam are present in court when this happens. Later, Kofi’s mom even begs the judge to help save her son, but he refuses since it is out of his hands.
Furthermore, Baxter’s right-hand man thinks it was not a hit and run but an intentional hit. Rudy calls up Charlie and lets him know that they’re safe since Kofi has pleaded guilty. Even though Michael wants to protect his son, he also doesn’t want an innocent man to repent their sins. He asks Lee to help Kofi out, and she begrudgingly agrees. He then heads back to the courtroom, where he finds a very shattered Adam standing.
The Possibility of a Gang War
At the beginning of the episode, Michael has a clear goal – to get rid of his deceased wife’s Volvo that was involved in the accident. To accomplish this, he reaches out to Charlie, who himself is a mayoral candidate. Naturally, the judge doesn’t reveal the real reason behind why he wants to dispose of the car. Charlie thinks it’s because of Robin’s death and the judge goes with the flow. Following this, Michael believes that the situation is taken care of.
However, in the end, it turns out that to complete the task at hand, Charlie had gotten in touch with a cop, Rudy (the acting lieutenant). The latter presumably gets in touch with the gang, who further employ Kofi to steal the car. As the events of the episode unfold, the innocent Kofi ends up being incriminated because of corruption and threats. As such, the entire notion of a hit and run is eliminated. This is why Frankie, who is close to the crime boss, states that Rocco’s accident wasn’t simply an accident.
It was a hit, implying that there is an entire conspiracy behind the “operation.” Even though Jimmy thinks that his son’s culprit has been found, he is still not at peace. He even claims that he will “clean this city up.” Evidently, the threat of gang war looms in the air. On one side will be the Desire gang, and on the other side will be Jimmy Baxter’s men. It is sheer luck that Adam is not pinned down for the crime.
However, in attempting to save his own son, Michael may just end up triggering a war that will cause damage to human life and other resources. After all, if Jimmy thinks that his son was intentionally killed, he would go to any length for vengeance. It’s almost ironic that Michael’s actions (which also stem from the love he has for Adam) may end up leading to the gang war, which could have been avoided if only Adam had confessed.
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