Just saw the Jan 12th episode and though I missed the beginning, the episode ends with Elisabeth Röhm’s character getting fired becuase she’s too passionate about the prosecutions, while the D.A. prefers a more “cold-blooded” approach. Well, colour me shocked, because Röhm’s painfully wooden acting always struck me as being entirely too impassionate.
And I guess I missed a bunch of episodes because Röhm’s character asks at the end if she’s being fired for being a lesbian. To me, that came way out of left field. Was this an established plot point or just thrown in for shock value?
Anyhoo, Annie Parisse has been lined up as replacement. I can’t imagine she’ll be worse than Röhm or, God forbid, Dianne Wiest.
I wasn’t paying much attention but I heard the “Is this because I’m a lesbian?” line and wondered where the heck that came from, too. I don’t recall any reference to it before. Was it mentioned earlier in the show?
Perhaps it was for shock value or maybe they plan on having her sue for wrongful dismissal and keeping the actress around a little while longer.
I thought the lesbian thing was showing how shallow Serena was–everything was personal and all about her. She didn’t take onboard Arthur’s reasonable dissertation on the difference between being a prosecutor and an advocate at all.
I’m not terribly fond of Rohm, but I didn’t think she was hideous. However, I think I’ve seen most of the episodes that she has been on.
My immediate reaction to the “Is it because I’m a lesbian?” was a loud and resounding WHAT THE FUCK? Frankly, I was impressed that she hadn’t gotten laid by Jack. I never would’ve seen that, and maybe it’s that “wooden” acting again, but I, well… I was stunned.
NBC’s done stuff to get a reaction, but this was just, IMO, gratuitous. She got fired for a valid reason. Why bring sexual orientation into it at all?
sigh I like most of the remaining cast, but I’m starting to be very disappointed. Oh, well.
C’mon, Bryan, you know better than that. I have edited the thread title, although it’s probably too late. NOte that you posted it before the show had aired on the West Coast of the U.S., to say nothing of people who taped it to watch for later. Putting a spoiler in the title of the thread is rude and inconsiderate.
Though I’ll concede it was inconsiderate of me to forget the West Coasters who might not have known that this particular episode marked Rohm’s departure, the subject of her impending departure was discussed on this board some time ago.
The thing that ticks me off is that pre-Claire, Jack had only had three female assistants. I guess they’re trying to make up for lost time. It’s not realistic he’d have four female assistants in a row.