Franklin & Bash – Summer Girls

by Alan Rapp on July 22, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Franklin & Bash – Summer Girls
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Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) find themselves in unfamiliar territory when they walk into military court to defend two female officers (Kayla EwellGabrielle Dennis) charged with the assault of two male officers during a bar brawl. With their limited knowledge of military law and daming footage of the brawl that paints an entirely different picture that night than the women’s story, Jared and Peter call in Hanna (Garcelle Beauvais) for back-up.

A little digging uncovers the fact that the women’s strongest public supporter (Joanna Cassidy) set the girls up the night of the fight to disqualify them from a front line programs like the EOD which the Captain believes should not include female soldiers. Unable to prove this, Franklin and Bash’s only option is a desperate gamble that almost leads to the dishonorable discharge and imprisonment of both women.

The episode’s B-stories involves Damien’s (Reed Diamond) affair with Alyssa (Tiffany Dupont), the office’s hot new summer associate who was once a stripper at a club he took a group of Infeld-Daniels clients and whom he is ordered to fire after she makes an expensive error that could cost the firm a minimum of $50,000, and Pendar’s (Kumail Nanjiani) guilt for accidentally destroying a gift Peter and Jared bought for Infeld (Malcolm McDowell).

Damien’s subplot works much better than Pindar’s (although Pendar’s plea hearing has a couple of fun moments). I’m hoping Dupont stays around awhile as her character showcases an entirely new side of Damien we haven’t seen before. The military court sequences give the courtroom scenes a different feel as well as an excuse to take Jared and Peter to the shooting range (in one of the episode’s best scenes).

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