Journalist Ben Urich investigates the big bad of Hell’s Kitchen, Karen deals with the consequences of Union Allied, and Matt and Foggy are asked to represent a hit-man.
In this digital age of bloggers working from home in their underwear (as one of those bloggers, no offense taken), the New York Bulletin is struggling to keep up, causing more focus on “sexy” stories, instead of actual news, like the rise of new players in the underworld of Hell’s Kitchen. Enter Ben Urich, veteran journalist and writer of the Union Allied scandal piece, who clings to the ethics and relevance of journalism instead of completely giving into the fluff pieces he’s given. Though, Urich has his own problems outside of work that he must deal with. Much like Karen Page.
Karen receives a letter from the attorneys of the dissolved Union Allied, offering her a large sum of money and forgiveness for breaking her non-disclosure agreement when the stolen pension information was given to The New York Bulletin. All she has to do is sign another NDA on Union Allied, and any of the events surrounding the scandal. They do, however, offer their sincere apologies for any stress she may have endured. Now, Karen must decide whether to sign, or take matters into her own hands.
Matt and Foggy are called upon by Mr. Tick-Tock (the man working for Union Allied and the unnamed “employer,” who Matt associates with the sound of his watch ticking) to take on the defense of a man being tried for murder, but claims self defense. As they soon discover, something is off about the case, but Matt pushes Foggy to take it so he can dig deeper into Mr. Tick-Tock’s employer.
“Rabbit in a Snow Storm” focuses on the idea of ethics. Ethics in law as Matt and Foggy defend a professional killer with a corrupt jury, Karen’s personal ethics on being paid to keep quiet about Union Allied, and Ben Urich’s ethics in journalism. As blogs and websites continue to push out newspapers and magazines, journalists are forced to take on stories with less news and more sex. Not sex as in sex, but the sexy pieces that get readers attentions and make sales. Ben Urich is a journalist from a time when newspaper journalists wrote about news, and he continues to fight for his beliefs, but times are getting desperate for aging journalists like him.
With the introduction of Ben Urich and his personal struggles, and the priest Matt confessed to in “Into the Ring,” Hell’s Kitchen is filling up. The city is becoming less of a faceless idea and more of a character on it’s own. Matt fights for people Like Ben Urich and Clair Temple, and these characters strengthen the connection Matt has to his city.
Seeing Matt and Foggy actually work the case, from interviewing their client, gathering research and information, and the trial itself, is a nice touch to the show. It’s easy to forget about the responsibilities and details of Matt’s “normal” life as a defense attorney. Seeing them in action shows they are lawyers in more than just name.
The episode did have one small flashback in the first scene. While the show’s other uses of flashbacks have been distracting, this one in particular was used well and served it’s purpose and bringing the audience right back into the action, while adding some humor.
Some small Easter Eggs/connections to be noticed in this episode. In Ben Urich’s office, he has several articles framed that he’s written, but two stand out. “Harlem Terror,” referencing the events at the end of The Incredible Hulk, and “Battle of NY,” the events occurring at the end of The Avengers, which has been called “the incident.”
Who is the big bad of Hell’s Kitchen? Who is Mr. Tick-Tock’s employer? Who is so terrifying that it sends veteran gangsters running to retirement and causes a man to take his own for fear of what this Kingpin of corruption would do to him. We’re finally given a name and a face.