Proven Innocent is an American legal drama television series created by David Elliot following the employees of a wrongful conviction law firm(Wikipedia).
This review contains spoilers, if you haven’t seen the episode “Shaken” please do not continue reading.
In the episode “Shaken,” Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre) and the Injustice Defense Group continue their quest to free the wrongly imprisoned and ensure justice is served.
This week the accused is Gabrielle Parcell (Samanta Sloyan), who has been imprisoned for the past ten years for the shaken baby death of her infant daughter Amelia. It seems Gabrielle suffered from Post Pardum Depression soon after the baby’s birth and was afraid she might hurt her child. Unfortunately, she shared this information with the wrong people and it lead to her arrest for murder.
The Injustice Defense Group’s investigation focused on Deborah Vandenhey (Deanna Dunagan), Gabrielle’s former mother-in-law and a high society lady who never approved of her. Deborah ran her household with an iron fist and wasn’t above abusing her son Clay (Mackenzie Astin) and grandson Declan (Aidan Traynor) when they displeased her. It is discovered that an injury Declan suffered as a child in which his grandmother told everyone he fell off his horse was actually caused by her. Declan turned out to be the key to proving Gabrielle’s innocent. He takes the stand and tearfully confesses when he was a child the baby crying annoyed him and he pushed the highchair to get Amelia to stop. Unfortunately, it toppled over and baby Amelia sustained a head injury resulting in death. He told his grandmother but she said Gabrielle was responsible for the baby’s death and ordered him to never reveal the truth. Judge Speer (Janet Ulrich Brooks) apologizes to Gabrielle for being wrongly accused and imprisoned and then Gabrielle is released. Judge Speer angrily tells Deborah she only wishes the statute of limitations didn’t prevent her from charging Mrs. Vandenhey for her crime, adding that at least the court of public opinion will do so. And for a woman like Deborah Vandenhey, social position is fostered on status and public opinion. It’s obvious the woman’s reputation will be ruined forever.
The subject of parenting is a focal point throughout the episode. While the team is working to free Gabrielle, Bodie (Vincent Kartheiser) is questioning his ability to be a role model to Castro’s (Tiffany Dupont) nephew Nathan (Ricky J. Hawk). After Nikki refers to him as a “man child,” Bodie gets worried that he isn’t mature enough to handle the responsibility of being a parent and asks Easy (Russell Hornsby) what he should do. I liked their exchange; Proven Innocent has been pairing Easy and Bodie together for investigations and I enjoy their interaction. As the men of the team, it’s good when they get to spend guy time together whether it’s solving a case of an issue in their personal lives. Easy has the experience of being a husband and father and knows there’s no right answer; you’re never ready for marriage and a family but have to be ready to want it. Bodie felt that despite his ‘playing with a katana,’ he’d be a great influence in Nathan’s life and wanted to give it a shot.
Gabrielle’s case and Bodie’s commitment issues aside, let’s not forget Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer) was still out there and gunning for Madeline’s head on the legal chopping block. He vowed he would go to his grave believing Madeline Scott was guilty. Bellows saw the light at the end of the tunnel when a lantern was dredged from the bottom of the lake. The lantern was said to be the murder weapon used to kill Rosemary Lynch. And a witness (convenient) insisted the last person she saw holding the lantern was Madeline. Before you could say closing credits, Bellows arrived at The Injustice Defense Group and arrested Madeline for the murder of Rosemary Lynch!
After spending the season working to prove innocent the wrongly accused, can The Injustice Defense Group do the same for Madeline? Stay tuned.
On Friday, May 3, 2019 at 9/8c Proven Innocent airs episode twelve “In Defense of Madeline Scott, Part 1.”
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