Finally, Asher (Matt McGorry) gets the attention he deserves! My favorite character and the show’s biggest loser, Asher Millstone, gets an emotional arc that’s actually better than most of the other characters’, even though he’s endured the past five weeks as the most one-dimensional cast member.
This episode they’re tackling the case that first opened Keating’s eyes to the failings of the courtroom: Keating (Viola Davis) has appealed the decision and her crew now has the chance to “make an unjust system just.”
It’s a classic TV trick to reveal a character’s backstory in an episode when someone from their past returns. It airs dirty laundry in an organic manner. But Keating isn’t the only one uncovering an emotional past: Asher’s father turns out to be the corrupt judge who sent an innocent man to death row in exchange for a career boost. Needless to say, this is a downer for Asher.