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Justice in Love and War
- The episode opens with Jack literally stumbling across a man who'd been beaten up by mobsters. He and Trixie proceed to hear his story and help him get the woman he's fallen for away from the mobster who took a shine to her. All of this is done at high risk and no pay. Yet, according to Jack, the letter he received from the couple a year later telling him and Trixie they were doing well, had a baby on the way, and making promises about the baby's name Jack doubted would come to pass was the nicest fee either of them had ever received.
How Much Is That Gumshoe In The Window?
- The story of how Jack and Trixie got a dog. They're hired to investigate a "dognapping" case, where a pregnant champion beagle has gone missing from the kennel — turns out she wasn't dognapped at all, just taken away for a bit by one of the kennel owners to hide the fact that her newborn litter of puppies were mutts (a case which, if it got out, would damage the reputation of the kennel). Trixie, who has been treating the entire case with a mix of amused disdain and annoyed exasperation, completely falls for the seven newborn puppies, and is the one who insists on staying on the case for long enough to find good homes for them all. She also takes a clear liking to one of the pups, "the one with the little fat stomach and the crazy-quilt patches everywhere"...
Trixie: Awwww, come on, Jack! Pleeeeease?
Jack: You've never said "please" to me in your life.
Trixie: That's why it should be really impressive now!
Jack: Where'll he stay?!
Trixie: We'll take turns!
Jack: It's ridiculous! It's impractical! I absolutely forbid it!
Trixie: (narrating) And that was how King Junior came to be the agency dog. He wouldn't be doing very much crime-busting in the forseeable future... but it made sitting around and waiting for a case a more pleasant thing. There was something about watching a pup sleep in a sunbeam that was more satisfying than reading your name backwards on the door... even if Black Jack tried to pretend he didn't think so.
- This episode highlights more than any other Jack's and Trixie's Vitriolic Best Buds relationship with Sabien.
- They immediately realize something is wrong when Sabien comes to their office bearing donuts and not joining in on their Snark-to-Snark Combat, even after Jack gives him a wide opening. When they see the his latest murder investigation is affecting him deeply, Jack and Trixie both drop the snark and offer their advice and sympathy.
- Both try to persuade Sabien against pursuing the case he's on after homicide is taken off of it. Failing that, they reluctantly accept his request to hire them, taking a week's worth of $35 a day and no expenses rather than their normal fee. While Jack thinks this will do more harm than good, Trixie convinces him to at least give Vic the comfort of knowing that he saw it through the best he could.
- When Sabien is prepared to kill the episode's murderer, Jack talks him down. Not because he gives a single solitary damn about the man Sabien's ready to kill, in fact Jack specifically tells him he and Trixie won't stop him, won't tell on him, and won't even think less of him for it if he decides to shoot anyway, but because Jack knows full well this won't alleviate any of Sabien's guilt and only add this scumbag to his burden.
- Finally, when all is said and done, Sabien comes to Jack's office and stays long enough to let Jack read a police file he'd brought. The file contains information on one of Jack's old cases, briefly mentioned in front of Sabien during the episode and mentioned as early as episode one as being one Jack could never let go of. The file gives Jack closure, lifting one of his own long held burdens as it reveals that the client he'd long thought wrongfully convicted and executed was, in fact, guilty all along.
The Late Mr. Justice
- Crossing over with Awesome, an old enemy of Jack's, Rick Morales, is released from prison and almost immediately launches a plan to kill Jack. To do so, Morales kidnaps Jack's girlfriend, Dorothy, and promises to kill her unless Jack lets Morales kill him. However, Morales makes the mistake of giving Jack time to make a plan and he uses it to get every friend and ally he can get. The encounter ends on a shootout between Morales' gang and Jack, Trixie, Sabien, Nelson, "Button-Down" Theo, and hotel detective Alf McKinney while Freddy the Finger sneaks Dorothy free and out of the line of fire. Some of those allies say it was more for Dot's sake than Jack's, but the sentiment is there either way.