Recap / Tales From The Crypt S 6 E 1 Let The Punishment Fit The Crime

Predatory, shameless, and obnoxious ambulance chasing lawyer Geraldine Ferrett gets busted in the remote small town of Stuecksville for a moving violation. Ferrett initially thinks that she can simply resolve the situation by paying a fine, but soon discovers that the folks in Stuecksville have a very odd and strict concept of justice.

  • Amoral Attorney: Geraldine. The first judge even lampshades it. Austin was even worse back in his day.
  • Asshole Victim: Geraldine. Austin was one, too—getting vicious criminals off the hook with minor punishment. That's why he worked in the courts.
  • Big "NO!": Geraldine's last line.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The laws in this town are quite strict—punishing even the smallest infractions extremely.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: The courts dish out some major punishments, but Geraldine will be forced to work in the courts forever.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The car salesman warns Geraldine that the town is quite strict.
    • Austin does a deliberately terrible job of defending Geraldine and keeps suggesting she be sentenced to public service. He wants her to take his place as public defender, which would end his own suffering.
  • Genre Savvy: Austin reveals he immediately recognized that Geraldine could be his replacement.
  • Hello, Attorney!: Geraldine.
  • Hope Spot: Austin is able to get the initial complaint (the number of letters on her license plate) against Geraldine thrown out. However, she is promptly re-arrested for committing another crime (giving her business card to someone who already had counsel).
  • Ignored Expert: Austin advised Geraldine not to plead guilty and to quit while she was ahead.
  • Indy Ploy: Austin wanted Geraldine to take his place, but when the first two judges rejected this suggestion, he had to change tactics and approach.
  • Ironic Echo: "I'd rather be dead than you."
  • Meaningful Echo: "This is a very strict town."
  • Oh Crap!: Geraldine sees a photo of what looks like a hanging from decades ago and then she spots the modern car off to the side.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The first judge denounces Geraldine as a terrible person and an embarrassment to the profession.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Well not to anyone living in the town but to any outsiders it sure is.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: One actor plays the three judges.
  • Wham Line: "You are home, counselor."
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