Maybe it was when Jimmy Smits' character, Supreme Court Justice Cyrus Garza, got into an argument with a comely American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who was picketing a public appearance of his -- followed shortly by the two of them sleeping together.
Or maybe it was the scene in which a U.S. senator ominously threatens Garza with impeachment or bodily injury if he votes a certain way on a pending case. Or it could have been a dozen other scenes in which NBC's new show "Outlaw," which aired last night, asks viewers not just to suspend their disbelief but throw it out the window. The show in every way seemed to fulfill most critics' expectations, which were that 'Outlaw' is a stinker that won't and shouldn't last longer than it takes to say non compos mentis.
It's true that the success of a Supreme Court TV show is not measured by fidelity to how the Supreme Court really operates. But this took infidelity to the facts to new depths, topping it off with painful acting and dialogue. Even though the Court is composed of nine public figures, if the justices filed a libel suit against NBC, jurors would be sorely tempted to award them damages for the tort of defaming an entire branch of government.
What do you think? Did we miss something? Comments welcomed.