“Janet King” recap (2.8): Her Majesty The King

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To find Ash’s killer, Janet and Bianca go back over the DNA report, where the learn that the killer has Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, which is one of a constellation of conditions that falls under the banner of “Intersex.”

jk8.13CAUSES INCLUDE TV WRITERS WHO THINK THEY’RE SO CLEVER.

Okay, you know I love you, show, but you really fucked this one up. First of all, I predicted that the whole “it was definitely a man” thing was a red herring way back in episode one, because anyone who has ever watched a procedural is familiar with this curveball. But making Peta intersex isn’t hackneyed, it’s offensive, because (and I’m gonna say it in caps lock, so it’s hard to miss), PEOPLE’S INTERSEX STATUS IS NOT A PLOT TWIST. INTERSEX PEOPLE ARE NOT HIDING AMONG US, TRYING TO TRICK US AND MURDER US WITH THEIR DECEITFUL DNA. It’s an incredibly destructive and overplayed narrative that encourages people to live in secrecy and shame.

For whatever reason, Bianca and Janet leap to the conclusion that the probable killer is Heather. In fairness, she does meet the criteria of having no children, no alibi for the night her passcode was used to break into the office, a known friendly relationship with Patrick, and a grudge against Janet for the earlier rape conviction.

Heather is arrested the next day, and as a lawyer, she requests Richard (of all people). She discloses that she would rather not reveal her alibi for the night of the breakup, because she was having vigorous sex with a 23-year-old soccer star.

jk8.14AND EVEN THOUGH HUGH JACKMAN AND I ARE NONEXCLUSIVE; I WOULDN’T WANT HIM TO HEAR ABOUT IT THIS WAY.

And I gotta say: GET IT, HEATHER! GET IT, GIRL!

Richard is reluctant to go up against Janet at the bail hearing, but the more he delves into the case, the more he thinks Janet is so eager for closure that she’s hurting the innocent. The two of them engage in an actual fight, which is TRAUMATIZING.

jk8.15WHY DON’T YOU TAKE YOUR FIRST PRINCIPLES AND YOUR STUPID FOOFY HAIR AND GO MILK A COW.

jk8.16YOU SHUT YOUR MOUTH! MY HAIR IS ADORABLE!

And at the actual hearing, Richard pretty much knocks it out of the park, even taking the unprecedented step of insisting people call him by his correct name.

Of course, since Janet thinks Ash’s killer is in custody, she starts to relax a little bit and invites Bianca over for a sleepover.

jk8.17I MEAN, I DON’T HAVE TO STAY IF YOU NEED SOME SPACE OR WHATEVER.

jk8.18BABY. SPACE IS FOR STRAIGHT PEOPLE.

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