‘Rebel’ Recap: Season 1 Episode 1 — Katey Sagal as Legal Consultant

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Annie Flynn Ray Bello aka Rebel is mad as hell and he or she’s not gonna take it anymore.
The ABC drama from Krista Vernoff (and loosely based mostly on activist/exec producer Erin Brockovich) kicks off with the title character (performed by Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal) crashing a company occasion to interrogate Mr. Duncan, a CEO whom she has been emailing about his firm’s defective coronary heart valves.
Rebel offers him one final likelihood to deal with the problem and he tries throw her out of the occasion, prompting the authorized clerk to name within the cavalry: a military of protestors. Of course, the cops are summoned and Rebel goes by way of the acquainted technique of eradicating her jewellery earlier than being taken away in handcuffs — however not earlier than falling off the stage whereas calling out the company for his or her dangerous product.

While in jail, Rebel talks to a girl who was arrested for stabbing her abusive boyfriend. She inform Naomi to name her daughter, Cassidy (Lex Scott Davis), who’s a lawyer. We additionally study that Rebel has a number of ex-husbands attributable to her line of labor, together with police officer Flynn (Matthew Glave).
Rebel makes bail and argues with Cassidy, who’s upset together with her mother for “getting drunk and assaulting a CEO.” She doesn’t assume anybody will contact the center valve case however Rebel is decided to pursue it. Borrowing her present husband Grady’s (John Corbett) automotive, she heads to high-powered lawyer Cruz’s (Andy Garcia) home to try to get him on board. Cruz, nonetheless, isn’t all for taking over the case and closes the door on her.
The subsequent morning, Rebel steals Grady’s pockets and asks her buddy Lana (Tamala Jones), a non-public investigator, to look into it as a result of she suspects him of dishonest. At the hospital, Rebel makes one other professional bono referral for her daughter earlier than attempting to persuade her son Nate (Kevin Zegers), a gynecologist, to get entangled with the center valve case. She desires him to begin a research, and he gained’t do it because the proof she has is circumstantial at greatest. Their relationship is strained, largely attributable to the truth that Nate was raised by “nannies on bikes” whereas she was off saving the world.
Elsewhere, Cassidy meets with Naomi about her home violence case. When Naomi has hassle recalling sure particulars, Cassidy concludes that she would possibly nonetheless be in shock. In a listening to, Cassidy delivers a passionate testimony on behalf of her consumer and impresses her father Benji (James Lesure), who provides to rent her as an affiliate. But Cassidy doesn’t wish to work for the darkish aspect aka company legislation.
Meanwhile, Rebel visits her buddy Helen, who obtained one of many defective coronary heart valves, will not be doing nicely and desires to surrender. Rebel, nonetheless, makes it clear that she’ll get that valve out of her buddy if it’s the very last thing she does. She even suggests taking out a second mortgage on her home, which Lana promptly shoots down as a result of there’s a greater manner to do that with out jeopardizing her funds. It’s time to return to Cruz.

Rebel phases a sit-in with a bunch of protestors in Cruz’s workplace, forcing him to lastly take heed to their tales. One by one, they share their harrowing experiences with the center valve, together with a girl whose child is extraordinarily unwell after having it put in whereas pregnant. When Cruz nonetheless refuses to take the case, Rebel presses him additional, reminding him that his spouse additionally died due to that valve. Cruz snaps and angrily reveals why he’s so in opposition to it: he doesn’t wish to be reminded of what occurred together with his spouse. Rebel counters that she could be pissed at him for letting harmless folks endure when he can do one thing to cease it. This solely enrages Cruz much more, and he fires his marketing consultant.
In Rebel’s Children Are Struggling information, Cassidy tells her father that she is exhausted by her mother, who feels the necessity to deal with each injustice on this planet. It’s overwhelming, which makes her dad’s provide tempting. Plus, Rebel’s daughter Ziggie (Ariela Barer), who’s simply out of rehab, attends a help group and meets a cute man named Sean. When he asks her out, she turns him down as a result of it’s a greater thought to give attention to her restoration.
Lana has not met with Naomi, and escorts her to her condominium to pack up her abusive boyfriend’s issues. They discover medication and an unlicensed gun in his drum set, which means he’ll in all probability get an elevated sentence — particularly since Lana referred to as Flynn to make sure he receives the proof.  The celebratory temper shift need Naomi’s boyfriend exhibits up and tries to assault her, however is taken down by Lana. Not solely did his stitches tear, however he’s seemingly going through much more time for headbutting a police provide.
At the bar, Rebel is ingesting away her sorrows when Lana calls her with a gift: the abusive boyfriend has been arrested. Rebel heads over to jail and threatens to rain hellfire over the abusive musician if he doesn’t comply with steer clear of Naomi, and set the file straight in courtroom. Guess what he selected to do?
It’s time to have a good time Rebel and Grady’s tenth anniversary. The household has gathered for the shock occasion, and it’s one of many few instances that they give the impression of being blissful collectively. Lana receives a name which explains what’s happening with Grady: He’s been involved with a high-end divorce lawyer. Upset, Rebel confronts Grady who lies and claims it was a piece factor.

When Ziggie reveals that she discovered divorce papers in his belongings, Grady lastly comes clear. He tells everybody he’s bored with his spouse all the time working and never being house “to prepare dinner me dinner” — a sexist assertion that deeply offends the entire household and ends in Nate punching him. Nate promptly leaves to go to Helen and begin the center valve research for his mother.
In the ultimate scene, Rebel tosses a few of Grady’s garments in a fireplace. Cruz exhibits up — Cassidy stuffed him in on what occurred — and provides to take her out to drink. But Rebel declines, as a result of she desires to recollect how she feels on this second. Getting to the center of his go to, Cruz fingers over his spouse’s post-mortem outcomes. He was afraid to have a look at it earlier than due to what it would say — that she might have killed herself as a result of ache. However, it’s been concluded that she died of a coronary heart assault. Glancing on the paperwork, Rebel rallies Cruz: “Let’s go crush these bastards.”

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