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Romeo and Juliet on The Jury
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.1220  Wednesday, 9 June 2004

From:           Richard Burt <
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Date:           Tuesday, 8 Jun 2004 22:20:32 -0400
Subject:        Romeo and Juliet on The Jury

Romeo and Juliet comes up repeatedly in the premiere EPISODE OF FOX
NETWORK'S TV SERIES, THE JURY (Tuesday, JUNE 4, 2004, 9-10 P.M. EST). A
high school English teacher testifies for the defense (a high school
student, Darren Klein, is on trial for the murder of his girlfriend,
Sara Gates) comparing the defendant and the dead girlfriend to Romeo and
Juliet. the two lovers planned a double suicide, but only Sara killed
herself (or was murdered by Darren). Some jurors see the analogy, but
others draw on the play to dispute it. outside the courtroom awaiting
the verdict, the D.A., Keenan O'Brien (Jeff Hephner) and defense lawyer
(Megan Delaney, played by Anna Friel, who, incidentally, is English and
played Hermia in Michael Hoffman's A Midsummer Night's Dream) also
discuss the play. The D.A. gives the defense lawyer a copy of Romeo and
Juliet someone sent him anonymously with the words "Read this in forty
years if the boy is guilty" typed on a piece of paper and taped on the
inside front cover. (the edition seems to be a faux, as far as I can
tell). The D.A. does not know the play so the defense lawyer, who read
it as a "girl" in "high school" fills him and cites the lines "Virtue
itself turns vice, being misapplied; And vice sometimes by action
dignified. Act 3, scene 2." The D.A. asks her if she has the play
memorized and she says that "in England my governess took Shakespeare
very seriously." She asks him " You really find it hard to relate to the
play?" and then cites Friar Laurence's "These violent delights have
violent ends." After the trial is over (Klein is found not guilty), the
DA gives the lawyer the copy of R and J.

The jury is made up have men and half women. A guy starts to make the
case for not guilty, but an elderly woman clinches it.

After the verdict, we see a flashback, and the guy really was
innocent--sort of. Sara took the gun from him and they tell each other
how much they love one another. She then puts the gun to her head
(shades of Claire Danes in Baz Luhrman's film) to kill herself but,
lacking the will, pauses and asks Darren to help her. He then helps her
pull the trigger.
The website is at http://fox.com/jury/

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