'All Rise' Season 2 Episode 4: Should Luke be a public defender? Fans think he is 'too soft' for DA's office
Spoilers for 'All Rise' Season 2 Episode 4 'Bad Beat'
When 'All Rise' returned for its second season on CBS in November, fans were surprised to learn that sheriff-turned-prosecutor Luke Watkins (J Alex Brinson) and Emily Lopez (Jessica Camacho) had broken up. We assume at first that Emily had broken up with Luke when she keeps refusing to meet with him in the Season 2 premiere. However, we learn later that Luke broke up with her in the aftermath of the Black Lives Matter protests because he needed to do some soul searching.
Brinson spoke to MEAWW and said as much -- but it is not just his personal relationships that will see him think about stuff. We have been proud of how Luke has gone from a court officer to becoming a prosecutor after finishing law school. But we had been expecting him to join Emily and become a public defender. It may seem like Luke may be having those same thoughts too. In this week's episode, when Luke is forced to prosecute a young Black man for possession, Luke is left confused, knowing that the District Attorney's office is being too harsh on the man when he knows that if it were a white man, the outcome would be different.
Of course, it made sense that Luke went to Emily to talk about it -- similar to how Emily went to Luke for his help this season even though they have broken up. The mutual respect they have is amazing to watch, and this is another reason we still hope that Luke and Emily might end up working on the same side.
Fans feel the same way and believe that Luke may not be suited out for the DA's office. One fan tweeted, "Luke's got a soft heart (good), and he may not be cut out for the DA's office. #AllRise." Another wrote, "That’s right Luke . Speak up against harsher sentences for minorities in the DA office ! Equality #AllRise."
Luke's got a soft heart (good), and he may not be cut out for the DA's office. #AllRise— Tiffany (@tiffjaxon) December 8, 2020
That’s right Luke . Speak up against harsher sentences for minorities in the DA office ! Equality #AllRise— Char (@dailylikejesus) December 8, 2020
In the end, Luke decided not to pursue charges against the young man, even if it may risk his job. A fan wrote, "@AllRiseCBS Am I the only one who thinks that Luke shouldn’t be a prosecutor? #AllRise." Another tweeted, "#AllRise that moment between a black man and another black boy ..... I want to be a lawyer. THAT WAS POWERFUL!!!" A viewer opined, "I'm glad Luke did what he did. I'm scared of the consequences for him, but I'm still glad. #AllRise."
@AllRiseCBS— Sharen (@SharenTheFaith) December 8, 2020
Am I the only one who thinks that Luke shouldn’t be a prosecutor? #AllRise
#AllRise that moment between a black man and another black boy ..... I want to be a lawyer. THAT WAS POWERFUL!!!— Carter Challance (@CarterChallance) December 8, 2020
I'm glad Luke did what he did. I'm scared of the consequences for him, but I'm still glad. #AllRise— c_rossover (@c_rossover) December 8, 2020
He knows that the DA's office has a systemic structural problem as young Black kids are meted out unfair treatments. He wants to be the one to give them the second chances they deserve, but he is told that he cannot go rogue any longer. Will this prompt Luke to leave the DA's office and become a public defender? And if that happens, will Luke and Emily go back to each other, even though they are with different people now?
'All Rise' airs on CBS on Monday nights at 9/8c.