'For Life' Season 2 Episode 2 Preview: Is Aaron Wallace ready to put his past behind him to practice law?

Aaron Wallace may be legally free, but there are still a number of chains binding him to his life in prison


                            'For Life' Season 2 Episode 2 Preview: Is Aaron Wallace ready to put his past behind him to practice law?
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Aaron Wallace (Nicholas Pinnock) has got a new lease on life. There have been a few necessary adjustments to life on the outside, sure, but he's landed on his feet. He and his wife Marie (Joy Bryant) have begun repairing the damage Aaron's arrest has done to his relationship, Aaron is getting to spend some quality time with his grandson, and he's even already landed himself a new, well-paying job practicing law. But is he truly ready to leave his old life behind him, or does he still see a prisoner when he looks in the mirror?

There are still a number of chains keeping Aaron from being truly free, the most pressing of which is his three-year probation. Every aspect of Aaron's life is being scrutinized, recorded, and judged by people who already believe he's guilty and are just waiting for an excuse to throw him back to prison for life. Beyond that, however, are the more mental chains binding Aaron to his old life. Nine years in prison isn't something that's easily forgotten, and there's a lot of trauma for Aaron to process. One of the best ways forward, though, is to keep one's mind occupied with work, and Aaron has more than enough of that on his plate.

Having entered an uneasy alliance with Spencer Richardson (John Douglas Thompson), Aaron's about to get his first taste of what it's like working for the man, but the case Richardson urges Aaron towards seems like exactly the kind of case Aaron got into law for in the first place. He'll be defending a woman who held up a hospital at gunpoint to get her son medical treatment she could not afford - a clear case of someone who was wronged by the system and had to make her way outside of it. The system has treated her unfairly, yes - but can Aaron turn that into a working defense in court?

The official synopsis for this episode reads, entitled 'The Necessity Defence, reads "At the urging of Spencer Richardson, Aaron defends a woman charged with holding hospital workers at gunpoint to secure lifesaving treatment for her son; a young social justice warrior joins Aaron and Roswell's firm." 

This episode of 'For Life' airs on December 2 at 10 pm ET on ABC.

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