The scene opens with Harry and Tommy out hunting. They hide in bushes waiting for a target, but Tommy does not like the cold. While he is complaining about the lack of comfort, a tiger appears at a distance. Tommy panics and wants to shoot it. However, Harry insists he shouldn’t because it could be the one that was reported lost from the zoo. Harry takes it on herself to report the escaped tiger to the authorities, after which the two carefully get away from their hunting spot. Annie is at her trial and defending her are Cassie and Adam. Philip Greson testifies that he was attacked by someone dressed like Wonder Woman. He was brutally beaten up, and badly enough to reach the hospital too. And that Wonder Woman was none other than Annie, Greson tells the court pointing at her. Adam cross-examines Greson.
Adam shows him several photos of a woman brutally beaten. Greson admits that is his wife. But he did not do that to her. Greson tells the court that his wife is capable of harming herself, just to put him into trouble and jeopardize his reputation. Later, Tommy and Harry are at a farmhouse. They inform Natalie Dupree that a tiger is running loose on her land. Besides, Tommy is not clinching a deal on Frosted Lakes. After Animal Control manages to get the tiger and safeguard the area, Natalie wants Harry to help her out. She admits having indulged in false imprisonment, and expressing her guilt, she shows them a strongly bolted door. After getting inside, Tommy and Harry are surprised to find a giant Gorilla. Natalie explains that Wentworth (the Gorilla) had escaped from the zoo, but he is not dangerous at all.
Wentworth can use and understand sign language as well. Making Harry nervous, the ape walks up to her, and holds her hand. Although Harry admits Wentworth is not completely wild, she wants to know why Natalie has kept him in her custody. She explains that she wants to send Wentworth to a wildlife sanctuary, but she needs his custody first. That’s where Harry can help her. Adam is at the trial defending Annie. A woman on the stand claims that she has been abused by her ex-husband, and he would stalk her as well. Besides, she could get very little help from the police, and to no effect. It was then that she came across a website belonging to Annie. There, she claimed she was Wonder Woman, and the victim could use her help. Not before long, she sought help, and Wonder Woman came and broke the husband’s legs.
She also threatened to break his neck the next time he showed up. Harry and Natalie discuss the adoption of ape Wentworth. Harry points out that since the ape does not belong to her rightfully, she will probably not be able to adopt him. However, Natalie insists that the word “belong” suggests that Wentworth is property. She would like a personhood status for Wentworth, but Harry does not think that can happen. When she gets back to office, Harry learns from Oliver that some European countries do allow such a status for apes, but Europe and America are not the same. Next, Harry wants to know how the Wonder Woman trial is going with Adam. Although Harry points out that Adam and Annie shared a personal relationship in the past, he assures her that personal feelings will stay out of the trial.
Adam puts Annie on the stand. She explains that domestic abuse cases do not end up with husbands being convicted most of the time. She has taken it upon herself to protect the women who hopelessly keep looking for justice. She has picked Wonder Woman because the character represents a fight for justice – the kind of justice that is worth fighting for. When Adam asks her if something in her past life caused her take up the Wonder Woman thing, she looks back at him with suppressed rage, and is not answering the question transparently. Next, Adam asks if she was ever married. Nervously shaking and tearfully broken, Annie lets on she was married to a husband who repeatedly abused and raped her.
When they get back to the legal office, Annie lays in on Adam for exposing her past life.
However, Adam cannot but explain that his move was only to strengthen her defense. Annie claims she is not a victim, but Adam refutes. She is a victim, and she needs help to fight the illness that has besieged her. Annie paws back saying she is the one who helps victims, and storms out of the office. After she is gone, Adam tells Cassie how Annie used to be a role model back in high school. To their mates, she was the real Wonder Woman. At the trial for Wentworth’s personhood, Judge Kirkland scoffs at Harry’s proposal – no American court has ever done such a thing. The zoo attorney insists that Wentworth is a property of his client – the Presbyterian Zoo, and that he be returned to the rightful property, at least while the trial is in progress. The judge agrees, but allows Natalie’s testimonial. When they get back to the farmhouse, where Wentworth is being taken to the zoo in a cage, Wentworth is visibly scared. However, Harry, Tommy and Natalie manage to communicate in sign language – he is not to worry – they are fighting for him.
At the Wonder Woman trial, the prosecution cross examines Annie. Is she Wonder Woman, asks the DA. Annie answers that Wonder Woman is the persona she assumes for fighting for justice – it is also an alter ego for her. The DA then asks her if she can stop bullets and fly invisible aircrafts like the fictional character. She can’t, replies Annie. The DA tells the court that Annie fits the description of a barbaric vigilante, and Annie answers back saying she fights for justice. When the DA brings up pictures of three brutally injured men Annie has attacked, she tells the court she fights for the thousands of domestic abuse victims, who are only afraid to come out in the open. She insists that the world needs her or someone as a Wonder Woman. Chelsea decides to be with Solane. She tells her that she wants to name the baby after their mother – Sylvia.
At the trial for Wentworth, Natalie takes to the stand, and explains that the ape’s exceptional perceptibility took her by surprise. When she was afraid, he held her hand in a calm manner and communicated a greeting in sign language. Tommy shows the court a video of Wentworth using an iPad. The ape does finger painting and listens to music. He even solves puzzles with the gadget. The attorney representing the zoo wants Natalie to tell the court if she knows of a line that should be drawn for personhood status of animals. Does Natalie recommend personhood for other animals as well? At Annie’s trial, the DA makes his closing statement. He brings up the instances of injured men, and tells the jury that Annie is a vigilante, and a lawful society has no place for such people – may be vigilantes can be heroes in movies – but not in real life. No matter what, Annie has been wrong to assume herself as one – she has taken the law in her own hands. When Adam makes his closing, he tells the jury he knew Annie since high school. Besides, he also had a crush on her. However, the Annie he knew was no more after her sad and abusive marital experience. She needs help, not prison.
Back the firm, Adam and Annie explain the DA’s deal to her. Three years in mental treatment – but Annie cannot believe she has to now become a mental patient. Adam tries explaining that she does need the help – she IS ill. Cassie explains that unless she accepts the deal, she will be going to prison for a bad length of time. Finally, Annie gives in. The zoo attorney insists that allowing personhood to an animal is not lawful. Under law, animals are property, and therefore Wentworth should belong to its rightful owner – the zoo. Harry argues that finding something human in this ape’s eye is never too difficult. Besides, laws evolve – and Wentworth is worth a consideration. However, the judge rules that Wentworth remains property of the zoo under the present laws, although he acknowledges the importance of animals’ rights. Later, when Cassie and Adam get to Annie’s mental institute, they find her in a pleasant mood. She gives him the Wonder Woman tiara, and hopes he will ask her out when she is released. Harry and Natalie get to the zoo to meet Wentworth. They tell him it’s not all over as yet. The episode ends. Written By David Sibert Share this article with your friends