We see what you did there, HBO and Perry Mason. You tricked us into believing that the Matthew Rhys (The Americans)-starring series was going to run for eight episodes. You even put together an impressive cast that included John Lithgow, Tatiana Maslany, Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, and more to make it look convincing. But then you went and solved it by the end of "Chapter 2" with the arrest of Charlie's mother Emily (Gayle Rankin), so case closed. Were we expecting there to be more? Definitely, but we respect such bold, creative decision-making.
I'm sorry? Oh, it's not quite over yet? So you're telling me that there might be more to this case than Mason first thought? That instead of closing the investigation, he's going to dig deeper and end up in a not-so-friendly run-in with Officer Drake (Chalk)? Or that pretty soon, Mason's going to realize that both sides of this case are corrupting the law for their own gains? Or that it's possible Della's (Rylance) concerns over E.B.'s (Lithgow) shifting behaviors are growing? Oh, well, if that's the case then here's a look at this Sunday's episode, "Chapter 3":
"Perry Mason" Season 1, Episode 3 "Chapter Three: In order to gain an advantage over E.B. and team, wily district attorney Maynard Barnes (Stephen Root) goes public with a shocking new development. Mason (Matthew Rhys) and Strickland (Shea Whigham) get unauthorized access to physical evidence with help from Virgil (Jefferson Mays), Mason's connect at the city morgue. Later, Mason attempts to extract information from a withholding Drake (Chris Chalk), who's weary of Holcomb (Eric Lange) and Ennis' (Andrew Howard) watchful eyes. Della (Juliet Rylance) notices a change in E.B. (John Lithgow), who seems uncharacteristically out of sorts. Written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, and directed by Tim Van Patten.
HBO's Perry Mason also stars John Lithgow as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, a struggling attorney and a semi-regular employer of Mason; Juliet Rylance as Della Street, E.B. Jonathan's creative and driven legal secretary; Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, the leader of the Radiant Assembly of God, preaching to a hungry congregation and a radio audience across the country; Chris Chalk as Paul Drake, a beat cop with a knack for detective work; and Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, who is hired by Mason as an extra set of eyes on his various investigations.
Stephen Root, Gayle Rankin, Nate Corddry, Veronica Falcón, Jefferson Mays, Lili Taylor, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, and Robert Patrick also star. Executive producers include Amanda Burrell, Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, Ron Fitzgerald, Joe Horacek, Rolin Jones, and director Timothy Van Patten. Aida Rodgers co-executive produces, with Matthew Rhys producing. Created by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, the series is based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner.