Originally Posted by Charles R
Impeding their performance? I think that's silly. It made no difference in the outcome of the case and its only importance is one the viewer places in it. If anything I believe it showed how professional they are... a few seconds within a case dealt with and discarded. In many cases in real life or TV the outcome could be far different.
It's a story. Our only window into it is the one the director and writers and actors give us. Everything is significant, because to create significance is what the process of deciding what to write and shoot is for. If it's not important it shouldn't be there at all; the 99.999% of the characters' "lives" that is never shown is what's not important.
If you're going to take a significant portion of your screen time and devote it to this sequence, either it's important or it shouldn't be there. If it's not important then including it and putting so much focus on it is poor storytelling. And that's what I'm saying: It wasn't important, it didn't deserve the focus it got, it was there for cheap laughs, and it was a rare instance of TGW being just ordinary TV.