The Night Of (2016)
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The Art of War 

A fellow prisoner advises Naz on prison life while he weighs the pros and cons of copping a plea, and Stone delves into Andrea's past.



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Calvin Hart
Ray Halle
Rikers Inmate (as Kirk 'Sticky Fingaz' Jones)


A fellow prisoner advises Naz on prison life while he weighs the pros and cons of copping a plea, and Stone delves into Andrea's past.

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Crime | Drama


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31 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Aida Turturro (John's cousin) is in this episode connected to the rehab facility. This makes a total of three Turturros (including Nick's appearance in episode #1.1) in the series. See more »


John Stone: Your Honor, when my client was erroneously picked up in last night's pro sweep, she was carrying a six-pack of formula and a box of disposable diapers... I mean, what kind of lady of the night are we talking about here?
Judge: Are you sure the diapers were for a baby?
John Stone: They were Pampers, Your Honor, not Grampers.
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Written by Alexander McCabe
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The Other Side of Midnight
2 July 2017 | by (Twin Cities, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

The title of episode four, "The Art of War," comes from the classical military handbook written by Sun-Tzu. The context of this work is that it is one of the most popular library books of the inmates at Rikers Island. But the other book that is widely circulated is Sidney Sheldon's sleazy thriller "The Other Side of Midnight." That is work is much closer to the style and the content of this miniseries.

In this segment, the filmmakers are successful in juggling multiple subplots, including the following: • Although he is off the case, Stone continues to investigate the murder of Miss Andrea Cornish. He is in the background of her funeral and witnesses a heated argument between the stepfather and a mystery man. He later succeeds in gaining access to a file from the Invictus House that documents Miss Cornish's attempt at rehab.

• The spineless city attorney's office decides to offer a plea deal to Naz after a Sikh has been brutally attacked. The idea is to get the story of Naz Khan out of the news, infuriating Detective Box.

• Naz's attorney, Allison Crowe, shows her true colors when Naz takes a stand in the courtroom by refusing to admit that he killed Ms. Cornish. His decision was prompted by Chandra Kapoor, the assistant to Ms. Crowe, who essentially advised Naz to follow his heart. Ms. Crowe now resigns as Naz's attorney, assigning the case to Ms. Kapoor and now changing the terms of the original agreement from pro bono to full attorney's fees.

• The prison subplot finds Naz finally approaching Freddie Wright to ask for his protection, after he was seriously burned with hot liquid by a disgruntled prisoner, who believes that Naz is lying.

Another essential literary reference in this episode was Jack London's novel "The Call of the Wild." The story of survival in the pack is an appropriate metaphor for Naz's experience in the prison.

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