How old do we think Cady is supposed to be? Maybe 30? I actually really liked this dilemma because she was 100% right, but she didn’t have the best strategy. Talking to the tribal council was a good start, but Cady should have made the teacher do most of the talking and persuading. I found the teacher more useless than Cady, honestly, because she should know better what was needed to persuade. She grew up in the culture and had much more insight into how to make this happen. Instead, she—who should know the history of kids being taken from their parents—wanted to take a kid from his parents with the help of a white woman! Cady was young and stupid, but still! I wish Henry had given more guidance too. He started off strong, but then dropped it.
I don’t think the storytelling this season was particularly good. They hit on a lot of great topics, but covered them superficially. There are some great legal, historical, and diplomatic lessons to be learned here, but the writers just dropped them, mostly.
I did like how reluctant Cady was to help the teacher commit a crime and how she kept stumbling on both sides of the ethical line. I liked how it introduced her to Zach. And I love that Cady is such a softie. I really do. She’s so compassionate, gentle, and loving. There’s not much I like more in my fiction than a young bleeding heart lawyer. But I wish the show had taken the time to let her learn the lessons. I think the writers tried to cram in way too much story this season.