Your Honor (Season 2 Finale), Episode 10 Recap & Ending Explained: The penultimate episode of ‘Your Honor’ focused on the trial of Eugene Jones. After experiencing so much agony, he finally gets a trial instead of just an arrest. Meanwhile, Fia alerts Jimmy about a threat to his life, whereas Big Mo decides to part ways with her lover. The grieving father at the center of this drama learns that he will be asked to present himself in court. Lee does not want him to get Eugene convicted. However, Michael does not want to lie in court. He has had enough of leading a life filled with lies.
The season’s (and the limited series’) final episode shows this ex-judge confront some bitter truths from his past. He makes certain shocking revelations that, for better or for worse, change the character dynamics. Before delving into the show’s melodramatic saga, note that there are spoilers ahead.
Your Honor (Season 2 Finale), Episode 10 Recap
Does Michael appear in court for Eugene’s trial?
Michael Desiato (Bryan Cranston) packs Adam’s stuff along with Lilli (Fia Baxter) and Elizabeth (Margo Martindale). While sharing some anecdotes, he notices a baseball signed by Manuel Riviera. Michael notes that he was Adam’s favorite player. Fia gives it to baby Rocco to play with. Meanwhile, in prison, Lee Delamare (Carmen Ejogo) tries to put faith in Eugene (Benhamin Flores Jr). He is not optimistic since many people have come across as eyewitnesses stating that he killed Adam. Lee thinks there is still a chance to sway the jury’s mind toward his innocence.
Olivia (Rosie Perez) is annoyed that Jimmy (Michael Stuhlbarg) has decided to pull the plug on his new establishment at the last minute. Nancy (Amy Landecker) isn’t too hopeful that their city values justice. She says how getting away with bad deeds emboldens men into doing them again. She mentions Jimmy and Charlie (Isiah Whitlock Jr) as examples, but it is clear that she also means Michael.
Carmine (Mark Margolis) tells Gina (Hope Davis) that they should take away the family’s charge from Michael. However, instead of giving the keys to Gina, Carmine decides to stay back and lead the operations himself until Carlo (Jimi Stanton) matures. He disregards Gina’s wish to be on the throne, which upsets her. Back in the Baxter hotel, Carlo brings Big Mo (Andrene Ward-Hammond) and Lil Mo (Keith Machekanyanga) to meet Jimmy. She wants to sell her drugs in the city. Jimmy is against it. So, she proposes to sell him the club, which will make him make Gina happy, and she gets to do her business in exchange. He accepts it for the time being.
Late at night, while Michael walks his dog, a man suddenly subpoenas him at Eugene’s next court hearing. At home, Michael tells Elizabeth about it and says he does not want to speak against Eugene. She tries to ease his stress, but he fears what lies for him in the courtroom, especially with Lee being Eugene’s attorney. The next day, Judge Doucet (Paul Schulze) tells Lee and Jarek (Damon Gupton) that he is allowing Michael in the court under the condition that they keep their questions limited to the night of the shooting. Lee still tries to persuade him against it. But it’s too late for that.
Before getting into the courtroom, Lee approaches Michael and warns him to lie if he cares about justice. Later, Jarek questions him about the night of the crime and reaches the conclusion that he saw Eugene shooting down Adam. Then, Lee comes to question Michael and starts with asks details unrelated to the case to make him evaluate himself and his idea of justice. After a few councils with the judge, who argues the irrelevance of her questions, she comes back to ask Michael about the night of Adam’s death.
Lee questions him whether he could clearly see that Eugene murdered Adam considering the circumstantial evidence. It was dark that night, so he could not have seen the number of details he claimed to have seen. Besides, he had never mentioned meeting Eugene before that night. ‘So how could he be certain of Eugene being the killer?’ she asks.
Does Michael confess to saving Adam from an arrest?
The interrogation soon reaches a point when Michael confesses that Eugene came to meet him before this incident. He came to return Adam’s baseball (Manuel Riviera one), which Michael says, Eugene inherited from his brother, Kobi. The confession slowly reaches the point of truth, where he finally comes clean about Adam’s involvement in Rocco’s murder. He notes that Kobi stole the car on the 10th, and Adam got into an accident the day before. Hearing this, Fia storms out of the courtroom. She only then learns, whom she adored, that her late partner killed her late brother. It is bound to make her upset.
Michael returns home with Elizabeth and finds her packing her stuff. She gets angry at him for lying to her and betraying her trust. Then she leaves with Rocco and goes to her home. At the time, Jimmy has a meeting with Gina, Carlo, and Carmine. Carmine suggests getting rid of Michael if they want to get Eugene convicted. Jimmy does not want that. Carmine threatens to kill him, and Jimmy does the same. Gina gets mad at both of them but agrees to the violent retribution that Carmine seeks.
In the middle of the conversation, Fia arrives home and goes straight to hug Jimmy. Of course, it does not sit well with Gina since she does not receive the same warmth from her daughter. Later that night, Jarek and Lee have drinks together. He thinks that she is fighting a case where she is bound to fail due to the substantial evidence. She is still hopeful. She then goes to meet Eugene, who asks to make a case for himself.
The next day, Eugene narrates how he spent the day of 9th October. He recalls taking care of his siblings while later learning about Rocco’s arrest for stealing Michael’s car and the hit-and-run case. The next day, he went to get food for his family, and while returning, he saw his house on fire with all his family still inside. Lee tries to bring his understanding of this incident to the jurors. Jarek calls it pointless since the fire was already proven to be due to a gas leak.
What shocking information does Michael tell Lee?
During their brief recess, Michael approaches Lee to reveal some information. Back in the courtroom, Lee speaks with Eugene on the basis of the same conversation. Eugene ‘had to’ go out to get the food since they could not cook at home. That makes Eugene recall that their gas had stopped working for a while. So, there is no possibility of a gas leak. Fia again storms out of the courtroom, fearing that she has lost another family. Meanwhile, before leaving, Eugene thanks Michael for speaking with Lee and apologizes for shooting Adam. Michael also apologizes to Eugene for making him go through what he did.
Fia goes back home to get hold of baby Rocco. However, Gina and Carmine are determined to have their heir not go with her, who does not share their beliefs in religious faith. While Fia sobs for her child, Jimmy consoles her. Lee meets Nancy and Olivia to get evidence stating that the Jones family had not paid the gas bill for months before the fire incident, which further strengthens their case. Olivia offers to provide Eugene protective custody in exchange for sharing evidence against the Baxters.
Seeing Eugene break down in court, Olivia got emotional. Her heart breaks for what he has gone through, and she wants him to be safe in the future. They later tell Eugene about it. He does not want to let go of his name and his identity. Olivia explains how important it is to do so, considering the omnipresent threat from the Baxter family, even if he has been proven innocent. Fia goes to meet Father Jay (Mark O’Brien), hoping for some answers to figure out how she should feel about Adam.
Meanwhile, Big Mo meets Gina outside her home and asks whether Jimmy told her about her proposal to sell the club. Gina gets angry that he did not even mention it. Big Mo achieves her goal of getting her business back on track. She is also selling the club to escape her memories with Janelle. Back at home, Gina stays in the surveillance room and calls Carmine to meet. When he arrives there, she tells him that Jimmy has threatened to kill the entire family.
Enraged, Carmine approaches Jimmy and shoots him to death. Right after, Gina calls the police and tells them about a shootout that she heard in her house. So basically, by doing this, she got rid of both men who were trying to push her down from taking charge of their family. Now she does not have to deal with Carmine ignoring her worth and Jimmy disregarding her violent strategies.
Your Honor (Season 2 Finale), Episode 10 Ending Explained
Does Eugene finally become free?
Because of Olivia, Eugene gets protective custody. Lee and Nancy meet him before his departure and wish him luck. So he finally gets out of a hellish life to find peace and stability. While driving away, smiles with the same feeling. A singer arrives to audition at Big Mo’s recently sold club. She first tells him to go to the new owners, aka the Baxters. However, she stops him, makes him sing a song, and gets soaked in melancholy.
What does Fia decide to do with baby Rocco?
Fia decides to let go of baby Rocco – thinking that she won’t be able to provide a stable life for him. She is also barely an adult, which makes her anxiety seem even more justified. She gives him to Father Jay, and soon a couple adopts the baby. Subsequently, she drives away from this distressful life. While on one side, Gina takes charge of the Baxter household with Carlo, Carmine ends up in jail for shooting Jimmy. Olivia goes up to meet him, probably due to some evidence shared by Eugene.
What happens to Michael in the end?
Besides their journey of finding justice, Michael ends his time outside the jail and goes back to serve the time he was sentenced to. So, the series decides to show him proceed with a path of justice, if not as a judge, then at least as a remorseful person seeking repentance for his misdeeds. As a legal drama, the ending focuses on the show’s insistence on justice and all the characters trying to seek it in their own ways. The respective conclusions to their stories are mere beginnings for their life ahead, where they will chart their ways with their own ideas of what is just and what isn’t.
Will there be a third season of Your Honor?
No, there won’t be a third season. The show’s creator had intended it to be a limited series with only one season. Since it became the most-watched series on Showtime, the network decided to renew it for a second season. Unfortunately, it has just ended, and the creators have gone with the decision to end it with the season 2 finale. So, while Bryan Cranston fans would have loved to see him perform for a few more episodes or seasons, they have to make peace with the fact that there won’t be a third season of Your Honor.