All Rise season 2, episode 13 recap – “Love’s Illusions”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: April 27, 2021 (Last updated: November 4, 2023)
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All Rise season 2, episode 13 recap - "Love's Illusions"


“Love’s Illusions” finds Lola back in the courtroom and in the midst of several personal and professional dilemmas.

This recap of All Rise season 2, episode 13, “Love’s Illusions”, contains spoilers.

Finally, Lola is back in the courtroom just in time for “Love’s Illusions”, but she’s returning to a hive of personal and professional subplots all competing for space. Perhaps chief among them is the case she’s presiding over, in which Amy is representing a woman at the center of a swatting incident that ended in tragedy. It’s hardly a cut-and-dry affair, with particular emphasis on how the case in question must be judged on its own terms separately from whatever (alleged) traumas a perpetrator might have undergone in the past (not to mention a cautionary tale not to implicitly trust people you meet online, much less on Xbox Live). Just the kind of thing this show loves.

But arguably the more interesting stuff is happening elsewhere. Amy being shoved to the forefront of the case is a reminder of the lingering issues between her and Mark, and thus her and Rachel. They’re able to reconcile, in a kind of testy way, but apparently, once the pandemic is over they have a date in the boxing ring. That’s one way of settling things. There’s still the matter of her secret marriage, but that’ll do for next week.

While we’re on the subject of relationships, there’s also Emily and Luke to consider, especially after what happened last week. The latter has decided to own his feelings for her and stick around until Emily has worked through her situation with Joaquin, who finally appears on video call in “Love’s Illusions”, though doesn’t take the news that Emily kissed Luke particularly well. Who will she choose? I think it’s pretty obvious at this point that she’ll end up with Luke, but I’m willing to be surprised.

Luke has a lot on his plate, too. As well as his relationship woes he’s also troubled by a witness statement he filed years prior having not really witnessed anything; he’s ashamed of his blind trust in someone he respected, which is only complicated by the fact that he and Mark now have the go-ahead to take on McCarthy.

Even Sarah gets her own little subplot in All Rise season 2, episode 13, having witnessed a potential act of child abuse that might jeopardize her relationship with Judge Benner. That’s left unresolved in “Love’s Illusions”, but we’ll have to see how it shakes out.

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