So episode 2 of Perry Mason proceeds apace. The art direction, set decoration and costumes continue to be first rate. I'm starting to notice lots of talented character actors. As for Perry's arc, it's beginning to look like he is going to have to step in to defend Emily (Gayle Rankin) or someone because E. B. Jonathan (Lithgow) somehow becomes unavailable (did he have too many drinks at the Athletic Club?). This episode offered an explanation for Perry's WWI issues that made him more humane. To make things interesting, Paul Drake is a black police officer (Chris Chalk). Since Della Street (Juliet Rylance, stepdaughter of Mark Rylance) and Perry (Matthew Rhys) are employed by E.B., it would be easy for them to work together. If Paul's honesty about the facts he uncovered becomes an issue with the LAPD or the DA, then perhaps he has to go private. As a matter of incidental trivia, Fritz a three-legged dog has a cameo but gets no credit. And to keep it interesting, you get a brief glimpse of a Pacific Red Car and lots of period vehicles.
Sister Alice (Tatiana Maslany), whose operation is closely modeled on Aimee Semple McPherson and her Foursquare Church, holds forth in the Echo Park structure that used to house Aimee's flock. I will be curious to see if Alice tracks Aimee in disappearing for a few weeks while having a clandestine affair. For now, Alice is pious and along with her "mom" Birdy McKeegan (Lili Taylor), in the manner of evangelical preachers since time immemorial, avaricious to a fault.