“Wall of Fire” pins Wright against Wright as Margaret and Todd realize they are on opposite sides of a lawsuit. Usually, Todd and Margaret work together on the case, and what works so well about So Help Me Todd is the banter they have as they work to solve whatever crime has occurred and the best way to help their client.
But, So Help Me Todd proves with “Wall of Fire” that the series can use that same charisma even when Margaret and Todd are forced on opposite sides of an office war zone and how it prevents them from communicating efficiently.
Todd finally meets Susan’s fiancé, Peter, when he comes to the office needing Todd’s help on a case. Meanwhile, unknowingly, Margaret agrees to help her colleague, and potential romantic prospect, Gus, on the opposing side.
When they discover the massive conflict of interest, Lyle quickly splits the firm in half between Susan and Margaret, declaring that a firewall between the two sides prevents them from speaking to each other, complicating Todd and Margaret’s relationship.
Margaret and Todd can not talk to each other privately or otherwise, for risk of jeopardizing their cases, which brings some comedy to Allison’s birthday party. However, “Wall of Fire” also emphasizes how much Todd and Margaret have come since the first episode and how they have grown to rely on each other.
At various points, Margaret and Todd try to handle things the way the other would, and while they do not quite manage to pull it off, it acknowledges their growing bond personally and professionally.
The relief Todd and Margaret have when they simultaneously realize the culprit and thus can work together is palpable. They need each other to balance out their understanding of the case, and the ability to communicate lets them fill in the puzzle of understanding all the details to complete the whole story.
Although plenty of “Wall of Fire” places the Wright family members on opposite sides of a conflict, the heart of the episode still exists in how well they work together and how being a team helps solve the mystery.