Helen: Oh, you gotta be kidding me...
Dawson: Sheís the social girl. Iím just showing that...
Helen: That is completely irrelevant. Even if it were true, a victimís sexual history is inadmissible. Rape shield.
Dawson: This is not a rape. Rape shield doesnít apply. And I am entitled to cross-examine my clientís accuser.
Judge: I wonít let you go there, Mr Dawson.
Dawson: You donít know this woman, judge, sheís a real...
Judge: Problem is, counsel, I know you. Youíre not going there.
Dawson looks hugely disgruntled. Helen throws a slightly triumphant look at him over her shoulder as she returns to her seat and Dawson rolls his eyes.
Another courtroom. Sharon is giving her testimony.
Sharon: Heís a good man, and in my opinion, a very good father.
Taggert: (glancing over his shoulder at Eugene) Well, then why are we here?
Sharon: Because of the world he lives in. My ex-husband fights for bad people. (camera cuts to Eugene, fidgeting in his chair in disbelief) My son attributes some idealism to this world. The influence scares me. Heís begun to deal drugs. With a sense of pride, even. A pride that he gets from his dad.
Eugene: (quietly in Bobbyís ear) Object to that. (Bobby puts up a hand to tell him to be patient. Eugene sits back in disbelief and looks at Ellenor, sees the same reaction there, gives up and looks back at Sharon)
Sharon: It would be one thing if he came home wanting to defend criminals, but to identify with them as role models? This is beginning to happen.
Taggert: Have you talked to your ex-husband about this?
Sharon: My ex-husband breathes this world. Thatís what led to us splitting up. Heís inside it. He defends these people on a mission. It was more important to him than being a husband, more important to him than being a father.
Eugene: (standing) Objection! That isnít true, Sharon!
Bender: Mr Young...
Eugene: You know that isnít true!
Bender: (banging his gavel) Mr Young. Take your seat. (Eugene doesnít)
Sharon: I know you love him. But you donít see what youíre doing to him.
Bender: Ms Young, please do not address your ex-husband. (Eugene sits)
A room at the courthouse. Eugene bursts through the door and flings his coat down on the table.
Eugene: That was a lie!
Bobby: It doesnít matter.
Eugene: You just sat there!
Eugene: You just let her go on with that!
Bobby: I get my chance on cross...
Eugene: (yelling and pointing at the floor to emphasise his point) You shouldíve shut her down!
Bobby: Eugene. You know she gets to tell her side. You know I had to let her.
Eugene: She knows my values. She knows I donít honour the people I defend and she knows Kendall knows that.
Bobby: Taggert probably told her to come on strong. Like I said, these kinds of fights we donít win by holding back. Eugene. Look at me. (Eugene looks up) Now itís my turn. I donít wanna hold back. Anything you got her that I can use, now is the time to tell me. (Eugene looks away) Iím friends with Sharon, I donít wanna go after her, but if you want your son back.... I have no real choice. (pause) And you have to help me. (Eugene looks at him, and then looks away, obviously battling torn loyalties)
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The elevator at the courthouse. Camera starts at Ellenorís face, then pulls back to show Eugene and Bobby. The elevator stops, the doors open and a group of people enter, among them are Sharon and Taggert. Bobby, Ellenor and Eugene look at each other, and then Eugene stares at Sharonís back. She seems to sense that sheís being watched and she peeks out the corners of her eyes, and then turns around. Eugene continues to stare at her. The elevator stops and Sharon looks away, and then walks out. Eugeneís eyes follow her all the way, and then they all leave and walk out into the hall.
Sharon: (putting her hand out to stop Bobby) Bobby...
Sharon: Itís okay. (to Bobby) A second? (they move away a bit, and Sharon looks down the hall at Eugene) Does he know why Iím doing this?
Bobby: He understands the reason you gave him, yes. Does he understand? (Sharon looks away)
Sharon: Do you?
Bobby: I understand you think youíre doing whatís best. (thereís a pause) Iíll see you in there. (he walks off, leaving her thinking in the hallway)
Another courtroom, where Mr Dawson is continuing Lynetteís cross-examination
Dawson: How long was it, from the time Randy allegedly got in the car until the time you got out?
Lynette: It seemed like forever, but it was probably no more than a couple minutes.
Dawson: So, you only had a couple of minutes to reveal the personal details that you hoped would spare your life.
Dawson: And the details that you chose to reveal were of course, the ones that you thought would generate the most sympathy.
Lynette: I guess so, yes.
Dawson: You told him you had a settlement coming from a car accident. That you broke up with your last boyfriend because you discovered he was seeing one of your friends. That you had allergies.
Lynette: I probably did.
Dawson: Your favourite movie is Braveheart. And you told him you lost your virginity in a car. You tell him that?
Lynette: I honestly donít remember everything I said. I was scared. I was just rambling on.
Dawson: Are those things true? (Lynette doesnít answer) If youíre not sure, we can always verify them with your insurance company, your friends and your doctor.
Lynette: A lot of it is true. I was trying to talk to him about my life, make him feel like he knew me. (she shakes her head and breaks off)
The office. Jimmy is sitting at his desk, watching Rebecca talk to Dr Plath
Rebecca: What I did was fax a demand letter, plus a draft of motion for injunctive relief, which we can bring before a judge at any time. It did succeed in getting their attention.
Plath: Which means...
Rebecca: Dr Fairby, your boss and his lawyers are coming for a meeting. I suspect that they could be offering to modify your settlement.
Plath: Well, that isnít what I - (pause and he glances at Lucy) I really want my job back.
Rebecca: (nodding) Okay then, Iíll take a shot.
Plath: Thank you, Ms Washington. (Rebecca shows him to the door. Jimmy leans over his desk to look at him again.
Rebecca: Iíll call you right after the meeting. (She closes the door, smiling at him. Then the smile falls off her face and she walks back to Jimmyís desk) I saw you snickering.
Jimmy: I wasnít laughing, I....
Rebecca: Itís a palsy, Jimmy. Real funny.
She walks back to her desk, and Jimmy looks at Lucy, who raises her eyebrows and turns back to her work.
A courtroom, where Bobby is cross-examining Sharon.
Bobby: Youíre the one with the primary physical custody right now, arenít you, Sharon?
Bobby: (standing and walking over to her) Youíre the one spending the most time with Kendall. Possibly you share some blame for his problems, or is that just impossible?
Sharon: I lived with Eugene for nine years. I know where the blame goes. Plan B, I know that too.
Bobby: Plan B? Whatís that got to do with Eugeneís parenting?
Sharon: Itís got to do with Kendall always bragging that his dad can get anybody off.
Bobby: Heís a bad parent by the way he defends his clients?
Sharon: Heís a bad influence when it comes to teaching him accountability.
Bobby: What about you as a primary caretaker, refusing to accept any responsibility? What message on accountability does that send?
Sharon: Iím accepting responsibility to set my sonís life back on course. Iím taking the steps necessary to see that heís raised with the right values.
Bobby: So, your concern in all this is that Kendall learn the right values.
Bobby: And you donít think that Eugene is teaching those values to Kendall?
Sharon: No. I donít.
Bobby: And values, thatís the one of the reasons you got divorced. Your difference of opinion on values. (the light dawns on Sharon and she looks at Eugene accusingly) You had an affair, didnít you, Sharon?
Sharon: That was four years ago...
Bobby: How long did that affair last?
Taggert: (standing) Objection, your honour. What relevance is an event that happened...
Bobby: Excuse me, but this witness is saying that my clientís character is deficient, and that his son gleaned these deficiencies. I should be allowed to question the petitioner on her character.
Bender: Iíll allow it. Answer the question.
Sharon: The affair lasted about two months.
Bobby: And during the affair, on more than a few occasions, you told Eugene that you were having dinner with a girlfriend or that you were working late, when in fact you were seeing this man, isnít that right?
Sharon: It was wrong, I know that. But...
Bobby: You lied to him.
Bobby: And did Kendall know you were lying to his father? What kind of influence...
Sharon: Kendall never found out about either the affair or...
Bobby: So, your son still doesnít know the truth. The deception lives on.
Bobby: Withdrawn. The man you were seeing was married, right?
Bobby: What kind of values does that teach your son, Sharon? What kind of values does he get from a motherís infidelity and adultery...
Bender: Sustained. Move on.
Bobby: You complain about Eugeneís job. You ever once ask him to quit his job?
Sharon: I knew he never would -
Bobby: The question was did you ever ask him to quit, yes or no?
Sharon: No, that doesnít mean -
Bobby: Ever urge him to demand to be made partner? That ever happen?
Bobby: So this world he lives in, which you so object to, you wanted him to become a partner in it. (pause) You get alimony, donít you, Sharon?
Bobby: You make money off this world, you urge him to go for partner and now you cite this world as ground for parental unfitness. Is hypocrisy a value you pass on to Kendall?
Bobby: Best interest of the child, Sharon. Does that include infidelity, lying, hypocrisy -
Bender: Mr Donnell...
Bobby: After you drew this conclusion that Eugeneís job wasnít good for Kendall, did you go to Eugene and say Ďhey, what do we do about this?í or did you just move for full custody?
Sharon: Heís not going to change.
Bobby: You just filed for full custody without so much as a conversation, didnít you, Sharon? Donít you think it could be in Kendallís interest to work things out with his dad before ripping him away -
Taggert: (standing) Heís badgering her.
Bobby: Didnít Eugene deserve that much? A conversation?
Taggert: Your honour...
Bobby: Didnít Kendall deserve that much?
Sharon: (loudly) Heís not going to change! (she looks on the verge of tears. Eugene looks slightly ashamed)
A room at the courthouse. Bobby, Eugene and Ellenor are around the table, not looking at each other.
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The conference room.
Dr Fairby: I agree, heís an excellent child psychologist, but if he canít connect with patients...
Rebecca: What evidence do you have that he canít?
Fairby: Look -
Rebecca: Have his patients left him since he established this condition?
Fairby: Some have -
Rebecca: But most havenít.
Fairby: The problem is, I need doctors who can help build our clinic. Heís unable to bring in new business.
Rebecca: You effectively discharged him for a medical condition.
Fairbyís lawyer: No. The discharge was predicated on the inability to perform the functions of the job.
Rebecca: What if he wears dark glasses?
Fairby: How would you feel about a therapist where you canít even see his eyes?
Rebecca: Iíd deal with it.
Fairby: Look, part of the job is cultivating new clientele. He is unable to do this. Look, I like the guy. I wouldnít do this if I didnít have to.
The courtroom. Randy is giving his testimony.
Randy: Iíd seen Lynette Hayes around. And, uh, Iíd always wanted to meet her. I saw her walking across the street looking into some store window.
Dawson: What did you do?
Randy: I thought Ďwhat the hellí. So I crossed over and I went to say hello.
Dawson: And what happened?
Randy: I put a light hit on her, she seemed receptive, so we just started talking.
Dawson: How long were the two of you talking out there on the street?
Randy: Few minutes. Then we started walking. We got to where she was parked and then we were just leaning against her car, talking some more. (Lynette shakes her head in the gallery)
Dawson: Did the two of you get inside the car?
Randy: Yeah. We were getting kinda cold standing outside. She asked me did I wanna get in.
Dawson: What happened once the two of you were in the car?
Randy: She ran the heater for a while and we listened to some music. Then we fooled around.
Time shifts and Helen is now questioning him.
Helen: So after just meeting you, she finds you so irresistible that she just had to have you.
Randy: I guess so.
Helen: Then you made such a favourable impression she just gave you her car?
Randy: No, she loaned it to me. I had lost track of time and I was really late for a job interview that I had across town. The job was really important to me and it was too late for me to catch a bus.
Helen: So, instead of offering to just drive you herself, she just gave her car to a complete stranger?
Randy: Well, we werenít total strangers at that point. Anyway, she had some things that she needed to get done, and so I was supposed to meet her back there at that street at five oíclock.
Helen: But you decided to keep the car instead.
Randy: I got lost trying to find the warehouse across town where I was supposed to meet with this guy in shipping and receiving. Anyway, by the time I got back, she was gone.
Helen: So you figured free car.
Randy: No. I didnít have her phone number or her last name. I was searching for registration when the police arrested me. Thatís the truth.
The office, itís late. Eugene is staring out the window. Bobby comes up behind him.
Bobby: Still love me?
Eugene: She started it. I know that.
Bobby: And sheís not finished, Eugene. Tomorrow morning, youíre on that stand. Theyíll be coming after you.