The hallway. "A trial?" Harry says incredulously, thinking that he is the teacher most likely to end up on trial, and therefore having difficulty accepting Kevin's beating him to the punch. Lauren corrects him, "A hearing. Guber will have to testify. Maybe Kevin. I'm telling you, this is going to get ugly." Speaking of the ugly, and its complete and total opposite, Ms. Souter joins them as they stride along. "Marla's circulating a petition saying that they should take Kevin back." Harry says he already signed it; Lauren says something about how the union shouldn't bother with petitions, which seems like a strange thing to say, since the petition already exists, and she didn't have to do any work herself. Eleanor approaches their little cluster: "Are you Lauren Davis? I'm Eleanor Frutt." Harry's all, "The new wrestling coach?" Heh. She ignores him, though. "I'm here representing Kevin Riley. I hate to do this. Subpoena." She hands Lauren a subpoena, which is good because at first I thought she had just sneezed. "The likelihood is I won't need you, but in case I do, I have to cover myself." She turns to Harry. "Have you got a joke to go with that one?" Harry's all, "Yeah, but I'll wait until you leave." Heh. Eleanor tells Lauren she doesn't even have to be there; she just needs to be on call, just in case.
Starbucks. Awww, it's Milton and Lisa, having a cup of coffee at the place where they first met, where she first deceived him about her identity and triggered his long downward spiral into unemployment, humiliation, and ostracism. "Help Kevin Riley?" Lisa is saying, incredulously. Hey, it's David E. Kelley dialogue technique #8: Scene Must Begin With An Incredulous Question. Go back through the recaps and count. Seriously. I mean, look at the scene preceding this one, for example. Anyway, Lisa doesn't want to help Kevin, because he was a "total jerk" to her. Milton says, "He could have turned us in and he didn't. He's been a good friend to me. I owe him this." Milton wants her to testify on Kevin's behalf, and My-Fair-lita is reluctant and says she'll think about it. Then, Milton says, "One more thing. I want to talk to your parents." He sips his Grande Tazo Chai with nonchalance, and she stares at him like he's grown silly clown hair. Oh, wait.
Sanctum Stevenorium. Steven and Anthony Heald are standing as far away from each other as humanly possible while School Lawyer tries to explain their strategy. She tells them that have to maintain reason and objectivity. "Fine." "Fine." She tells them that neither of them can look angry up there. Then they start shouting at each other. "What if he's asked why he acted outside the scope of his authority?" "I did no such thing!" "He is the assistant principal! For him to fire somebody " "I recommended the dismissal! It was for the school board to decide " "I'm the principal!" "Why don't you just testify for Kevin!" And so on. At which point, The Exposition Fairy sticks her head in to announce that Eleanor Frutt is here. School Lawyer tells Scott and Steven to say nothing, and to invite Ms. Frutt into the office. She's not even through her first sentence ("I was just in the area handing out some subpoenas, and I thought I'd ") before Anthony Heald says something: "Subpoenas for whom?" School Lawyer tells him to shut up, and then says, "Subpoenas for whom?" Eleanor tells them: "Lauren Davis. Harvey Lipschultz. It may not be necessary, I'm just covering all my bases."