The Prince is Cliff Huddle, aka Billy Zane, who's in another office arguing with a nattily dressed woman about a case she's working on. "Screw firefighters with cancer!" he charmingly says. The woman is Susan Oppenheim, his wife and partner. They stomp through the office together. He generously allows her to take the case if she makes nice with some paying clients, and thus orders her to attend "the Adler bris" tomorrow. He's all about the money and doesn't want to run the firm like a "soup kitchen." Instead of kicking him in the nuts, she gets a knowing smile and expositions that Cliff is all set up because Hart Sterling is coming back to the firm. Cliff machos about how he made the firm three times more profitable and expects loyalty from his wife and partner. She snarks about Cliff's understanding of loyalty because he's been so distant lately and emotionally unavailable and all that strained marriage crap. Has Billy Zane's left eye always been like that? I feel like his left eyelid is always trying to slink away from whatever scene he's in. He makes excuses about always working so hard to turn the firm into "an unstoppable winning machine." He wants to know if she's satisfied. Never. They give each other naughty smiles.
In the first-years' office -- which I think I'll call the Kiddie Pool henceforth -- Addy is wrestling with many boxes of legal documents. She asks if Dylan is married yet, and he misunderstands her question as one regarding his relationship status. She means if he's assigned to a case. He doesn't get a chance to answer before Katie the paralegal bounces into the room. She has an awkward encounter with Dylan where she first says he looks good, then tries to play it off like she was talking about his legal brilliance and proclaims she has a boyfriend. The guppies catch the scent of food and chase after a catering cart, scarfing pastries the senior partners have been left behind. I guess this is supposed to show how they're too busy to eat like human beings. They buzz about how Hart Sterling is coming back to the firm and extol his virtues as a civil rights champion, quickly establishing him as Cliff's opposite.
Speaking of Hart, he's in his office having a tête-à-tête with Cliff, lecturing him about helping people and being good and you can see these ideas being deflected off Cliff's bald head like bullets off Wonder Woman's cuffs. Hart, by the way, is played by Clancy Brown, who has a magnificent head of silver hair. Also, I love that they cast against type here. I'm so used to seeing him (or hearing him, in his voice-over work) as a baddie. Anyway, back to the show: Cliff thinks there's no money in people, but Hart thinks taking on a few pro bono cases is good for business, as his father also believed when he built the practice. Cliff corrects him that the practice was built on big money clients. "Clients you let slip when Jessica took ill," he says, because he thinks he's in an Edwardian drama for a moment. Hart snarks that his wife's MS was an inconvenience to Cliff. Cliff and his weird left eyelid move past the awkward moment. The business is thriving, Cliff says, because of his hard work. He raises his voice. Hart looms over Cliff, all, "You don't want to get into a pissing match with me." Cliff backs down reluctantly. Hart throws a file at him and tells him to bone up on his people skills. Cliff looks like he wants to take a whiz all over Hart's desk, but walks away instead.