Jeremy is buttering Nick up, for some reason, and I can't think it's because of the business because Jeremy seems like the type who wouldn't want that type of responsibility. They're on the way to the arraignment. Jeremy asks if Nick's going to hit him again, and Nick says they're cool if he doesn't kiss Lisa again. Jeremy asks what kind of lawyer is on his mom's case. Nick says "a real pitbull," the type of person the state uses if they want to make an example of someone. Jeremy hates "this guy" already. Nick's like, "It's not a guy," and the crowds clear out to show us attorney Lucy Liu. Jeremy's shocked, but he could try to find some solace in the fact that he kept her up until 5 a.m. the night before her big trial, right? Or maybe this is a different day. I cannot keep track of the timeline. Anyway, Nick says hi to her and we find out her name is "Nola Lyons." Jeremy stutters through the introduction and they pretend not to know each other. She's very cold and Jeremy wants to kill himself.
In the courtroom, Letitia is brought in wearing your typical orange jumpsuit. Tripp greets her warmly. Letitia's lawyer, with a thick Southern accent, enters a plea of not guilty, and Nola objects. Plot contrivance alert! She says that as an out-of-state lawyer, Deramian needs the sponsorship of local counsel to proceed. Deramian says he filed the paperwork yesterday, and the judge says it didn't make it through. Gee, I wonder who they'll get to step in. Any important lawyers in the courtroom? It's almost as if Tripp caused this by stopping the paperwork, but it would be so unlike Tripp to manipulate a situation to his own benefit. The judge says the hearing is adjourned, and Patrick asks if he should take care of it, but Tripp says, "No, Nick will take care of it." He looks at Nick, who jumps up and steps in. Nick says he'll act as local counsel only until Deramian can file the necessary paperwork. We'll just see about that, Nicky boy. Nola sighs.
Nick begins by asking that Letitia's bail be waived. Nola objects, asking if the message the judge wants to send is that the rich are above the law. She adds that Letitia could have a Gulfstream V waiting for her to flee the moment she's released. The judge listens and sets bail at $20 million, to which Nick replies, "Who cares? We have bail ready and waiting" (though not in those exact words) and in walk a bunch of guys in suits with metal briefcases handcuffed to their wrists. Nola rolls her eyes, and the judge says it's the first time she's seen that. She tells Letitia she's free to go but will be under strict house arrest. As they're leaving the courtroom, Deramian says he just can't imagine what happened to that paperwork. Tripp says it's okay, that these things happen (especially when Tripp Darling is involved). Tripp is disgusted that the only thing that went off flawlessly is the "shameless parade of our wealth." Um, okay, Tripp, but you're the one who lets everyone in your family constantly parade your wealth shamelessly, so the feigned disgust is sort of ridiculous at this point. Except that I get that you'd rather them parade it in the streets and the tabloids than in court.