Taylor is gibbering out an apology to someone on the phone, saying it will never happen again. We hear a dial tone. Isn't it funny how we can rarely hear the voices of the people on the other end of the phone but we can always, always hear the dial tone on television? Taylor goes to yell at Patti for not giving her messages. Patti plays completely dumb. Taylor finally goes off and says that Patti has a choice here, she can either work for Taylor and actually do her job or she's out of there. Apparently, Patti was going to be let go when Eli was demoted. OK, that's odd, because she used to be Jordan's assistant and she's had an affair with Posner, so which of them would be wanting her gone when Posner was sniffing around just a few weeks ago to see if they could rekindle shit? Taylor says she intervened on Patti's behalf because Eli loves Patti and Taylor wanted to protect her for his sake. But now, Taylor really doesn't care which choice Patti makes. She can stay or she can go. Whatever it is she's thinking, Patti finally shut up.
The jury in Eli's case has reached a verdict. They find in favor of the plaintiffs and award $28,000 in compensatory damages. Maggie looks chagrined, but the jury's not done yet. Because of the institutionalized fraud on St. Vincent's part, the jury also awards eight million in punitive damages. Now THAT'S justice! Eli is quietly pleased. Peter throws a quick hug at Maggie and then a long one at Eli. Eli smiles at the Chief Admin from Cypress Memorial. Outside the courtroom, Peter is fairly speechless. Maggie reminds him and us that he has to split the cash with Cypress. Peter talks over this, saying that the Cypress Chief Admin said they are going to name a wing after his mom, "That's cool, right?" Eli is glad Peter hung in there, even after seven lawyers, and says his mom would be proud of him. Peter thanks them and takes off. Because a fifteen-year-old millionaire has places to go, yo. Eli congratulates Maggie and she responds by throwing herself around his neck and kissing him. In public. Where there are courtroom gossips, apparently. Eli sort of kisses back but is also totally shocked. Maggie pulls away and is shocked. I'm totally throwing up in my mouth. And not just a little bit. Aside from her Pollyannaish outlook on life that I'm just dying to crush with a paralyzing fall from a tree after sneaking out to be an American flag, Maggie's spunky, and I simply can't stand it. In theory, I like spunky, but television spunky has turned into such a self-conscious trait that it's no longer, "She's spunky!" it's "I'm spunky! So spunky, in fact, that I'm going to jam it unapologetically down your throats!" As much as I loved it, I sort of blame Buffy for this problem. Plus, there's the "I wrassle with the law and my ideals" spunky and then there's "I wrassle with hot, deadly, bloodsucking vampires" spunky.