Back at the office, Eli seeks to sell Maggie on the case. Maggie, stalking down the hall in a dress that I seriously wore to a black tie wedding last year, is more interested in carping that Eli doesn't really care about others and how he's just "sucking up to God" than she is in finding out more about the case. Lady, I don't know who your God is, but I recently read in the Bible that God doesn't really require sucking up. He just forgives all the time. Maggie has no intention of helping Eli or the kid and tells Eli, "Go find another peon to pee on." You just know she's been waiting for months to use that line on someone. Oh, and hey, Maggie? Maybe you should stop being so interested in pointing the judgey finger and look at the four pointing back at you, because ignoring the plight of a motherless kid just to spite Eli is pretty petty. Eli sort of says that but without the hate and convinces Maggie to help him and the motherless kid.
Maggie next has to convince Jordan to allow her, a first-year associate, to take the case. Jordan reminds her of the firm's policy against such allowances. Maggie starts to blather, "Yes, but I wouldn't be trying the case alone. Eli -- Mr. Stone -- is --" "Dead to me," Jordan growls. "And properly, so, sir," Maggie continues, without missing a boot-licking beat, and goes on about Eli still being a senior associate, due in no small part to Jordan's munificence and therefore still able to practice law. Jordan accedes that flattery and loopholes are the fastest way to his heart and allows Maggie to take the case with Eli. However, there's a small wrinkle: Maggie has to "first chair." Cutting through Maggie's ensuing splutterings, Jordan points out that Eli is on probation, "If he so much as sneezes in open court, you will be held responsible." Meaning: Eli can't be fired, but Maggie can. Sneeze, Eli! Sneeze!
The next morning, Maggie is predictably kerfuffled and doing stuff like not sleeping, wearing two different shoes, and prattling on endlessly about it. She also complains that Taylor has been staring daggers at her ever since the two of them went to Hawaii together. Gee, if you're so worried about that, Maggie, then why do you lose all control and kiss him later? Yeah. Thought not. Personally, I think Maggie just brought up Taylor to get Eli to call her his "ex-fiancée," but that's the bitch in me talking. After going all high-pitched about Eli calling her paranoid -- which he didn't, like, at all -- Eli says, "Oh, yeah, this isn’t going to get old." It already is, dude. It already is. We then segue into Maggie giving Eli all sorts of jobs to do, but he's already done every single one of them as well as set up a deposition at the hospital. Reminding him that she's lead counsel, Maggie gets annoyed that he scheduled a depo. "You're right," Eli says blandly, "With your job in danger, of course you'd want to make all the decisions without any input whatever from me." Maggie -- for whom irony is just a metal, sort of like goldy -- nods authoritatively, "Well, scheduling the depo was a smart idea -- good initiative." She's stumped about what to do next, so Eli tells her to borrow some shoes, get her notes, and meet him back there in five minutes. Maggie runs off.