Taylor comes in to see Eli and asks why Salinsky asked her for the judge's son-in-law's phone number. Ooh, so Eli went through with it. I like that -- it's an unpredictable choice. Taylor goes on that Salinsky thought she knew about it, and sits with him and begs him to tell her that he didn't do anything crazy to win the case. Eli tries to put Taylor off, saying he promised Maggie he'd proofread her summary judgment motion, but mentioning her name is the wrong move here, and I'm not just talking general principles. For you see, as Taylor tells him, Maggie caught a flight home to Ohio for a week. "But I guess you don't know anything about that either." Is she somehow divining that Maggie left because she was upset with Eli in a romantic context? Because even though it looks like that's true, it seems like a pretty big leap for her to make. Anyway, Patti calls and tells Eli she's not coming back to the office that day -- because she's at her church. Eli starts to babble about the earthquake, but Patti and her Trademark Sassy Pursed Lips do not want to hear it.
Eli breathlessly turns up at the church and begs Patti to get out of there, but she asks him where the earthquake is, and he doesn't have an answer. She emotionally tells him that the last time she came to the church, she prayed for her father, who was in the hospital. "He didn't make it. And I have not been able to walk through those doors since." She cries as she says she couldn't believe anymore, but when Eli said God was talking to him, her faith was stirred again. Eli tries to say he saw her in the church, but she doesn't believe him -- she thinks he's sick and needs to get better, and she came to the church today to pray for him. God, this character is frustrating -- that was a really good and believable scene! Why do we keep getting bogged down in all this irrational Taylor-hate and stupid sassiness?