Eli Stone
Praying For Time

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Crisis Of Faith

...and then we're down at City Hall. We intercut between the prosecutor's and Jordan's opening argument; it's unremarkable stuff about steroids and celebrities, although I will note that I love the female Asian judge that's presiding over the case. Victor Garber gives the most hilariously lawyerly smile to the jury as he wraps things up, though. Man, I could watch dailies of him ad infinitum.

So Salinsky, as I mentioned in the recaplet, is played by James Remar, who you'll remember as Richard on Sex And The City, but also, much more significantly, as Harry Morgan on Dexter. Eli and Taylor are hard-hatting (literally, in case you thought I was making up some metaphor there) as Eli tells Salinsky that $20 million could make the whole thing go away. Salinsky says he's still not clear on why the neighborhood can even sue him, and on the one hand, I agree, as it seems like their beef is with the city. On the other hand, though, it's a little preciously naïve to express surprise at just about any lawsuit you could imagine, particularly for a developer. Salinsky adds that the city has paid the residents for their property already, but Eli counters that the trial could delay the start of the project for a month. A month? If his workers are unionized, a couple of construction workers getting a bad cold could delay the project for a month, Eli. He's not going to pay them twenty million to get out of bed. Taylor calls Salinsky "Arvin" (hee, again) as she notes that it's better to weigh the pros and cons of settlement before trial, but, considering that he believes he's "turning an urban blight into a clean, safe place," Salinsky doesn't so much see the pro side. Eli, however, points out that Jeffrey Powell will paint Salinsky as a monster in court, and it might be worth coughing up the money to avoid that. Taylor, for some reason, looks like she ate a bee, although maybe she's just about to sing again.

Establishing shot of what's no doubt Silver Terrace's church. Inside, Eli notes that Powell doesn't look happy with their offer, despite the fact that the amount is three times what the city already paid them. Many of the neighborhood residents are in attendance, though, and Eli asks them if they're willing to bet that much money that Powell will win the case. It's a fair point -- if they're all going to get a total of four times what the city deemed as the value of their homes, it seems reasonable to conclude that they'd be able to afford something else -- and it's not lost on the crowd, or at least the one member of the crowd that's being paid speaking rates. Powell, however, tells them that it's no compensation for losing the homes they raised their children and grandchildren in. I think he's doing his clients a disservice by summarily dismissing the offer, but let's move on to Taylor's bemused expression...

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