Back at the disbarment hearing, the judge cites the press conference and withdraws his summary ruling, allowing the case to continue. Jordan thinks they should just move to closing statements and says that Eli will be speaking on his own behalf. Eli looks in surprise at Jordan, who encourages him quietly, "Go on, Eli, they need to hear from you why you want this. To be reminded how good you are at it." Eli gets up and talks about how good a lawyer he was before his aneurysm and how he would have become a great lawyer. However, since he only cared about winning his cases, Eli admits he wouldn't have been a great person. The aneurysm has made him care about helping his clients. "And how good a help will you be to them if you die in the middle of their case?" Raines asks. As good a help as any lawyer who stands the chance of getting hit by a car or choking on a pretzel or accidentally fatally stabbing themselves to death while cooking. Eli goes on that since he knows that any case could be his last (Jordan looks very pained here, and I love him for it!), he takes the cases that are more important to him, and he thinks he's a better lawyer for it. He agrees that his behavior is odd, but odd isn't always bad. Eli goes on, "My father had the same condition, and it didn't prevent him from raising two sons. One who became a doctor [he looks back at Nathan, who smiles slightly], and another who became a lawyer. And being a lawyer is all I ever wanted to be. One day, I may have stop being one, but that's not today. Today, I can still do some good. All I'm looking for from this hearing is the chance to keep doing it."
After the commercial break, the judge rules that Eli should be sanctioned and fined $1000 for concealing his medical condition. However, the judge continues, he is not revoking his right to practice law, but Eli has to submit to a medical exam by a physician who is not his brother. The judge specifically eyes Nathan, who was looking all happy at this news, but when the judge gives him the eye, Nathan sort of calms down and shakes his head slightly in agreement. It makes me giggle. Eli will also have to endure regular psychiatric evals to determine if his ability to practice law has been compromised. Judge bangs his gavel, and Eli breathes a sigh of relief. He looks over at Jordan and starts to say, "Sir..." But Jordan just cuts him dead with a look and walks out of the courtroom without a word. Cold. Raines shakes his hand and sincerely wishes him good luck. The brothers Stone embrace.