At an outdoor café, Eli's sitting with Jake when Maggie comes over with coffee for them. Ah, that's her real job! She babbles about "Coma Guy" and "McCann" for a while, causing me to recall Jordan's delicious delivery of that comment about Eli's eloquence. After some humor at Jimmy Kimmel's expense, Jake tells them that while he was in the coma, his wife left him for his best friend and business partner, and he has a lawyer already, but the guy has counseled him to just take the ten-million-dollar settlement they've offered him. On the one hand, that doesn't sound like the worst advice ever given, but I have to tell you, if that lawyer's being paid on commission, I'm appalled and also jealous. Jake goes on to explain that after his accident, his partner took their startup public, and it tripled in value. However, he doesn't care about the money, but the company he built, and he wants to get it back. Eli lets us know that "Brooke" must have gotten the company "in the divorce," although that makes no sense to me, given that she initiated the proceedings, but he goes on that the marriage was annulled, and...ding ding ding! Eli gets An Idea -- they'll contest the annulment. Maggie's face falls as she realizes what he's saying, and Eli explains it to Jake -- "we have to sue the church." Apparently no one at the table is Catholic, because you'd think, given the circumstances, a member of that faith would reflexively make the sign of the cross.
In court, the opposing counsel is pointing out that Eli is asking the state to insert itself into a church matter. Eli counters that "the recent spate of priestly misconduct" cases demonstrate that the First Amendment doesn't protect the church from a civil suit, and I'm sure all those scarred altar boys appreciate their experiences being used to set precedent like this. He goes on that both church and state law require that both parties be notified of annulment proceedings, which obviously didn't occur in this case. The judge isn't inclined to hold a full trial, but does want to hear from the priest that vitiated the marriage, and calls an evidentiary hearing for the next afternoon. I sure hope the priest can make it!