Will there EVER be a commercial break? This front-loaded pilot is killing me.
A police station. Schultz's mom, Ida, introduces herself to Payne and thanks him for paying Schultz's "bill." Which is an indication that bail gets paid in their household with the regularity of the electricity bill. Jason is surprised that even Schultz's mother calls him Schultz, but she tells him that "that's what he wants." Payne takes this moment to pry into Schultz's family history. Great timing, jerk. Ida tells Jason that Schultz's anger started when his father died, and that he got kicked out of school for fighting. Payne responds to this emotional revelation by suggesting that the legal profession isn't the right line of work for Schultz. Ida gets in his face: "For your information, most people who have explosive disorder are geniuses." What an unfortunately scatological-sounding emotional disorder. Schultz shuffles out into the waiting room, cranky that Payne posted his bail: "Now I'm gonna miss Taquito Tuesday." Hee. And, mmmmm.
OH MY GOD NO COMMERCIALS YET.
Crazy Careening Camera Transition Alert! I wonder where we'll end up this time? Oh, the fancy big-time offices of Hawkins and Bates. Jason strides purposefully down the hallway and is met by his secretary, Nicole, with surprise. "You're back? Why didn't you tell me you were coming? I would have I don't know what I would've done, but it would've been something." Cute. She asks if he's okay, and he says he's "okay-er than [he's] been in a long time." He asks her who they had her working for, and she clenches out a "Rothman." Oooh, not Rothman. Payne tells her he'll "tell Daniel I need you back," and as he walks toward the partner's office, she stops him to straighten his already-straight tie. Again, cute.