Carolyn Brody, the child in question in the OCD trial, is being questioned in Amy's chambers. She tells Amy she doesn't even know where her biological father lives. She's never seen him in person, only in pictures. Amy asks her if she's like to see him -- because he's right outside. Carolyn looks apprehensive, and stunned, but tells Amy with a lump in her throat, that she would. Bruce -- lines so far? ONE -- lets Brody into chambers. From all the way across the room, Brody tells Carolyn how pretty she is. She asks if she can hug him, and he hesitantly agrees. He takes his hand out of his pockets, and reveals that he is still wearing gloves. Amy gently suggests that he take them off -- which he does, extremely reluctantly. The little girl throws her arms around her father, but while he tells her that he loves her, and seems to be thrilled by the fact that they're touching for the first time, he doesn't really hug her back. Instead, he reacts the way someone would if they were being hugged while their hands were covered with paint -- he never actually touches her with him. He gets all misty as Carolyn squeezes him and tells him not to worry. Amy has to look away.
Maxine tells Mr. Bellamy that Susie told her to lie to him. Bellamy informs her that there has been a total surplus of $15,000 paid out, which constitutes fraud. Maxine tells him that the Evanses have been sending back the excess every month. Bellamy --- no dummy, he -- hypothesizes that someone has registered a numbered company, called it DCF and cashes the check for themselves. Gee, I wonder who could have done such a thing? Bellamy says they can find out if that's been done, as long as the company is registered in Connecticut. Maxine puts on her Nancy Drew face.
Halls of Justice; OCD case. Amy says that while both men have the ability to adequately act as Carolyn's parent, the law gives preference to blood relatives. Brody looks pleased. However, (knew that was coming, didn't you?), all things considered, Amy feels that Brody won't be able to handle the dirtiness and germs that naturally come with children. "Sometimes, what a skinned knee need most," she tells him, "is a kiss." She gives Capono guardianship, but grants Brody visitation rights. Sounds right to me.
Maxine marches into Susie's office and tells her that Susie can either resign, or Maxine can take "this upstairs." Susie gets all self-righteous and asks if Maxine really wants her to quit, just because some good people got some extra money. She clearly doesn't know that Nancy Drew and the Gang have been on the case. Maxine opens her Can of DCF Whoop-Ass and tells Susie that she wants her to resign because she's "been STEALING from CHILDREN." Susie snaps that she did it FOR children and launches into some crazy rigmarole about how she was skimming money off the top to cover parents and children who fell through the cracks, and she's not sorry for that. Neither Maxine nor I buy that, and Maxine informs Susie that, while the system isn't perfect, that doesn't excuse criminal activity. Susie tells Maxine that all she got out of it was a couple thou. Maxine, rightly, calls Susie an idiot for ruining her career over such a small payoff. Susie starts whining about taking the bus, and not eating lunch, and student loans and blah blah blah poorcakes. Maxine will have none of it, and snips that while she knows "what it's like to need money," (especially with a freeloading judge of a daughter), that it doesn't give her a license to steal it. Susie accuses Maxine of having been out to get her since the beginning (no, just since you told her she wasn't always right, Susie). Maxine says that Susie made it clear that it was "all about [Susie]," and that she clearly didn't care about children at all. Having delivered her smackdown, Maxine turns to leave, but Susie has suddenly morphed into a villain in a Scooby Doo cartoon and tells Maxine that the "people upstairs" will never believe it, that she's well liked, that Maxine will never get away with pinning this on her! Maxine walks out right in the middle of Susie's "I Would Have Gotten Away With It, Too, If It Weren't For You Stupid Kids" speech. Ah, Susie, time to pack up your desk. Did you really think you had a chance against Maxine? She never loses.