Jack strides in, all cock of the walk. I'm half surprised he doesn't wink at the gobsmacked Kate as he struts by. The DA stands up and says she must renew her objection to this witness, and the judge renews his overruling of her objection. The judge informs the jury that they need to be aware that the witness met the defendant only after the crimes she is accused of committing, and is to be considered a character witness only. The jury members chuckle when the defence attorney asks Jack to introduce himself for the benefit of those who don't read newspapers or watch television.
And then, what a fantastic tale Jack spins. Yeah, he knew Kate; they were both passengers on Oceanic Flight 815. Did he know she was a fugitive being transported by a U.S. Marshal? Well, he learned that eventually. From Kate herself. He never spoke to the marshal, because the marshal died in the crash, don't you know! "Miss Austen told me," says Jack. He says he never bothered to ask if Kate was guilty, because he assumed there'd been some kind of mistake. Why? Because Kate's awesome, that's why! Or, as Jack puts it, "Only eight of us survived the crash. We landed in the water. I was hurt, pretty badly. In fact, if it weren't for her, I would never have made it to the shore." Kate squirms in her seat as Jack testifies. "She took care of me. She took care of all of us. She gave us first aid, gave us water, found food. Using dyes made from plants and a rudimentary printing press made of bamboo, she published children's books that she read to us at night to comfort us. She tried to save the other two, but..." Kate stands up and tells him to stop, since this has nothing to do with anything. "This is my trial, and I don't want him to say anything else." Duncan is all, I was finished with him anyway.
So the DA gets up to cross-examine, telling Jack his testimony was very moving. "I just have one question for you. Do you love the defendant?" And Duncan is all "Objection!" and the judge says, "You opened this door. I'm going to allow this!" because by law any courtroom scene on television requires a judge to say "I'm going to allow this" at least once, and Jack looks like he swallowed his tongue. The DA repeats the question. "No. Not anymore," says Jack, displaying about ninety percent of the facial tics police interrogators use to determine when a suspect is lying. Which is probably just fine with the DA, who smirks like she just got Col. Jessep to admit he ordered the Code Red.