Now it's the defense attorney's turn to take a whack at Frank. Ah, if only it were literal. He starts off by listing off Frank's glowing police record, which doesn't sound like a good way to discredit him, but he's making a point. "Your closure rate is 73% in a department in a department that averages 47%. How do you explain that?" Frank says nothing. Tim the prosecutor points out there's no crime against doing one's job well, but the defense accuses Frank of fabricating confessions. "This case is based on the word of the one man most invested in condemning my client," Pierce says. The judge interrupts to say that there's no reason to believe Frank and Joe invented the confession. Frank gives Pierce a smug look that says, "Nah nah nee boo boo!" Pierce gets in line behind Dani to smack the crap out of him.
Later, Frank finds Joe waiting on the steps outside the courtroom. Joe's on the phone with someone, saying, "I need you to do what you're gonna do, if you can." Who's on the other end of the line? Frank doesn't ask. "Testimony holding up?" Joe asks when he's done with his call. "The guy who would say otherwise is dead, so yeah, it's fine," Frank says. Why do they even bother swearing people in at court? Liars gonna lie. Anyway, Frank gives Joe a heads up about the tenacity of the defense attorney. Joe mentions that the guy once offered him a job as an investigator. They both agree he should have jumped at the opportunity. Joe laughs sadly and says, "I got a tail, Frank." He figures Boyd is just waiting for the trial to be over before he makes his move. Joe also wishes he and Frank had stayed partners after working the Lady Belle case together. "None of this would have happened if we had stayed partners past that." The bailiff fetches Joe for court before Frank can respond.
Skelos and his goons have a sit-down with Damon at the International. Maya's blood pressure goes up about 50 points just watching them. Skelos pours some whiskey. "A toast to our new endeavor," he says. "Thank you for bailing me out," Damon says without an iota of gratitude. Skelos smiles even though he knows Damon is about as sincere as a bad weave. Damon wonders why Skelos bailed him out, which gives Skelos the chance to wax nostalgic about all the times he bailed out Damon's mother and father. Ah, the good old days, when lackeys knew their place! He knows that Damon was about to rat him out to the cops. "All to save this one," he says, nodding at Maya. "But I didn't do it," Damon insists. "Because Joe Geddes hit you," Skelos says, miming the punch. He opts not to kill Damon, though, and chooses instead to threaten Maya's children. He shows Damon and Maya photos of the kids on the playground. "You'll suffer to keep these babies safe," he says, "like your father did for you." Damon fumes in silence. Maya looks like she's about to shatter into a million pieces. Skelos smiles like he just offered them both Christmas bonuses.