That afternoon, Emma heads to Dan's trailer. She finds him shooting bottles like the classy chap he is and suggests maybe he should be doing something a little more related to proving his brother's innocence. He thinks it's out of his hands and that the court-appointed attorney will take care of everything. Have seen her fair share of inexperienced and apathetic attorneys, Emma goes off on him that this is going to ruin Ethan's life. Dan wonders how "Sutton" knows so much about attorneys. Emma says she was talking to Alec, who said Ethan would need a "legal genius" to get acquitted. Dan mentions the very salient fact that he can't afford a legal genius. Then he says, "There might be one person I can call."
Somewhere between the res and Phoenix, Thayer's tire has gone flat. While he updates Sutton on Ethan's case and what Emma is doing to help, Sutton snarks that he's said her name 11 times and then asks bitterly, "Oh because that's what she does -- just helps everybody?" Like helping others is something obscene or suspect. She accuses Thayer of "getting cozy" with Emma, then backtracks and apologizes for it. She admits it's going to be hard to go back to Phoenix after "re-examining" her life on the res. Thayer slips in a hint that he might know something about what happened between Ethan and Sutton on the ranch. Sutton knee-jerks, all, "Did Ethan say anything?" Because clearly he and Thayer had a heart-to-heart while they were taking his finger prints? When would this conversation have even happened? I'm not sure if that's a writer fail or a Sutton fail -- probably a little bit of both, because no amount of time with the animals and the hay bales could make someone as calculating as Sutton suddenly drop her deeply ingrained strategic conversation style and suddenly be so transparent. Either way, she cryptically says she "saw a side of Ethan I don't think any of us have ever seen."
Over in Scottsdale, Dan's mission to help Ethan involves taking out a fetching female attorney for a cupcake date. She says it's been a long time. "Seven years, five months, and roughly a couple of weeks," he says, "but who's counting, right?" She wonders why he would need a defense attorney of her caliber when Alec lives in Phoenix. Dan admits Alec's part of the problem. Having dated Dan when he was in the police academy, this woman isn't surprised. He mentions Derek's case, and she perfunctorily rattles off the details, wondering why he cares so much about this one. He confesses that Ethan is the kid on the hook. She says, stunned, "Last time I saw him, he was in little league." Dan: "He's in the big leagues now, that's for damn sure." See what he did there? Huh, huh?