Everybody is looking at each other in their goldfish bowls and under the constant threat of surveillance and the Press and everybody is looking at everybody else all the time and Alicia is looking at Eli and Eli is looking at Alicia and everybody's worried about Peter and what shit he's going to pull next. Except Celeste, who is worried about what will happen when the bees or the robots or the robot bees arrive. And yours truly, who is worried about the fact that Alan Cumming just twitched his way through about five different accents in that scene and possibly will jitter a hole in the floor at some point.
DEAD GUY DEPO
Opposing counsel on the class is Ken Cosgrove, which is nice. His physicality and movement are really different than usual, which is pretty impressive since he already has such a distinctive look so it makes you respect him more for not just being a character actor, although he still looks like a beanpole wearing Daddy's shoulder pads. Acting can only do so much.
Dan Hedaya-Looking Dead Dude: "They knew the de-icing fluid tended to freeze in the wing lines, but they decided to save money and do nothing about it. More boring facts!"
Big fight about moving the post-mortem deposition into evidence: Apparently Rule 212 says you can do this, but Ken says that's only when it won't do a "substantial injustice," like perjury, and to support the claim that Dead Guy was lying produces the suicide note, which is in two pieces: "IT'S A LIE" and "I'M SORRY."
Except the suicide guy had been accused of sleeping with his sixteen-year-old babysitter, so frankly it seems unlikely that those statements have to do with a corporate class-action suit about wiper fluid or whatever, and more about the actual reason he killed himself. Dead guy -- and the presiding judge -- share a sense of perspective, perhaps, that opposing counsel lacks.
Roda: "It's hearsay! We can't cross-examine a corpse!"
Judge: "Tacky tacky tacky."
The judge is actually really cool, despite his marmot hairdo -- which I think exists purely to downplay his hotness so you don't get distracted about it -- and once they start getting into fighting about the interpretation of the law and the notes and what do "words" mean and all that lawyer crap, the judge just sits back snarking at them and waiting for them to grow up. So, continuance? Maybe, but maybe not, after a little scene where a dude who lost his wife and daughters guilts Team Lockart-Serrano a little more.