Peter: "Mom, this is Cristian!"
Cristian: "Cristian is fabulous today!"
Jackie: "This is clearly a dude. A beautiful one."
Cristian: "A man can be a nurse! It is the '90s!"
Jackie: "Even a Mexican?"
Cristian: "Cristian is Cuban! And fabulous!"
Jackie: "How much is my son paying you? In American dollars."
Cristian: "Forty an hour, forty-five on the road. Bonus if Cristian has to tackle you in the middle of doing something fucked up and doesn't break any of your brittle bird bones."
Jackie: "...Peter, I hate this Mexican."
Cristian: "You haven't given Cristian a chance!"
Jackie: "Don't eavesdrop, Cristian!"
Cristian: "Then gossip quieter, you old bitch!"
Peter: "Cristian is fabulous today!"
Seriously, his doubletake off Cristian's smackdown was maybe the zenith of all Chris Noth's three and some-odd years in this complex, oft-thankless role. Just beautiful. Like the sun coming out. Then Jackie and Cristian give each other the most insane side-eye, almost as intense than that one time with Alicia at the hair salon where it was like 60/40 Jackie was packing heat.
Alicia: "Are you cool? Because you just tracked Ricky Waters all the way across the room like a snake about to strike."
Hellinger: "Yeah, we're good."