That's how you rattle her: By suggesting she didn't really earn it, in the end. By suggesting she's been carried.
Alicia: "I would ... Advise you not to."
Diane, sadly: "Okay. You really have a very lovely apartment, Alicia."
There's this in-bred deference Alicia has, to greater rank. She's trying very hard to change.
Mickey shows up, charming and cruel; Eli and Kalinda pass on the pitch altogether.
Mickey: "What the hell is that? Don't you think you could've told me that over the phone?"
Eli, grinning: "I could've. But that would've taken up less of your time."
For the second time in two episodes, Eli reiterates that he doesn't like being used: "You're considering joining a Republican presidential campaign, but the guy's too clean. You can't find a single thing wrong with him. He's too good to be true. And you didn't have the money to vet him, so you hinted that you wanted to hire me so I would vet him for you."
Mickey blusters until they show him a photo we don't see, then admits it -- "Poor Man's Crawfishin'! You let the tourist set the bacon trap and then you go in and raid 'em" -- but Eli calls him a fake bougie and then Eli and Kalinda put him back into the original trap from the beginning of the episode: Mickey works his ass off, gets hired by the guy -- which hasn't happened yet, which he also lies about -- and then hires Eli. That's the only way he gets the info, because apparently they found something after all.
I want to call Kalinda and Eli Batman and Robin, except it's more like Batwoman and the Riddler. Whatever it is, they are fabulous. And Eli agrees. I'm just happy we'll see Mickey Gunn again.
Turns out that Mr. Cardiff has looted previous dudes! He stole ropes and pitons from a dying Japanese climber in Pakistan, as detailed in the book Only In May. Which was suppressed by Cardiff in a suit much like this one. So he's like this mountaineering serial killer or something. Anyway, part of the previous suit was a superinjunction that we can't talk about the book or even the events in the book.
Izzard: "Even the request by my learned colleague here must be stricken from the record. It is as if the book and its events and even events questioning the events never happened."
Timothy: "Unless, of course, it's discussed in the English press, Your Lordship..."
Izzard: "Yes, and we would ask for a superinjunction to prevent the mention of the superinjunction."