Alicia and Will go see Elkins, with Hicks. She's twitchy in an anemic, gingery The Killing way. She's scared because she killed twelve people due to twitchiness, but one of the things this season is that all their clients are guilty (except for when there turns out to be a random black person who did it). You have to keep your eye on it, though, because you will fall victim to the mission creep of sexist allegations and before you know it you will see misogyny everywhere and completely forget that she totally killed a bunch of people and what the point of this storyline actually is, which is what the storyline really is about: Alicia being so good at her job that she fools you, and so bad at her job that she fools herself.
L/G: "Gina, how is it going?"
Elkins: "It is going so bad."
L/G: "Can you answer some questions about what happened?"
Elkins: "Not too well. I am acting very cagey and guilty."
Hicks: "See the bullshit I been dealing with?"
Elkins explains how drones work and all that.
L/G: "Your commanding officer accuses you of inaccurate and unprofessional reporting as to the presence of 12 unarmed civilians, resulting in their deaths."
L/G: "It's accurate that that happened?"
Elkins: "No, it's accurate as to the charge."
L/G: "So what happened? And can you sit down?"
No. So the defense is that there are occasional delays in the transmission of text alerts and sensor relays and she says she received the information too late, sir. Hicks clarifies that the transmission was logged as on time, because it indicates the time it was sent but not the time it arrived. Huh. So she says her pilot, the person operating the drone on her instructions, also saw the delay in the transmission. That's Lieutenant Ventura, a charming fellow we'll meet later.
Outside, they talk about how she looks about fifteen and she's terrified. Alicia, of course, is like, Soldiers kill people all day long, surely there has been collateral damage from a drone before, why are they on her about this one tiny thing of twelve dead people.
Hicks: "I have no answer for that."
Kalinda and Eli figure out how Stacie Hall, Amy Sedaris, is the Fruit lobbyist and doesn't work for the USDA secretary at all like she was pretending, and that they're not going back to the Pyramid at all like she was pretending, and this whole thing was a feint at Dairy, so now Eli has to get one-on-one with Stacie Hall and start the whole game over. I sure hope he gets weird and personal about it! (He totally will.)