Suffering County Courthouse. The infamous Ms. Collins is on the stand. She testifies that there is "no way" Linda McLaughlin was dating "that man." How does she know this? They were close friends. If Linda was dating someone, Ms. Collins would most certainly know. Helen: "To your knowledge, was she dating anyone?" Eugene objects due to speculation. Blah rebuttal blah. Again, let's repeat this in case anyone, anywhere might not have gotten the gist of what ol Collins is saying: "She wasn't dating him." How does she know? Blah they talked about interracial relationships, blah she would not date an African-American, blah her parents, blah her father, blah problem blah.
Eugene wants to know if it's possible that they were dating, only Ms. Collins didn't know. Again, for the THIRD time, she insists that it's not possible. Do you feel like you're hearing a skipping record? I sure do. Regurgitate the father-being-a-racist argument. Regurgitate the rebuttal. Regurgitate so that DEK doesn't actually have to write a new scene; he can just re-work the one that happened less than thirty seconds before. Yawn. Eugene tries to blatantly argue that the father is a racist, and Helen objects. Kittleson warns them "for the last time" and tells Eugene to "move on." Eugene establishes that Ms. Collins was also against interracial relationships. Blah Linda wouldn't have wanted her to know either blah. Blah Ms. Collins the bigot, blah objection, blah angry judge blah. Kittleson: "I assume the parties rest?" Oh, no, why would we rest when we can inflame the "dramatic" tension just that little bit more by having Eugene call Joe McLaughlin, the victim's father, to the stand? Cue outrage. Cue objection. Cue argument. Cue snappy anger. Cue Ragdoll pulling out all of her hair, piece by painful piece. Eugene: "I have a legitimate reason for calling him." Helen: "Name one." Eugene: "The DA's own witness said the daughter had a motive to hide her relationship from her father." Blah allowed to pursue, blah time to prepare, blah Helen can't do that he's Eugene's witness blah. Kittleson says, "Enough." Then she says that Mr. McLaughlin will take the stand after lunch. Helen sits down and looks defeated. Whew, who needs a commercial break? I do! I do!