Suffering County Courthouse. Helen has an everyday guy on the stand. He is, apparently, an eyewitness. Beside the witness chair is a large colour photograph of the victim. It's huge. It looks something like the big cast photo that sits outside the stage at a dinner theatre. The witness answers a question Helen must have asked him off-camera: "The girl was just leaving the market when he walked up to her." Helen points to the gargantuan photo to the left of the witness: "This girl." He agrees with the DA. Then Helen asks Mr. Banks if he'd seen the defendant before. Mr. Banks says that Darryl was a "street person" and that he would often carry people's bags for change. According to the witness, sometimes Darryl could get "quite aggressive." Eugene objects; Judge Beautiful sustains and tells the jury to disregard that statement. Helen moves on, asking the fellow to "just tell us what [he] saw that day." Blah Darryl tried to carry her shopping bags, blah she was fine, blah they argued, and blah she walked away. "What did the defendant do then?" Mr. Banks says that Darryl stood there, steamed for a minute, and then followed the young girl. Quick cut to Eugene asking the witness if he actually heard anything either person said. Negative. Eugene asks, "When you said they argued --" Mr. Banks interrupts, "It looked like they argued." The lawyer asks if Darryl and Linda could have been talking about something other than her shopping bags. The witness thinks maybe, perhaps, yes. Could they have been talking about something else? Yes. Oh, and did Banks think that Linda was in trouble, enough to call the police? No. With that, Eugene thanks him and sits back down. The jury looks at him. Helen looks at him. Darryl turns to him and says, "Is that it?" Huh. Eugene retorts, "Darryl, if you're unhappy with my work you can tell the judge and get another lawyer." Nope, Darryl's not unhappy. In fact, he's absolutely positively positive that Eugene is the right lawyer for his trial. See, already Darryl strikes me as a sharp, intelligent, even quick-witted fellow, completely contrary to the image Helen's team is putting forth of an unruly panhandler. I don't know. Maybe it says something about my own assumptions, more than it does about DEK. Now, don't tell anyone I just said that, okay?
Episode Report CardRagdoll: C+ | 372 USERS: C+
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