Federal Court Meeting Room. The Special Agent tells an anxious Dr. Ford and a nervous Rebecca that Habib is on his way in. Then he advises Dr. Ford not to speak to her husband or hand him any "items." The Lament Of The Prisoner comes wailing onto the scene like a police cruiser chasing a stolen car. Habib enters the room. The camera catches him from bottom to top. His ankles are chained to his feet. He does that half-walk, half-hop prisoner's stride as he comes in wearing a bright orange jumpsuit and some sort of bulletproof vest. Dr. Ford smiles at her husband. He looks blankly at her. Rebecca asks if they can have a moment alone. The Special Agent explains that Dr. Ford is not a suspect, but "if she talks, at all, and it appears like she passes coded information, she might become one." Dr. Ford can observe -- and that's all. Habib insists that she has two children to care for, and tells her not to say anything. His accent sounds more French than anything. It's really pretty, lilting, like Gérard Depardieu, only Habib is way, way cuter. Rebecca tells everyone to sit down, and then introduces herself to Habib; she explains that they are about to have a hearing. Habib: "I didn't ask for a hearing or a lawyer." Rebecca explains that Dr. Ford hired her. Habib: "She should not have." Dr. Ford looks confused. Habib wants to know if she or her kids have been harmed in anyway. Dr. Ford blurts, "Bill, we're fine." Then she quickly covers her mouth with her hand and looks at The Special Agent: "Would you tell him we're fine." Rebecca wants to know if Habib has any idea why he's there. He answers, "Ms. Washington, help my wife understand. I did what I did because it was right." Dr. Ford can't help herself: "Bill, what are you talking about?" Habib looks at The Special Agent. Then he says, "Tell the judge I'm ready to proceed."
Suffering County Courthouse. Darryl is on the stand. He is well-dressed, well-spoken, handsome, and clean-cut. He starts to explain the context of his relationship with Linda McLaughlin. Blah he'd see her in the park, blah she'd be jogging, blah waving, blah some talking blah. Eugene asks Darryl to explain the nature of their relationship. Darryl says they'd meet late at night when no one was around, and then Linda started inviting him to her apartment. They'd talk, watch television, and have sex. According to Darryl, Linda had always wanted to be with a black man. Cue a shot the upset parents in the gallery. Blah mouth wide open blah. Eugene asks Darryl if he saw Linda the day she was killed. He says, "Yes, outside the market. I offered to carry her bags like I had done before but she said she couldn't see me anymore." Eugene wonders if Linda explained why. Well, no, so that's why he followed her; he just wanted to talk. "When we got to her apartment, she said she was seeing another guy." Apparently, Darryl begged Linda not to break them up. They argued. Then she told Darryl she loved him. "Did you make love to her that day, sir?" Well, yes, and then afterwards Linda said she would break up with the other guy that night because he was supposed to be coming over. When he left, she was alive. Only Darryl says, "A-live!" The characterization of Darryl is really incongruous with the picture of him as a vagrant -- I just don't buy it -- and it's not because Gabriel Casseus is a bad actor, I think, but because DEK is an average writer.