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!
Suffering County Courthouse. Well, it must be after lunch, because Joe McLaughlin is being sworn in, blah truth blah. Eugene gets up and asks if he pressured his daughter not to date black men. Mr. McLaughlin refuses to answer, instead saying, "My daughter was killed by that man sitting right there!" He points to Darryl. Eugene moves to strike. He is forced to answer the question: "I never pressured my daughter not to date black men." Was she pressured, or did she just lie? Blah interracial blah. Eugene brings up the fact that Linda hid the relationship with his daughter. Joe: "There was no relationship!" Joe admits he wanted his daughter to have a "good life." He was worried about interracial relationships because they were subject to bigotry -- you know, he really just wanted to protect the kids. Of course he did. Eugene says, "So. To protect her from bigots you decided to become one?" Helen objects. Eugene withdraws the comment. Blah not-open minded, blah she hid the affair, blah made the point, blah enough already blah.
The Firm. Rebecca says, "He agreed to be held." Dr. Ford wants to know for what, because her husband didn't do anything. "Are they torturing witnesses now?" Blah newspaper, blah CIA, blah maybe blah. Rebecca's own sense of decency won't allow her to believe that that's happening. She replies, "Doctor, you know yourself -- his personality, his demeanor, did he seem like maybe he'd been tortured?" Well, he seemed intent on proving his loyalty to America, almost desperate to prove it. Blah piano twinkle, blah ruin the scene blah. Ah, it's still touching, perhaps because the actress playing Dr. Ford is quite good. She's not hysterical or outrageous; she's calm, but honestly upset and worried about her husband. She and Rebecca do a good job in this episode.