Cue Greg revealing the "sting" operation: "We want you to offer Judge Fleming a bribe." Rod: "Forget it." Greg: "Bobby. Can I call you Bobby? Bobby, you're missing the bigger picture here. The office of the U.S. Attorney and the grand jury have invested a great deal of time and money in this investigation, and your cooperation would be greatly valued." He pauses, purses his lips, and continues, "But you're failure to cooperate, well, that would create a problem, and I think you can appreciate the fact that we'll do everything we can to get you to cooperate." The Symphony Of Smarting Stings rises up and feels the Emperor's indignation. Rod snarls, "Are you threatening me?" Naw, man, Greg's just stating a fact. Oh, the irony; they're going to coerce Bobby into participating in this "operation" to root out a Judge who is, well, all about coercion. So, who stands on the moral high ground? That's right, say it with me: Emperor Rod stands on the moral high ground. Of course he does. Greg continues, "The fact is that you may well find yourself, and this firm, conflicted out of all Superior Court proceedings until this investigation is completed. And who knows how long that will take." So if Bobby doesn't help bring the judge to justice, he'll not have any justice of his own. Good to see that evil runs fairly equally through all the different levels of the law on this show. Greg: "If you want to stay in business, you're going to do whatever we say." Now there's a sting operation for you; it's causing everyone who is involved ridiculous amounts of pain.
The Conference Room Where They Discuss Pain Due To Coercion. A round-table discussion has begun. Bobby has taken the so-called offer to help put forth by Greg Mitchell and his office, and put it out there for everyone to discuss. Jimmy wants to know what happens if the judge isn't guilty, because then he would think that Bobby's dirty. Ellenor insists that Helen wouldn't let Bobby take the fall; she'd have to "suck it up" and tell the judge they'd made a mistake. Eugene thinks that every judge on the state and federal courts would be turned against them no matter what. Ellenor: "If Fleming is dirty, which is doubtful --" Okay, she is obviously a cast member from another show. "His friends are going to resent us for bringing him down." Rebecca, ever the beacon of hope, thinks that their community would be happy they rooted out the evil judge ruining the system and leaving the foul odor of corruption all over the place. Eugene: "You're kidding yourself, Rebecca." Blah operation, blah Chicago, blah judges busted, blah those who wore the wires, blah pariahs blah. Ellenor: "Because they'd been on the take and only set up others to save themselves!" Eugene makes a good point: "People will say the same about us." Bobby pipes up that on the one hand, obviously he doesn't want to do it, and obviously it's going to put them at a great risk, but on the other, he doesn't want to piss off the U.S. Attorney's office either. He turns to his wife: "Lindsay?" She reminisces, blah her first jury trial, blah three months, blah Judge Fleming, blah flaming great blah. He remains the best judge she's ever had the pleasure of appearing before. Ah, yawn. Whatever, Lindsay -- you've got a freaking emotional attachment to every judge, teacher, and boss that crosses your path. Lindsay doesn't want Bobby to let Mitchell use "them" this way. Jimmy pipes up extraneously, "He'd better be guilty!" Bobby: "I'm not sure that matters." Yeah, end of discussion; now go rescue all of your kids from the closets you keep them in.