The Firm. Lindsay reaches deep into the deepest corner of the wardrobe leftovers from Little House On The Prairie and pulls out Bobby's mother's wedding dress. The dress is hideous. Moth-eaten and hideous. Ugly and hideous. Frilly and hideous. Unbearably smelly and hideous. Okay, I made that last part up, but the dress is ugly. Lindsay makes some excuse about it being too short. The Rod smiles and says they will have no trouble having it altered. He is so excited, it's frightening: "I feel like I'm going to cry just seeing you stand next to it." Goodness, I don't think it's normal for an Emperor to be so attached to a dress. Especially not his dead mother's limp, beige, Edwardian excuse for a wedding dress. Lindsay stammers on about wanting to see the dress on without having to alter it. Rod points to Lucy and breaks her spine but then fuses it back together because he's really a superhero. "Can you try this on?" he asks. Lucy snaps, "Over my dead body?" Lindsay grabs her forehead and squeezes -- you know, that thing she does when life is really just getting her down. Sigh. Poor Lindsay. "There's no place like home. There's no place like home. There's no place like being trapped in a two-hundred-year-old dress that probably smells like it's been stuffed in the back of a thrift store for a hundred of them." Finally, she hands the dress to Lucy, who, in addition to answering the phones and doing the photocopying, is now taking up wedding-dress modeling as her day job.
Courthouse. DA Pratt is questioning Dr. Starger. His skin looks very thin. Ah! His skin looks like the material they used to make the dress. Ah! It's scary and all stretched over his veins. His eyes are sort of sunken and are themselves quite pale. He's trying to establish whether or not Jan had "conscious" control over her actions. Dr. Starger doesn't believe she did. Pratt starts asking whether someone having a PTSD flashback would have enough control to open a kitchen drawer, search for a knife, and then "chase someone around the house." Eugene and Rebecca object. Apparently, there is no evidence of the mother actually being chased around the house. He changes course: "Dr. Starger. Can you tell us for a fact that Jan Carlson experienced one of these flashbacks the night she murdered her mother?" Rebecca objects again, this time to Pratt's use of the word "murder." He withdraws, then repeats the question, using the word "killed" instead of "murdered." Dr. Starger admits that it would be impossible to know for sure. DA Pratt: "Have you ever seen the defendant have a flashback?" Dr. Starger: "No." Blah dee blah never seen it, blah dee blah not once, blah dee blah she could have made it all up. The doctor takes offense; she's been treating Jan for a long time. Blah dee blah is there proof of the abuse? Is there a diary? A police report? He then makes it abundantly clear that Dr. Starger took Jan at her word. We then go around the "so you took her at her word" Ferris wheel for an eternity before the prosecution finally rests.