Ray's Trial Whereby He May Escape His Pain. Mystery Defense Witness X is on the stand. He explains that he knew Bowman "on the outside." Apparently, Ray's cellmate was a dealer and a banger, and he was moving drugs on the inside as well. Harris explains that once Bowman shorted him on a balloon of coke. "That was disrespecting me. He had to pay for that." Ray: "Why didn't you kill him yourself?" Mystery Defense Witness X responds, "It ain't easy getting a guy who knows you're coming. He was a big boy. I got respect for size." Ray asks, "I told you I didn't want to do it, right?" Mystery Defense Witness X explains that he didn't give McMurphy much of a choice, it was Ray or Bowman, and so the word got out that if you "punked" Harris, then you died. Ray thanks his witness and sits down.
Alan stands up and asks, "When did you and the defendant come up with this story?" Mystery Defense Witness X says, "It's the truth." Alan doesn't believe him. He keeps badgering him: "Was it yesterday, when the two of you were bussed in from state prison for your court proceedings?" Mystery Defense Witness X repeats the whole dealer-outside-banger story. Alan reminds the defendant that he's been convicted of rape, robbery, perjury, and murder. Harris says he's actually been convicted of three murders. Alan: "And you're about to be convicted of a fourth." Harris: "I'm a bad man." Then Alan tells him that he's a convicted liar. Harris just says okay. Alan: "So when the defendant asked you to lie for him, you had nothing to lose, another conviction for perjury or murder, it doesn't matter." Ellenor whisper-advises: "Object, argumentative." Ray whisper-says, "He's okay." The two men are continuing their verbal sparring. Mystery Defense Witness X says, "What are you talking about?" Alan continues, "You lie for him, there's no downside. There's an upside." Harris asks, "What's that?" Well, then McMurphy owes him. McMurphy is now an ally. That's key in prison for a guy who has as many enemies as poor Mystery Defense Witness X. Harris says, "I got no idea what you mean." There is steam coming from Alan's pretty little ears as he glances over to the judge.