The Firm. Jimmy "'Twas The Night Before Disbarment" Berluti is back on the job. I guess his two-week suspension has been served. Everything seems fine between him and the rest of the gang now -- you know, like it never happened. Any. Way. Jimmy's being doing some investigating -- he checked up on poor Frank, found out that he'd been released from a life sentence after spending fifteen years in the slammer, but that he'd been cleared by a DNA test, had his record expunged, and was then set free. Well, where does he live? Jimmy explains that he's homeless and that's he's only been out of prison for a week. According to Frank's trial attorney, he does have a daughter, and judging by The Displaced Daughter Dance that's raring to go in the background, the situation's going to be a tearjerker. Apparently, Frank does have a daughter, but she's not three; she's now eighteen. Plus, Jimmy's "got an address on her." Which means what? Sometimes his lack of grammatical clarity drives me up the wall. Blah. Oh, and Frank was cleared of the rape and murder of his daughter's mother. Ouch. Lindsay has no response. She just stands, stares at Jimmy, and then looks at Frank, with her mouth wide open all the while.
Suffering County Courthouse. Ellenor is arguing her motion to dismiss in front of the judge. She claims that if Alan truly had enough evidence for a search warrant, why didn't he "do so" while the brothers were still in custody. Alan and Ellenor are standing in front of the judge like a bride and groom on top of a wedding cake. Alan treads the thin line between right and wrong: "As I explained to Ms. Frutt, we first declined to press charges and then thought better of that decision." Ellenor argues, "Yes, choosing to arrest them at home where you can conveniently but illegally conduct a search!" Alan tosses some mud instead of a legal argument, and Judge White tells them to calm down. The judge wants to know why Hunky DA changed his mind after the suspects were already in custody. It's quite a load of crap, his response: blah threat to society blah. Blah collect more evidence blah. Judge White: "What exactly is your evidence that Stephen Miller committed murder?" Alan's showstopper: "There's motive." In fact, one of Stephen's best friends was murdered in a drive-by shooting by a Crip two weeks ago. This murder was payback. Plus, there's an M.O., because Stephen is also implicated in two separate drive-by shootings. Ellenor: "Two years as an accessory." Alan continues, blah there's opportunity blah, blah the car was seen speeding from the scene blah. Well, he uses a lot of big words, but the Judge doesn't buy it because he says, "That's it?" Probably because Alan's case is missing a little thing called evidence. That's right -- a murder weapon, maybe some fingerprints, anything to physically connect Stephen to the shooting. Any. Way. Alan argues motive, M.O., and opportunity is "certainly enough" to get a search warrant. The Judge doesn't look convinced. He's going to let the charges stand for now, but if Hunky doesn't get "anything more…" Only Ellenor whines, "Your Honour!" before he can even finish his sentence. Wait, he wasn't finished, as he tells Ellenor that she can bring her motion to dismiss down the road, and White will be willing to hear her, but for now he's ordering Stephen held without bail. Ellenor: "As for the drug charges against Terrence Miller --" Well, she can file another motion to dismiss there in juvenile court, but for now, the charges stand against him also, except that Terrence is released on his own recognizance. Lucky for Terrence. But what about his scholarship? Lester walks up to Ellenor after the judge bangs his gavel, asking what happens next. She doesn't know. Immediately, Hunky DA lets his backbone slide and sort of shuffles over to the pair, asking if they can go someplace and talk. Ellie takes a deep, deep breath. Wow. Alan is on a tear.
Andrea's apartment. A young girl with a strangely New York-like accent is standing in her doorway talking to Lindsay. "Ms. Dole, I don't even know him." Lindsay tells her that Frank is her father. Like she didn't already know that. Andrea tells her visitor that he went to jail when she was three because they thought he killed her mother. According to Andrea, she's spent her entire lifetime hating him. Lindsay: "But he didn't kill her." Andrea has a really cute haircut, a bob with the ends sort of flipped up and these great bangs. Lindsay tries to persuade Andrea to get involved by explaining how Frank can't take care of himself. The girl quips, "Because he's retarded." Lindsay nods. "Are you suggesting I take care of him?" Blah you're his only family blah. "What makes you think I can?" Holy ridiculous, Batman. Come on, Lindsay can't honestly expect this young girl to accept the responsibility for a man she's never really known -- a man who, up until a week ago, she thought was responsible for killing her mother -- simply because they share the same blood. Meet him, yes. Take care of him, well, parenting a parent is a lot to undertake, especially when you've been by yourself since you were three. Andrea reaches in the back pocket of her jeans and hands Lindsay some money. She says, "That's all I can do." Lindsay, a little taken aback, fingers the money for a minute, then asks, "Would you like to meet him?" Andrea firmly says no a couple of times, and closes the door. Somehow, we all know that was not the response Lindsay was looking for. She's after a fairytale ending this week.