The Firm. Bobby "Let's not forget 1.6" Donnell is busting The Lump's chops about his closing: "My spies down at the courthouse said that your closing seemed a little...rednecked." What spies? And as if that wasn't insulting enough: "I've got spies, forget about that, what about your closing?" And it's almost as if Bobby saying "forget it" made the whole spy issue disappear, because Jimmy supports his closing: "I went with what I thought was right." Again Bobby raises his eyebrows and wonders, "Redneck?" "Red, white and blue" is Jimmy's answer; I reach for my barf bag and Jimmy rushes off to court.
Kittleson's Courtroom. Eugene's giving his closing. It's an eloquent speech about the very issue that's been bothering him: "How can you do it? How can you walk into court day after day after day defending the scum of the earth and then go home and sleep." He stands and addresses the jury, explaining that he's gotten himself a pretty good piece of scum in "this one," meaning Alex Two-Two. Eugene approaches the jury box, explaining that because Alex raped a dead woman, it's hard even to look at him, let alone defend him, but the answer lies in the fact that he doesn't enter a courtroom day after day for the scumbags; he does it for the jury and for himself. He's making sure the prosecution lives up to their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt -- he does it for the system. We've heard this one before. Even the wonder of Eugene doesn't make all this any less pointless; in fact, Ellenor repeated the very same speech last week, only in reverse -- last week when the guy was innocent, the system sucked, but this week, when the guy's a dead-girl-raping jerk, the system needs to be upheld. Get some new material, Mr. Kelley. We could all see this one coming. Blah blah, the prosecution didn't meet their burden. He's right. He repeats the facts and then manages to poke holes in the entire case. Blah blah, ugly for the jury because they have to let Alex Two-Two go. Helen's eyeliner is smudgy. I hate that. "In order for the system to work we need the defense attorneys to defend their clients, even when it seems unpopular to do so. In order for the system to work, we need the juries to do their jobs. Like Ms. Gamble said, sometimes the job is ugly." The Symphony Of Eugene's Downtrodden Heart comes up as Little Ms. Smudgy Eye gets up and buttons her jacket. But it stops as soon as she starts to talk. Even the music can't stand Helen. "In very few cases is the murderer seen killing the victim." True. "The jury is allowed to consider circumstantial evidence when making its finding. Here the defendant was found raping the victim while her body was still warm." She insists that the jury use their common sense. Helen basically makes Eugene's case for him. She really has no argument besides her "he was seen with her alive; he was found with her dead. Gee, I wonder what happened" statement. ["What was the last case Helen won? Hasn't it been ages?" -- deborah]