Walsh gets up for his cross. He wants Lindsay to reiterate what she said before she shot O'Malley. Lindsay confirms the story. It contradicts her entire case. It proves that Lindsay knew what happened when she shot O'Malley. Walsh has won. He knows it, keeps his questions short, and sits back down.
The Firm. Jimmy, Ellenor, and Bobby are huddled in one corner. Lindsay stands off to the side of the room. Jimmy whispers, "I don't think actually she hurt herself. She seems on the verge." Bobby insists, "She is." Ellenor wonders if she should go to the D.A. and try to get a plea. The fact that Lindsay looked and sounded nuts can only help them. Bobby looks to Ellenor: "Are you ready to close?" Ellenor says she's been up all night, but she has no idea if she's ready or not. Bobby: "You need to come through here, Ellenor. You need to close big." Oh, no pressure there. Why is no one screaming at Lindsay? Is she the only one who is allowed to do the screaming around there?
The Courtroom Of Lindsay's Insufferable Pain. Ellenor makes her closing arguments. She makes a good point. Before the "world changed," defense attorneys were off-limits; the system was protected from the scum it incubated. Only now, it's different. Lindsay was threatened three times by clients. She was stabbed, stalked, and terrorized. Ellenor says, "She is a victim of abuse, and you saw firsthand the mental effects during her testimony." Blah Walsh said he never would have fired the gun, blah so what? Is it really true? Ellenor brings up the fact that O'Malley was handcuffed and muzzled. If Lannibal Hector showed up at any of the jurors' houses, how can they be so sure they wouldn't pull the trigger? Thank gosh she's not harping on the reasonable doubt issue for the hundredth time. This week, it's blah victim blah battered woman blah. You go, Ellenor! That's right. You tell them how Lindsay was ready to snap even before Lannibal showed up on her front door. Ellenor says, "To know Lindsay is to be convinced of her innocence." Blah they didn't get to see Lindsay, blah they saw a battered woman, blah squeezing her hands, blah determined not to be a victim blah. Then she asks the jury to do the "moral" thing.
It was a good closing argument, but Walsh has the law on his side. He stands up and tells the jury that he fights for the general public while defense attorneys fight valiantly for their clients. Yes, he feels compassion for Lindsay, but it was an act of vengeance. And she needs to be punished. All the actions of The Firm up until now can be construed as the actions of "guilty" people. How heavy-handed. On and on about past abuse. On and on about unarmed men. On and on about excuses. On and on about the murder not being justified. Finally, the trial isn't about who Lindsay is; it's about what she did. Walsh argues, "And what she did is murder. If you condone that or even excuse it, the general public isn't served. The law isn't served. And I'm sorry, Ms. Frutt, but neither is morality." Yawn. Anvil gets ready. She takes aim. And then she hurls herself into the television set. Before my television explodes, I see a look of pure glory on her cute little face. It was the moment she had been waiting for, and she was not disappointed.