Rodney's Room Of Prevalent Pain Due To Pugsley's Petulance. He wants to be released now that there's proof Nancy is alive. Rebecca explains that that's not possible. Rodney snarks something about how he "never went to no law school," but he thought that kidnapping would be a "lesser included" charge and double jeopardy would apply. Damn you, Ashley Judd, for making that term a part of the entertainment world's lexicon. Rebecca says exhaustedly, "The kidnapping is ongoing, Rodney. They can file for as long as you have her." He throws his arms in the air and exclaims, "I don't have her!" Then who does? He doesn't know. Maybe it was the guy with the hammer. See, "the other man" strikes again. I can't believe that DEK is repeating himself within three episodes of the damn show. Does he not think anyone will notice that the same excuses are being used over and over and over again? Does he think that by putting the words into the mouths of different actors, that makes the idea somehow original? Where am I? In Hell, where "in perpetuity" means never hearing an original piece of dialogue again? Ah, thanks, Anvil. This cold cloth is just what I need. I'm starting to see and hear things that might make me want to pull out all my hair and bash my teeth with a hammer just so that it stops. Right. The scene. It's still going on despite my ranting and raving. Rebecca tells him he's facing life -- that Nancy is his ticket out -- and if he can help them, he might not spend the rest of his life in jail. Rodney snarks, "Oh, gee, and you've been so encouraging up until now. You listen to me. It's time for you to get on my side." Rebecca snaps, "Fire me anytime." Rodney ignores her and says, "This is the deal. I walk, free and clear, and help with that girl." Rebecca announces, "They're not going to let you out." Rodney blathers on about how he can survive prison, but where Nancy Connell is, well, she might not be able to live so well after all.
Rebecca storms out of the office and has a "why is my life so difficult" moment outside the client room. Yes, it was worthy of its own paragraph.
Okay. It's a new day. Rod, Eugene, Lindsay, and Ellenor are at the office. Eugene says, "The hurdle we face is whether or not the judge will allow us to argue self-defense." Lindsay is shocked. She screams, "What?" Ellenor reminds her of the Pearson case. Lindsay insists that that "was a wrong ruling." Ellenor counters, "Even so, we need to brief it and prepare, because if we can't argue justifiable use of force that leaves us with diminished capacity." Brace yourselves, people, we're in the legal trenches. Yawn. Bobby: "What about mistaken self-defense?" Ellenor says that that works for the first gunshot, but what about the other two? Oh, Jimmy's there too. Ellenor explains that the fact that Lindsay can't remember what happened makes her far more comfortable arguing diminished capacity. They continue to talk strategy. Lindsay gets up and leaves. Before Bobby gets up to go to his wife, Eugene says, "I don't see how you don't testify. The jury will wonder if you don't." Ellenor: "Which means we might get bounced off the case." Eugene tells the Emperor that they need to prepare a list of lawyers they think can handle the trial. Bobby says defiantly, "I want us doing it." Eugene reminds him that they might not be allowed to take the trial. Bobby says, "Let's take that one first. I want us doing it." And that is the end of that. He leaves to go and provide a shoulder for Lindsay to cry on.