Brockton. Rebecca is interviewing Allison's sister, who maintains that they have a very distant relationship. Rebecca just needs to find a witness to substantiate her sister's story. Did the sister know Allison had a child? Of course. Yes, and the story seems to pan out; at least, that's the story that Allison told her sister too. "Did you believe her?" Sister Tucker says, "Why wouldn't I?" Blah Rebecca is Allison's lawyer, blah she's on her side, and blah lay it on the line honey. Sister Tucker thinks that Rebecca doubts her sister's story. Well, the defense for Pearce will most certainly doubt her, and they already do, judging by how the probable cause hearing went. "I need to know whatever ammo she could possibly dig up." This seems to sway Sister Tucker, although we do a whoosh before we can actually find out what she has to say. Remember, kids, DEK is hard at work building non-dramatic non-tension.
Eugene's Office Where He Wallows in Pain. Jimmy comes in, asking if he can talk to Eugene. "We already did that." The Lump insists that he'd like to talk again, then. Without really looking at his co-worker and ex-friend, Eugene lets him go ahead. The Lump closes the door and begins to stutter his way around the issues: blah shattered trust, blah realized he was betting client's money, blah gambling with The Firm's reputation. But it never really occurred to him that he might be wagering friendships as well. "I guess that means I was willing to, but on that I wasn't really aware." Lump expresses that the members of The Firm are so meaningful to him, and then he tells Eugene he loves him. Ah. Lump. The twelve steps are doing you good. And on goes the confession; he has the will to lick his addiction now, and their friendship, well, he hopes Eugene will re-consider. And with that, his stumbling, his mumbling, and his stuttering, he leaves Eugene to ponder his own sense of right and wrong.
Suffering County Courthouse. Henrietta the Heavyweight gives her closing argument. Blah nothing has really changed, blah Allison Tucker's testimony is unsubstantiated, and blah all that's been established is that she once knew Pearce. This newly discovered evidence could never establish reasonable doubt at trial, and Hen wants Pearce to be set free. Helen and her football head rise up into the scene from her table. The camera stays static, and Helen just sort of pops up, kind of like Oscar the Grouch coming out of his garbage can. Helen, of course, rebuts Henrietta the Handful's arguments. She explains that the prosecution has an eyewitness in Mrs. B, who placed Pearce at the scene of the crime at the exact time of the disappearance. Add the Legos found in his apartment, and man, you've got some heavy-duty non-evidence there. Helen brings up the child molestation charges, and Henrietta objects, stating that that won't come up at trial. Helen sucks: "I would appreciate getting to finish my statement much like she got to finish hers." Wah. The judge tells her to go ahead. In addition to the eyewitness testimony, the informant, they also have Allison Tucker, who claims JC came from Pearce. Yes, the priors will come in as pattern evidence. Yes, this matter satisfies the burden of a probable cause hearing. Surprisingly, the judge agrees. He binds the defendant over and calls a trial date for the first week of February. Then he tells Henrietta the Hale that it's likely the priors will come into evidence. He makes some derogatory comments about Pearce, and then the gallery claps. Yes, they clap, like they've just brought the Devil himself to his knees. Okay, but what if he didn't do it?