Outside the Suffering County Courthouse. Mr. B is ecstatic. He can't believe they might finally "get" Pearce. As the Baldwins are led away by Helen, Rebecca grabs Bobby for a second. They go one way, Helen and the Baldwins another. In the second corner, Helen and Hunky DA explain that they want to settle the case. They have good leverage, and she'd like to get what they can get now instead of waiting for trial. If Helen could get eight years, she'd be thrilled. She asks if the Baldwins would be okay with that, and they agree.
Rod calls to Allison, who was standing with the Baldwins. They go into a client room, where Rebecca and Ellenor are lying in wait. Allison: "What's up?" Bobby gestures toward Rebecca as he introduces her to Allison. He explains that Rebecca has been looking for witnesses who can bolster Allison's testimony. Today, Rebecca talked to Sister Tucker. And lo and behold, look what she discovered: a miscarriage three years before JC was abducted; another miscarriage; six months before Allison got JC, she tried to adopt but was rejected; a month later, she told her sister she might just take a baby. Allison: "She's lying." Rod wants to know why she would lie. Allison repeats that her sister is lying. The Theme Of Conspiracy Theories crackles and crumbles behind Rod as he lunges toward Allison. "Did you kidnap James, Allison?" No. "Did you get lucky? Pearce was in the area and happened to be a friend?" Allison is quiet. Until Bobby says, "Are you the beneficiary of an incredible coincidence?" And everyone bursts out laughing, because his sentence is just so silly. How can he say these things with any measure of self-discipline? I'd be giggling all through rehearsal and then end up rolling on the floor. They'd have to torture me into submission to get me to say it with a straight face. Any. Way. Allison denies everything. Okay, apparently, Allison had told her sister that John Pearce had a juvenile record for molestation. Which is kind of funny, considering that when he spoke to Bobby in the last episode, he admitted to thinking about it for a long time before he actually acted on his impulses. Bobby threatens Allison, "Juvenile records are sealed. How would you know that? We didn't know that!" Well, Pearce told her, so what? So what! It means that Allison had reason to know Pearce would make a perfect suspect. "Did you try to frame him?" So, Allison thought the whole thing up, took JC, put the Lego in Pearce's apartment, and effectively framed him? "If I was involved, Mr. Donnell, why would I ever come forward now?" Good point. Except Bobby doesn't think she really did come forward. It was all James's idea, and Allison could do nothing except go along. Ah, another plot twist. Right now, this show is so twisted it looks like my small intestine. You can just see the script writing team going, "Okay, and then she'll frame them, and then Rod can react, and then it'll get really intense -- now, doesn't that make good television?" Then DEK applauds and gives them all big raises for their ingenious approach to the material. Never thinking that, well, maybe we'd just like to see a straight storyline for once. Maybe our brains are so exhausted from being assaulted by plot twist after plot twist that we will just stop watching the show altogether. Ah, wouldn't that be heaven?
The Firm Where They Debate Their Pain. Bobby stands at the head of the table while his subjects look upon him with a mixture of love and adoration. Who the hell is babysitting their kids? He waves his hand around like he's flipping a pizza into the air, and says, "The question is what do we do now." Again with the mouth flapping, Lump responds, "If we found this out, I've got to believe the police will find out." No way. Rebecca explains that Sister Tucker only talked to her because she was Allison's lawyer. Again, they're back in that whole conflict-of-interest scenario we became all too familiar with during Senator Ellison's trial. Ellenor: "Do we tell the Baldwins?" Bobby: "How do we not?" Eugene's thoughts exactly. They need to tell the Baldwins, and then tell Allison they are telling the Baldwins. But wait! Lindsay wants to make a point. She does. She really, really does. Blah Allison still has criminal exposure, blah perjury blah. Well, it's not privileged, because it was Sister Tucker who told Rebecca and not Allison. Jimmy: "What's going to happen to Pearce?" Oh, come on, Jimmy; no one cares about Pearce.