The episode opens with a flashback to Will questioning Neil Gross on the stand. In the gallery sits a young blonde, who mouths the words of his testimony as he’s speaking. That same blonde is now in the offices of Lockhart Gardner. Her name is Deena Lampard, and she wants a second opinion from David Lee on her prenup with Neil. Longraine & Church suggested that she sign it, but they work for Neil and don’t have her best interests in mind.
David is all too happy to look over her prenup; having the future Mrs. Neil Gross as a client will bring big business to the firm. Show me the money!
Diane and Will meet with Alicia alone and offer her the opportunity to join them as an equity partner. They want her to take a week to think it over. Well, that’s odd, even in TV-land.
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Judge Chase is presiding over Will and Diane’s hearing for an extension of five months to pay their debts. They’ve already settled almost half of the debt in five months. Hayden is on the opposing side with Canning, their creditor. He does his handicap bit, lulling the judge into subconcious pity on his behalf. He even goes so far as to argue that the extension shouldn’t be granted, as that money is going to be used to find a cure for children with neurological disabilities.
Eli and Jordan butt heads again, this time on whether they should make an issue of Maddie’s atheism.
David Lee congratulates Alicia on her offer of partnership then slams her with the cost of membership: a measly $600,000 capital contribution to invest in the firm.
Deena’s and Neil’s lawyers have two days to come up with a mutual agreement, and they aren’t getting along. Deena isn’t helping matters, as she’s overly optimistic about their undying love and claims not to care about the prenup.
Back at the hearing, Hayden learns of Canning’s surprising motive in buying off L&G’s debt: their costly lawsuits.
Alicia asks Peter to cosign the loan for her capital contribution, and being the sweetheart that he now is, he offers her the money upfront. After leaving Peter’s trailer, Jordan follows Alicia and asks her about her religious beliefs, but she’s not sharing any info.
Deena’s shares in the company will be worthless after the divorce, but she couldn’t care less because she’s so in love. She’s ready to give up and just get married. All of this love won’t give David the money he so desires, so he and Cary must hatch up a plan to force her to want to fix the prenup.
Back at the hearing, Canning argues that L&G is now settling 70% more of their cases only to settle their debt and not because it’s in the client’s best interests. The Spence West Nile case proves his point; Will and Diane lowered their settlement offer from $15 million to $12 million because they needed the money. And the one other person that knows about this was just offered a partnership. Hmmm.
David raises some “relationship management” adjustments to be made to the prenup, and of course, Gross’s lawyers aren’t budging on most of them. David takes this back to Deena under the guise that Gross’s lawyers brought these stipulations. Money may not be an issue for her, but raising Jewish children and dictated sexual maintenance sure are.
Cary was offered partnership in the firm, too! (But he’s barely on the show!)
Alicia is subpeoned in the hearing, so Will and Diane make sure that she knows why they’ve settled so many cases or at least the reason they want the judge to hear.
Eli shows up at the office asking Alicia about her beliefs and is horrified when he finds out that Jordan asked her first. At least he didn’t cross Eli’s turf and come visit her in the office! Alicia doesn’t believe in God, but Eli wants to present her as an open-minded seeker. Before he leaves, he’s all too thrilled to hear that she dislikes Jordan almost as much as he does.
David Lee’s plan has temporarily backfired; Deena and Neil call off the wedding. All is soon well once Cary reminds her of that undying love she had only a few hours ago.
Once Alicia is on the stand, Canning discusses her offer of partnership and the hefty price tag it brings. He also mentions that four other four-year associates have been offered the same, and while this doesn’t leave Alicia feeling very special, she defends L&G’s position.
At the Illinois Women’s Leadership Forum, Jordan is all too eager to make nice with Alicia, but she’s too busy making nice with the wine.
Maddie tackles the question of her religious beliefs head on and admits that she is an atheist. Alicia ignores all of Eli’s preparation, giving him a panic attack when she admits that she is one, too.
While Kalinda and Cary search through the prenup for dirt on Neil, Cary admits that he is aware of the reason for his sudden promotion, but he’s taking it anyway. They find the error in the footnotes. (Hayden’s advice on a previous case. Nice.)
Cary bumps into Hayden when leaving the building; he apologizes for testifying against him earlier.
The error in the footnotes: a $112,000 joint venture expense for JC Partners. JC is Jacob Carlisle, the product of a one-night stand at one of Gross’s shareholder conferences in 2008. Neil’s lawyers smell the blackmail, but if they report David Lee for it, Neil’s secret will come to light. Instead, Neil opts to meet their demands, whatever they are.
Canning puts Hayden on the stand to prove that employing new partners to settle a debt is highly unethical and disproves financial progress. What Canning did not count on was Hayden’s additional testimony; he brings up Canning’s offer of employment in exchange for his help. Canning’s faux pas earns L&G their five-month extension.
Canning comes back to L&G to offer Alicia a position at his firm once again. Once he leaves, Diane comes in to see Alicia and explains how she came to be an equity partner. Stern offered it to her to dismiss a sexual harrassment suit brought against him. It’s a good offer no matter the reasoning behind it. So Alicia plays the part of a gracious lawyer, a little too well.
I liked this episode; Cary had more lines than usual and partially accepted the offer of partner. As much as I like T.R. Knight, Eli and Jordan’s squabbling isn’t all that interesting, but watching Eli mark his territory is new and fun. When we first met Eli, he was more removed. He isn’t ALL heart now, but there’s a caring, vulnerable side of him that’s being shown, and I like where they’re going with his character.