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Brothers' Keepers

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The Firm. Ellenor and Lindsay are going over some sort of parental rights contract. This causes Jimmy to make some more snarky Dr. Laura-inspired remarks about single parents. He then comes clean to say, "This single-mother thing, more times than not, it's a selfish thing to do." Someone please, please kill him now? His indignant tone continues, "You're getting a child. Good for you. As for the baby, she's getting a life with no father. It's tough enough growing up these days. I'm just saying, any coincidence that you didn't consider that contract from the child's side." Wow, Jimmy's suffering from Moral Overboard. What a jackass. There are millions of children who grow up fantastically every single day being raised by single parents. Hell, I was one of them. My father raised my brother and me after we lost our mother in a car accident. Ellenor tells him to go to hell, "which I know you believe in given the origin of most of your beliefs." The Dance Of Detestable Doctrines rises up behind Jimmy's righteousness. They start arguing. He barks something about insulting him as a Catholic, and Ellenor screams back that she's insulting him as a friend, as someone she expected to be there for her. Then she just walks out the door, leaving Jimmy to stand alone in a room filled with a bunch of women. Yeah, I'll bet that's a comfortable place to be. ["I hope he chokes on it." -- Sars]

Courthouse. Aman is testifying. He absolutely did not think his brother would set his wife on fire. Honestly, that's not a thought that would just "jump" into someone's mind. Bobby wanted to know how Javed knew about the affair. Aman explains how he was very hurt and needed to share his feelings. Bobby asks how Javed responded. "He was angry, but he certainly gave me no indication that he planned to take her life." Then Aman explains that honour killings are an ancient custom, one not sanctioned by Pakistani government or by Islamic law. Did his brother believe in honour killings? No. He was an educated man. The music starts to prance around as Bobby brings up the fact that Aman pardoned his wife's murderer. As much as he hated him, as much as he will never be able to forgive him, "I couldn't sign his death warrant." Helen gets up off her high horse for a minute and cross-examines the witness: "Your brother decides to redeem you by burning your spouse alive and he doesn't check with you first?" Aman says that Javed knew he would have stopped him. She throws up the whole pardon thing, and then wants to know why Javed isn't in court testifying on Aman's behalf. Helen keeps going on about how "in [his] country," isn't it a disgrace to be a convicted murderer. The last time I checked, Aman was living in America, which would make the good old United States of America "his country." Helen keeps talking. And talking. Bobby objects. He wants to know what the relevance is; Helen's response: "This is win/win. One brother gets rid of a wife while the other one gets to enjoy a hero's status." Oh, please. Now who's talking about people as if they were commodities? Honestly. Blah dee blah, Helen keeps questioning: "It wasn't at all foreseeable, knowing Pakistani culture, that your brother might kill your wife?" Because that's what men do in all "foreign" cultures, run around killing their wives; there is no possible way this could have been a mistake, or something that happened in a fit of rage, or millions of other explanations. Aman is justifiably disgusted with Helen's question. Helen throws in some other obscure custom whereby young girls are used to settle differences, causing the Emperor to throw up his hands in disgust, causing a tornado in Florida, making it even harder to figure out who gets to be the next President, and objects. Helen gets back on track: "He knew where he was sending his wife. And he knew what would happen to her." Like I said, because every single man in Pakistan goes around killing, or thinking about killing, their wives for adultery all the time. Shut up, Helen. She finally gets around to some evidence by asking Aman about the phone calls. He explains that they were about his own trip. That's it. This is apparently a bad thing, because Helen whispers: "With respect to your trip." And then dismisses the witness. The Coda Of Completely Irrelevant Questioning tears up the scenery, and everyone looks defeated.

She has no case.

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