The Practice
The Verdict

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Crazy ain't no excuse for murder

Ellenor sits down for her questioning. Lindsay appears to be comforted by The Etude Under Duress as her lawyer states, "You have no idea what transpired after she hung up." Forbes snarks, "I know she shot him." Ellenor is not rattled. "Yes. Between the time she hung up and she fired, you don't know what was said or what happened, correct?" Forbes admits that this is correct. Score! Hey, have you noticed that not a single serial killer on this show actually ends up in jail? They all end up free because of the excellent representation of Bobby Donnell and Company; then, they end up dead. Is DEK trying to send a message?

Ahem, "Jeffrey Rothberg" reports on the day's events. In short, Mark Steines's cameo is scheduled for three or four minutes instead of the usual two. Blah tomorrow, blah defense, blah medical testimony blah. He states that Ellenor has Dr. Emily Fink up first. According to "Jeffrey," Dr. Fink is one of the world's leading authorities on BWS. This time, it's Helen's turn to shut the broadcast off. She turns to her roommate -- who is not feeding, caring for, or playing with her child, but rather sitting at the kitchen table with her head in her hands -- and says condescendingly, "Ellenor. You're doing great!" Ellenor looks up and sighs. Helen continues, "You haven't really asked for my advice, but could I give you some?" Ellenor looks intently upon her friend. "Lindsay killed an unarmed man. Science cannot explain that, only Lindsay can. Battered Woman's Syndrome, that's your device." Pause. "It entitles the jury to set her free if they want to. They won't want to unless they hear from Lindsay and Bobby too." Ellenor responds, "Eugene thinks Walsh is gunning for Bobby." Okay, isn't Helen breaking some kind of code here? Or at least acting irresponsibly? Can she really discuss strategy with the defense attorney on a case her office is prosecuting? Isn't that a teensy bit of conflict? Any. Way. Helen states, "He may well be, but the burden of proof isn't on the prosecution here, the burden of an excuse is on you." Is this the first clue that The Firm is going to bottom out and lose this case?

Suffering County Courthouse. Dr. Fink is on the stand. She explains that BWS is a mental disorder not restricted to spouses. Ellenor asks if Dr. Fink "examined" Lindsay Dole. She did, and she came to the conclusion that Lindsay was the victim of repeated abuse, the abusers being "her own clients." Blah, Lindsay, blah buried, blah fear, blah in denial, blah no coping mechanisms, blah handle O'Malley's threats blah. Ellenor says, "At the moment she shot him?" Dr. Fink continues, "She doesn't remember it. She suffers from a psychological amnesia." It's a way for Lindsay to protect herself. Ah, good one. D-Fence pulls back ahead, but only for an instant, as Walsh is up for cross. He says serenely, like he hasn't got a care in the world, "You say you examined Lindsay Dole -- for how long?" The doctor responds, "Several hours." How long had she known Lindsay prior to that meeting? Well, she didn't know Lindsay at all. Walsh asks, "Is it your testimony that Ms. Dole didn't know what she was doing when she pulled that trigger?" Dr. Fink insists her testimony speaks to the fact that, given Lindsay's history of abuse, her fear of O'Malley was reasonable. Walsh doesn't let up: "But she likely knew what she was doing?" The doctor responds quietly, "I don't know whether she did or didn't. Nor does she, because she blocked it out." Walsh moves away from this line of questioning. He asks the doctor whether extreme guilt can trigger psychological amnesia. The doctor answers, "Yes." And would it be more common in people who commit murder than in people who act in self-defense? Dr. Fink responds, "Each case is different --" Walsh refuses to let the witness off that easily, interrupting, "But statistically, what's the more common cause of psychological amnesia, murder or justified self-defense?" The doctor dodges his verbal bullet: "I'm not comfortable speaking in statistics." Walsh takes a step forward. This is his attempt to be "menacing." He says, "Let me ask again. What's the more common cause of psychological amnesia, murder or justifiable self-defense?" The doctor says quietly, "Murder." The gallery erupts. Bam! There's the first nail in Lindsay's coffin.

The Firm. With a break in the day's proceedings, Lindsay doesn't head home to see her son -- nah, she just paces around Bobby's office. Rod comes in and says, "I'm going to go next and then we'll finish you. We need to study the transcripts of our statements --" Lindsay clutches one hand in the other and squeezes: "I've studied it." He reminds her that they need to be very careful. That being caught in so much as a minor discrepancy could cost them the case. Lindsay insists that she's "studied it." She continues to pace. Then she mutters, "Study yours." Bobby says, "It's going very well. You do know that." She's still pacing. Perhaps becoming unraveled is a good description. She looks in control: her hair isn't messed up; her make up is perfect; she's wearing sturdy shoes. But man, the pacing, it's unnerving. Back and forth and back and forth and then back and forth again. Yes, Lindsay knows the trial is going well. Bobby looks a little concerned. He says quietly, "I'm going to study my statement." Lindsay doesn't even break stride as she says, "Good."

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