"Lie Detector" -
This time teams are
selected by drawing gavels, Pink on one side, purple
on the other. Here are your teams:
Olivier, Keith, and Christopher vs. Michael, Deep and
Reactions were not too severe, except for the fact
that Deep and Michael both loathe the fact that they
have to work together again. Michael, however, sees
that he has Aileen on his side and feels that she will
be all he needs to keep his undefeated streak in tact.
Since the move to Bravo, these episodes have gotten to
the meat much more quickly. Had they done this on NBC,
they might still be there. Speaking of meat, here is
Edward Thompson v. Kizzy Randle
Thompson the plaintiff and Randle the defendant hold
joint custody of their 6 year old child Elijah. Randle
claims that while picking up her child from the
plaintiff, Thompson strangled her and threatened to
kill her. Randle called 9-1-1 and Thompson was
arrested. Thompson is suing for false arrest and
denies all claims.
Now that we have a hot case, lets heat it up a little
more. This week its a jury trial. That means
strategies might change and Black warns the attorneys
to plan accordingly.
With only one elimination this week, performance will
be crucial. By random draw, Michael, Deep and Aileen
select the defendant, Randles side leaving Chris,
Olivier and Keith the plaintiff, Thompsons side.
In the kitchen, high school hi-jinks ensue as Keith
proceeds to make fun of Michaels controlling
Team Thompson examines there case to find many
problems. Namely, Thompson has gang affiliations and
has been known to keep guns. Further, he is the
plaintiff, so rather than disproving the attacks, he
maintains the burden of proof regarding false arrest.
Olivier, Keith and Chris are collectively worried.
Team Randle is very excited when they see that they
have testimony from the child stating that daddy is
choking mommy. Needless to say, Aileen, Michael and
Deep are ecstatic.
In meeting with the clients, no one seems to be off
the wall (unlike last week), so everyone is feeling
somewhat comfortable that they will be able to present
the best case possible. Thompson even offers to take a
lie detector test, but Chris question the
admissibility in court.
Lie Detector time! Olivier and Chris accompany
Thompson to the lie detector facility where he
undergoes examination. During the test Olivier
receives a call from Keith telling him that there is a
definitive 2004 court precedent saying that lie
detector evidence is inadmissible. Now that the test
is useless, the lawyers want to know the result just
for their consciences and they find out that Thompson
apparently was completely truthful. Too bad it cant
However this gets more interesting as Michael listened
in on the plaintiffs discussion and was concerned
that if they used a lie detector that he Aileen, Deep
and Randle might be at a disadvantage. Thus, Michael
puts Deep on research detail and Deep finds a case
that under certain circumstances Lie detector evidence
is admissible. We have conflict. Michaela and Aileen
attempt to schedule a lie detector for Kizzy Randle.
But first, Michael has a visitor. Lawrence, Kizzy
Randles brother comes in to talk with the team and
Deep questions Lawrence to get the facts. Lawrence
says that he was at the scene of the incident and that
he challenged Thompson to a fight to which Thompson
responded that he would be right back, he just needed
to get his gun. Deep, satisfied with this excuses
Lawrence, but Michael questions the authenticity of
Lawrences comments and points out that they are
different from his written statement and that Kizzy
never mentioned hearing Lawrence or Thompson saying
Michael may have caught the error and fixed it, but
that doesnt mean he cant raise heel with Deep.
Verbal outbursts explode and Deep separates himself
from the rest of his team.
Lawrence then met with the other side and said that he
really couldnt remember anything. That allows Keith
and team to scratch anything he might say to hurt
Its late, but there is still time for Kizzy to take a
polygraph. She is nervous and reluctant to take the
test but does so anyway. Michael, Deep and Aileen
nervously await the results only to find that Kizzy
failed miserably and worse yet she admitted to the man
administering the test that she knew she would fail.
The team sits down with Kizzy and she admits that
there was no threat nor any choking. The team is hurt
and now has 8 hours to reformat their case.
Olivier examines Thompson and gets out the basic facts
that Thompson did not choke nor threaten Kizzy Randle.
Olivier did mention the date of the incident
incorrectly, which Michael snidely pointed out in
cross. Michaels cross consisted of shaming Thompson
for suing the mother of his child. No factual basis
whatsoever nor did he try to suggest that Thompson was
lying, but Keith saw the action as brilliant given
that they are trying to emotionally impact a jury.
After Thompson, the Plaintiff rests and subsequently
the Defense rests without calling a single witness in
an attempt to keep Kizzy Randle off of the stand.
Olivier, Chris and Keith remain shocked, but move on
Keith closes cleanly pointing out that the defendant
did not say anything and that the deafening silence
proves that his client is telling the truth.
Unfortunately he brings in facts from Kizzy statement
that were not presented in trial leaving them open
for Aileen to use in her close.
Aileen proceeds to read Kizzy Randles full statement
including the (false) threats made. Her emotional plea
is strong, but Keith still gets to rebut. Keith adds
to the statement by telling the jury that it was
voluntarily removed by Randle herself and that they
still have not refuted the claims of their client.
With that Keith sat down and we await a verdict.
Boom! The jury finds for the defendant. Thompson asks
where the justice is and honestly, not even I know
Back with black, the arguing is fierce as nearly
everyone is blame for doing their job inadequately
whether they did it well or not. In the end it comes
down to the fact that one associate failed to exploit
effectively the weaknesses of the opposition and as a
result, the verdict is in and Keith, you are out. The
other associates are visibly hurt by this and Roy
Black says goodbye to Keith with a heavy heart. With
that, 5 lawyers remain. Tune in next week to see how
much more horribly justice can go awry.