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[Back at the District Attorney's Office, Belinda grabs a cup of coffee break, but Arnie open the door, come in, talk to A.D.A. Belinda Fox ready to end and break up with Belinda
] A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Arnie? Arnie Becker
: Hello, Belinda. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Normally, I'd say it's great to see you, but if you'll forgive me right now it's not a good time. Arnie Becker
: Hmm. We got something to talk about. You and I. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: I can't imagine what. Askoff confessed to Carmilla Greer's murder. You're no longer a suspect. Arnie Becker
: The only reason I was a suspect was because of you. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: The reason you were a suspect was because you left the scene of a crime without reporting it. Arnie Becker
: Look, let's cut to the crap, Belinda. It's only you and me here. You had me followed that a personal malice, you were looking for anything you could buy. This just happened to fall in your lap. You misused the power of your office it's a way exacting some sort of seek revenge! A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: You the pretty high opinion there of yourself, don't you, Arnie? You think every ex-girlfriend, you can think commitment Tuesday's at night plotting your nightfall? Arnie Becker
: I could bring you up on charges to the Attorney General's office. I could personally sue you for libel! A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Then why don't you? Arnie Becker
: Because I don't want to involved myself in your life one minute longer than I have to. And should you decide to involved yourself further in mind? I won't hesitate. I will take you on. And I will bring you down. You want a commitment? That's a commitment.
[Arnie bids good-bye to Belinda. Arnie leaves and closed the door
: Your Honor, the defense ask that Mr. Becker's bail be set at $100,000. My client had numerous ties to this community not to at least which is the long-standing partnership in the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman. As such he does not represents a flight risk. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Respectively, Your Honor, the people disagreed. Mr. Becker has financial means and the connections to leave this country quickly and quietly. We ask that he'll be held without bail. Ann Kelsey
: Ask the counsel, explain her reference to financial means and connections, Your Honor. Judge Herman Keene
: Ms. Fox? A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Mr. Becker salaries in the high six figures and he owns property into visa. Ann Kelsey
: Although the defendant will gladly give up his passport, I would ask the counsel explain how she knows this things about my client. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: He told me. Judge Herman Keene
: In the context of your investigation of this case? A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: In the context of a conversation we had prior to his arrest. Ann Kelsey
: This brings us to our second motion, Your Honor, we ask that the court order the District Attorney's office to disqualify Ms. Fox as prosecutor in this case. Judge Herman Keene
: Why would I do that, Ms. Kelsey? Ann Kelsey
: She was recently involved in the romantic relationship with my client which ended rather badly. We believed that her resulting animus makes it impossible for her prosecute this case and unbiased manner. A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Your Honor, my relationship with Mr. Becker was inconsequential and has no bearing on this case. These charges were bought against the defendant because he was seen leaving the scene of the murder by two investigators for the District Attorney's office, his fingerprints were found throughout the victim's house and on the victim's body. Ann Kelsey
: And who was it that assigned the investigators to follow him in the first place? A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: I did. Judge Herman Keene
: For what reason? A.D.A. Belinda Fox
: Mr. Becker is the subject of an ongoing investigation for obstructing justice... Arnie Becker
: That is a total sham! This woman is out to get me! That is the only reason that I'm here! Judge Herman Keene
: Ms. Kelsey, please advise your client. These outbursts are in no way helping his case. Ann Kelsey
: I'm sure he understand that, Your Honor. Judge Herman Keene
: Alright. As to this motion for disqualification, I want supporting papers filed by both sides, I'll take that matter under advisement. As to the issue of bail, I do not believe that Arnold Becker represents a flight risk, and therefore I'm gonna set bail on this matter. Due to the seriousness of a crime, I'm gonna order bail be set in the sum of $500,000. Alright. Let's call the next case, please.
: Thanks very much for coming on such notice. You sure don't want some coffee? Arnie Becker
: No. No thank you. Detective #2
: At this stage, we're just questioning anyone over recent dealings with Ms. Greer. Please sit down.
[Arnie take a seat and the now questioning by 2 detectives for interrogation
] Detective #2
: So when did you last see her? Arnie Becker
: Uh, 2 days ago. Detective #2
: Or the circumstances? Arnie Becker
: It involved a legal matter. Detective #2
: Was it how you and Ms. Greer know each other this, uh, this legal matter? Arnie Becker
: Uh, actually we met several years ago a mutual friend introduced us. Detective #2
: How often did you see her after that? Arnie Becker
: 4-5 times, uh, all social occasion. Detective #1
: Were you a client? Arnie Becker
: Uh, no. No. Our relationship was strictly social. Detective #1
: She never procured anyone to accommodate your particular taste in women? Arnie Becker
: What's that supposed to mean? Detective #2
: We hear comes to women or something of a rough rider. Arnie Becker
: What? Detective #2
: Did Ms. Greer ever tried to extort money from you in exchange for keeping your relationship secret? Arnie Becker
: Look, I came down here voluntarily someone who happened to know the deceased, if I'm a suspect, I should have damn well be told before you start asking me questions. Detective #1
: You are a suspect, Mr. Becker. Arnie Becker
: Based on what? Detective #2
: Based on the fact that you were seen leaving Carmilla Greer's home last night, 2 hours before her body was found. Detective #1
: You want to tell us what you were doing there? Arnie Becker
: I'm not answering anymore questions. Detective #1
: All right at this point I have to inform you that you are under arrest for the murder of Carmilla Greer.
: What? Detective #1
: You have a right to remain silent, if you give up that right, anything you say can will be used against you in the court of law. You have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one be provided to you free of charge. Now do you understand each of these rights as I've explaining to you?
[Arnie Becker is arrested and someone here is following him is the Assistant D.A. Belinda Fox for malice
] Arnie Becker
: So, my client, Mrs. Troutman, decides that she needs to get away for a couple of days. She packs her bags into her car, drives down to her condo in Palm Springs, puts the key in the door, opens it, kicks off her high-heeled shoes, walks down the hallway to the bedroom to collapse in the bed, opens the bedroom door only to find the surprise of her life: her loving husband, in the bed... in the arms of another woman. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Excuse me, Arnold. But why are we wasting the time of an important staff meeting to listen to another one of your boring infidelity marriage cases? Arnie Becker
: You have interrupted me right at the punch line, Douglas! Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Well? Arnie Becker
: You see, that was no "other woman." That... was his wife.
[everyone looks at Arnie with puzzlement
] Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: I'm afraid I'm not tracking. Arnie Becker
: Bigamy. Bigamy! Do you know how rare it is? This is the divorce lawyer equilivant to a hole-in-one!
: You're going to find this interesting. Your original client was Mrs. Foster F. Troutman. He told her his middle name was Farrell. The one in Palm Springs is Mrs. Foster J. Troutman. He told her his middle named was James. The new ones I found are Mrs. Foster C for Charles, E for Errol, and K for Kenneth. Arnie Becker
: Alphabetical order? Angela Sipriano
: Exactly. Which means that there's most likely 11 of them. A, B, D, G, H, and I still unaccounted for. Stuart Markowitz
: And what about L through Z? Arnie Becker
: How the hell does he do it? Bee pollen? Angela Sipriano
: While we're on that subject, what Mr. Foster does is that he takes their stuff. Jewelry, furs, etc., report them stolen, live off the insurance settlement, and he gives the exact same item to another wife as a gift. Stuart Markowitz
: Boy oh boy, what I really want to do is be alone in an elevator for five minutes with this man!
[Markowitz slams his right fist into his left hand simulating a punch
] Angela Sipriano
: So would I. But not for the same reason. I'd like to find out what the big attraction is.
: What was I suppose to do? The DA went for. I suppose to say... Abe Lassen
: Because you pushed for it. Arnie Becker
: Listen, Abe, this was a difficult call. Abe Lassen
: Where the hell were you? You're supposed to be taking care of me. Arnie Becker
: I thought Abby would. Abby Perkins
: Thanks, Arnie. Arnie Becker
: I - I agree with Abe. Jail time is what Joel needs.
[Rosalind arriving late
] Rosalind Shays
: Sorry I'm late. Abe Lassen
: Who the hell are you? Rosalind Shays
: I'm Rosalind Shays, Mr. Lassen, I'm the new Senior Partner here. Douglas has explained to me what's happened. Abe Lassen
: Good. Explain to me what you got to do about it. Rosalind Shays
: Well, under the circumstances... Abe Lassen
: I don't want any circumstances. I want her fired today. Rosalind Shays
: Now, why would I do that? Abe Lassen
: Why? Because she ignored my instructions. That's why. Rosalind Shays
: Ms. Perkins was bound by an attorney's code of ethics, and she behaved appropriately. This firm's stands behind her. Abe Lassen
: These two don't seem to stand behind her. Rosalind Shays
: As I said I'm the Senior Partner. Abe Lassen
: I'll have somebody here to pick up my files. You just lost yourself a client, Senior Partner.
[Abe Lassen walk out that door, exit, and leave Arnie's office
] Arnie Becker
: I appreciate that, Rosalind, that was my client you just encouraged out the door. Rosalind Shays
: How dare you hanging associate out like that! Both of you! Abby had no choice but to do what she did, and for you not to support her here is reprehensible! Arnie Becker
: Abe Lassen is good about 500,000 a year! Rosalind Shays
: There was no price tag on our ethics, when Leland is in charge, and there isn't now.
[Rosalind leaves and slams the door closed
Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Will Rosalind be joining us? Leland McKenzie
: Uh, no. No she won't. As a matter a fact, Rosalind has ask me to informed you all she'll be leaving by the end of the week. Arnie Becker
: She's taking all those clients with her? Leland McKenzie
[Benny has serve some Danishes on the plate. Ann ask Benny how's his show of The Wizard of Oz going so far
] Ann Kelsey
: So, Benny, how's the show going? Benny Stulwicz
: Good. Stuart Markowitz
: You're shopping for an agent yet? Benny Stulwicz
[Benny felt bad and now left the meeting
] Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: What's with him? Leland McKenzie
: Can we get started? Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Cavanaugh vs. Smyth.
[That's for Michael Kuzak representing the plaintiff Tom Cavanaugh, who is suing the defendant Warren Symth
] Michael Kuzak
: And we go today. It's gonna be a tough one. Arnie Becker
: I'm surprised you're even taken it to trial. Michael Kuzak
: Well, outting makes some people pretty mad, Arnie, particularly the out he... Jonathan Rollins
: What is outting? Michael Kuzak
: There some gay activists like the defendant who believed in forcing other gays to come out of the closet. Sometimes it's gay, politicians who don't support gay causes other times it's just people that they want everyone to know they are gay. Abby Perkins
: Sounds nasty. Michael Kuzak
: Yeah, well the defendant has freedom of the press on his side, what was published was true. So it's not liable. It's probably not invasion privacy either since my guy was a public figure. Ann Kelsey
: Which is why he was out in the first place. Michael Kuzak
: Right. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Well, a couple of queens get mad each other. Look out. Michael Kuzak
: These are not queens, Douglas, one is a cop, the other is a journalist. And they are both gays. But they're not queens.
[But guess who's here will be joining the firm in a while during the meeting is Gwen Taylor for Roxanne who is absent, spending sometime with her father Murray who has Alzheimer's disease
[Back at the LA Law firm building. Roxanne will substituted today for Douglas because he not in the meeting today because he's in jail
] Roxanne Melman
: Should we get started? First stop, People vs. Douglas Backman. Arnie Becker
: He fought the law and the law won. Daniel Morales
: With 90 days in jail? Leland McKenzie
: Arnold, I know this isn't your primary area of expertise but Douglas insisted on our representation. Arnie Becker
: Yeah, of course. He doesn't wanna pay. Leland McKenzie
: Why... Just do your best to get the release. Roxanne Melman
: Yes, please, billable hours accounts receivable something for Douglas and I'm drowning in red ink. All right, next, uh, Weston vs. Weston. Gwen Taylor
: Yeah, Ann's still working at home, I've been assisting some writing depositions, and we go to trial next week unless some settlement can be reached. Leland McKenzie
: You have any questions or Ann's unavailable, you come to me. This firm needs Alec Weston's business. Roxanne Melman
: Uh, anything else, Leland? Leland McKenzie
: Uh, yes, don't forget the Election Day is just around the corner. If the latest polls are any indication Jonathan Rollins could use whatever support we could muster. Roxanne Melman
: That's all. Arnie Becker
: In and out. That's what the staff meetings all about. Gwen Taylor
: Things are getting pretty thin here. Arnie Becker
: Pretty soon, we could get together in the elevator for the employment line. Leland McKenzie
: All right, now listen up, Douglas and I have made no secret of the fact that our situation here at McKenzie, Brackman is precarious at best. However you should be equally clear of the fact that I poured my life blood into this firm and I'll be damned if I'm gonna give up now. I expect the same commitment from all of you.
[Leland leaves towards the meeting window door exit, but turned back and look at Arnie Becker
] Leland McKenzie
: Becker, get a haircut! You look ridiculous.
[Gwen looked at Arnie with a long hair, beard, and mustache. Gwen laughed at Arnie
: Roxanne, open your eyes. Jimmy Markham is conning you. Roxanne Melman
: Don't say that, Arnie! You don't know the first thing about Jimmy. You've never even met him. Arnie Becker
: Oh, come on, Roxanne! I've met this guy, I've met him a thousand times. He's the typical guy I see in all my divorce cases. His wife hires me to make him look bad. He hires me to make him look good. He comes off as charming, decent, curious, but like every wealthy businessman with an agenda, he's in it for one purpose: himself and himself alone. I know this guy, Roxanne. Hell, I used to be this guy!
: How long have you been in Mr. Becker's direct employment? Roxanne Melman
: 12 years. Corrine's Lawyer
: And in that time, how many affairs had Mr. Becker had with his female divorce clients? Roxanne Melman
: I don't know. Corrine's Lawyer
: More then 25? Roxanne Melman
: I guess... I don't know. Corrine's Lawyer
: More then 50?
] Corrine's Lawyer
: Awnser the question, Miss Melman. Roxanne Melman
: I'm thinking. Arnie Becker
: Oh, please Roxanne! 50? Corrine's Lawyer
: [to Becker
] Interrupt again, I'll suspend these proceedings and move for costs and sanctions. Arnie Becker
: Threaten me again, and I'll pick you like a crusty scab you cheap night school act!
[Roxanne shows Arnie the dead body of Norman Chaney across his desk
] Roxanne Melman
: I was looking around for the smell when I saw this. Mr. Chaney. I haven't actually touched him, but I'm pretty sure he's dead. Arnie Becker
: If he is, I got dibs on his office.
: This is for white paper. This is for color paper. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Uh-huh. Benny Stulwicz
: This is for newspaper. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Right. Benny Stulwicz
: This is for shiny paper. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Benny, try not to spend the whole day on this, you know what I mean? Benny Stulwicz
: Okay? Dominic Nuzzi
: Where's my buddy? Hey, Ben!
[Benny finds out that he has a friend of his
] Benny Stulwicz
: Domimic? Dominic Nuzzi
: There he is. How's it going, chief? Benny Stulwicz
: Dominic, hi. Dominic Nuzzi
: Put out your hand. Benny Stulwicz
: How come? Dominic Nuzzi
: Put out your hand. I got something for you. Ha ha!
[Dominic gives Benny a big large amount of money in cash for a total of $3,000
] Dominic Nuzzi
: A wheeled an exactly 8 race and a 25-1 shot. Bingo! He has no idea what I'm talking about. We had a very big day today, Ben! There's three large right in the palm of your hand!
[Benny appreciate it and thank his friend Dominic for giving Benny the money
] Benny Stulwicz
: Oh, thanks. Uh, this is my friend Dominic. Dominic Nuzzi
: Don't dribble on your shirt. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: How you do? Dominic Nuzzi
: Fine, thank you. Nice to make your acquaintance.
[Arnie finds out what's going on in the filing room
] Dominic Nuzzi
: Very beautiful offices you have here. Very nice. Very centrally located. Arnie Becker
: What do you know Benny from? Dominic Nuzzi
: Oh, we sit at the counter, do parties, and have supper every night. Benny Stulwicz
: Are we still done a thing? Dominic Nuzzi
: What thing? Benny Stulwicz
: You know the place you said where we're going? Dominic Nuzzi
: Yeah, well I said we're going. We're going. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Going where?
Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: [Back at the 444 Law Office Building in Los Angeles
] Aside from humiliating this firm what you did bordered on fraud. Murray Melman
: I was trying to help. Ann Kelsey
: That doesn't help. Passing yourself off as an attorney, lying to the media, that doesn't help. Murray Melman
: I thought it sounded good. You see it. Arnie Becker
: Murray, you can't do that. Murray Melman
: So you don't want me to help? Ann Kelsey
: No. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: No. Murray Melman
: You want to pitch in? Arnie Becker
, Roxanne Melman
: No. Murray Melman
: OK. OK. Just so I understand that. My help you never want it.
] Arnie Becker
: As far as I know, Patrick Flanagan is a felon! He gave me assurances that this little girl would not testify before the grand jury. That is obstruction of justice! Leland McKenzie
: Do you have any proof of that? Arnie Becker
: Of course I don't have proof, Leland. I thought you'd believe me. Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Patrick said that he tried contacting you with the settlement offer, but you were unavailable, which is why he went ahead on his own. Arnie Becker
] Oh, please! Leland McKenzie
: He also said that no such assurances were ever given. Arnie Becker
: He's lying! Can't you see that? Less you be under any further illusions, this is someone who lies to get what he wants. He came into my office on that day and told me what he wanted to do. I told him, under no uncertain terms: "do not do this." He went ahead and he did it anyway! Douglas Brackman, Jr.
: Even if that was true, just keep in mind that he brought into this firm some $9 million, and additional clients and revenue... Arnie Becker
: Douglas, he is dangerous! He's a closeted sociopath, and a pathological liar! Leland McKenzie
: Now, hold on Arnie! I've known Patrick all his life. He comes from a good family and has a good education. He wouldn't do that. Arnie Becker
: All right, fine. Do whatever you want. But I'm telling you right now, I will not work with him again, Leland! The day you insist that I work out my differences with that scummy guy, that is the day that I quit! Oh, and on this prognosis, Morales was right about him. Morales was right!
[Arnie storms out of the office and slams the door shut. A stunned Douglas looks over at the very skeptic Leland