Season 1, Episode 7
Jimmy meets with potential new clients. When given the opportunity to do the right thing, Jimmy cashes in a favor from an unlikely ally.
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Late at night, Jimmy and Mike wait for the Philadelphia detectives at the police station. When Abbasi and Sanders arrive, Jimmy returns the younger detective’s notebook, claiming that he found it on the ground in the parking lot. Irate Abbasi confronts Mike about stealing it. Is there anything he’d like to say about the contents of the notebook? Mike remains stoic, so Abbasi switches tactics. They’re meeting with Stacey first thing tomorrow: maybe she’ll have some useful information to aid their investigation. Abbasi storms out of the station, but Sanders lingers behind. Mike dismisses Jimmy so that he can talk to his old friend, privately. Sanders apologizes for Abbasi’s behavior, but Mike waves it off – the young detective was just doing his job. Mike concedes that he doesn’t know what Stacey will tell them; whatever she chooses to say is entirely her decision. After all he’s put her through, she’s earned the right to decide for herself.
Mike emerges from the police station and finds Jimmy waiting by his car. Jimmy demands to know what Mike said to Sanders, but Mike brushes him off. He no longer requires Jimmy’s services. Jimmy is shocked. Mike is almost certainly the prime suspect for the murder of two Philadelphia cops -- he’s going to need a good lawyer! Mike shakes his head: it’s in someone else's hands.
A few days later, Jimmy stops by Chuck’s house with his usual groceries and is surprised to find his brother standing out in the yard. Chuck counts aloud, struggling to remain outside surrounded by the electricity that makes him so ill. He manages to last for two minutes, then races back inside. Panting, he explains to a bewildered Jimmy that he has been exposing himself to electromagnetic fields for short amounts of time in an attempt to build up a tolerance. He’s ready to overcome this malady, and most importantly: he’s ready to go back to work. Hearing this, Jimmy remembers that he has a couple of boxes of unfinished paperwork that he was hoping to store at Chuck’s house. Before Chuck can protest, Jimmy wheels the boxes in and promises that he’ll be back to claim them as soon as possible. On the way to his car, Jimmy peers through a window and watches as Chuck begins sifting through the paperwork – just as Jimmy hoped he would!
Jimmy takes Kim on a tour of a high-rise office space that he’s looking to lease. It’s an ambitious space, with lots of room to grow. When she is impressed by the office he’s saving for his future partner, Jimmy offers her the job – she did tell him she was interested in elder law! She gracefully turns him down, reminding him that she’s too invested in Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill to leave.
In HHM's conference room, Kim meets with her clients, Betsy and Craig Kettleman. She advises them not to take their case to trial, because their chances of winning are very low. She urges the couple to take the plea deal she’s negotiated on their behalf, which would reduce Mr. Kettleman’s sentence from 30 years to only 16 months. The Kettlemans refuse, and fire Kim on the spot.
Later, at Loyola's Diner, Jimmy slides into a seat across from none other than the Kettlemans, who inform him of their recent departure from HHM. Mrs. Kettleman apologizes for her bluntness when last they met, and tells him that they have reconsidered Jimmy’s offer to represent Mr. Kettleman. They want to hire Jimmy -- pending a few non-negotiable conditions. Jimmy is flattered, but apprises them of his new-found specialization: Elder Law. Mrs. Kettleman won’t let him off the hook, reminding him that they’ve already provided him with a substantial “retainer.”
Privately, Jimmy calls Kim from the diner restroom. She begs him to persuade the Kettlemans to return to HHM. The plea deal she negotiated is the best they’re going to get. Although he does his best to point them toward HHM, Jimmy having accepted the Kettlemans’ bribe in Episode 104 has tied his own fate to theirs. With great reluctance, he takes the case.
Jimmy stops by HHM to collect the Kettleman case files, and learns that Hamlin has demoted Kim to a far-worse office in a distant part of the building as punishment for losing the Kettlemans. Feeling guilty, Jimmy finds her in the parking garage and apologizes. She shrugs, knowing he did what he could. Kim warns Jimmy that Mr. Kettleman didn’t cover his tracks well, and refuses to play the one chip he has: the missing money. It’s a loser case.
In his office, Jimmy burns the midnight oil, poring over the case files -- searching for some kind of loophole. Frustrated and finding none, he hatches a plan.
Late at night, Mike sneaks into the Kettlemans’ backyard, sprays a banded stack of cash with a clear liquid, then places the stack on a toy truck left outside by one of the Kettleman kids. He calmly surveys the family’s home, and watches as Mr. Kettleman discovers the money when he takes out the trash, and then as the parents scold the kids for playing with the money... and then finally as Mrs. Kettleman takes the stack of money upstairs.
Mike keeps watch patiently until the Kettlemans have gone to bed. He then sneaks into the house. Using a UV light, he follows a trail of fluorescent fingerprints left behind by Mrs. Kettleman after touching the wet bundle of cash that Mike had planted. The trail leads him to the bathroom, where Mike finds all of the family’s ill-gotten gains hidden in a cabinet underneath the bathroom sink.
Mike brings the cash to Jimmy. With a heavy sigh, Jimmy returns what he’s spent, rounding out the sum total of his “retainer” to the pile.
The next morning, Jimmy visits the Kettlemans and informs them that their stolen nest egg is on its way to the District Attorney’s office. Mrs. Kettleman threatens to turn Jimmy in for taking their bribe, but Jimmy counters that Mr. Kettleman is currently the only one facing jail time. If Mrs. Kettleman reveals that she bribed Jimmy, she would be implicated in the crime as well. Mr. Kettleman finally puts his foot down, and implores his wife to let him accept the plea deal so that their kids won’t be left with both of their parents in jail. She tearfully acquiesces.
Jimmy escorts the Kettlemans back to HHM, where Kim is waiting for them. Kim gratefully mouths “Thank you” to Jimmy as she brings the Kettlemans upstairs, heads bowed in defeat.
Jimmy returns to the aspirational office space he can no longer afford to lease, and violently takes out his frustration on the door to the corner office he’d hoped Kim would occupy. Sinking to the floor, he seems at his wit’s end – until his phone rings. He manages to collect himself, and then brightly answers the call. Back to work.