She is so happy that she follows what Diane tells her to do, and goes and buys something nice for herself. The speech Diane gave, by the way, is real buttery. Remember this, friends. So Alicia returns to her office with fancy shopping bags on her arm and the shiniest of smiles still on her face.
Me, still so happy!
Then David Lee comes in.
The thing is, I’m here to crush your dreams.
He alerts Alicia to the part that Diane and Will left out in their You Can Thank Us Later speech: buying in to the partnership costs $600,000. $600,000! But don’t worry, you only have to pay half of it up front. Ha! Only $300,000! Ha! Ha!
This is the point in the conversation where I would have said, “Well, eff youuuu, Lockhart Gardner!” But Alicia instead decides to grab those fancy shopping bags to return her fancy stuff, thinks about borrowing money against her mortgage (sounds like hell), and talks to Big about it. Big of course says that he is so proud and also he’ll just lend her the money himself because he is a rich bastard.
In other Legal News of Boringness, Lockhart Gardner are also in court against Nathan Lane and Michael J. Fox for an extension of their debt repayment. J. Foxster, who is now their creditor if you’ll remember, gives some exaggerated speech about how the repayment of their (and now his) debt is important because he’s going to give it to research to help cure his disease so others like him can live in happiness because this is America! He keeps popping pills and Diane Lockhart keeps giving the ultimate in eyerolls and it is all hilarious! Let it be said that Michael J. Fox, and those who write for him, have dealt with his disease with both grace and delightful humor, which is frequently the best way to deal with anything.
Don’t mind me, Judge, just over here taking my medicine for my debilitating disease.
Related, did I mention I have a disease? Also, disease. Help me.
As Lane is the trustee pressing for these debt deadlines, he and Fox are sort of on the same side of the table on this one, but when Lane realizes that Fox’s intentions aren’t all that good-hearted, this shift of understanding quietly takes place on his face. Because you see, Nathan Lane is a hardass accountant, but underneath it all he is a delicate, pure, innocent little flower. And he is suddenly realizing that the world is full of people who aren’t. And it’s rough.
Getting a weird feeling in my tummy about this law business.