Project Description

1.05 The Paper Clock

Original air date: November 2, 1996
Written by: Javier Grillo-Marxuach
Directed by:Gabrielle Beaumont

Jarod impersonates an attorney to not only free a janitor falsely accused of murder but to also expose the lawyer who protected the real killer.

Jarod’s Discoveries: Rubik’s Cube, Radio Shack, The Blues, Transvestites
Jarod’s Occupations: Lawyer, Rodeo Bullrider
Jarod’s Aliases: Jarod Holmes

Behind the scenes insights and the Creator’s Take

Official Synopsis

Jarod impersonates an attorney to free a janitor imprisoned for a murder he did not commit.


When Jarod begins experiencing dreams about his mother, he telephones the Centre and asks to speak with Sydney.  Sydney instructs Broots not to inform Miss Parker about the development, preferring instead to leave her out of the loop.  When Sydney picks up the call, Jarod informs him that he discovered the wonders of Radio Shack…and easily foils Broots’ telephone trace.  As the conversation continues, Jarod demands to know the truth about his past.  The pair strike up a deal: Sydney will turn over a piece of Jarod’s past in exchange for the return of the digital simulations, or DSAs, that Jarod stole from the Centre, which contain the only existing record of over 25 years worth of research.

After Jarod finishes the call, he heads for a courthouse, where he assumes the identity of Attorney Jarod Holmes, a junior associate as Sloane and Associates.  He meets with Isaac Dexter, a transvestite who claims he was forced to defend himself when three men attempted to kill him.  Unless he can stage a successful defense, he faces a long prison sentence.  Later, Jarod meets with his new associates, Attorneys Benjamin Sloane and Bradley Dumont, who congratulate him on his victory in court.  Later, Jarod questions Dumont about the Marcus Whitaker trial, a case that Sloane lost years earlier.  Sloane appointed Dumont to head the appeal, something Jarod finds puzzling, as it could be handled by a first year law student.  Jarod convinces Dumont to allow him to author the appeal.

Sydney discusses the trade with Jarod with the Centre’s Director, who promises to discuss the proposal with the Tower.

Isaac is extremely grateful to Jarod for winning his case.  He offers his services as Jarod’s personal chauffeur.  Jarod accepts his offer and heads for the state prison, where he uses binoculars to survey the inmates.  He tells Isaac he is searching for a man named Marcus Whitaker.  Jarod also tells Isaac that despite his incarceration, Marcus never did anything to anyone.

The Director informs Miss Parker that the Tower approved Sydney’s deal.  Parker is incredulous, and promises to pursue the matter.  According to the Director, Miss Parker’s father cast the deciding vote.

Jarod views another of the DSAs.  In it, a Young Jarod tells Young Sydney that in his dream, his mother is hanging clothes to dry in a yard.  But he cannot see her face.  Afterward, Jarod views a videotape of a news broadcast focusing on the Marcus Whitaker case.  Whitaker, a janitor, was accused of murdering Audrey Price, whose body was discovered inside the West Los Angeles apartment where she lived.  Whitaker has a most unusual benefactor in the case: real estate magnate Michael Metzger, who owns the building where the murder occurred.  Later, Jarod shows up at a book signing, where he befriends author and lawyer Alan Edwards by telling him his name is John Coney, Jr.  Edwards, it turns out, attended Dartmouth College with “John’s” father.  Later, while conversing with Edwards, Jarod mentions the Whitaker case, which Edwards successfully prosecuted.  Edwards claims that Sloane never came up with a successful defense.  When Jarod mentions the existence of a shoe print that might have exonerated Whitaker, Edwards tells him it was somewhat stunning that Sloane, one of the best attorneys money can buy, overlooked such a crucial piece of evidence.

Jarod pays the slow-witted Whitaker a visit in jail.  As they converse, Whitaker shows him a clock made out of paper, something a pen pal taught him how to construct.  Later, Whitaker accounts for his whereabouts on the night of the murder.  He describes how he brought Price some flowers, as he had done every day.  But when he entered her apartment, he discovered her body on the floor.  Next to the body was an owl made of stone (something the police never recovered).  Whitaker also reveals that Metzger was Price’s boyfriend…which is news to Jarod.

When Jarod returns to his lair, he researches phone records and discovers that Metzger contacted Sloane on his boat shortly after the murder.  Jarod realizes that Sloane put Whitaker behind bars to keep the wealthy Metzger from going to jail.  Later, Sydney keeps his end of the agreement by sending Jarod a photograph of his mother.  Jarod promises to meet Sydney at a location they had agreed upon earlier.

Jarod informs Sloane that the court has accepted a motion to review new evidence in the Whitaker trial.  An outraged Sloane instructs his secretary, Annie, to find Dumont.  Unbeknownst to him, Isaac has taken Dumont out for a very long ride.  Later, Jarod pieces together audio recordings of Sloane’s voice, which he then uses to trick Annie into going to Sloane’s boat for purposes unknown.

When Sydney arrives in town, Miss Parker announces that the Centre double-crossed him, and she intends to make the rendezvous herself and take Jarod into custody.

In court, Jarod calls Sloane to the witness stand.  He has Sloane verify that he went to great lengths to establish that Metzger was a guest on his boat at the time of the murder.  Jarod then presents a record of Metzger’s phone call to the boat, an incriminating print from a deck shoe, and even the stone owl, stained with Price’s blood, which was retrieved from Sloane’s boat.  Ever since the murder, Sloane has used his knowledge of what really happened to blackmail Metzger.  Upon hearing the new evidence, Judge Patrick orders that Sloane be taken into custody and charged as an accessory to murder.  The judge also issues a bench warrant for Metzger’s arrest.  Whitaker is then set free.  Later, when Miss Parker arrives at the court house, Jarod slips away…without giving up the DSAs.  Later, Jarod rides a bull at a rodeo arena.


Dream Sequence
Margaret Hi Jarod.
Jarod Mom? What are you saying? I can’t hear you. Mom? Mom?
The Centre
Broots He’s been calling every two minutes like clockwork but he only wants to talk to you. Now here’s your extension okay. I’ll be right over here.
Sydney What line is it?
Broots Oh well, don’t you think we should wait for Miss Parker?
Sydney We’ll do it without her.
Broots Sydney she’s… she’s gonna kill me.
Sydney What line?
Broots Okay two, but keep him on as long as you can. I’ve already initiated the trace.
Sydney Hello Jarod?
Jarod I had the dream again.
Sydney Are you alright?
Broots Keep talking to him. We’ve almost got him.
Jarod Tell Broots I discovered Radio Shack. Strange feeling homesick. I don’t know where home is.
Sydney Your home is here Jarod. You were never meant for the outside world.
Jarod Spare me the white leopard speech, Sydney. Somebody at the Centre knows who I am. I want the truth.
Sydney I’m sure we can explore these questions if you’ll come back and resume our work.
Jarod I wish I could believe you.
Sydney What you believe or don’t believe is not the issue.
Jarod What is?
Sydney Those digital simulations you stole, they contain the only existing record of over twenty-five years of research. The Centre… I want them back.
Jarod Well then perhaps they… you, will consider a trade. A piece of my past for a piece of yours. Get back to me Sydney. I’m running late.
Sydney Late for what?
Jarod Justice.
Isaac Mr Holmes? Isaac.
Jarod Mr… Dexter?
Isaac Is something wrong?
Jarod You’re a man.
Isaac Last time I checked.
Jarod But you dress like a woman?
Isaac Didn’t anybody tell you?
Jarod Ah, no.
Isaac Listen, I know you don’t know me and I’ll admit I’m a little different. But if you don’t help me they’re gonna put me away faster than you can say Chanel Number 5. I didn’t do anything wrong. Those men were trying to kill me – I just defended myself. If you walk out on me I’m a dead man.
Jarod Don’t worry, Mr… Dexter, I’ll stand up with you.
Isaac Thank you. I knew you were a good man. I can see it in your eyes.
Jarod Here, your mascara’s running.
Isaac Thank you. So how long have you been a lawyer?
Jarod About… seven minutes.
Sloane And Associates Law Firm
Jarod Hello.
Sloane Jarod, please join us.
Dumont We wanted to be the first to congratulate you on your victory in court this morning.
Jarod It was beginner’s luck.
Dumont We heard your client was quite a looker. Just how lucky did you get?
Sloane Don’t let Bradley get under your skin. All junior Associates get thrown a ringer their first time out. There’s honour in keeping poor innocent men out of jail.
Dumont Even if they do wear chiffon.
Annie Excuse me Mr Dumont, Michael Metzger is waiting in reception.
Dumont Thanks Annie. Thankfully, a client who is neither poor nor innocent.
Sloane Speaking of the poor innocent masses, have you finished your brief on the Whittaker appeal?
Dumont Ben I’m spending 70 hours a week on the Metzger merger. My plate is full.
Sloane Dumont is a pit bull in the courts but sometimes forgets who signs his paychecks.
Dumont Alright, I’ll take care of it. Oh uh, Jarod, in case you’re interested, um Collins Department Store is having a two-for-one sale in the lingerie section. See you Tiger.
Sloane Jarod keep up the good work.
Jarod I’ll do my best sir.
Sloane Annie there’s something I want you to do.
Jarod Pro bono?
Dumont It was a joke.
Jarod I understand that I wanted to ask you some questions about the Whittaker trial.
Dumont Old man Sloane lost a murder defence a few years ago and I got stuck holding the bag.
Jarod Why would Sloane tie up his best trial attorney writing an appeal that could be handled by a first year law student?
Dumont The Whittaker case is a raw nerve with Sloane. He hates to lose.
Jarod Let me write the appeal – you said your plate is full and I could use the practice.
Dumont The old man would have my head if he finds out I dumped this on a junior associate.
Jarod I can keep a secret if you can.
Dumont Let’s talk.
Metzger You find Dumont for me now or I’m going to find him myself.
Dumont … based on my previous appeals, you keep me in the loop.
Jarod You’re the boss.
Dumont Not yet but I’m working on it. Mr Metzger. I just got off the phone with the judge. I think everything’s going to work out just the way you want it.
Metzger Good.
Dumont Have you lost weight?
The Centre:Tower Office
Sydney Madam Director all Jarod wants is some small piece of himself, of his past. I believe that if we can accept his trade off it would go a long way towards reestablishing the kind of trust I need to bring him back.
Director What about SIS?
Sydney Miss Parker believes she can pistol whip her way into any resolution, but I know Jarod. The harder we chase the harder he’ll run.
Director I will discuss your proposal with The Tower but I make no promises.
Sloane and Associates
Annie Damn!
Jarod The idea is to get all the same colours on the same side?
Annie Where were you during the eighties?
Jarod Oh I led a very isolated life. When did you quit smoking?
Annie How did you know that?
Jarod Oh, your trembling hands, the nicotine stains on your fingertips, irritability. You know you could try a simple Epsom salt bath. The salt it draws the tar and nicotine out of the bloodstream through the skin.
Annie Oh, you’re a doctor and a lawyer?
Jarod And I’m working on Indian Chief.
Sloane Annie, would you please transcribe, proof and hand deliver these to my boat tonight?
Annie Tonight? Oh no no no, Mr Sloane. I can’t because my daughter is having…
Sloane Is a very lovely girl who knows how valuable her mother is to this firm. Annie’s the best Jarod.
Annie Annie do this. Annie do that. I tell you it’s like being Sloane’s wife without the fringe benefits. Too bad pay checks are harder to quit than cigarettes. So, did you need something too?
Jarod Actually Bradley Dumont asked me to go over an old case file. Marcus Whittaker?
Annie Oh yeah. Mr Sloane had those files moved down to the basement. But I’m going to warn you it is impossible to find anything down there.
Jarod Nothing’s impossible.
Isaac Jarod!
Jarod Isaac what are you doing here?
Isaac I got to thinking how nice you were, how decent, and I wanted to repay your kindness.
Jarod Repay?
Isaac My Chariot.
Jarod Isaac it’s beautiful.
Isaac It will be more beautiful after thirty-seven payments – that’s when I plan to trade it in for a limousine. Actually I offer a very valuable service. You’d be surprised how many cab drivers won’t pick up a man in a dress.
Jarod Really? Why?
Isaac The truth is I’d like to offer my services as your personal chauffeur.
Jarod No kidding? That’s great. Now are you sure you have a driver’s licence?
Isaac Don’t worry boss, you’re in good hands. And I promise to be a perfect lady.
Man Hey baby!
Isaac Up yours pal!
The Centre
Sydney Very good.
Miss Parker Sydney, a word? Do you want to tell me what’s going on?
Sydney Nothing really. An alpha brain wave experiment. Quite promising actually.
Miss Parker That’s not what I mean and you know it.
Sydney You spoke to the Director?
Miss Parker Answer the question.
Sydney Jarod wants to make a deal.
Miss Parker A deal?
Sydney He wants to find out the truth, or part of it. It is the humane thing to do.
Miss Parker You are out of line lecturing anybody about humanity. I’m not the one who kept Jarod locked up for thirty years. I’m killing your deal Sydney. And then I’m going to find Jarod and I’m going to end this thing once and for all.
Outside a bookshop
Isaac Everybody’s a critic.
Isaac Doesn’t this music just give you chills up and down your spine?
Jarod It’s very sad.
Isaac It’s the Blues baby.
Jarod The Blues? I like it.
Isaac It’s about life. It’s about pain. It’s about truth.
Jarod Truth is good.
Isaac Yeah look at me for example. I come out here every day like a target. I say to the world Ha! This is me, take it or leave it.
Jarod Can I ask you a question?
Isaac Why do I dress like this?
Jarod Well it does seem to draw attention.
Isaac I don’t know why I do it. I just know it’s right for me. I mean I grew up like everybody else. I played football, dated a cheer leader, but I never felt complete until I found this. It hasn’t been easy.
Jarod Why do it then?
Isaac It’s who I am. People can’t go around acting like they’re something they aren’t . You do that long enough and pretty soon you can’t find yourself any more. Know what I mean?
Jarod Yeah.
California State Correctional Facility
Isaac So who are we looking for?
Jarod His name is Marcus Whittaker.
Isaac A friend of yours?
Jarod Not exactly.
Isaac What’d he do?
Jarod Nothing. Nothing at all.
The Centre
Director The Tower has considered all the variables and has decided to move forward with the deal.
Miss Parker You can’t be serious?
Director I think you know that I am.
Miss Parker The Chairman is going to hear about this.
Director Your father cast the deciding vote. The information Jarod requested will be on your desk within the hour. Use it wisely.
Jarod’s Lair
DSA: 3rd July, ’72
Sydney You only have one shot at the terrorist Jarod.
Young Jarod I had the dream again.
Sydney It’s just a dream Jarod. Forget about it and concentrate.
Young Jarod Is it possible to forget who you are and where you came from?
Sydney Jarod, please.
Young Jarod It’s just that in this dream I can’t see my mother’s face. She’s in the yard hanging the wash.
Sydney One shot Jarod. Time’s running out. The hostages are counting on you.
Young Jarod But I want to see her Sydney. I want to see my mother’s face.
Sydney Finish the simulation and I’ll see to it that you do.
Young Jarod Promise?
Sydney Promise.
Young Jarod Wait. I can’t complete the mission. I might hit a hostage. I might kill an innocent person.
Sydney Sometimes Jarod one life must be sacrificed in order to save others.
Video Tape
TV Announcer Murder suspect Marcus Whittaker accused of beating Audrey Price to death in her apartment was arrested in the early morning hours in his janitor’s quarters of this west LA apartment building. Marcus Whittaker has an unusual benefactor in this case: His employer real estate magnate Michael Metzger whose company owns the building in which the murder took place.
Outside the Apartment Block
Isaac How long are we going to stay here? Hel…loooooo!
Flashback to tape
Metzger Marjorie Price’s death is a tragedy but Marcus Whittaker shouldn’t be forced to take the wrap for the sloppy handling of this investigation. I’m just grateful that Ben Sloane has agreed to represent Marcus.
Sloane Mr Metzger was with me on my boat when word reached him that a murder had taken place on one of his properties. Naturally I offered my services.
Jarod Isaac, let’s go shopping.
Isaac Ooh! Now you’re talking my language.
Shoe Store
Store Assistant It’s creepy. He’s been doing that for almost an hour. Check out his girl friend.
Jarod Are these all the boat shoes you have?
Store Assistant Yes Sir.
Jarod I’ll take them all.
Store Assistant You want seven pairs of boat shoes?
Jarod Mmm hmm.
Isaac Do you carry these in a thirteen?
Jarod’s Lair
Jarod Well?
Boy I did it, just like you said.
Jarod And?
Boy I dragged it around behind my bike.
Jarod Excellent. Oh yes, right. Five dollars.
Boy That’s right. I have friends, we could really mess up your car if you’re interested.
Jarod I’ll let you know.
Boy Cool!
TV Interview
Edwards Mr Whittaker is the only possible perpetrator. The defence has no relevant evidence to the contrary.
Jarod You’re wrong Mr Edwards.
Book Signing
Edwards Thank you. Enjoy the book. My God, what did you do – drag this behind a car?
Jarod Well actually I paid a kid to drag it behind his bike. Truthfully, it’s been like a Bible to me.
Edwards Oh I’m flattered. Who should I make this out to?
Jarod John Corey Junior.
Edwards I knew a John Corey at Dartmouth. You’re not…
Jarod Guilty. Dad’s been after me to look you up for years.
Edwards So there’s your Father wearing nothing but a drunken grin running up and down the Durham Hallway shouting “Bonsai!”
Jarod Dear old Dad.
Edwards Yeah. I never saw a better litigator in my life.
Jarod He said the same thing about you. I especially admired the way you brought down Ben Sloane a few years ago. The Whittaker trial.
Edwards Oh. Sloane had no case.
Jarod Really? What about the shoe print?
Edwards How did you know about that?
Jarod I did a paper, The People Versus Whittaker at UCLA. I read the case files.
Edwards Five thousand pages?
Jarod 5612 to be exact.
Edwards Michael Metzger buys Whittaker the most expensive lawyer in the city and the guy drops the ball. We couldn’t believe he missed it.
Jarod So the DA knew about the print?
Edwards We provided in Discovery. We kept waiting for Sloane to play the card, to create doubt, but it never came.
Jarod And you never said anything.
Edwards We had witnesses who said that Marcus Whittaker was obsessed with Audrey Price. His prints were all over the apartment. He was caught in the janitor’s quarters cleaning her blood off his clothes. Now, you don’t have to be Prouse to connect those dots.
Jarod And you never found the murder weapon?
Edwards Marcus Whittaker was guilty of murder. Ben Sloane was just guilty of being a bad lawyer.
California State Correctional Facility
Marcus Mr Sloane came to the police station. He was nice to me. He brought me a ham sandwich.
Jarod What are you making?
Marcus A paper clock. A pen pal taught me. They really work. They’d be better with note card but the paper the guards give me gets all soft.
Jarod Would these do?
Marcus Can I have them?
Jarod Sure. Marcus I want to ask you some questions about your case.
Marcus Mr Sloane is my lawyer.
Jarod I know but I’m here to help him and you. Okay?
Marcus Okay.
Jarod Can you tell me why you ran away the night that Audrey Price was killed?
Marcus I didn’t want to go to jail again.
Jarod You had gotten into some trouble when you lived with your mother, is that correct?
Marcus Some boys were making fun of her. I had to fight ‘em. I didn’t want to hurt anyone. I had to go to live at Milton.
Jarod The detention facility. Now I want to ask you about the night ofthe murder.
Marcus I was bringing flowers to Miss Price like I did every day. I was finishing up late. She would always pay me an extra few dollars for them. But this time when I walked in I found her body on the floor.
Jarod Marcus, Marcus, it’s okay. You don’t have to be afraid.
Marcus She was all twisted up. Her face was covered with blood. The owl was sitting beside her.
Jarod The owl?
Marcus Made of rock. It was green. Miss Price had a whole family of them. She kept them on top of her coffee table. She looked so quiet, like she was sleeping, except for the blood.
Jarod You liked her?
Marcus She was nice to me. The other lawyer said I wanted to touch her but I just thought she was nice.
Jarod Did you ever notice her having visitors? Boyfriends?
Marcus Mr Metzger would come visit her at lunch time almost every day.
Jarod Mr Metzger?
Marcus Yeah! He had a cool black car. It had real shiny wheels on it and the top was gone.
Jarod Marcus did you ever tell Mr Sloane or the police about Mr Metzger’s visits?
Marcus Oh Mr Sloane said that I shouldn’t say nothing. It might not look good. Mr Sloane always looks out for me. They really work.
Jarod’s Lair
Jarod It’s 9:20 and Michael Metzger has just killed a woman – who does he call?
Sloane’s voice You’ve reached Benjamin Sloane at the Marina. I wish I was on my boat right now but I’m probably in my office working to pay for it. Leave your name and number and I’ll get back to you.
Isaac’s Taxi Outside a Restaurant
Isaac I don’t understand. Why would a defence lawyer like Mr Sloane put a poor, innocent man in jail?
Jarod To keep a rich, guilty one out.
Jarod’s Lair: Dream
Margaret Hi Jarod.
Jarod Mom? Mom?
Jarod Time’s up Sydney – I need an answer.
Sydney on phone Miss Parker’s not happy. In fact she has removed herself from this case because the Centre has agreed to your request Jarod. Your information in return for the stolen disks.
Jarod They said that?
Sydney We, you and I, have guarantees from the Council Chairman and The Director. I’m sending it through now. I hope this is what you need Jarod.
Jarod Is this her Sydney? Is this my mother?
Sydney Yes it is.
Jarod I’ll meet you at the place and time we agreed on earlier.
TV Announcer Mr Sloane is it true that your client will not be testifying in his own defence?
Sloane Mr Whittaker suffers from a severe learning disability. It was his feeling and mine that it was not in his best interests to take the stand.
TV Announcer Well what is your assessment of the prosecution’s case so far?
Sloane I think this deliberation doesn’t bode well for the prosecution. Especially in the light of the fact that they still haven’t produced the murder weapon. the murder weapon…the murder weapon… the murder weapon.
Jarod I wonder why,
Dumont’s Office
Jarod Bradley. Would you check my brief for the Whittaker hearing? I worked from your old appeal and I made a few notes.
Dumont You what?
Jarod I went over the old case files. There are some areas that we should explore.
Dumont No there aren’t. Copy my draft. Change the date, stamp my signature on it and get it to the court by five o’clock. If you can’t handle that I’ll hire a monkey who can.
Jarod Sure thing Brad.
Car park
Dumont Dammit!
Isaac Don’t fight it brother. At times like this a man’s gotta believe in fate. Bad luck meet good fortune. My chariot.
California State Correctional Facility
Marcus I got a letter from my mum. She’s really sick, she shouldn’t be alone.
Jarod Don’t worry Marcus you’re going to see your mother again soon. I promise. But first we have to go to court one more time. Mr Sloane will be there too.
Marcus What do I have to do?
Jarod Trust me.
Isaac’s Limousine
Isaac So how was your lunch meeting?
Dumont Extremely profitable. Arriving in this limo didn’t hurt negotiations either. Excuse me umm, sir. This isn’t the way back to the office.
Isaac It’s such a fabulous day I thought we’d take a little ride.
Dumont A ride? where? Hey! What the?
Sloane’s Office
Sloane In the matter of Beaumont vs Markswatch . . . Jarod?
Jarod I wanted to congratulate you on the Whittaker appeal. Dumont says that the new trial is a slam dunk.
Sloane New trial?
Jarod The court has accepted Dumont’s motion to present new evidence.
Sloane Evidence?
Jarod Yes, he’s confident that he’s going to have a warrant for the murder weapon by tomorrow. He didn’t tell you?
Sloane Annie. Where’s Dumont?
Annie He’s been out all afternoon.
Jarod The last I heard he was having lunch with Ira Kline, the criminal attorney for the…
Sloane I know who he is. Annie! Where the… Get a hold of… I want to know the hell where Dumont is!
Isaac’s Limousine
Dumont Hey Pal. This is kidnapping. I’m a very successful attorney you know.
Isaac Ah ah ah! That’s gonna to cost you another hundred miles esquire.
Sloane’s Boat
Jarod’s Lair
Sloane’s voice Mr Metzger was with me on my boat when word reached…
Jarod Hello I would like to book a non-stop flight to Los Angeles.
Sloane’s voice Tell the associates that this is top priority.
Jarod Yes I would like the number for the Los Angeles Chronicle. The City desk please.
Sloane’s voice Annie, there’s something I want you to do for me.
Jarod Hello. Mr Sloane. Oh no sir. I was just listening to some very interesting old recordings. The hearing is tomorrow at nine a.m.? Ah, yes sir, but shouldn’t we wait for Mr Dumont? Yes sir, I understand. I will see you first thing tomorrow morning. Like clockwork.
Sloane’s voice Annie, there’s something I want you to do for me. Sloane: Annie, top priority. There’s something I want you to do for me on my boat.
Annie’s Office
Sloane’s voice Annie, top priority. There’s something I want you to do for me on my boat.
Sloane Just watch, listen and learn Jarod. You won’t see this kind of dismantling again soon.
Jarod I’m looking forward to it, sir.
Sloane What are the press doing here? There is nothing I can say at this point in time but I will say that there is going to be some surprises.
Miss Parker The District Courthouse.
Sydney What the hell?
Miss Parker You didn’t seriously think that the Centre would cut a deal with Jarod? Double double cross Syd. Just get in.
Sloane What the hell is he doing here?
Jarod I invited him.
Judge On the record in People versus Whittaker, the court hearing a defence motion to present new evidence. Mr Holmes.
Sloane Your Honour, Mr Holmes is a junior associate in our firm. He doesn’t represent this particular client.
Jarod In all due respect Your Honour, I wrote the motion and I did the research for this hearing. To assign it to another attorney is to deny Marcus Whittaker achance at fair representation.
Sloane What the hell do you think you’re doing?
Jarod Trying to get an innocent man a fair shot at justice.
Judge That’s enough. Mr Whittaker, is there an attorney that you would like to represent you?
Marcus Jarod.
Sloane Your honour.
Judge It’s over Mr Sloane. Call your first witness Mr Holmes.
Jarod Your honour. The defence calls Benjamin Sloane. Mr Sloane, you represented Marcus Whittaker to the very best of your ability is that correct?
Sloane Absolutely.
Jarod And to the best of your knowledge nothing slipped through the cracks?
Sloane There are no cracks at Sloane & Associates.
Jarod Hmm. Would you explain your relationship with Michael Metzger?
Sloane He’s a client.
Jarod Were you aware that your client was carrying on an affair with Audrey Price at the time of the murder?
Sloane Do you have any proof of that?
Jarod Marcus Whittaker would gladly testify to it under oath.
Sloane What’s your point Mr Holmes?
Jarod You went through great pains to establish the fact that Michael Metzger was a guest on your boat at the time of the murder, is that correct?
Sloane I wouldn’t call it great pains. He was there.
Jarod Do you remember what time Audrey Price was killed?
Sloane Between 9 and 9:15 if memory serves me.
Jarod Interesting. Then maybe you could tell me why Mr Metzger made a cell phone call to your boat at 9.20 the very same night that he was with you.
Judge May I see that Mr Holmes? Proceed.
Jarod For the record. The DA has catalogued this photo as a partial shoe print from the murder scene. Mr Sloane would you explain to the court why the jury never saw this photograph?
Sloane The police never made a positive match. It proves nothing.
Jarod Well perhaps I could help the police out. It’s a size eleven deck shoe. You were on your boat that night, weren’t you Mr Sloane?
Sloane So now I’m the killer?
Jarod No, you were the janitor. We’ll get to the killer.
Sloane Your Honour this is pointless harassment.
Judge Mr Holmes.
Jarod One moment please.
Annie Is Mr Sloane on trial?
Jarod Not officially. Not yet anyway. I love this part. A size eleven deck shoe from Mr Sloane’s closet.
Sloane It proves nothing.
Jarod No. But this certainly does. The murder weapon. Stained with the victim’s blood. Mr Sloane would you care to explain to the court what the long lost murder weapon was doing on your boat?
Sloane This is ridiculous.
Jarod I don’t think that Michael Metzger thinks so. You’ve been blackmailing him with this since the murder trial. Michael Metzger beat Audrey Price to death. And then he called upon Mr Sloane to clean up the mess. Only before you got there Mr Whittaker arrived. He found the victim. He panicked. He ran away. You allowed an innocent man to go to jail. If I’ve missed something, feel free to jump in.
Sloane Your Honour there hasn’t been a piece of evidence presented here that a good defence attorney couldn’t shoot down.
Judge Then I suggest you find a very good one. I’m ordering you into custody as an accessory to murder. I’m issuing a bench warrant for the arrest of Michael Metzger. Court adjourned.
Sloane I don’t know what kind of law you’re practicing here.
Jarod The kind of law that applies to millionaires too. Congratulations Marcus you’re a free man.
Outside the Courtroom
Miss Parker Go Sam! We’ll head him off downstairs.
Security Guard Hey! Hold it right there!
Sam You don’t understand. I have a permit to carry that.
Miss Parker Excuse me. ‘scuse me! Out of my way!
Sydney That way. Jarod!
Miss Parker Dammit! Next time I’m just going to shoot the little pain in the ass.
Miss Parker Get in the car.
Holding Cell
Guard Right this way Mr Metzger.
Metzger I want to see my attorney, alright? I said I want to see my attorney!
Guard You’re in luck.
Outside Correctional Facility
Marcus Mom! How did you get here?
Mrs Whittaker A man sent me a ticket. What is it?
Marcus A Paper clock. “Now you have all the time in the world. Cherish your freedom Marcus. Your pen pal, Jarod.”
Man Hold onto it. Right there. You right?
Jarod Eight seconds? That’s it? Eight seconds? Let it rip!