Seth becomes committed to taking an immune international diplomat to trial so he can get out of general crime and onto a more senior unit. Sandra works on a kidnapping case and is convinced the kidnapping was an accident. Meanwhile, Jay is certain that taking a different route to work will determine how successful he will be in the courtroom.
Seth: Still waiting for word on this arrest. But I just want to say, now that I'll be leaving, I really appreciate your help with this. And I realize you have your headphones in and aren't listening to a word I'm saying. But you've been a great friend to me, and I honestly can't imagine how I would have done this job without you. Or your office.
Leonard: Just heard from my mom that Transnistria gave up its seat on the Trans-Atlantic Fisheries Technology Conference.
Kate: Well, worst case it means war. I'm saying worst case. See, up to this point, we've always convinced Transnistria to vote with the Scandinavian countries on fisheries policy in exchange for Scandinavian votes on ballast water and sediments management. I'm deep into Maritime Law now. Only four hours to go. Anyway, this all matters a lot to China all the shipping and anti-fouling issues do which is how we get China to pressure Russia on the Bunker Oil Pollution Protocol, which gets the whole European Union to help us keep Moldova from attacking Transnistria.
Allison: Don't tell me you believe in these ridiculous superstitions, too.
Tina: I believe in the scientific studies that say rituals reduce anxiety, make people perform better. I believe in my decades of observing, first-hand, what happens when people break those rituals or steal them.
Tina: Stephen Somersby. One of the best litigators in this city. Never lost a trial in 17 years, all because of the blue ink in a single Bic pen that he carried in his left breast pocket. Then, one day, his partner, who was on a losing streak, borrows the pen and, well, Stephen's happy making cheese in Vermont. Just a different life now, you know?
Jill: The last time this happened was Joseph Wadell, the Public Defender before me. He lost his special tie, and he heard the U.S. Attorney had this lucky ritual, so he tried to take it. I can't remember...
Allison: I'll admit, it's disconcerting that so many smart people I respect believe in this stuff.
Jill: We've already got the firepower of the federal government against us. We can't take on an angry universe, too. I hope he comes up with something.
Allison: It took me a while, but I get it now. All these superstitions. We have so little control over what happens to the people we work so hard to protect, and it's so stressful, and it makes sense that everyone is looking for some order to things. Something that explains this win or justifies that loss. Something that feels like control over an input and outcome that, in so many ways, for so many reasons, we do not control. I hope the sardines help.
Sandra: Celia dropped the kidnapping charge. The State's letting Nico plead down to probation. He is beyond grateful.
Sandra: Celia also arranged a visit to the child's parents by Children's Services. The dad voluntarily entered a treatment facility, which means the baby can stay in the mother's custody. Look, I know you've seen me act less than restrained. I understand. But what happened today...
Ted: I had a son. I had a son. I'm sorry about today.
Nicholas: When can the government be ready for trial?