“Benched” Season 1 Episode 8 “Diamond Is A Girl’s Worst Friend” aired on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, at 10:30 p.m. on USA Network. In this episode, Public Defender Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe) bet Public Defender Phil Quinlan (Jay Harrington) that she would be able to get a better deal for a returning client of their office and of Phil’s, Diamond Danfield (Deon Cole). Meanwhile, Phil and Public Defender Carlos (Oscar Nunez) set to teach their intern, Micah (Jolene Purdy), a lesson after she openly criticized the way that Carlos and Phil defended their clients at court. Read on to learn more about this episode.
At the office, Public Defender Phil Quinlan (Jay Harrington) asked Public Defender Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe) if she had lost a bet as her food had a strange smell. After telling him that he was the only one with a gambling problem, Nina informed him that that was her expensive once a month Korean fish delicacy from a particular Korean restaurant she goes to. After Public Defender Carlos (Oscar Nunez) also complained about the smell, Phil asked him if he was still up to watching a basketball game online that afternoon as it turned out that his insight when it comes to that particular bracket was uncanny enough to win him a lot of money, as Carlos always got it right every year. Micah (Jolene Purdy), their intern, then came in and dropped Nina’s new case on top of her desk. Nina then learned that Phil had represented Diamond Dangfield (Deon Cole) before and told Nina to just take the deal, as he was a returning client. Nina then told Phil that she could get Diamond a better deal, and they bet 10 dollars on it. Micah, who walked past Nina’s desk again, then threw her fish on the floor.
In the hallways of the court house, Diamond thanked Nina for everything, and Nina told him that she hoped that she would not be seeing him around soon. Phil then gave her 10 dollars for winning the bet, as she had gotten Diamond to agree to a deal in exchange for proving that he could look for a job and to attend regular anger management classes. However, they upped the ante to 20 dollars as Phil bet that Diamond would be back by the end of the week.
Back at the office, Carlos and Phil were interrupted in their game, as Micah was using the internet to download their case files, which slowed down their own connection to the game. They then unplugged her computer, reasoning that it was now casual time. Micah then told them that they did not seem to deserve it as she believed that they had not done their best at court. Carlos tried to argue that it’s different at court. After she left, Phil and Carlos then decided to let her prepare their upcoming Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and Reckless Endangerment case in order to teach her a lesson, and those kinds of cases were impossible.
At the parking lot, much to Nina’s surprise, Diamond came and robbed her of her money, albeit gently, as anger management classes cost money, which he had none of. However, while doing so, he looked through Nina’s purse and made fun of the things that she had inside of it.
The next day, Nina instructed Micah, who was working inside a closet, to call Diamond Danfield to make sure that he registered for anger management classes. However, Micah refused to do so as she was doing actual case work. Because of this, Nina decided to look for him herself as his phone was disconnected. She managed to track him down to where he was crashing with a friend. At the office, she forced Larry (Peter Spruyt) to lend her one of the shirts that they use to lend out to clients for court appearances and brought him to her favorite Korean restaurant so that he could get a job. When he saw that the only job available for him was to help prepare the fish, he refused. Nina then pulled him aside and gave him a speech in which she told him to take responsibility for himself and quoted Bill Cosby. However, the owner of the restaurant became apprehensive after learning that Diamond was an ex-convict, but they managed to get his signature, which meant that he was seriously looking for a job.
Back at the office, Phil and Carlos’ plan seemed to backfire as Micah was able to find a defense for their DUI case. They then decided to hand over all of their cases to her so that they would have more time to watch basketball. They also discovered that she only laughed and smiled when she got nervous.
When Nina got back, she found Phil and Carlos still watching basketball. Nina then told Diamond not to complain about his lunch, as she had bought him lunch since lunch cost money. While she signed him up for an anger management class, Diamond watched Carlos predict correctly what was happening in the basketball game. He then suggested to Nina that she give the “Cosby speech” to them. Micah then came in and started criticizing Phil’s plans to defend his client. Because of this, he told her to handle their cases that afternoon at court, while he would supervise. Nina then left with Diamond as she had to drive him to his class, which was happening in half an hour.
At the anger management class, Nina got mad at Ruth, the session’s leader, as she was reluctant at first to allow Diamond to join the class. After giving Diamond the necessary paper work, he thanked Nina, who finally left him alone. However, as he had tried to slip out of the class after registering, Nina decided to attend as well. There, she ended up sharing everything from her meltdown which cost her her previous job and narrated every single thing that she was upset and mad about. Finally, Diamond got to speak and told them that he was like that as he had nobody to take care of. At this, Nina started to get upset as she had babysitted him for the entire day. Finally, she decided to leave and ended up unable to open the door. She then picked up the thermos in order to throw it but stopped herself in time and asked when the sessions were as she was having flashbacks about her meltdown.
Meanwhile, at court, Micah was nervous the entire way through, from the court jargon to the closing speech. This was noticeable as she kept on laughing and smiling — something that she only did when she was nervous. Halfway through her closing remarks, Phil stepped in and used his original defense plan and told the court that their client had only acted in self-defense.
Later that night, at the bar, Micah approached them and apologized for criticizing how they defend their clients. They then reassured her that she was a good lawyer and that she would get the hang of it in the future. Nina then came and told Phil that she had managed to get Diamond out of the system. Because of this, Phil gave her the money that he owed her. However, she tore the bill in half as she told him that he was also right in saying that the system’s broken. However, she had to ask for some tape, as Phil reminded her that they could not pay anything using torn money.
The next day, at her favorite Korean restaurant, Diamond, who served her take out fish delicacy thanked her for getting him the job there. However, his hands slipped, and all the fish fell out of the floor. She then started to get upset as he told her that he would still have to charge her. At first, she tried using the anger management techniques that were taught to them with Diamond’s help but decided to take the fish and leave after he ruined it.
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