Episode 13: The Testimony
Even though Fallon will probably not be charged with perjury, she will pay for what she did on the stand. She may have lost Steven forever. That did not stop Fallon for blaming Steven for what is happening to Blake. Steven has no words for his sister.
It's actually very rough for Steven - the whole trial is about him and his lifestyle. That is pretty much what the Defense is doing. Steven was trying to rehabilitate himself to become a straight man, and it was being ruined by Ted. Blake had to protect his son. Like I said, got to love the gay fright defense.
Just in case it does not work, perjury can help. Andrew Laird decides that ethics is unimportant as he gets witnesses to lie for him on the stand. First, Joseph gets up there and says that Blake did not say "I'll kill him", but "I'll get him". Joseph is rather convincing, even when the D.A., Jake Dunham, brings up that Joseph has hearing loss and then whispers something under his breath, which Joseph actually hears. Real lawyers don't go for the theatrics for fear the witness may be right.
For some reason, Andrew calls the hooker, Sarah Pat Beacham, that Steven did not sleep with when Walter took him to that bordello. And, as any good hooker, Sarah pretty much will do anything for money, which includes lying and saying she slept with Steven. The testimony is not the believable. I mean it is from a hooker.
Even poor Krystle gets into the lying. On the stand, Krystle says she has never seen Blake be violent. Yeah, he is moody, but not violent. I guess Krystle forgot when Blake raped her. I mean it was only a few weeks before. Oh, she also forgot that Blake had Michael beaten up, and what Blake had done to Walter at her wedding. At least Krystle looks pretty when she lies, and is more than believable when she says that Blake loves her and Steven.
Andrew, realizing this is not going well, goes against Blake's wishes and calls Claudia. Dunham contacts Matthew and lets him know that Claudia is going to testify and that he needs to get down there. Matthew makes it in at the right point - just when Claudia is testifying that Steven and she had sex multiple times and he was thoroughly heterosexual during it. (Which is a weird question to ask. I mean he is having sex with a woman, how can it be gay. Okay, I got ideas, but I will leave that as it is.) You would think Matthew would be upset with Claudia. But, he is angrier at Blake and attacks him. That, of course, gets him thrown in jail.
Matthew, if you are concerned about what Claudia may do, then you really should not get yourself thrown into jail for contempt of court. And, there is good reason for concern. Claudia takes Lindsey and drives off, and neither is wearing a seat belt. Now I know why we have seat belt laws. They should have worn their seat belts since the car hits another and flips over. Matthew, while in jail, learns that Claudia and Lindsey are in the hospital. He asks the guard to let him out and the guard agrees. Wow! That is how it works in Denver. I always thought the judge is the one who let's you out when you are in contempt.
Not that justice is supposed to be accurate. Just ask Blake as he takes the stand. Blake plays befuddled but technically does not lie. Well, maybe he did lie when he said his ex-wife abandoned the children and that he was a devoted father to Steven. Blake's testimony is touching and brings everyone to tears, well except for Steven. On cross, Blake holds up decently and does not take the bait about being a homophobe. It's amazing that they use such a term back then, considering this whole trial was an indictment of homosexuality. After Blake's testimony, the defense rests. The State has one rebuttal witness, Blake's ex-wife, the first Mrs. Carrington. This will be good - but we need to wait until Season 2 for the fun to begin.