forworse (forworse) wrote in binky_betsy,

Elly Goes to Court

John is off on a business trip.  Since he's driving some colleagues, he takes the family hoverwagon and leaves Elly with his sports car.  She's not as confident as she wants people to think, but just as she begins to settle into driving it, she has an accident: she makes a left turn through a busy intersection while another driver pulls out from behind a school bus and tries to go straight across.  Elly worries about what John is going to do to her / think about her.  (Further backstory: John is not attempting to get cuddly with a colleague: a typical sitcom situation has arisen where the hotel reservations have been lost and they have to bunk together.)  After a good night's sleep, Elly is able to tell Michael that she wasn't at fault and that John will be understanding, but they both know that's false bravado and John needs to be approached with caution: after all, the sports car was his favourite family member.  John sits by its 'bedside' at Richard & Ted's Body Shop and, despite appearances, it turns out that the car is not damaged beyond repair.  The story is redeemed as John and Elly count their blessings.

Some weeks later, a traffic ticket arrives (I'm not up to speed on Canadian law here: do you get traffic tickets for car accidents?) and Elly is determined to contest it in court, since to pay the ticket means admitting responsibility for the accident.  It's OK: she watches Night Court, so will be just fine defending herself.  John tries to get her to consider the outcome.  Connie congratulates Elly on standing up for women's rights (er?) while Elly considers what to wear and makes a complicated diagram of the accident scene.  On some level, however, she is nervous.  Even Connie begins to advise her to get some proper legal representation: Elly asks Connie to come with her and Connie's advice is abandoned so Lucy and Ethel they can go to court and see what wacky hijinks ensue.

Fortunately, this isn't a trial for attempted rape so the trial is held the very next day.  Elly recalls the appearance of the other driver and makes assumptions about him, only for him -- a Mr Pervrett, which makes my spell-checker suggest just what Lynn was going for -- to arrive in court clean-shaven and in a suit.  Justice Willis B Sullen (sigh) presides.  Elly acts like a fool (at least Connie tries to hide her face in embarrassment) and is told to sit down.

Elly's understanding of the legal system is tested when the prosecutor shows up and she thinks that someone has independently appointed a lawyer for her.  Finally she gets her chance to show off her diagram and take the stand, giving such over-the-top testimony that the judge rules it inadmissible.  In the funniest strip of this sequence, we see what the judge is really thinking.  He rules that, based on the diagram and the admissible testimony, no one was at fault and the case is dismissed.  Elly acts like a fool and is again reminded by the judge to temper her behaviour in the courtroom.  Connie gushes over Elly and they exit the courthouse to find that Elly has a parking ticket.  Presumably she just paid this one and forgot about it.
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