The Defense Calls

V makes faces at him while Pavao asks questions. They are faces of disdain and disgust. He acts as if Pavao is a giant cockroach that he cannot step on in present company. Pavao cannot take it. His skin seems suddenly rather thin. V just sits there stinking up Pavao’s case with his attitude. His silent reeking message to Pavao hangs in the air, as if he wrote it in smoke with a little, remote-controlled airplane, “I don’t care who you think you are. I know who you are. You are a slimy whoring lawyer who is defending a rotten, dangerous, little bastard. So, you can kiss my ass.”

Gregor Pavao presses V about the missing box of evidence from Justin’s home, which makes me wonder, too. What did they seize? Did they seize it legally? It is distracting to some extent, which is, of course, why Pavao raises the issue. V says there is no record of evidence seized from the Castle home, and he has no recollection of that happening. He suggests that Joey was mistaken. He remembers that the boy was upset and thinks Joey could have an innocent misrecollection.

Pavao presses V about the manner in which V and his partner informed Joey of the shooting. V stresses that he is a homicide detective and does not work for CPS, and tells Pavao that no one meant to leave the youngster with the impression his brother was dead. V stresses they were looking for the father.

As he finishes his last answer, he adds to it that he would never deign to tell Pavao how to practice law, and he would appreciate it if Pavao would stop criticizing him as a detective. He informs Pavao and the rest of us that, and I quote, “Some murder cases, particularly this one, are pretty damn simple, and don’t require Columbo to come out of retirement to solve them.”

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