Reason for rejection: Would have blown the shock at the end of the episode, when Kevin meets up with our favorite psychopath Alex Grodin again.
Context: Kevin found out that Robert had taped his conversation with Stanton (episode 4.23), which might be the reason for his accident. Kevin wants revenge.
Kevin presses the ‘play’ button again and he hears the voice he knows so well...
“Stanton.” Robert acknowledges.
“Sorry about the accommodations, but it wouldn’t do either of us any good if we were seen together.”
“I don’t know. Are we doing something wrong?" Robert asks 'innocently'.
“You’re coming to the end of your term. You’re gonna need a job. And I think I have one for you. I’m a donor at the Cardwell institute. And I know they’d be thrilled to have you. I can guarantee you 7 million a year.”
“7 million? Now.. that is… generous. And conspicuous.” Robert points out.
“We can direct most of it to an offshore account if you want. And it’s not generous when you consider the good you’re gonna do for us. Seven million doesn’t even cover the paperclips on this project.
"Well, the committee meets next week to approve the contract and I think I can get the votes. I don’t see any real opposition.” Robert speaks carefully.
“And if there is?” Stanton asks.
“I’ll take care of it.” Robert answers.
This tape would have put been a serious problem to Stanton, Kevin has to recognize it.
“Why, Robert? Why put your life in danger like this?” Kevin whispers. “I told you not get to involved with that Prince of Darkness.” Kevin remembers his warning to Robert during the tennis-benefit. “Why couldn’t you have listened to me? Just once?”
He skips certain parts of the tape and listens to Stanton’s threat once again:
“… that’s why I was so surprised to hear that you’ve been talking to Rawling. A lot. What was your plan? Were you taping our conversations? And who were you reporting to besides Joe Rawling?”
“You were misinformed.”
“I’m very thorough when it comes to a billion-dollar contract.”
“My conversations with Rawling have nothing to do …” Robert tries to defend himself, but Stanton cuts him off.
“Here’s the deal. You walk back your plan with Rawling, and you destroy whatever evidence you’ve collected, or I’ll use every ounce of influence I’ve got to make sure your wife couldn’t get elected dogcatcher. Good night senator.” And those are the last words on the tape.
“You’re going to pay for this, Stanton, even if it’s the last thing I do… Robert didn’t deserve this… And, right now, I can only think of one man insane enough to want to help me.” He picks up his phone and dials the number of the prison he knows too well. “I’m Mr Alexander Grodin’s lawyer. I need to speak to my client.” Kevin says, determination on his face.