Matt and Eli haven't always gotten along. But, when it's in the best interests of the firm, the latter encourages the former to stick around.
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Meet Matt Dowd. If Eli wants to be rude, competitive and ambitious, he could learn a thing or two from Dowd.
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Eli Stone Quotes

Lenore: So, his father and I went outside to find Eli naked covered in feathers and chocolate syrup.
Eli: Thanks, Mom. [to Nathan] And thank you, too.
Nathan: Come on, I was ten. Just be glad I couldn't find tar.

Are you breaking up with me? 'Cause I-I was just diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, and that would be really bad timing on your part.

Eli Stone