If this episode was just about the dangers of smoking, that would have been fine with me. But the stereotyped tobacco exec and smart-talking lawyers really detracted from the rest of the plot.
My favorite line came when Vanessa was chiding her husband for being so quick to abandon their simpler happy life in favor of gaudy wealth. Marcus accuses her of twisting his words. And her reply is, "That's what lawyers do, twist words, twist the truth. That's why people hate them."
I enjoyed Ja'net DuBois' portrayal of Esther Hamilton. Kadeem Hardison (as Marcus) and Tim DeKay (as J.D. Sinclair) were also fine actors, but they were unfortunately saddled with characters that were one-sided to the point of being comical.