When it comes to her clients Kate Reed is fearless. When it comes to her personal life, not so much.
Kate was all smiles and flirty banter when she met Justin for dinner, right up until he mentioned their divorce. They filed for divorce six months ago and Justin wanted to hammer out the details. I never realized how much denial Kate was in until her face fell and she bolted for the door.
Turns out, Justin’s tired of the great sex and fun conversation. Actually, he’d just gotten to the point where he couldn't pretend this was all he wanted. Despite the love, their marriage was broken and he was unwilling to stick his head in the sand and pretend their issues didn’t exist. I could see his point.
When Kate used information Justin had given her to blackmail an opposing attorney, Justin was furious, but Kate made light of it. She tried to justify it and when that didn’t work she tried to seduce him. As much as Kate cared about her client, she made Justin feel as though his concerns were unimportant. It’s a definite character flaw that should be explored further.
Kate was comfortable keeping their relationship in this odd friends with benefits stage. Justin wanted to fix what’s broken or move on. I love their chemistry... but I don’t blame him.
Kate’s mediation case in "Coming Home" pulled at the heartstrings, but Kate’s initial reaction surprised me. She assured Sophia they could sit down with Claudia and work this out. Sophia had stolen Claudia’s identity and ruined her credit. It seemed naive for Kate to be so blase about that. I would have hoped she’d approach Claudia first to gauge her anger before sticking these two women in a room together and announcing that Sophia was also an illegal alien. I found Claudia’s phone call to the authorities anything but surprising.
On other fronts, Lauren was showing everyone why she should be in charge of Reed & Reed. When a client claimed Teddy had promised him better than the settlement Lauren had gotten, she called him on it immediately. She took charge of the staff meeting, addressing everyone’s fears. She won Kate’s case for her in court and she even spoke Mandarin. It was easy to see why Teddy fell for this strong, capable women.
We touched on the David Smith mystery again. So was guilt the only reason Teddy turned over a quarter of his fortune to Smith? I assume there’s more to this story, or at least I hope so. I want to see Richard Dean Anderson back again.
I was left very curious as to how Justin and Kate will progress from here. Will they work on the marriage or begin to move on? Which scenario would you like to see?
C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.