Fairly Legal Review: Holding On

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Last week, Fairly Legal aired one of my favorite episodes. This week? It tried to do one better, as "Bait & Switch" brought Gerald McRaney back as Judge Nicastro.

I've been a fan of McRaney's for decades so I'll readily admit that I did a little happy dance when he appeared on this show. It didn't hurt that Nicastro was downright adorable when he doled out his fatherly advice to both Lauren and Kate. He's oh so good at walking the line between a personal and professional relationship with his colleagues and it made me want to see more.

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As for Kate's personal life, the divorce was official and Justin wanted to talk about it. That simply wasn't going to happen. Kate's still hurt and angry and when Justin tried to make Kate see things from his side she shot back with this Fairly Legal quote:

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Ouch! Kate was definitely not ready to talk about it. 

Lauren, on the other hand, was still holding on to her late husband's memory so tightly that she looked awfully uncomfortable when a handsome attorney asked her out. Nicastro tried to help her see that her life wasn't over because Teddy's was. And in a surprising turn Lauren admitted that she was holding back because she was afraid that Kate might not think she truly loved Teddy.

Thankfully, the judge made her see how silly it was to forfeit her life due to someone else's perception and... wow! Once Lauren let her hair down she was an absolute knock out. Smart, beautiful, and feisty. Teddy was one lucky man.

The case of the week had enough twists and turns to keep my interest and certainly tugged on the heartstrings. I couldn't help but feel horrible for that entire family. One son was dead, another an amputee and the heartbreak was only compounded by lies and deception. 

But I did think that Kate was reckless both with her overtly sexy display in the bar and when she confronted John at the end. Both of those situations could have gone horribly wrong if her luck had changed.

Even Ben continued to grow on me this week. There's a certain charm in his annoying persistence to take every mediation to court. And he scored points when he wouldn't leave Kate alone in the bar, even though she didn't believe she needed any backup.

My only complaint, and it's minor, was that I thought Justin and Kate's reconciliation at the end was a little too quick. There's a lot for these two to work through. I'm hoping we see some more angst because getting them back together will be that much more fun if they have to work for it.

For a show that just gets better each week, it was another captivating episode of Fairly Legal.


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


Im SOOO excited for paiossn to come out i read both fallen and torment in a week and cant wait for the next one to come out. ive been waiting since like last year. i wish the release date could have been closer weve still got to wait like what 4 months??? thats too long!!! anyway i hope lauren kate carries on writing; her series are sooooo good!!! xx


Is anybody else bothered by the fact that Ben the Big Deal lawyer has so little to do that he not only tries poaching clients from Kate but he also follows her around during business hours? The show has never been ultra-realistic, but ... seriously? As for Ben as an addition to the show, I think that the unprincipled-but-kooky-and-ultimately-good-hearted lawyer is a disease that "Fairly Legal" caught from "Harry's Law," "Boston Legal," ... and, well, David E. Kelly. The show probably needed another straight man/woman than it needed another source of comedy. As for humanizing Lauren, I think that's a good thing. As for Justin ... Nah. With Ben around, things are too busy. Justin may be a sort of barometer for Kate, but he's a bore. Dump the guy.


I am worried that Ben may never grow on me.....He to me really does not bring all that much. I do not want Justin and Kate right away but I also do not want them to wallow too long as I love them.......More Leo though that is what I would really like. Good for Lauren and good for Kate for giving her a teasing time but not a hard time.......


I ADORE GERALD MCRANEY!!! "I'm old, I'm not blind". LOL!!


Ben is growing on me, the charm is peeking through. And Kate is better than ever. I love this show! So glad it's back. Sure was nice to see the softer side of Lauren, too - great scenes with the Judge. I do agree with you about Kate confronting John on possible manslaughter charges at the docks, alone, at night... maybe not the smartest move. But I guess that goes to show how ballsy she is. Ballsy, and of course, gorgeous!


Don't know what you see in Ben. Can't stand him. Don't even like the interaction with him and Kate. Yeah, I know, he'll grow on me. Well that can't come soon enough. On a positive note: yes he did stick around to help Kate out even though he was not equipped to handle the situation any more than Kate. Hopefully, he's not in the show as a love interest for Kake. Oh Geez!!! I couldn't handle that. That being said - I love Fairly Legal and will continue to watch til the end :-). Love this show.

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