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Fairly Legal Review: Rebel With a Cause

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"Teenage Wasteland" brought Kate back to the Hell which is high school.

The case went back an forth so much it made my head spin as Kate was wrong as much as she was right. 

Kate was the only one asking Eliza to tell her story which was a definite plus but then the way she related to the angry teen blinded her to everything else.

I couldn't believe that Kate wasn't willing to wait for those text messages to be investigated. It's one of the frustrating things about Kate Reed. She's a smart woman who frequently lets her emotions rule her head and it almost always leads to disaster.

She let her hatred of Burgess Hall color her decisions and it was hard to watch. Once again, Lauren was the voice of reason to which Kate refused to listen.

On the upside, Olivia's words to Kate got through in the end but it wasn't easy. In this Fairly Legal quote, Kate Reed showed she knew how to hold onto a grudge.

Kate: It was us against the bastards and then she joined the bastards. | permalink

People change and that isn't always a bad thing. When Olivia asked if Kate was still the same teenager looking for a fight, the only real answer was yes and that's kind of sad.

Kate's growing up but it's painful. She's put herself through a lot of turmoil but it's nice to see her and Lauren beginning to understand one another. 

Justin & Ben Drink Up

The highlights of the episode were the scenes with Ben and Justin. After Kate propositioned Ben for meaningless sex in last week's episode, it was obvious that he's even more intrigued by her, even though he turned her down.

Ben's subtext as he tried to figure out Justin was insightful. He pegged him as rigid and not a risk taker and figured Kate had gotten bored. But Justin quickly showed that his by the book demeanor barely masks his passion for the law…and everything else.

Justin and Ben trying to figure out the judge was great. They were so confused. Was she hitting on them? Was she looking for a three way? 

I couldn't stop laughing when the boys were both too scared to go back to get Ben's keys. The looks on their faces were hysterically funny. 

It took Lauren to figure out their plight. The judge wasn't looking for sex. Their debating was the sex. She was using them as her intellectual male escorts. Well, she couldn't have found two better looking intellectual partners if she tried. I almost felt sorry for her when they ended the game.

As the two men bonded over their weird dates, they had no idea how to deal with that. I'm looking forward to seeing these two spar again in the future.

So was Kate completely naive when she lamented the the school was unfair? Do you think this rebel with a cause needs to grow up or is she just fine the way she is? And who would you choose as your intellectual debate partner…Ben or Justin?
Share your thoughts on this week's Fairly Legal.

Review

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Okay who wants Kate to grow up? *raises hand first* I seriously do. Rather than thinking of Kate as a rebel with a cause, I identified more with Olivia's statement of Kate still being a rebellious teenager looking for a fight. She looks for trouble where there is none. Her stepmotherly treatment of Lauren and more so, the firm is jarring ... as if Kate is simply not interested in any part of it, and wants to be a wild free wheeling particle without any rules, without any boundaries. I can see why Justin who is so passionate about going by the book gets frustrated with her. I understand the need to question the law rather than taking everything on face value. But doing it in SUCH an amateur way is simply not amusing. Re: Ben - IMHO, I think he is more than what he shows. His in-your-face "I don't care for anything except money/winning" attitude is meant for creating hilarious moments between him the Mother Goose Kate. Later on his truth might be revealed.

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@CO: "I couldn't stop laughing when the boys were both too scared to go back to get Ben's keys." I thought this was a funny moment, too. I also thought it was cheap. It's too easy to make fun of lonely middle-aged divorcees who are much less likely than their male counterparts to be able to find new romance.

Watchestoomuch

As this season goes on, it becomes increasingly clear that the producers have decided that mediation is boring. Kate approaches every case as an advocate, which is fine if you've been hired by one side as a lawyer ... and unethical if you've been retained as a neutral mediator. Passion makes for better TV than does even-handedness, hence mediation goes out the window. In this episode, the writers skirt the ethical problems--sort of--by not defining the relationship of Kate and Lauren to the school and the student. Has Kate been retained as a mediator? Lauren as legal counsel? Both? Neither? Does this matter? No. Because the show is cute. It may be dumb, but it's cute. Turn off the mind and let the heart decide. Cute but dumb. Oh, well.

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Lovin this season of Fairly Legal! Agree, the Ben and Justin scenes were so fun to watch - especially Justin's bit about why he fights for the law, that without law there is no freedom, etc. So nice to see his nature is based in a thought-out set of beliefs. Really enjoyed watching kate and lauren drop their animosity and start to understand each other little bit. Not my favorite case of the week, but it had a smart twist.

Terrie

a so-so episode for me...........

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As I have stated previously, don't like Ben, but that's obviously just me. He went back on his word with Justin(no character), anything to win. Poor moral code, that being said, his relationship with Leonardo is wonderful. Their interaction is delightful. Leonardo always having Kate's back but willing to play the game. Ben found out that Justin is passionate about the Law and pretty soon if the writers of this show have any sense, he will find out how passionate Justin is about Kate, no matter who he is dating.

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i agree - the ben/justin story was definitely the highlight. they were hilarious. but the whole school story line fell a bit flat for me. sorry, but the actress playing eliza was horrible - she must know someone! liked the developing relationship with lauren and kate though.

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loving the relationship between Kate and Lauren at the moment and yes i think Kate needs to grow up more i like her quirky attitude towards the world but she is a partner in struggling law firm she needs to take a bit more responsibility and stop leaving it all to Lauren.

Fairly Legal Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

I know Judge Heeney. He's a crabass who loves jail time.

Justin

So you're risk averse. Guess that can be an attractive quality at first blush but I can see where someone might get bored.

Ben