Fairly Legal Review: Disaster's Looming

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"Borderline" had Kate Reed headed in a direction that a year ago would have made me very happy. But fast forward to the present and that same decision left me cold.

When Kate told Justin she was looking for a casual fling between them with no complications you could tell by the look on his face that he wanted more. He's wanted more from the very beginning of the show but being back in Kate's bed made agreeing to her terms worth it. Still, I knew that wouldn't last long.

Kate & Ben Take A Road Trip

I've always liked Justin and rooted for him and Kate to find their way back. But for a man with such an innate sense of right and wrong, the revelation that he cheated on her definitely put a damper on those hopes. With that in the back of my mind and even though I knew he was joking with Lauren, his response to her walking in on him and Kate in this Fairly Legal quote made me cringe.

Lauren: As your legal council?
Justin: You should be happy you found me with Kate and not a hooker. | permalink

I know he didn't cheat on Kate with a hooker but that line still made me squirm.

Justin was on such a high after winning his case that I knew what was coming. He wanted Kate back, for real and permanently. 

Justin: We can win if we both refuse to lose. | permalink

I really thought that when he pushed, Kate would have gone running in the opposite direction. A year ago she would have. Heck, that's exactly what she did but something has changed.

That something was Ben Grogan. I used to think Kate and Justin had great chemistry but that was before Ben came along. Ben challenges Kate but at the same time seems to accept who she is in a way that Justin never has. There's something about the way Ben looks at Kate that grabs me every time.

And just when I wondered if he was going to crawl back into his arrogant playboy shell and protect himself he came out with a line like this.

Ben: Love is never easy. You don't have to be seventeen you just have to be brave. | permalink

But unfortunately Kate Reed wasn't brave. At least not when it came to her heart. She froze like a deer in the headlights in that hot tub and as much as I hated it, Ben was right to walk away. 

Did anyone else notice the cell phone backgrounds Kate had for Ben and Leo. Leo's was a tropical oasis but Ben's was a brick wall. Ben frustrates Kate and she doesn't know what to do with him.

Kate Reed's scared and that's OK. She's not ready to take the plunge with Ben and that's OK too. What makes her a coward is that she's diving back in with Justin because he's a safe place to hide and I have no doubt that disaster is looming for both of them.


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I was so frustrated by this episode too. I sooo wanted them back together all of last season. But then Ben Grogan happened and It's now the furthest thing from what I want. She is a great big coward going back to what is safe and comfortable and she knows it's wrong. I just really hope they don't destroy the friendship she has with Justin but that may be the only way for her to move forward. And I really don't like the idea of Justin with Lauren. It's gross. I mean the woman was married to Kate's dad and that pissed her off enough. The relationship is at a good place between Lauren/Kate and I don't want to see it mucked up yet. They've come so far. But it would all go up in a spectacular ball of flames if she slept with Justin and Kate found out. Here's hoping Kate wises up and snags Ben in the future. And omg how awesome was that hottub scene. That man is lovely~! :D


Kate needs to figure out what she wants. She has two gorgeous men who want her but with Ben she looks terrified and with Justin she's sad. Maybe she needs to take six months and get her life on track being single. Maybe during the hiatus because I do want to see a lot more of Ben! Also Justin and Lauren have potential.


Angie, You can see that Ben left the rock on the edge of the hot tub when he stood up. The next time we see it is when Kate picks it up off her desk so it looks like maybe he left it there for her but you're right. It's not entirely clear.


I actually thought Justin wanting to get together with Kate was also a political move since it is more attractive to the average voter for an attractive man to have a serious girlfriend/wife. Also did Ben give her the heartshaped rock or did Kate just take it?

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Fairly Legal Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Kate: What the world needs now?
Ben: Is more hotel casinos.

What is the big deal about two divorced people having sex?