When I said disaster was looming for Kate and Justin in my review of the previous Fairly Legal episode, I had no idea there would be so much potential for it in the very next episode.
"Force Majeure" didn't deliver the upcoming implosion of Justin and Kate's relationship that I'm fairly sure is coming, but it damn near ended Justin's political career.
The concert showed the differences between Justin and Kate's personalities. Kate was swooning over the music but he seemed indifferent. Justin wanted to head home because of an early meeting, yet Kate begged to keep the party going.
Even when the guy lit up the joint in the limo, Kate acted like it was no big deal, even though she knows Justin is a law and order guy.
Sometimes opposites complement one another and sometimes, over the long haul, they just become tiresome.
That limo ride almost became career suicide for Justin. Hanging out in the car with a bunch of musicians drinking and smoking pot would have been enough fodder for Davidson to derail Justin's campaign. Add in the four baggies of cocaine and it spelled his political downfall.
What struck me was that even though Kate was concerned for Justin, she seemed more worried about whether he blamed her and her main focus was on Claudia.
On the flip side, Lauren had Justin's back. She seemed to understand and accept Justin for who he was in a way that Kate did not. It was both funny and telling when Lauren asked him if he'd done anything un-Justin-like in the back of that limo and in this Fairly Legal quote he replied…
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Lauren was relieved. But it looked like Lauren had a new love interest... maybe. Robin Archer was handsome, charming, incredibly rich and intrigued by Lauren. Unfortunately he lied to her about something as basic as whether or not he had kids.
I couldn't blame Lauren for walking away. This guy's version of complicated could lead to disaster but somehow I don't see him giving up on her quite so easily. Robin Archer is a man used to getting what he wants.
Back to the case, I couldn't figure out why Kate was so convinced the drugs weren't Claudia's when she'd met the woman all of 10 minutes ago. There are moments when Kate's idealism is charming and others when it just seems silly. This time she was bordering on the latter.
But Ben followed her down that road, even if he didn't believe the conspiracy theory was true. He knew they had to come up with a good story because as he said about the prosecution…
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In the end Claudia got to go home, Justin's campaign was saved and Kate and Justin... well. He's acting like they're a done deal while Kate keeps deflecting the question. They're both in complete denial of what they want from one another. It's as though they believe if they keep acting like nothing is wrong it will eventually make it right.
Somehow I don't think that's going to work.
Do you think Justin and Kate will survive next week's season finale? Will Ben be their to pick up the pieces or be witness to a continuing romance? I know who I'm rooting for but I'm not sure there's going to be a win/win for anyone this time.
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