On the premiere of Fairly Legal:
- Kate Reed was an attorney at her father’s high-end San Francisco law firm until she became discouraged with the legal system and decided to switch sides. She’s now a mediator specializing in conflict resolution. In a nutshell, she tries to keep people from going to court.
- Kate’s father is recently deceased and her step-mother Lauren now runs the firm. Although Kate and Lauren don’t always see eye to eye, Lauren asks her to help negotiate a contract that will help them keep one of the firm’s high end clients, Charles and Douglas Pease.
- Charles Pease was ready to sign until his son Douglas was in an accident the night before. He was run off the road by two men in another vehicle. The passenger had a gun. Unfortunately, Douglas was legally drunk. The Pease’s want to avoid going to court and any publicity.
- Kate agrees to talk to Justin, her ex-husband and the assistant district attorney. During their conversation, Kate steals the file and realizes that while the passenger has a long criminal history, the driver, Nathan does not and was going to Yale in the fall. Now he’s looking at five years in prison.
- The men in the car say a woman was driving, not Douglas. Kate asks Douglas to ask the ADA to drop the charges against Nathan and perhaps they can keep his affair quiet. Douglas father Charles is vehemently opposed to the idea so Douglas won’t do it.
- Kate has her assistant Leonardo keep digging. Leo gets traffic camera footage that shows it wasn’t a woman driving Douglas’ car, it was Douglas dressed as a woman. When Kate confronts him with the pictures, Douglas goes to the ADA and drops the charges against Nathan. Charles and Douglas agree to sign the contract continuing their business with Reed and Reed.
- Kate is also called in on a case for Judge Nicastro. A man is suing three people for ten million dollars because he feels they botched his wedding proposal. Kate quickly realizes that he is really upset with his fiancé for loosing his grandmother’s engagement ring. Kate helps them work out their problems and the lawsuit is dropped. Unfortunately, Judge Nicastro still holds Kate in contempt of court for being four minutes late.
- In the end, Kate has drinks and a conversation with her father’s ashes, trying to make him understand why she became a mediator. It is something she wasn’t able to do while he was still alive.