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Fairly Legal – Season Two

by Alan Rapp on June 25, 2013

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – The Complete Second Season
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Fairly Legal - Season TwoAfter a limited release on DVD to select sellers a few months back, the final season of USA’s Fairly Legal got a full release last week. The show starred Sarah Shahi as the lovable but impossible to get along with Kate, a former lawyer turned negotiator who had more success in resolving other people’s problems than her own. The show’s Second Season introduced Ryan Johnson as Ben, the the ambulance chaser turned partner at Reed & Reed, creating a love triangle between Kate, Ben, and Kate’s ex-husband Justin (Michael Trucco).

The Second Season’s highlights include Kate meeting Ben in the season premiere, a job for Judge Nicastro (Gerald McRaney), the mediation between an engineer trying to expose his former company’s dangerous new engine designs, saving an apartment owner from loosing his building because of a single rowdy tenant, investigating the true reasons a young girl (Jonna Walsh) was expelled from a prestigious private school, mediating a prison hunger strike, and the season’s (and show’s) final episode.

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Fairly Legal – Finale

by Alan Rapp on June 18, 2012

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In the show’s Second Season finale Kate (Sarah Shahi) mulls over the consequences of moving in with Justin (Michael Trucco) while mediating a dispute between a lesbian couple (Lindy Booth, Rebecca Staab) whose relationship ended after they were fired by a news agency. Although the conflict appears to be settled easily Kate gets suspicious when the fact checker’s notes on a big corruption story aren’t returned to her, as promised as part of the settlement.

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fairly-legal-complete-first-seasonIt’s odd that Universal waited this long to release the First Season of Fairly Legal on DVD just as the Second Season is winding down. The three-disc set includes all ten episodes of the first season including an extended version of the Pilot episode.

Sarah Shahi stars as Kate Reed, a former lawyer turned mediator, who will spend the entire season in a battle of wills with her stepmother (Virginia Williams), and in a constant dance with her ex-husband (Michael Trucco), while working at her recently deceased father’s law firm.

Over the course of the first season Kate will help a man (Paul Schulze) wrongly imprisoned for more than half of his life, solve disputes for a grumpy judge (Gerald McRaney), help an illegal immigrant (Christina Vidal) who served honorably in the U.S. Military stay in the country, save her friend’s (Brittany Ishibashi) wedding when her father’s (Clyde Kusatsu) insistence on an iron-clad prenup which threatens to ruin it, and solve a dispute between an adoptive father (Scott Holroyd) and grandmother (Kathleen Gati) involving a young girl (Olivia Steele-Falconer) after her mother’s death.

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Fairly Legal – Force Majeure

by Alan Rapp on June 11, 2012

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – Force Majeure
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Justin’s (Michael Trucco) surprise gift of two tickets to a private concert of a Brazilian singer/songwriter (Josefina Scaglione) impresses Kate (Sarah Shahi) but has unintended consequences when the limo on the way to a private party afterwards with the star leads to her arrest after drugs are discovered by the police.

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Fairly Legal – Borderline

by Alan Rapp on June 4, 2012

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – Boderline
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While attempting to resolve a jurisdictional dispute between state agencies delaying the building of a casino in Lake Tahoe, Kate (Sarah Shahi) an Ben (Ryan Johnson) find themselves wrapped up in an unsolved murder when buried remains of a missing 16 year-old girl are discovered on the building site.

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Fairly Legal – Shattered

by Alan Rapp on May 20, 2012

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Kate (Sarah Shahi) finds herself involved in a mediation concerning the possible negilgence of a nurse. The lawyer (Katie Walder) suing the nurse just happens to be an ex-girlfriend of Ben’s (Ryan Johnson). The nurse in question is a Haitian who will be deported if she looses her job and the only witness who could clear her is an eco-terrorist (Betsy Brandt) who has been on the run for 20 years and has no intention of blowing her cover now.

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Fairly Legal – Kiss Me, Kate

by Alan Rapp on May 14, 2012

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – Kiss Me, Kate
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While trying not to deal with the aftermath of her late night kiss with Ben (Ryan Johnson), Kate (Sarah Shahi) is called in by Judge Nicastro (Gerald McRaney) who needs help with a heated dispute between the transit-workers union and a company facing bankruptcy. The judge wants Kate to broker a deal between the head of Bay City Metro (Chris Payne Gilbert) and the violatile head of the union (Meat Loaf) with a contentious history with the judge.

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Fairly Legal – Ripple of Hope

by Alan Rapp on May 6, 2012

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – Ripple of Hope
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Ben (Ryan Johnson) and Kate (Sarah Shahi) work together to mediate a non-violent mediation at a women’s prison where several of the inmates have gone on a hunger strike to dispute living conditions. While trying to come to a compromise between the prisoners and the warden (Wendy Crewson), Kate gets distracted by a prisoner (Agnes Bruckner) who may have been wrongfully imprisoned but won’t get patrolled until she admits and apologizes for her crime.

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Fairly Legal – Teenage Wasteland

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2012

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Kate (Sarah Shahi) is called in by an old friend (Laura Regan) to mediate a dispute between a student (Jonna Walsh) expelled over cheating and her former high school. Lauren (Virginia Williams), getting the scent of old money, decides to tag along in hopes of signing the school as a long-term client but things get complicated when Kate sides with the girl and her working class father (Eric Keenleyside) over the institution and uncovers a far more scandalous reason why the young girl is actually being expelled.

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Fairly Legal – What They Seem

by Alan Rapp on April 22, 2012

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  • Title: Fairly Legal – What They Seem
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Ben (Ryan Johnson) asks for Kate’s (Sarah Shahi) help settling a police brutality case for his client. The catch? Justin (Michael Trucco) is representing the city in the civil suit case and is counter-suing the thief for false accusations.

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