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18 March 2011 @ 04:40 pm
Fairly Legal ep 9  
I love that Justin plays basketball. (Nellis-verse Sam who met Kara on the b-ball court approves)

I also really loved that he was pissed about the ring tone. I like how it reflects back on the earlier eps and how she was angry (and teasing sometimes) about how he doesn't care. It's one of those things I find very believable, that you can accept teasing for so long, but after awhile it starts to feel true and you see it everywhere. So because she has twitted him so much and so often about not caring about other people, he then focused on the very literal part of the Tin Man being heartless. And instead of reminding him that Tin Man actually DID care, she answers him with sexual innuendo. So what Justin hears is "yep, I still think you're a dick, but you're hot in the sack. so I'll overlook it while we makeout some more."

Ironically, of course she's the one that ties his upset with the ringtone with his buddy Chuck's unhappiness with the jersey, and yet, when he says he apologized, wouldn't that be your cue to also apologize? Or demonstrate that you changed it, or tell him that Tin Man actually had the most heart of them all? I don't know, something. It's just so frustrating that she realizes that she hurt his feelings but seems to think that just because he's willing to talk to her later that it doesn't matter.

Of course the way he keeps coming back doesn't help. I get that he would rather work things out, and he obviously still loves her, but from her side, it can't be THAT bad since he's still talking to her and coming to her boat all the time or having lunch together (and generally seeing each other more than they did when married). But it does seem that Justin's doing more pulling back while Kate is realizing how much she doesn't want that.

The final scene with them was just beautifully done by both of them - when he realizes he's going down that same road again and lets her go, and Sarah's face, watching Julie dance while Justin's got his back to the whole thing.

Anyway, six week courtship followed by constanty working. Uh huh. That would be why they never learned to talk. They never had to.

So now it turns into a question of whether she's willing to do a little more heavy lifting in their relationship than coasting along in Friends-with-Benefits, or if she's going to let him go.

The funny thing is, the original issue of having no time for each other isn't true -- Justin clearly has some seniority in his office (prosecutors have decent hours when they're not in trial, and supervising prosecutors are rarely in trial), and now that Kate's not litigating anymore, even though she's obviously still busy, it's not the 80+ hours she probably was doing at the firm before. It's a matter of re-prioritizing what she does do.

Hopefully we'll get to see how it shakes out, since I doubt there will be a resolution in the finale.
cujoy on March 19th, 2011 12:11 am (UTC)
Great post. I was also bothered that she didn't pick up her cue to apologize once he told her that he apologized to the guy over the jersey incident. She actually seemed a little oblivious over the irony there.

Also, being that she was the one who refused to sign the divorce papers... which is an issue that I don't think we actually saw resolved, I'm wondering just exactly what she is thinking in regards to her relationship.

In any case, she's not doing a very good job of mediating her relationship. I think he does have to pull away a little from her to maybe jump start her motivation for actually thinking about what it is that he actually wants beyond the sex.

Also! Loved that he's coaching a sport. ;) He should always be the captain of a sports team. :D

Edited at 2011-03-19 02:09 am (UTC)
lizardbeth: FL-Kate-Justinlizardbeth_j on March 19th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
yeah, I think it was very consistent that she so clueless -- consistent,but irksome that she has this blind spot for HIS feelings. Really gave justification to when he said on the phone previously that he felt he was always second place.

I don't think she signed the divorce papers -- seems like we woud've seen that (and I think the promo has a bit with her looking at the papers again).

And I have to agree that until she learns it's a two way street, he has to pull back. He's been slowly feeling his way to not wanting this casual fling thing they were doing, and now he just has to stick to it.

S2 - Kate and Justin go to marriage counseling....
don't try to fix me; i'm not brokeneffie214 on March 19th, 2011 02:01 am (UTC)
I believe you are perhaps my new favorite person, because in a word: THIS. Times infinity. Which I suppose is three words, but I digress. I liked the fact that Kate seemed to acknowledge her flaws at the beginning of the series, but as you said, she's not doing anything about them. It's frustrating to watch (and it's stopping me from seeing my I'd-go-straight-for-him guy in Michael Trucco, which is without a doubt is what kicks off my weekend.)

Would you mind terribly if I friended you? I need more Fairly Legal-ers (Legals?) in my life.
lizardbethlizardbeth_j on March 19th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)
thanks! I had to finally just write down some of my thoughts. and also I've watched that last scene too many times

Heh, and I suppose it's because I'm naturally defensive of any Trucco character that I find her behavior more objectionable. in a "girlfriend, if you don't wanna treat him nice, let him go for someone who will. like me." *g*

sure! I'd love more Fairly Legalers (heh) -- Legal eagles?
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lizardbethlizardbeth_j on March 19th, 2011 04:07 am (UTC)
I'm usually more of the Squeeful type myself, but this last ep made me more thinky since we're definitely bulding to some sort of decision/cliffhanger with them.

sure! I'd love more Legal fan friends..