When you need to remember which episode of Fairly Legal had the “…”, then you’ll want to consult our handy TV blogs Fairly Legal Episode Guide for Season 1. The episode with the super cute vintage-style owl necklace on Kate? That’s the pilot!
After the sudden death of her father, San Francisco mediator Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) must work with her stepmother (Virginia Williams) – who’s the same age — to keep his firm alive by resolving a dispute between a clothing magnate (guest star Ken Howard) and his son (guest star Patrick Gilmore), who’s due to inherit the business, and hiding a dark personal secret which could ruin an innocent boy’s life.
Guest starring Ethan Embry and Gerald McRaney
Kate (Sarah Shahi) mediates a settlement between the State of California and Steve Jenks (guest star Paul Schulze), a wrongfully convicted man who spent 22 years in prison. As Kate tries to put a price on the years he lost, Steve escapes into a prison of his own making, refusing to deal with the pain of his past — until, when pushed, he explodes.
Guest starring Belita Moreno and Ethan Embry
TV Blog notes: Do you think he “literally” explodes? That’d be sad.
Kate’s (Sarah Shahi) nemesis Judge Nicastro (guest star Gerald MacRaney) assigns her to mediate a case between a high school football coach (guest star Dean Norris) and the angry parents who claim his old school methods border on abuse. When the videotaped evidence doesn’t make sense to her, Kate (Sarah Shahi) unearths the real reason for the coach’s controversial actions.
Guest starring Tim Fellingham
TV Blog notes: Why does judge Nicastro call upon Kate so often? Hmm!
BO ME ONCE
While mediating a dispute between the star of the cooking show “Burnin’ with Bo” and the company releasing his barbecue sauce, Kate (Sarah Shahi) discovers that Bo’s assistant Beth is actually the brains behind the business – and that Bo’s holding her up for a bigger piece of the profits. But none of this matters when someone from Beth’s past emerges to claim an even bigger piece for himself.
Guest starring : Eddie McClintock
TV Blog notes: “Bo” is kind of an odd name, isn’t it? Unless your last name is “Peep.”
THE TWO RICHARDS
Kate (Sarah Shahi) mediates the settlement between an insurance company and a man (guest star Brian Markinson) who was hit by a truck, only to find the real conflict is between the man and his wife (Eileen Pedde), who claims the husband she knew never came back from the accident.
Guest starring Richard Dean Anderson and Anne-Marie Johnson
TV Blog notes: Sounds like a bummer to have happen to you…yikes.
The exasperated young inventor of a revolutionary new device, Marcus, threatens to jump to his death when John, his employer and the rights holder to Marcus’ invention, asks Kate to mediate his firing. Kate must get Marcus off the ledge, recover the device, which he’s stolen, and find a fair resolution for both the disenchanted employee and his former boss.
TV Blog notes: Okay, we have no clue how Kate will manage to handle this problem.
A big client of Reed & Reed’s asks Kate (Sarah Shahi) to mediate a simple financial matter — which quickly morphs into a case of identity theft before escalating to an immigration issue where Kate must defend a brave soldier (guest star Christa Vidal) against a rigid Homeland Security prosecutor (Robert Moloney).
Guest starring Belita Moreno, Peter MacNicol
TV Blog notes: Sometimes mole hills do turn into mountains.
Paul Shelton (guest star Chris Vance), lead singer of the 1990s one-hit-wonder band, Ultravinyl, seeks Kate’s (Sarah Shahi) help to cash in on a lucrative offer for use of their song in a commercial. What seems like a slam dunk stalls when Paul’s former bandmates (guest stars Jonathan Potts and Jennifer Copping) refuse to negotiate, and Paul reveals the real reason he needs Kate’s help.
Guest starring Richard Dean Anderson
TV Blog notes: Ah, 90’s bands (even fictional) are always awesome!
MY BEST FRIEND’S PRENUP
Kate’s (Sarah Shahi) best friend Julie (Brittany Ishibashi) comes to Reed & Reed for a standard prenuptial agreement. But her father – a Tae Kwan Do master (guest star Clyde Kusatsu) – has deep suspicions of his future son-in-law. Kate investigates, determined to prove him wrong – but what she uncovers shocks everyone.
TV Blog notes: This episode title rocks.
One day in the life of Kate: prevent an international incident at the Croatian Embassy and mediate between two litigious brothers before her nemesis, Judge Nicastro, throws her in jail — all while bracing herself for the possibility of some major personal changes.
Guest Starring: Gerald McRaney
TV blog notes: I bet Kate even had time to watch some reality TV that night. This is a normal day for her.
Note: TV blog notes were written before episodes have aired.