The next time I have a disagreement with my boss, I want Kate Reed around to help me out. That girl can solve any problem…and she is completely believable. This week’s case was about a man, Steve Jenks, who was wrongfully accused of murder and spent 22 years in jail. DNA shows it wasn’t him so he is released from prison. Justin wants to avoid a trial (Jenks’ attorney wants to sue for damages) so he asks Kate to mediate the case between Jenks and the state of California.
Jenks doesn’t seem to care too much about money and seems distant and sad. Kate is the only one paying attention to this and backs off pushing him to make a decision on a final number (his lawyer wants $20 million and the state wants to give $2.4 million.) She tries to do things to help Jenks reintegrate himself back into society but nothing seems to work. He continues to push away. He calls Kate and his lawyer and starts saying thank you for all they have done and says good-bye. You think they are setting this up for him to kill himself but instead, Kate figures out where he went and goes to stop whatever he is planning to do. He’s at Tommy’s Market (the place where the felony murder took place that he was wrongfully accused of) and he is going all Barry Bonds on the shelves and groceries in the store. Instead of trying to stop him, Kate joins him and she is thrilled that he is finally letting his emotions run free. We get to see how much this has effected him and how scared he is about what to do with his life now. Unfortunately, he and Kate get arrested and Justin wants to send him back to jail. Kate comes up with a brilliant solution. They go back to the field behind Tommy’s Market (which is where Jenks used to play ball with his friends when he was a kid) and Kate suggests that the state of California buy the lot and build a youth center. Jenks will be put in charge and will receive a salary and full benefits. He also promises to pay back all the damages of the market. It saves the state lots of money and sets Jenks up for life…it’s a great deal for everyone!
The Reeds are also trying to find a time to get together to read Teddy’s will. Kate keeps putting it off because of “work” but it’s because if she hears the will, it really makes it final. Lauren has also been struggling. Everyone keeps fluffing her off as the trophy wife who didn’t really love Teddy and just married him for money. Two episodes in, I don’t believe it. I think she really loved him and is heartbroken over his death. None of her clients or subordinates seem to be making her life easier either. The clients don’t think she has what it takes to run Teddy’s firm but she is slowly proving them wrong. And the admin assistants either keep getting fired or being rude to her (like Teddy’s secretary.) But people will go to any lengths to hide their emotions…like filling a sink full of ice water and sticking you face in it and screaming at the top of your lungs. However, Betty, Teddy’s secretary, was also in the ladies room when this happened and saw the whole thing. She starts to soften to Lauren a bit and offers to help her moving forward and Lauren appreciates it.
The kicker at the end of the episode was when the will was finally read by Spencer, he announces to Kate and Lauren that the estate has been split FOUR ways. But there are only three of them. Spencer then asks “Who the hell is David Smith?” Well that’s a very good question. I guess we are going to find out at some point.