Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
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Bait & Switch 

Kate mediates a dispute between a fishing boat captain and his injured deckhand, that is more about a family rift than a fishing injury. Lauren begins to date again.


Ken Girotti


Michael Sardo (creator), Joanna Johnson




Episode credited cast:
Sarah Shahi ... Kate Reed
Michael Trucco ... Justin Patrick
Virginia Williams ... Lauren Reed
Ryan Johnson ... Ben Grogan
Baron Vaughn ... Leonardo Prince
Aaron Hill ... Owen Maiken
Timothy V. Murphy ... Captain Maiken (as Timothy Murphy)
Tahmoh Penikett ... Mark Ellison
Ben Cotton ... Dave Tildon
Kurt Max Runte ... John Swenson
Gerald McRaney ... Judge David Nicastro
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mark Acheson ... Bartender
Reid Anderson ... Zack Maiken
Brian Calvert ... Fisherman
Fulvio Cecere ... Mr. Donhill


Judge David Nicastro orders Kate to attempt mediation in the case of fishery deckhand Owen Maiken's damage claim for a lost hand against the captain, actually his father. Ben Grogan expects the case to turn into litigation, but everything changes after Kate finds out about a drug problem aboard and a tragic family dispute concerning Owen's late beloved brother. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama




Release Date:

30 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Ocko & Company See more »
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[first lines]
Kate Reed: [rushing towards late appointment] Judge! Judge Nicastro! Sir! I am so sorry that I am late, sir. I discovered this defect in my alarm clock. It's called a snooze button.
[chuckles, but he doesn't see the joke]
Kate Reed: Anyway, sir, I am so very sorry. I hate being late.
Judge David Nicastro: But you love the chaos it creates.
[as they walk along:]
Judge David Nicastro: Do you know what the most dangerous profession in the world is?
Kate Reed: Uh, mediating cases for you?
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fishy story
30 August 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

It's like this. The "line of the week" is not exactly "catch of the day" so this fishy story was all at sea with me. But the main set-up, Kate, Justin and bothersome gadfly Ben, this impending triangle, this is watchable. Very watchable. I just have had no interest in any of the weekly cases up till now. Series needs a stiff dose of zing. And I maintain that I don't think it will be forthcoming - which is why it got zapped.

Previous episode a liver, this time a hand, what show needs is a pulsing heart.

Why does Judge Nicastro have otherwise-confident Kate's knickers so much in a knot?

To repeat myself from previous reviews: Sarah Shahi is wow! And I really like Kate.

Show itself creates no other buzz and didn't ever have long- term potential.

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