Fairly Legal

Season 1 Episode 3

Benched

1
Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2011 on USA
8.4
out of 10
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70 votes
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Once again Judge Nicastro assigns Kate to mediate one of his cases. This one involves angry parents and a high school football coach's actions. Confused by the videotaped evidence, Kate seeks to find the real reason behind the coach's highly disputed training methods.

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  • 103

    5.5
    The third episode of Fairly Legal proves to be the best one yet, but that is sort of like asking which disease is going to make you the least sick. The show has a lot of work to do, but it took a step in the right direction here tonight with a well-crafted, albeit predictable, storyline.



    Breaking Bad's Dean Norris as the football coach was perfect casting, but as I said, you could see the ending coming from a mile away. That being said, Kate did a good job of mediating the situation here and if the cases are more like this one and less like those of the past, the show might have a future.moreless
  • 103

    8.8
    The good episodes just keep on coming, this episode was significantly better than the last even though the last episode was a tad more emotional. We got a lot of twists and turns, and for me, most of them were pretty unexpected. Loved the use of the flashbacks here, and Dean Norris did an amazing job with his role, good he's doing some other things while Breaking Bad is on it's long break.



    I think I'm falling in love with Sarah Stahi, her role is just so appropriate for her, and I'm just loving her character. The iPad-Toaster thing was pretty funny as well. I think Lauren has a lot of potential to be the most three dimensional character on this show, loved her interactions here as well. This was definitely a step in the right direction.moreless
  • Thought this was weakest of show's first three episodes - And would it hurt Ginny Williams (as Lauren Reed)- to be shown in casual clothes, perhaps with her hair down, and acting human?moreless

    7.5
    L. Reed is beginning to remind me of a Stepford Wife. The story this week was simplistic - an overzealous coach/ angry parents/ an uncharacteristically sympathetic Judge Nicastro. The Coach, played by the generally good actor, Dean Norris, behaved so badly throughout most of the episode, that it's a wonder Kate bothered. In reviewing this program, I mentioned that the "sunny" disposition and overall passion of Sarah Shahi as Kate, was one reason I liked the show. I hope they don't turn her into a caricature - she needs to stand up to Judge Nicastro for example (what reason does he have to be so unpleasant towards Kate), and tell her clients that if they are not going to cooperate (or if they assault the other side in the mediation process), that's she's not going to waste her time with them. They can also show the ex-husband less; and maybe the cute boat neighbor more - but it looks like they may already have that in mind.moreless
Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Coach Gardner

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Tim Fellingham

Tim Fellingham

Andrew McKinnan

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Barclay Hope

Barclay Hope

Mr. Riley

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Gerald McRaney

Gerald McRaney

Judge David Nicastro

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