The writing in this episode is 100% Sorkinian. Best one since 'Noel' from 'The West Wing'.
Here we see politics, humor, romance, friendship, all come together in a unique blend. I have watched this episode over and over, and each time I laugh and cry.
Sorkin manages, once again, to strike out at the very structure of US society, by creating an example of how the system works against it self, and how powerhungry bureaucrats could very likely take the words of the law more important than the spirit of the law, and use the law to further their own personal agendas.
A picture of typical US standards: If you can drag them to court and get money, then do it. At all cost, be it even common sense.
Very nice demonstration Mr. Sorkin.