Fairly Legal “Borderline” Review – Ben is My Hero

Fairly Legal (USA) Borderline Season 2 Episode 11

In this episode of Fairly Legal, called “Borderline,” they managed to do something I never thought would happen; they made me fall out of love with one character and in love with another. In the first season of this series, I thought Kate – even with her many issues – was a great person and I liked her a lot. And while I don’t think she’s an evil or terrible person now, those same issues – now that I can see their effects on another – are becoming a bit more trying. Plus, she’s now competing for my affection; with one very handsome and charming (though yes, admittedly, an occasional jerk) Ben. At this point there is no contest. My new love on Fairly Legal is Ben.

Despite what we saw in the first few episodes of this season, Ben is not the conniving ass that we all thought he was. In this whole situation he has shown more class, more integrity, than anyone. When I saw that he had so obviously taken Kate up to a remote cabin to woo her, I almost felt embarrassed for the guy. Didn’t he see that she was with Justin? Didn’t he know that she was probably going to hurt him? But then I saw that he did see all of those things, did know he was taking a chance, and yet went for it anyway. Leo said it: to Ben Kate is different, and tonight he went all out to try and get what he wanted.

What impressed me the most though was the fact that he didn’t grovel or beg for her to return his feelings. He simply presented Kate with the option of taking the leap with him, of trying something new, and when she didn’t, he moved on. Talk about classy.

I really hope that Kate does find what she’s looking for, whether it’s with Justin or with Ben. Justin is stuck in the middle in this and now he’s falling for her all over again, so I hope she’s really ready to go back to him. I don’t think she was expecting Justin to want a full relationship again, so she may have gotten a lot more than she bargained for by going back to him. One thing’s for sure, this is turning into a very interesting season.

My favorite bits..

Dogs vs. Cats – Ha!

Lauren’s reaction to picking up Justin’s drawers off the floor.

Ben hearing said reaction by Lauren and his “bye Justin!” when he got off the phone.

Ben and Leo’s discussion about caring less than zero about Kate sleeping with Justin. Yeah, right.

“You’re in the middle, your favorite place to meet.” – Boy, he’s got a point there.

“I don’t do murder.”
“Good, then you won’t kill me.”

Lauren advising Justin that maybe sleeping with his ex-wife isn’t the best idea when campaigning for DA.

“Turtles?”
“Yeah, you can’t make that stuff up.”

“Who is he?”
“He is irrelevant.” – Ouch.

Ben blaming the feeling in Kate’s gut on her skipping lunch.

Ben coming to Kate’s defense when the cop accused her of being bought.

“Can you TRY and act a little more professional?”
“He was being a tool.” – LOL, yep very professional.

Kate opening her big mouth and admitting what Leo told her about Ben’s visit to his place.

Ben trying to claim that going to Leo’s place was only an ego thing.

Ben. In a robe. That is all.

“That is a fax, short for ‘facsimile.’ I found it in the time machine next to the Pong game.”

Justin brilliantly getting his witness to say exactly what the jury needed to hear.

Kate and Ben both griping about their shoes as they trekked through the woods.

That look shared between Ben and Kate when they gave Jacob a minute to grieve at the tree.

“Love is never easy. You don’t have to be seventeen, you just have to be brave.”

Ben saying that Kate went back to Justin because he was safe. Yes! That’s exactly what I said.

Ben pulling Kate into the hot tub.

Ben giving Kate the chance……and then walking out of the hot tub with a “too late.” – Awesome! Good for him!

Emilio walking over to give the ring back to Jacob. Not gonna lie; that very nearly choked me up.

“I’m glad this is over, good to get home.” – Wow, there is no doubt just exactly what he was talking about there.

Kate looking at Ben’s rock while accepting Justin’s offer to do more than just “be.”

What did you think of this episode of Fairly Legal? Got any favorite bits or least favorite bits of your own? I’d love to hear from you!

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  • cmc545

    Loved this episode! And bravo on your recap.  :) Totally on the same Ben love-train as you!

    I had a lot of ‘favorites’ in this one starting with the writing. A subtitle to ‘Borderline’ could have been ‘Decisions, Decisions…’.  (Also,liked how they recapped all the juicy stuff in the beginning. I don’t think they’ve ever done, “Previously on Fairly Legal…”, right?)

    This episode was peppered with double entendres throughout with Ben repeatedly telling Kate that she’s ‘the Master’, she’s ‘in charge’ and that she is ‘the decider’…ooohhhh…it was good! Especially the (playful) dialogue between them outside the crime scene lodge. Go watch it again. :)  Indulge me…

    Ben insisting that she ‘has to pick a side’ and Kate coyishly saying, “Why do I have to pick one?”
    Ben: “Because you can’t pick both”. 
    Kate: “Why not, I’m the special Master…?” 
    Ben: “Kate, what are you doing?”  
    Well, if that doesn’t sum up what has been going on with them… good stuff.

    They both REALLY like each other…just look at their faces during the exchanges they have:
    Out near the airplane:  Once you get past her blabbermouthing about Leo, she really was sincere and sweet in apologizing to Ben. Finally, they were going to address the real stuff.  Ben’s face! I felt so bad as he was trying to save face/protect his ego and basically ended up crushing hers.  They played that scene so well. (And she manages to make a truly dorky hat look great somehow) 

    I think he felt badly about it and that’s why he made her breakfast and not just a bowl of cereal the next day.  It was very sweet.  Liked him even more, if it’s possible. Plus he cracked me up with the facsimilie line…he is hilarious when delivering a funny line. Also note, he went out of his way to get that report for her, knowing she wanted it. Aww.

    The HotTub!  Yum!  GREAT scene! Everything about it. Loved that he finally really admitted his feelings and called hers out too. You didn’t mentioned it, but it should be noted that the sexy, face-to-face whisper of “No strategy, no foreplay, no negotiation….too late”  was the exact same thing that Kate said to Ben on their first encounter in the bar in episode 1, “Satisfaction”.  She left him breathless, mouth hanging open and walked away because he hesitated a millisecond and he did the same thing back to her in this episode, now leaving her as moved as he was the first time. While I was proud of him, as Kate had been treating him like crap recently, I can’t help but feel bad for her, clearly shaken. She’s not a bad person, just been making pretty dumb decisions lately.

    Also, remember her little speech to Justin about ‘Courage being an Angel that makes the difference between a good life and a great life?’  Ben was echoing that same sentiment back to her about being brave and she just couldn’t do it. She is stuck and playing it safe with Justin.  I loved that he called her out on that! I’ve been saying it all along too!

    Lastly, on the plane going home…though he was curt in saying he was “glad that this was over…” he clearly was not. Again, both their faces spoke volumes.

    Now, Justin…that speech he gave in her office at the end sounded a like a campaign slogan “We can win, if we both refuse to lose”.  Now I don’t doubt that he cares for her, but it sounds like he needs a wife to clinch the DA’s office and it sounded like a pitch to me. Bleh. Where’s the “I love you”?? I didn’t sense any real emotion and her feeble “Okay” couldn’t have been more lame. It was like she gave up. Not a good way to re-start your relationship.

    I still think she should end up with Ben for a million reasons; I hope she wakes up to it and that he is willing to give her another chance. I wonder how Ben will deal with Leo since the man-to-man, I-was-never-here mind-wipe clearly didn’t take? LOL.

    Next week’s promos are disturbing. It’s going to be an interesting season ending.