I'm really busy this week, so very short reviews only.
More so than other USA shows, you can tell that Fairly Legal tries hard to pull at the heartstrings. The scenes with guy wronged imprisoned for 22 years, continued angst for Kate and her stepmother regarding Kate's father's death, searching looks between Kate and her ex all force the episode to a stop, slowing everything down so we can really get into the moment. It's unnecessary, unnatural, and breaks the natural flow of the episode. It's fine to go for the pathos occasionally, but it's sprinkled across the episode and quickly loses significance.