This is my problem with this show, I think -- I never understand where Kate is coming from. I mean, I don't mind that it's fluff, but I should still be able to follow the basic outlines of the main character's emotional responses. It's like those movies where everyone has to be dumb for it to work. Why doesn't she just date Michael? He obviously likes her, she likes him, they're both single, they're attracted to each other...what's her problem? Why does she flog herself by continuing to set him up with other women? Why doesn't she have any sense of what's appropriate, and why does she come off as indignant toward Amy and not even a little bit sorry for not telling her that she already knew Michael was going to break it off? I just can't quite lock on to Kate's feelings, so I can't entirely relate, and that's why the show's not working on me, despite the fact that I like romantic comedy, and I like Alicia Silverstone, and I like David Conrad. It should work, and it doesn't work, and I guess it's just one of those things.
Anyway, after a commercial break, we find ourselves at B-Plot and Ronica's show cause hearing. B-Plot is explaining on the witness stand that the toddler years are formative ones in child development. I actually think his kids are a little old for "toddlers," but we'll let it go. He argues that he can't positively influence the boys if they live with their mom all the time, where she feeds them greasy food and gives them too much stuff, and they're "running around playing with their privates and ain't nobody saying nothing." Wait...what? Huh. Okay. Shatner moves on (wisely) to ask specifically about the planned trip to Maui. "How are the kids supposed to learn about tradition," B-Plot asks, "if they're flying off to some tiki hut to watch their bikini-ass mama lap-dancing for her cigar-chomping, cancerous smoke-blowin' man-lover?" Well. B-Plot argues that Thanksgiving is for turkey and stuffing and watching the parade on TV. "What ever happened to family values?" he asks. Ronica's lawyer demands that B-Plot admit that two child psychologists testified in the last hearing that Mom should have custody -- is he a child psychologist? B-Plot spouts statistics about how children from fatherless homes are more likely to go to jail, run away, drop out of school, and so forth. B-Plot refuses to answer the question about whether he's a psychologist, and Shatner finally objects that the repeated asking of the question constitutes "badgering the witness." Dude. When the witness doesn't answer, you're actually allowed to keep asking. Mom's attorney, however, withdraws the question. Unnecessarily cowed on that question, Mom's attorney tries to get B-Plot to admit that he spends a lot of time away from home, but all that happens is that B-Plot gives another eloquent speech about how when the kids are with him, they're learning from him no matter where they are, whereas at Mom's house, they'd be home, but with a nanny, "watching them damn Wiggles." Heh. Funny, but I'll tell you something: Even for fake TV court, that was the worst cross-examination ever. I've heard tougher questioning from Larry King. Mom's attorney flatly tells the judge there's nothing new to justify a change of custody, and the judge agrees. Not only that, but she approves the trip to Maui. The judge closes the hearing by saying, "We're in recess," which is...not what the judge would say at the end of a hearing at all, but whatever. B-Plot stands up and loudly laments the lack of justice. Where is the justice for B-Plot?