In court, the tastefully named Daniel Dae Kim is appearing as a lawyer (named "Clifford Kim" here) for Lauren's ex-husband, and he's asked the court for a change of venue back to San Francisco, where both parties have resided for years. Kate points out that Lauren is currently a resident of Los Angeles, so it was her prerogative to file there. Clifford Kim speaks of the "undue burden" this venue poses on his client (and his calm, measured tones inspire Nick to whisper "Mr. Snooty") and says that it was because of a business obligation back in the Bay Area that his client couldn't be here. Kate's all, "Please!" She says Mr. Logan's absence is either a strategic maneuver to lend weight to this "frivolous motion" or indicative of his disregard for the proceedings in general. "Not at all," says Clifford, who is barely registering any discernible emotion. The judge says that trying the course in either venue would inconvenience one of the parties, so since Lauren filed first, L.A. it is, and he bangs his gavel. Nick says "nice work" to Kate and something about "round one" to Lauren, and Lauren says she hopes they're all this easy. Ah, but she's not counting on the cunning countenance of Clifford Kim, who says, "Trying this case here is utterly nonsensical. We are very disappointed," and what kind of lawyer tells the winning side how disappointed he is? Nick says, "I think you mean you're disappointed," and as much as I like him, I have to point out that that's exactly what Clifford said, "because we're happy as all hell." "There will be repercussions," warns Clifford. "Bring it!" says Nick, feeling pretty proud of himself after Clifford sneers and walks away. "Let's go, tough guy," says Kate.
Later on, Kate's on the phone with Victoria. "Not that I'm happy about it, but the hiding out? I have to say, a turn-on." Victoria's getting out Christmas decorations for the Only Bar, and doing the whole "so you're a couple now" thing that she already did last episode, and Kate coos over how comfortable she is with Michael, and wonders why they weren't doing this all along, and Victoria says, "Don't even get me started," in what might have been a feeble shout-out to this show's few loyal fans. "But, speaking of, when are you going to start doing it?" and Kate does the giggly "I don't know!" thing, and of course everyone watching is annoyed to find out that last week's hot and heavy session of tonsil hockey apparently didn't lead to anything further. Kate says she's going over to Michael's later, but it's still really only Date Number Two, and Victoria tells Kate not to kid herself; it's really Date Number Twenty, so Kate should wear cute undies, like we're going to believe that Victoria starts getting out the good underwear for Date Number 20, and Victoria starts to say something about how she's officially moonlighting, but the phone call is interrupted by Serena walking into Kate's office, so Kate says she'll phone Victoria back. Once off the phone, she starts apologizing for not getting back to Serena and says she's been really busy. "Oh, Katie. I'm an agent. Any excuse you can come up with, I've used on my mother; you've been avoiding me," says Serena, not unpleasantly. Kate says that's not true, and in fact she called a friend of hers from law school who fortunately specializes in adoption. "She said to give her a call after the holidays, she'd be glad to help you." Serena looks stricken and says she needs a child before the holidays: "Every Christmas I go home and my sister's kids are running around and I'm sitting there like some spinster workaholic wondering what I'm doing with my life and why it all feels so empty." Kate looks sympathetic and acknowledges that it must be an awful feeling, but she doesn't feel like she can take on another case right now. Serena decides to get serious. "Kate, I know you think I haven't changed, and maybe I haven't. But I want to." And blah blah blah, she goes on about how she wants to do something good. And the baby's a girl, and Serena really wants a girl, although I'm not really sure how that's proof of her commitment. Serena says she's made an appointment to see the birth mother at three o'clock, and asks Kate to come with her. Kate makes her fretful face.