He counts to ten, and though she protests it doesn't mean anything, she doesn't move. Quite the specific-to-St. Alicia conundrum you've got there. I guess they're better off learning exactly what causes her to go TILT. So as they discuss the billables of Diane's sexiest clients, of course Kathy Isenstadt calls, because why go crazy one way when you can go all the ways: What did Alicia say, that Tara would pull a no-show at this point?
Tara: "I don't want to do it, terminate the pregnancy."
Alicia: "The thing is, you're the surrogate? They're the parents? We wrote this contract specifically for shit like this?"
Tara: "Yeah, but he's kicking. It's a kind of kick that says he doesn't have a Syndrome."
Alicia: "Well, you're not a doctor. We should get another appointment with..."
Tara: "He will just think the same thing, based on his medical knowledge and shit."
Alicia: "He might 'feel' healthy, Tara, but he will be in pain when he's born, and then he will die. I mean..."
Tara: "I had a 10% chance of getting into DePaul, that's 5% less than this."
Alicia: "Honey, it's not your baby."
Tara: "And you're not my lawyer. They're the ones paying you."
Alicia: "To watch out for your interests, yes."
Tara: "Then start."
Alicia: "Fine, but at least put away the crazy eyes."
Which is tricky, maybe trickier for Alicia than somebody like me who has no womb, but ultimately it's true. On page 18 of her contract, it specifically mentions substantial signs of birth defect, for reasons we'll learn at a dramatic moment down the line. She's Tara's lawyer because that's how they wanted it to go. Already you can see how this will go, how bad it could possibly go: It's like one of those awful 1-L cases where the guy pays the guy to rape his wife by saying she's into it, and then who's the rapist? Except Alicia isn't in college, and feeling more mortifyingly judicial than she has in a long time because she's so overextended in every other aspect of her professional life.
Kathy: "You cannot possibly agree with this."
Alicia: "I'm doing the job. She knows her options."
Their Lawyer: "We talked about this. Specifically this, what if this happens..."