Ben Grogan: There is a woman in reception I would rather avoid.
Leonardo Prince: [sees young and attractive female] Looks like a real man-eater.
Ben Grogan: She's different when things end badly.
Kate Reed: [coming up, curious] What ends badly?
Beth Shepperd: [in conference room] I'm sorry, this looks like negligence to me.
Cassandre: [whining] I didn't do anything...
Beth Shepperd: I'm sorry, sweetie, can I just finish what I was saying? This nurse was on her cellphone instead of taking care of my client. As a result, my client, Mrs. Gelman, broke her hip and continues to suffer from complications.
Glenn: From the nursing home's point of view, there is no proof of negligence.
Beth Shepperd: There is a broken hip. And the lady connected to it, was there. Here's a picture...
[waving photograph of frail old lady in wheelchair]
Beth Shepperd: to help you imagine... what the jury will see.
[to Kate, with exaggerated plaintive expression:]
Beth Shepperd: You know what happens to old people with broken hips? They die.
Kate Reed: [uneasily:] Mm-mm.
[to the nurse:]
Kate Reed: Your turn.
Cassandre: I was with Mrs. Gelman. The other patient called my name. I turned for one second...
Beth Shepperd: To take a phone call.
Cassandre: There was a witness. She knows I didn't do this.
Beth Shepperd: There's no witness.
[shakes head patronizingly, smiles]
Kate Reed: [to Beth] Stop talking!
Cassandre: A woman. A volunteer with Mr. Larsen.
Beth Shepperd: Then where is she?
[looking around, smug little smile]
Glenn: Unfortunately, the woman said she didn't see anything.
Kate Reed: Who's Mr. Larsen? And was he there?
Beth Shepperd: Yes and no. He's a stroke victim. Oops, completely unreliable.
Kate Reed: [sweetly, with thinly veiled distaste] You just look and sound so sweet, but you're not, are you? Like bees in the shape of a donut.
Beth Shepperd: [unapologeticically] I'm sorry. Am I a pain?
Kate Reed: [smirking] Mm.
Beth Shepperd: Can we just get to the part where the nurse is fired and we get a settlement offer in the mid six figures?
Cassandre: I am here on a work visa. If I lose my job, I will be sent back to Haiti. My family counts on the money I send them.
Beth Shepperd: [coolly unsympathetic] Which only means you have more reason to lie.
Cassandre: [sobbing] No.
[Beth mouths 'yes']
Kate Reed: [dismayed] All right, you know what? Here.
[comforting the nurse]
Kate Reed: Why don't we just take a break?
Beth Shepperd: [smiling victoriously] Because I'm right.
Kate Reed: Because this woman needs a break. Five minutes.
Kate Reed: Come on. Come on.
Beth Shepperd: [feasting on Lauren's preparations] Ooh, crumpets! Mm.
Kate Reed: Ah. Thank you for coming back. I need to... suspend the mediation for a few days.
Beth Shepperd: [munching] Do you put these out every morning? Must be a fortune. Mm. So flaky.
Kate Reed: Hmm.
Beth Shepperd: Are you enjoying Benny Grogan?
Kate Reed: Excuse me?
Beth Shepperd: I read an announcement he joined the firm. God, that boy is a reprobate, wouldn't you agree?
Kate Reed: Yeah, just a total miscreant.
Beth Shepperd: Hmm.
Kate Reed: Look, I... I have a witness who can back up Cassandre's story.
Beth Shepperd: Who?
Kate Reed: I can't say.
Beth Shepperd: [mocking what Leo had said] Is she halfway to East Goosebottom?
Kate Reed: They need a little bit more time, and for the sake of a fair mediation, I need you to be reasonable.
Beth Shepperd: I am. I'm representing my client to the best of my ability. And I appreciate all your dipsy-doodling around here, but the other side has already agreed they have no case.
[as glum-looking Glenn enters]
Beth Shepperd: See?
[re the free snacks:]
Beth Shepperd: I'm gonna get another one of these. So good.
Beth Shepperd: [in Ben's office, admiring his antique knight's helmet] You've done well for yourself.
Ben Grogan: You too. Representing rich old ladies.
Beth Shepperd: Hmm.
Beth Shepperd: Used to be your bread and butter. You can take the boy out of ambulance chasing...
Ben Grogan: I need a favor.
Beth Shepperd: You seeing anybody? The mediator's pretty when she's not talking.
Ben Grogan: Hold off on the settlement, Beth.
Beth Shepperd: What's in it for me, Benny?
Ben Grogan: What do you want?
Beth Shepperd: Let's have dinner.
Ben Grogan: No.
Beth Shepperd: You obviously didn't have much respect for me. I think that's why we broke up.
Ben Grogan: Really? I thought it was 'cause you're a basket full of crazy.
Beth Shepperd: It was a cute crazy... before I met you. I need closure, Benny. I need you to explain to me why it was okay to break my heart... and then evaporate. I'm thinking maybe somewhere that serves a soufflé.
Ben Grogan: Coffee... someday.
Beth Shepperd: [insisting] How about today?
Kate Reed: [victoriously] She wasn't on her cellphone, and the witness
[the affidavit is slid over the desk towards Beth]
Kate Reed: backs up her story.
Cassandre: [whining] I just want this to be over.
Beth Shepperd: Except... who's Christie Mae Larsen? I thought your witness was named Natalie Roberts.
Kate Reed: She is. Um... she was. They're the same person.
Glenn: The fugitive from twenty years ago?
Kate Reed: Yes, and my partner is negotiating her surrender as we speak.
Beth Shepperd: [laughing as she slides the document back over the desk] I can't take this.
Kate Reed: [mock laughter] You're taking it.
[pushes it back]
Beth Shepperd: A witness who's been on the lam for twenty years?
Cassandre: She was there. She saw what happened.
Kate Reed: Yes, that's right. She did. She even signed a statement. Her whole life is about to turn upside down. But she is willing to help Cassandre, while you continue to just suck the blood out of everybody around you.
Kate Reed: And for what, honey, huh? Is it fun, for you? Money?
Beth Shepperd: I am loving this fair and unbiased mediation.
Beth Shepperd: So glad you could do your job and help us to meet in the middle.
Kate Reed: You're lying, she's telling the truth.
[Beth narrows her eyes]
Kate Reed: I don't wanna meet in the middle, because this middle sucks. So drop the case, sweetheart, and crawl back into the hole you came out of.
Beth Shepperd: [coolly] Sticks and stones, Miss Reed.
Beth Shepperd: I'll tell you what. If and when you have this fugitive in custody,
[picks up the document]
Beth Shepperd: I'll accept your affidavit.
[drops it back onto the desk]
Beth Shepperd: But if she disappears and can't defend her statement, then we go to trial.
[turns sharply and leaves]
Justin Patrick: [in his office] I can make the deal without Davidson, but if this thing blows up, it is on me.
Kate Reed: Courage is an angel. Courage is an angel... that makes the difference between a good life and a great life.
Kate Reed: You said that to me the first time we spent the night together. Now, I don't know if it was the tequila talking, or you just wanted to see me naked...
Justin Patrick: Probably was a bit of both.
Kate Reed: Hmm.
[shakes her head slowly]
Kate Reed: But I never forgot it.
Justin Patrick: I actually meant it.
Kate Reed: You know... Davidson... doesn't play fair, but you do. You.
[before she leaves:]
Kate Reed: So have courage.
Beth Shepperd: If she runs, I win. Maybe it is that simple.
Ben Grogan: Winning is not everything.
Beth Shepperd: Wow. Looks like a woman finally got under Ben Grogan's skin.
Beth Shepperd: I'm just sorry it wasn't me.
Kate Reed: She won't come in without a deal.
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Let me explain something to you. You have no leverage here. You don't bring her back to me, I'll put you in jail.
Kate Reed: Go ahead. I don't know where she is.
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Right. Right. Okay, I guess I could just let the press know that A.D A. Patrick here
[patting him on the shoulder]
D.A. Aaron Davidson: was conspiring with his ex-wife to cut a deal with a known terrorist.
Kate Reed: Ugh, oh, come on, she's not a terrorist.
D.A. Aaron Davidson: She will be when I say she is. You see, people don't think like you do. They think like me. You got in touch with her once... you can do it again.
[Kate looks at Justin for help]
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Oh, don't look at him, he can't help you out. Tell her.
Justin Patrick: You were harboring a fugitive, Kate.
Kate Reed: I was representing a fugitive!
Justin Patrick: No,
Justin Patrick: he was representing a fugitive. You were an accessory after the fact.
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Which makes you subject to the same penalties as Christie's original crime.
Ben Grogan: Then charge her! See if that sticks!
Justin Patrick: [with a heavy heart] If you don't tell us where she is, I will charge you. And believe me, it will stick.
[Kate bites her lip worriedly]
Kate Reed: She's not coming in. She's as good as gone!
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Well, that's why we'll have to tell her the original plea is back on the table.
Kate Reed: You can't offer a bogus deal.
D.A. Aaron Davidson: No. But you can.
[hands her the phone]
D.A. Aaron Davidson: Make the call.
Justin Patrick: Excuse me, I have another call.
Kate Reed: Oh, nice, Justin!