While trying not to deal with the aftermath of her late night kiss with Ben (Ryan Johnson), Kate (Sarah Shahi) is called in by Judge Nicastro (Gerald McRaney) who needs help with a heated dispute between the transit-workers union and a company facing bankruptcy. The judge wants Kate to broker a deal between the head of Bay City Metro (Chris Payne Gilbert) and the violatile head of the union (Meat Loaf) with a contentious history with the judge.
Kate’s attempt to try and get the union leader and judge together to put the past behind them only riles up them both, and when the judge finds himself surrounded by members of the union while leaving the courthouse he ends up punching one of them to defend Kate’s honor. As Kate tries to keep the judge from throwing away his entire career over a moment of humanity she discovers the person behind the damaging public campaign isn’t the labor leader but the head of the company the judge has so far sided with in the case.
After unveiling a recently purchased painting for the office Lauren (Virginia Williams) watches in horror as as as a street artist (Khary Payton) uses a paint gun to destroy in front of the entire office. Despite her desire to see the young man punished, Justin (Michael Trucco) and Leo (Baron Vaughn) attempt to convince Lauren to take vandal’s case when Justin discovers he’s actually responsible for the original art used in the painting he destroyed.
Although Kate is able to solve the dispute and save the judge’s job, her fear at having dinner with Ben leads her into the arms of her ex-husband who Ben realizes she was with all night after speaking with Leo. As to what this means for their relationship going forward, we’ll just have to wait and see.