BRACKMAN VASEKTIMIZED Brackman's Judge Judy-esque small claims court usually amuses me. And he's found his very own Bert in the form of Rhonda - the security guard lusting after him. His face was a picture when she came to his chambers and virtually threw herself at him, thanking him for having the strength not to throw her on the desk and have his way with him. There's good comedy chemistry here, and I hope the writers run with it. There are some great moral dilemmas for Ann in recent episodes which are propelling her into the forefront of my most watchable characters. First she had the client who admitted to murdering his patient, knowing she wouldn't be able to tell anyone which she got around. This episode has a contaminated water storyline reminiscent of Erin Brockovich (except preceding that actual case coming to light by quite some years). Ann is horrified to discover that the people responsible (represented here by Lionel Lockridge from Santa Barbara, playing his usual JR Ewing type slimeball) have worked out through a cost benefit analysis that, rather than clean it up, it will cost them less to pay off lawsuits resulting from the deaths and deformities that will continue to be caused. On this level, I couldn't help wondering if the storyline was influenced by Ford's infamous Pinto Memo. Ann is rather marvellous as she swings into action, threatening to break the story to the press unless the water is cleaned-up. Furthermore, she announces she has quit the firm so a lawsuit would serve no purpose. In other words, she's broken the law to blackmail her client into doing the right thing. True to her word, she actually does hand in her notice, which is duly torn up by Leland. The episode gives Jill Eikenberry some great moments as Ann whoops butt. A nice degree of conflict came along as Abby found out that Jonathan was earning far more than she or Victor. I enjoyed seeing the self-preservation aspect. Abby wanted to speak to Leland with Victor to have strength in numbers, but Victor chose to speak to Leland alone (which Abby took as a snub). And he got in before Abby. This episode gave us the most insight into the hierarchical structure of the agency, with a partners' meeting of Leland, Ann, Stuart, Arnie, Michael and Brackman to discuss it. Again, Brackman's ruthlessness frankly said what everyone else was probably thinking when - after everyone voted to give Victor his pay rise - he commented that Abby was expendable. This rippled out to create further conflict when Ann tried to gently warn Abby not to ask for more money. The conversation escalated and ended with Ann essentially saying that Abby wasn't dynamic enough and needed to up her game. While she ultimately ended up in a victim-y "I can't afford to lose my job" stance, there was some fire to her in this episode coming out of the conflict with Victor and Ann.