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Force Majeure 

Justin takes Kate to a concert by her favorite Brazilian singer and ends up embroiled in a scandal that puts Justin's political future in jeopardy.


Peter Markle


Michael Sardo (creator), Peter Ocko


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Shahi ... Kate Reed
Michael Trucco ... Justin Patrick
Virginia Williams ... Lauren Reed
Ryan Johnson ... Ben Grogan
Baron Vaughn ... Leonardo Prince
Lloyd Owen ... Robin Archer
Josefina Scaglione Josefina Scaglione ... Claudia Alves
Connor Trinneer ... A.D.A. Tracey Barber
P. Lynn Johnson ... Judge Walker
Kett Turton ... Antonio
Arleo Dordar Arleo Dordar ... Luiz Delfino
Nick Hunnings ... Hugo Fanelli
Dariush Zadeh Dariush Zadeh ... Keyboardist
Kurt Evans ... Cliff
Jamie Switch ... Photographer


Justin takes Kate to a concert by her favorite Brazilian singer and are invited to an after party with the band. But when the singer is discovered with drugs, the scandal puts Justin's political future in jeopardy. Kate enlists the help of Ben to clear her new friend's name and save Justin from political ruin. When Lauren negotiates an airline sale with billionaire Robin Archer sparks do fly, but Lauren must decide if she can trust her heart to Archer who may not be what he seems. Written by aim319

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Comedy | Drama




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8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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The 'amazing Brazilian singer-songwriter' Claudia Alves performing live, is named after the show's post-production supervisor, 'Claudia Alves (I)' [qv]. See more »


Claudia Alves: My father died fighting against his methods. He knows I keep my father's memory alive.
Ben Grogan: Claudia, are you high right now?
Kate Reed: [to Ben] Are you high right now?
Ben Grogan: Surely there's easier ways to get you to keep quiet than some elaborate plot to plant drugs on you in America?
[to Kate:]
Ben Grogan: Like, say, a tennis ball and duct tape?
Kate Reed: Oh, really? Why don't you show us?
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3 October 2017 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

Somebody behind the scenes here is a fan of Brazilian music, and getting even further exotic, we have to listen to Portuguese lyrics. Okay, no reason for complaint. The song's beautiful enough. But still...

I agree with Ben's skepticism about the complicated set-up, why would the all-powerful guy have to resort to fake drug charges against Claudia in the U.S.A.? Surely he would have done it 'in his own back yard' neutralizing her much more to his own standards? A plot McGuffin only. A plot-hole that they singled out themselves.

This episode delivers one of the best Kate Reed lines, her response to the nasty flunky's predictably nasty response, "Screw you!" with that cocky "Not enough booze in the world!" Anybody else noticed that the guy looked distinctly like George Bush?

Next episode we'll see how the choice of romantic partner goes. My vote goes to Justin.

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