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Cheers to Virginia Williams for letting her hair down — literally and figuratively — on Fairly Legal.

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The How I Met Your Mother alum spent Season 1 of USA's quirky dramedy emanating a chilly evil-stepmother vibe as Lauren Reed, the ice queen who'd married the now-deceased dad of Sarah Shahi's feisty mediator Kate. But the second season has seen a welcome thaw in the relationship between the law-firm coworkers, who are rooming together since Kate's boat blew up, and we even saw Lauren loosening up with a glass of wine in last week's episode.

In tonight's charming installment, Lauren — and Williams — takes another step forward, re-entering the dating scene and striking unlikely but palpable romantic sparks with a crusty judge played by Major Dad himself, Gerald McRaney. No objections here!

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