Alicia is 'volunteered' by her mother Veronica, to render legal assistance to one of Veronica's recently widowed friends; initially expecting to only provide minimal assistance, Alicia enlists Cary's help, as she goes up against Nancy Crozier, and ends up representing more than twenty employees of a software company in their efforts to unionize to prevent their employer from firing them en masse. The case also inspires the firm's own clerical staff to seek better working conditions. Alicia's brother, Owen, has a change of heart regarding Alicia's marriage after Peter attempts to repair their relationship. Veronica, meanwhile, still disapproving of Alicia's continued commitment to Peter, attempts to interfere as Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows in Hawaii. Cary, still set on forming his own firm, tries to sign on Kalinda.