The trial was publicized because he was the governor of Illinois. Annie watched with her family, the trial of her ex-brother-in-law.
"And is it true that you have had an affair with Miss Westfall?" Lucca asked.
Annie saw the look on her father's face, "No, say no!" Kurt said nothing. They heard someone stand up and heels walking out of the courtroom.
"Yes," Kurt said low with his head down.
Annie couldn't believe what she was hearing and neither could the rest of the family. They never thought Kurt of all people would cheat. When the camera panned back to the defense table they noticed Diane was gone. She had been the one they heard leaving. Peter turned the television off, "honey, are you okay?" Peter asked his wife.
"What the hell just happened?" Annie was stunned, "I don't understand." Annie started to cry and Peter took her in his arms. Todd, Sara, and Tim also comforted their mother.
Annie texted her mother to tell her how sorry she was and to call whenever she felt up to it. A few days after being publically humiliated, Diane called her daughter.
"Hey mom, how are you holding up?" Annie asked.
"I kicked him out," Diane said softly and crying.
"Oh, mom," Annie felt terrible for her mother, "do you need me to help with anything?"
"No, but thank you. I got into a fight with Alicia."
"She told Lucca to find something to discredit your father's testimony after I told them both no. We fought and I slapped her. I feel terrible about that, and I feel like my mother."
"Mom, you are not like your mother. She was a horrible human being, and Alicia needed a slap to wake her up. She keeps trying to help Peter even though they aren't married anymore. Every time she tries to help him our family pays the price."
"Will, Alicia, Carey, and Belle are leaving the firm."
Annie was pissed that her siblings would jump ship, "because you slapped Alicia?"
"I don't know. I know Alicia wants to leave and Will decided to go with her. I mean I told him his marriage had to come first. Belle and Carey are angry with me, so they decided to leave."
"Mom, if you need me to do anything at all just say the word."
"Thank you, sweetheart. I love you."
"I love you too."
"I could kill them," Annie said at dinner, "how can they all abandon her when she needs them the most. She slapped Alicia for being a smartass. To leave mom alone at that firm is just awful. Alicia needed a wake-up call. I thought that was the shooting, but maybe not."
"Honey, there is no one out there stronger than your mother. It's terrible the amount of pain and humiliation she is going through right now. I know you and you will keep in touch with your mother to make sure she's okay."
"She's just going to lie to me because she thinks it will inconvenience me to help her."