- At one point, Fletcher is arguing with his ex-wife and discovers that he can't lie even to himself:
- Fletcher sounds so heartbroken at this revelation that even Audrey feels bad for him and tells him that he isn't a bad father.
- The worst part is the movie clearly demonstrated that he can't say something he doesn't believe to be true (the "holding your pee damages your bladder" claim). He blurts out this line and realizes that he believes himself to be a terrible father, and even worse, that is he is a terrible father. The devastation this inflicts on him drives him for the final act.
- Near the end of the movie, after the case ends and it slowly begins to sink in to Fletcher just what he's been doing, he has a breakdown/epiphany guaranteed to bring tears to a watcher's eyes, if for no other reason than this line:Fletcher Reede: "I HOLD MYSELF IN CONTEMPT!! Why should you be any different?!"
- Immediately preceding this is the cause of Fletcher's epiphany. Having won the case for Mrs. Cole, he realizes that Mrs. Cole won't be content with half of her husband's estate, but wants full custody of the children, just so he'll have to pay her child support. When Fletcher sees Mr. Cole's children run over to him, desperate to not lose their father forever, he probably sees a little of himself in Mr. Cole.
Tear Jerker / Liar Liar