And there's a reason we call these fictions. Plot doesn't drive character in real life. Organizational behavior is the sum of actions driven by individual incentives. Not that it matters at all but everybody is wrong on the law here. The 13th amendment is not really the reason why courts don't order specific performance of personal services contracts. I think that's just a hornbook thing. If that were actually the case there could not be statutory or contractual exceptions, and in any event the principle predates the existence of the amendment. The real reason is just that courts don't want to be involved in enforcing an ongoing contractual relationship between unwilling counterparts, and the burden of implementation is always a consideration when weighing equities. The reason for treating real estate differently isn't so much because it's 'unique,' as personal services clearly are too, but because a court can simply order the conveyance or whatever and be done with it. Which brings us back to the main point. This system is what it is about 5% because it bears any relation to how anybody thinks things should actually work and 95% because Gene Upshaw was as dumb as you think Douglas is and as corrupt as I think he is.