The Good Wife: What Went Wrong

E: How do you win friends and influence people?  In some ways, this episode is an exercise in the art of motivation, in the intricacies of influence.  How to do you persuade people to do what you want when they don’t want to?  Do you befriend them?  Feed them information?  Seduce them?  Do you cajole, paste a smile on your face, play by the rules?  Do you exert your political influence in non-political situations? Do you hold grudges? Do you threaten? And if you do, with what?

As with last week’s episode, we begin with Alicia’s face; she’s in court, not in bed, and merely distracted, not asleep.  She might as well be dreaming, however; Diane has to call on her 3 times to get her attention.  After the third mention of her name and a sharp, exasperated glare from Diane, Alicia hands over a file.  “The trial is over, your Honor,” Diane explains, “The jury has heard the evidence.  The arguments are purely about your jury instructions.”  “And that’s what we’re arguing, your Honor,” Cary snarks.

“Mr. Agos,” Judge Peter Dunaway glares down through glasses perched low on his nose, “I know that interruption is a standard trope of today’s modern discourse, but do you happen to remember what I said about it?”  Cary looks properly chastised.  “You said you didn’t like it,” he recalls glumly. Diane smiles a tiny, happy smile. “And if you did it again…” Dunaway leads. “You said I’d have to go sit down.”  That’s right.  And Cary does.  Hee!  Excellent: Dunaway’s like a super strict English professor.

Diane loves this turn of events. “Thank you, your Honor.  The prosecution fears they failed to make their case for first degree murder.”  The now inevitable Dana Lodge and her side pony tail look annoyed and upset. “We sympathize.  We don’t think they made their case either.”  Oh, spare me.  “Our client is innocent.  Officer Fisher didn’t kill her husband.”  That must be the completely freaked out looking woman at the defense table; she genuinely looks as if she was going to jump out of her skin.  “She didn’t take her service revolver and shoot him in the head.”    Eek!  Thanks for sharing that, Diane.

Dana’s hand shoots up over her head.  At least someone knows they’re in school!  The teacher calls on her.  “Yes, I see your hand, counselor.  Are you finished, Miss Lockhart?”  Why yes she is.  Slowly, slowly, he turns to Dana and permits her to speak.  “The defense is forcing the jury into an all or nothing deliberation,” Dana protests. “First degree murder or nothing!”  “You’re the ones who fought the all or nothing prosecution…” a familiar voice interjects. Looks like Lockhart/Gardner isn’t the only team at the party; it’s Mr Coyne!  Hurrah!  Judge Dunaway’s not as pleased as I am, however, and he bounces Coyne for talking out of turn.

“Thank you, your Honor.  The evidence at trial is what should guide your decision,” Dana insists. As she argues for second degree murder to be included in the deliberations, Alicia receives a call from Capstone Prep School, and sneaks out of the room.  “Miss Venegas!  Yes!” Alicia smiles and whispers.  A brunette strongly reminiscent of Mary McDonnell in Secretary of Education mode from Battlestar Galactica (the suit, the glasses, the hair) glides through a busy school, her hair big and tousled.   “Yes, I’m so sorry, m’am, I received your message, but I can’t accommodate you.” She actually fusses with a passing student’s hair.  “We limit enrollment to the beginning of the year.”  Her round tones would make Lina Lamont’s vocal coach proud.

“I understand,” claims Alicia, still looking for special treatment, “it’s just … I know occasionally you make exceptions?”  Miss Venegas waters her plants. “For legacy students, yes,” she declares loftily.  Seriously, I wouldn’t want my children anywhere near this supercilious bureaucrat.  “My children were students at your elementary school before my husband and I moved away.”  Swish swish goes Venegas’ little spray bottle on the plants. There are a lot of them.

This confession is clearly not having the desired effect. “He’s the new State’s Attorney, you know.”  Alicia whispers this last tidbit.  “Oh, Peter Florrick,”  Venegas cries, taking off her glasses. “I wasn’t making the connection!”  Alicia rolls her eyes; well, don’t use the tactic if you’re not prepared for the response, Alicia.  (Also, how many Florricks would there be?  Surely this school would be especially aware of them.)  “Yes, and he would be thrilled if we could work this out.  Let’s just meet to discuss,”  Alicia pleads.  As long as you understand I can’t make any promises, Venegas cautions.  “Oh yes,” declares Alicia, watching Diane tap her phone.  They set up a meeting for the following day at 10.

Her next call is to Peter, telling him about the meeting with the headmistress.  “Really?  I thought they said no,” Peter replies.  “Yes, but they were open to a meeting,” she explains.  “It wouldn’t hurt if you gave her a call.  She seemed… persuadable.”   He says he’ll come to the meeting;she says it’s not necessary, but he wants to. “And, um, I think she liked the State’s Attorney thing, so, ummm…”  “I’ll play it up,” he grins, setting the phone down to talk to other supplicants; Cary and Dana.

He throws up his hands, displeased.  “What happened?”   Cary looks glum and apologetic. “The judge won’t instruct on second degree murder.”  “It’s Judge Dunaway, you said he leaned toward the prosecution,” Peter puzzles. “He used to,” Dana explains gloomily.  Where’s the jury?  “I don’t think we convinced them on first degree,” Cary shakes his head.  What does Dana think?  “I think the jury likes her.  I don’t think we made the sale on premeditation,” she confesses.  “So why didn’t we?” Peter wonders. “We had a witness that fell through, and some of the motions … just didn’t go our way,” Cary reports unhappily.  Peter paces around his desk, hand over his face.

Dana bites her bottom lip, watching for Peter’s reaction.

“Make the deal,” he says.

“They’ll want manslaughter,” Cary cautions.  Manslaughter, Peter says, is not the deal.  Second degree murder is.  Four years.  “Where the hell are all the tough on crime judges these days?,” Peter complains angrily.

Alicia takes a deep breath.  She stands, worried, in front of Will’s office, waiting.  Will charges forward, head down, but looks up from some paperwork in time to see her.  There’s a moment of shock and awareness between them.  His assistant starts in, but he holds up his finger.  “Just a second,”he asks, and then steps forward toward Alicia, smiling. He doesn’t want things to be awkward, he says.  “I so don’t want things to be awkward,” she agrees fervently, unable to look at him.  “Good,” he smiles again, “then they won’t be.”  Well, he’s better at this dating thing than she is; lots more recent practice.  “So that’s it, then, isn’t it?” she asks.  What?  “We just decide and it’s so?”  Her voice is low, intimate.  Yep.  “We’re adults,” he says, and of course, because that’s been his little black book style all along.  No faults, no messy emotional entanglements.

Diane calls across the waiting area.  “You’re needed,” Will reminds her, stepping out of the way.  “I’ll get back to work then,” Alicia adds, but she watches him over her shoulder as he walks into his office, and can’t resist a last word.

“Thank you,” she says.  He shakes his head. “You have no reason to thank me, Alicia.  No reason at all.”

She’s not quite sure what that means.  I’m not either.  No reason to thank him for stepping back when she asked – something perhaps he sees as cowardice?  For being with her in the first place, which wasn’t exactly something she had to drag him into doing?  For giving her up, which will make his life easier in a lot of ways he’s never mentioned to her?

Oh well.  Alicia can’t even make it all the way across to Diane’s office without looking back to watch Will and his assistant go over work.

In Diane’s office, Coyne and Diane have Cary on speaker phone.  “Well fought, Cary.  You’ve become quite the litigator.”  Nice let down, Diane.  “Thank you, Diane, we try to keep you guys honest.”  Right.  Coyne motions for him to hurry up, and finally Cary spits out the 4 year/second degree murder offer.  Diane makes a hilariously thrilled face, and she and Coyne silently slap hands.  “Diane, are you still there?” Cary wonders, back in his office with Dana.  “Ah, yes, I’m here.  We’re just… thinking it over,” she says.  “We’ll take it to our client,” Coyne adds. “She’ll be much more inclined if you offer probation.”

“It’s not going to be probation.” Dana shuts that right down, “She killed her husband for the insurance money.”  “He committed suicide,” Coyne counters, bending over the phone.  “Oh come on,” Dana sneers, “he committed suicide with her service revolver?”  Well, why not?  I mean, there’s a gun in the house, was she going to be able to make it impossible for another adult to find it?  Dana, that’s ridiculous.  It was her gun so she must have been the one to use it?  No wonder they think they’ve got a good shot.  In fact, I’m not even sure why you’d be excited about the plea if that’s all the state’s case consisted of.   Not that they’re going to get into the whole case now, of course.  It’s just that I’m so sick of the SAs being morons.

“Too bad you couldn’t shake the alibi,” Coyne taunts,  but Diane puts up a hand.  There’s no need to go over this again.  “We’ll take it to our client, okay, Cary, that’s all we can do.”  Fine, he cautions her; just know this is their best offer. He hangs up, and Diane and Coyne dance little jigs and throw their arms around each other, bouncing with jubilation.  “Well done!” Diane crows.

“They’re offering second degree murder,” she says, much more soberly, in the gray prison visiting room.  Two tone gray walls, lighter gray linoleum floor, darker gray trim.  Very very gray and very gloomy.  The prisoner, sallow in khaki, doesn’t look so thrilled. “Four years?” she gasps.  “It’s the mandatory minimum. You’ll be out in one.  It’s a good deal, Lauren,” Coyne explains.  He’s not jumping for joy anymore either.   Lauren looks worried, shaking her head from side to side.  “They’re worried about their case, that’s why they’re making an offer,” Coyne furthers.  She looks up, excited. “So I should wait for a verdict,” she declares hopefully.  “I don’t know,” says Diane, who like Coyne is sitting at the small table across from Lauren; Alicia’s by herself several feet behind.  “Juries are unpredictable.”

“You’re not saying much,” Lauren notes.  “I don’t have much to say,” Alicia stutters. “Well what should I do,” Lauren asks.  “A year in prison or roll the dice with the verdict?”  Alicia takes a second to answer.  “I think you need to make that decision, Lauren.  You can’t defer to anyone else.”  Diane favors Alicia with a small smile. “You know what you did. You know what you didn’t do.  You also know that sometimes that doesn’t matter.”  Lauren sighs.  Especially as a cop, she would know that. “It comes down to two things,” Alicia continues, “the skill of your lawyers, and the jury.  You have good lawyers.  The trial went our way  But the jury?” She shrugs. “Is an unknown.  They’re your peers.  And – I’ve never understood my peers.”

Lauren sits back, shaking her head.  “I didn’t do this,” she says firmly. “That’s why I’m gonna pass on this deal.”  Diane closes her eyes.  “I can’t spend another year in prison for something I didn’t do.  I’ll roll the dice.”  “Okay,” Coyne nods, “then we sit and wait for the jury.”  Everyone nods nervously at each other.

“Oh yeah, ” Peter says, leaning against his old front door, “that headmistress? She’s a real piece of work.”  Alicia laughs ruefully.  “We’re going to split the cost,” he adds.  “No, I got it,” she demurs, like the extra 30-60 thousand dollars a year is nothing.  “We’re going to split the cost of private school, Alicia.  That’s non-negotiable.”  He says it with a mocking grin, but she knows he’s serious, so she smiles her assent.  “Okay, thanks.”  David Lee will be pleased.  They’re very, very cordial and relaxed.  It’s nice.  It’s also interesting that Kalinda’s still getting the icy cold, but Peter gets the (relatively) warm fuzzies.

“Where we at with Grace?,” he asks.  “No tv,” she begins, “no computer except homework, no calls except to us, and no calling Jimmy Patrick.”  “That that Christian kid she was talking with?” he wonders.  It is.  She’s going to talk to him.  “No no no – I’m going to talk to him,” Peter insists, with a voice that sounds like he’s going to show up for the talk with a loaded gun.  No, Alicia replies, not assenting gracefully as she did with the money issue.  “I will.”  Peter grins appreciatively.

Grace pushes by.  “I’m just bringing my computer for my homework,” she justifies its presence.  She’s surprisingly not petulant.  “Dad’s going to check,” Alicia notes. “And Dad’s a lot meaner than Mom!” Peter threatens.  “Dad, can I drive?” Zach asks as he too brushes by his parents.  In answer, Peter tosses him the keys.  Wow.  Zach and I are both surprised.  “Call me on the way to school tomorrow,” Alicia insists.  The children call out love to their mother, and the parents give a genial goodbye.

Alicia, warm in her red knit top, closes the door to her now empty apartment. She looks at a loss.  She looks in the fridge.  She loads the dishwasher. She folds the laundry.  She vacuums the rugs.  She looks in the fridge again, but doesn’t eat.  She tries TV to no avail. Look, she’s so much more virtuous than you, she not only works a high powered job, raises two teens and keeps a pristine and beautiful house, she doesn’t snack, is super thin and toned without the need to work out, but she’s even above watching television!  (Sorry.)  I’m enjoying the promo that plays on her television for a randy version of Joan of Arc, which seems to include sex noises over the soundtrack of “Ave Maria”.  Ha!  That’s so many kinds of wrong.  Love it.  I swear someone says something about insufferable pastry.

“Hi, it’s me,” she says into the phone. “I know I shouldn’t have called.”  She looks hesitant, awkward. “Are you sure it’s not too late?”

And the next thing we see, she’s waiting in a bar.  You didn’t just booty call Will, did you?  Clearly we’re meant to think so.  But no.  She might be giving a sultry stir to her drink, but the man she throws her arms around turns out to be her brother.

Ah, any day Dallas Roberts is on The Good Wife is a good day.

Also, making a clean break is good, too.  Yay, will power!

“You’re lonely,” he declares a little later in their talk.  “That’s the problem.”  She nods her agreement, earnest and completely drunk. “I’m lonely.  I know I’m lonely.”  “So?  Go call him!”  But who?  “Will!,” Owen says, in a voice which proclaims her a dummy for not knowing. “Owen, you’re not listening to me,” she leans forward, insistent. “I have kids.”  “You don’t have kids,” he answers, “they’re with Peter.”  She snorts. “What?  Do you suddenly become a non-sexual person just because you have kids?”  She denies this.  “I am a parent.  And I have to stop being irresponsible.”

She throws back a shot.

“How are you being irresponsible?” her brother wonders.  I wonder too. “I’m married,” she counters.  “Then get divorced. You’re not Catholic. Nobody’s going to send you to hell.”  (Okay, I’m not even going to touch that one.) “Are you in love with Will?”  She looks at him for a minute.  “No, I don’t think I am.”  “Seriously?” he asks.  Seriously?  “Seriously,” she answers.  That’s both easy and hard to believe.  (Let’s see how long that assessment lasts, especially when he gets back in the saddle and she has to watch.) “I think I was in love with it,” she explains, “you know, the attention, the…”  “Raw, animalistic sex?” Owen suggest wryly.  “Yeah,” she agrees, wistful.  Hee.  “But, I didn’t like the lying.  And I didn’t like – I mean, he’s my boss.”  Yeah, and you didn’t even know half the lying that was going on, Alicia. Right or wrong, Will covered up a lot of crap and a lot of his feelings to keep things light and easy for you.  (Actually, I’m inclined to think she’d have stayed with Will if she had, if she knew the way he was being harassed for being with her. Not that it matters now.)

“Then quit,” Owen suggests.  “I don’t mean quit working,” he explains after she gives him a look. “I mean quit that job, get another one.”  We know you’ve had multiple offers.  So she changes her tune.  “It’s too complicated, I don’t like complications,” she shrugs.  Well, it is that.  “I need friends,” she realizes.  Yes!  You do!  “Then, get friends,” Owen nods in agreement, “You had good friends.”  Did she?  Wouldn’t she still have them if she did?  Well, I guess you can grow apart from your college friends, between distance and careers and kids, and we know her “mom” friends turned out NOT to be good ones.  Of course, we might have different definitions of what makes a good friend.  “Yeah, I did, didn’t I?  Where are they all?”

“Probably on Facebook,” he answers. HA!  I love Owen. And man, but that’s true.  Alicia makes a face.  “Try that tennis woman – what was her name?  It was like a governmental agency…”  He gestures as it trying to waft the answer to his nose and inhale it.  Seriously, it’s a great series of movements.  Big sis laughs.  Fema?  Seema?  “She was nice, wasn’t she?” Owen protests. As the two snicker, Alicia’s phone buzzes.  “Uh oh.  Oh, this can’t be good,” she declares. Looks like the verdict is in.

And anyone who reads the tea leaves, or the structure of the episode (starting with what should be the ending of the case), or watches the trailers, or has seen the title of the episode knows what’s coming next.

“I’d like to thank the jury for their diligence, and staying past dinner. I understand we have a verdict?”  Judge Dunaway addresses the court as Alicia (who has gone home to change) hurries into the courtroom. They do.  The bailiff hands the judge the verdict; he opens the folded paper and then snaps it closed again.  I’m sure they’re not supposed to give anything away, but he doesn’t look happy.    The bailiff takes the official paper back to the foreman.

“Mr. Foreman, you may read the verdict,” the judge instructs.  Lauren stands bravely straight, her chin lifted. “We the jury find the defendant Lauren Fisher guilty of murder in the first degree.”  Diane gasps; Alicia’s jaw drops.  “No,” whispers Lauren, her eyes no longer seeing what’s in front of them as she falls back into her seat.  “Get Kalinda, she’s on her way in,” Diane instructs Alicia, reaching out to brace Lauren.  Alicia speeds out of the room while Cary and Dana whisper in happy surprise.

“Kalinda, it’s guilty,” Alicia calls out around the corner and then turns around; Kalinda takes off after her at a run.

“Your Honor, we ask…” but Coyne stumbles over what, his hand clenched into a fist.  What do they ask?  “Would you like me to poll the jury?”  Dunaway suggests.  He would.  “This isn’t over, Lauren, not by a long shot,” Diane declares, gripping Lauren’s hand tightly in her own.  As Dunaway explains to the jury that the defense wants to make sure they’re really all on board with this shocking choice, Kalinda pulls out her notebook and makes 12 circles, one for each juror.  As they go down the line one by one, proclaiming Lauren’s guilt, Kalinda crosses off each one that seems emphatic and sure.  “Guilty!” calls the foreman.  “Actually, sir,” corrects the judge, “you have to say guilty of murder in the first degree.”  So he does. Each repetition of the phrase makes Lauren shudder.  Juror number 2, 3, 4 all stand and proclaim her guilt without question.

“Juror Number Five, what is your verdict?” A sweet looking woman in her twenties with golden brown ringlets looks down, hesitates before standing.  Kalinda, Alicia and Diane all notice and light on her with hope.  She gives an apologetic little grimace before declaring Lauren guilty of murder in the first degree, and barely makes eye contact as she does so; her predecessors on the jury have all easily looking at poor wrecked Lauren when they doomed her.  “I’m sorry, I’m so sorry,” she murmurs  as she sits down.  Kalinda puts a big fat question mark in that circle. The recitations over lap until we finally reach Juror Number Twelve.  “Not guilty -Guilty in the First Degree,” he fumbles, sneezing.  The judge doesn’t ask him to clarify this (I would have!) and but he, too, ends up as a question mark on Kalinda’s chart.

“Well thank you jurors, that ends your service, we will reconvene on Friday for sentencing.  Good night.”  Dunaway bangs his gavel to send them home. “The judge isn’t happy,” Alicia observes. “I know, we might have an opening,” Diane agrees. “Lauren, we might get this overturned.”  “A mistrial,” Coyne expands on Diane’s comment, “or a judgement not withstanding the verdict.”  A bailiff pulls the stunned, unresisting Lauren away, back to jail to consider her ill fated roll of the dice.  Diane’s stumped. “I’ve never seen anything like it, that verdict doesn’t make sense. “Something happened in that jury room,” Alicia agrees.   “I gotta get moving,” Kalinda tells them.  “Right,” agrees Diane, “we want a reversal, something before that sentencing on Friday.”  “We have a sympathetic judge,” Coyne reminds them as he shrugs into his coat.  “Right,” says Diane, ” let’s find out what went wrong.”

At a glass door bearing the legend “Jury Room, Cook County, District Court,” a bailiff appears with a trash bag.  “Thanks, Brad,” says Coyne, taking the bag and handing the man – oh my God, is that cash? – “it will be put to good use.”  Coyne – he did not!  He just bribed a bailiff to get the trash from the jury room.  Damn.

Out in the garage, Kalinda’s taking pictures of license plates.  Did you know that Illinois license plates have “Land of Lincoln” written on them?  I did not.  I’m not sure I’ve ever paid that much attention to the Illinois state license plate before.  It looks like the parking garage has a section explicitly marked for jurors, which is certainly a hand thing for Kalinda and her cell phone.

“Sorry to bother you, ” Alicia hustles up to the foreman, “perhaps you recognize me from the defense?”  He nods. “It really helps us evaluation our performance to hear from the jurors what they think we did right and wrong,” she pitches,  “so if you don’t mind talking?”  “Ah, I don’t think I’m supposed to,” the man grimaces.  “No no no,” Alicia cries, while Dana listens back by  what’s either an elevator or stairs, “that’s during the trial.  You have the right to say anything you want after the verdict.”  Alicia smiles; Dana runs back up into the building.

Cary’s meeting with someone else, but Dana bursts in and starts talking anyway.  “It’s not over!”  “What’s not over,” Cary wonders, unshaken.  “They’re meeting with jurors,” she cries.  “They’re going for a reversal,” he realizes, grabbing his suit jacket as he leaps to his feet.  Sorry, dude with the folder, but you’re going to have to wait. “Or a judgement not withstanding,” Dana nods.

“It’s kinda late,” the foreman tells Alicia, who’s trailing him to his car.   Boy, he really doesn’t want to talk her.  She knows it’s late; if he’d just give her his number, she could call him tomorrow.  “Ten minutes tops,” she promises.  He struggles with his keys.

“You don’t have to talk to her!” Cary calls on, running down the ramp in the garage, Dana behind him.  “He’s well within his rights, Cary, I’ve explained it to him.”  “Yes,” Cary says, “but have you explained that he doesn’t have to talk to you at all?  Just so you know, sir, defense attorneys are going to attempt to contact you and compromise you verdict.”  Alicia glares while the Foreman nods. “I’m doing nothing wrong, Cary.”   Cary hands a card to the Foreman.  “Here’s my number if they do,” he says.  “You can bring them up on charges of harassment.”

Dana takes off on her own vendetta.  “What’re you doing there, Kalinda?”  Looks like she’s got her little diagram out, and is consulting it as she looks at the jurors’ cars.  “How’re you, Dana?  I was just enjoying the night air,” Kalinda replies drolly (which, ha!  there’s little more noxious than an underground garage), standing in what might be the most wicked stiletto heeled boots I’ve ever seen. Awesome.  “It looks to me like you were taking pictures of the jurors license plates,” Dana charges.  “Really?  I thought I was taking notes that were both legal and legally obtained,” Kalinda replies.  Girl knows her rights, prosecution intimidation be damned.  Dana takes a step forward to step it up.  “I’m warning you, Kalinda.  If any of those jurors calls harassment on you, I’m personally throwing you in jail.” Kalinda opens her mouth, thinks about it. “I feel warned.  Thank you.”  She smiles and leaves, writing furiously.

Coyne spreads the contents of the jury room trash on a table.  Alicia, now in a red suit, lays out yellow slips of paper, clicking in dismay.  “Last round of voting, twelve guilty verdicts,”Coyne observes, “and my guess this would be dinner,” he adds, waving two small pizza boxes.  Certainly not for twelve people!  Not even for six.  They sift between cups and cup holder trays to find more slips.  “Here’s  a not guilty,” Alicia exclaims, laying them out in another row.  “And another!  Second to last round, looks like we had 2 hold outs.”  These pages (clearly torn from a legal pad) are stained with grease and drink. One of the guilty ones had a ring on it, where a drink sat for a long time.  “Ugh – Chinese.”  “Ew,” Alicia agrees, “looks like we hit lunch.”

So not cool.

Alicia gingerly takes the next set of slips, which are white and splattered with food.  Even less cool.  “Not guilty,” she reads, setting them out, “not guilty, not guilty, not guilty!  Nine not guilties in that round.”  Huh.  Odd. “We went from 9 not guilties to ten guilties in that round,” Coyne sums up for us.  “Wow.”  “And that was just after lunch,” Alicia realizes.  “What happened at lunch?,” Coyne wonders, along with the rest of us.

In front of us is a board displaying 8 buttons in three rows; it’s quickly followed by 4 similarly displays.  “This is a livery horn button, 1840s, perfect back mark.”  Kalinda’s in a hall, peering at row after row of button board framed on both sides of a hallway.  “Wow, that’s beautiful,” she says politely.  “Do you collect buttons?” Juror Number Five turns to her in delighted hope, her ringlets flying.  Look at Kalinda, seriously.  She’s got the old red leather jack on, one of my personal favorites.  If this woman collects anything, it’s kneecaps and broken hearts.  She knows how to push buttons, but she does not collect them.  “Noooo,” Kalinda replies delicately, “but I sure can see the fascination for them.”

Nicely done.  But of course it was.  Juror Number Five nods enthusiastically. “I guess I’m a bit obsessed. That’s what everybody says.”  Kalinda gets a text with the pertinent info about the lunchtime switch.  “I have my own button blog.  Lisa’sWorldofButtons?  All one word,” she explains.  Ah.  Okay.  Well, that’s what the internet is for – all our weird obsessions which the people in our lives might mock.  Now Lisa doesn’t feel alone.  “You must blog on there a lot,” Kalinda comments, turning a little figurine around in her hands, which turns out to be made entirely of – you guessed it – buttons. Props to the prop masters for that little knickknack. “Oh, yeah.  I’d go crazy if I didn’t blog, twice a day,” Lisa sighs, “crazier than I already am.”  She’s making tea.  Kalinda asks if she can record their discussion, and Lisa assents happily. “But I don’t see how I can help,”  she adds, handing Kalinda a mug and sitting down across from her at a small kitchen table.  “Well, you seemed really upset when you read the verdict. Did you feel pressure to vote with everyone else?”

“Oh no,” their greatest hope replies, “no, no, I just don’t like to get up in front of people.  I get a little bit dramatic,” she confesses.  “That must have looked awful.  I cry at the drop of a hat,” she finishes.  Well, I can relate.  I’d feel bad sending to someone for prison for life, too.  “So you don’t regret the verdict?” Kalinda wonders, as if casually. “Oh no,” Lisa crushes our hopes, “no, I didn’t trust that lady. She killed her husband for the insurance money.  I couldn’t think of anything worse.”  Ouch.  I’m struggling to think why Lauren wouldn’t look trustworthy.  I mean, we didn’t see the trial, and mostly we saw her look terrified, but she didn’t seem shady in any way.  “You must have made a very convincing case to the other jurors to get them to change their votes,” Kalinda says, looking at a button under a magnifying glass from the table, “I understand… that is beautiful, isn’t it?”  Kalinda sighs, looking at the button, and Lisa leans over toward it, beaming.  She’s a big beamer.

“I understand that they were leaning toward not guilty,” Kalinda finishes.  Lisa immediately looks uncomfortable, fiddling with the back of her neck.  Yes, they were. “Am I supposed to talk about this?”  “Oh, the other jurors did,” Kalinda lies smoothly.  “They said they changed their votes just after lunch.  What happened?”  Lisa still looks twitchy.  She shrugs. “Nothing. We read the testimony, the Foreman thought we should.”  “What testimony,” Kalinda wonders, looking down at another button.  “The other cop? The partner, the one who said he was with her?”  Lisa’s making a face. ‘The alibi witness,” Kalinda says.   Yes.  That one.  The one Coyne said the prosecution couldn’t shake.  “You didn’t believe him?”  Still, Kalinda doesn’t look away from the button.  She’s so good at being unobtrusive, just letting people talk. “Naw.  He was so full of himself.  And that uniform?”  Wow, what on earth could have been offensive about his uniform?

Wait, I think I can guess.  It was the state of his buttons, wasn’t it?  Or the bland homogeneity of modern factory made buttons altogether. “Wait.  Would you like to see a 1780s Georgian militia button?  Mint condition, mint.”

“Sergeant Alden?” Diane’s voice expresses her shock. “He was our best witness!”  “I know,” Kalinda agrees, out on the street. “She didn’t believe him.  They reread his testimony after lunch and it turned people toward guilty.”  Back in Diane’s office, Coyne’s beside himself. “That makes no sense,” he cries. “You might also want to get someone to look at her blog, Lisa’s World of Buttons.  She’s on there twice a day, she might have updated something about the trial.”  Diane hits a button on another phone.  “Alicia, can you get on that?”  “Yea, ” says Alicia, standing amidst a sea of school children, “in about half an hour.”  Diane looks livid.

“Where are you, Alicia?” Does she suspect backsliding on the affair?  “A prior engagement. I’ll be right back.”  Wow, I’m impressed that she doesn’t actually explain.  “Kalinda, what’re you doing now?” Diane switches phones.  “The Foreman.  He seemed open to talking.”  Fine, says Diane.  “And Alicia, let’s talk when you get back.”  Oooh, getting called in to the principal’s office!  And literally.  She’s headed into the headmistress’s office.  How funny that (given Diane’s worry) she’s with her husband, not off with Will.

Peter’s laughing with Headmistress Venegas, who’s giving him a coy head tilt. “Well I do hope you consider moving back into the neighborhood,” she smiles.  Man, but I hate her.  I’m really not sure I’d consider sending my kids to her school (even if I could afford it, which I’m sure I couldn’t).   “I’d love to,” he claims, “but you know – civil servant pay!”  He puts an open palm out toward her.  “Oh my goodness.  I do,” she nods, “I used to teach public schools.  Social studies.”  Right.  Alicia returns to the conversation, all apologies for stepping away.  “Sorry about that!”  “Usually it’s the husbands ducking out to take calls,” says the woman who runs a school.  Um, okay.  Have I mentioned how much I hate her? Because it increases with every word out of her mouth.  “We take turns,” Peter grins.  Awesome. Peter and Alicia grin at each other.

“Well, I hope you’ll make an exception for our kids, because you’ll really love Zach and Grace,” Peter says as he stands buttoning his suit jacket. “I’m sure I will,” she says, shaking their hands, “I very much want to.  Let me see what I can do.”

As Peter shuts the door behind them, now on the other side, Alicia smirks. “I forgot how good you were at that,” she tells him.  He’s puzzled. “At what?”  “Charming the teachers,” she says smugly.  (I’m glad that’s where her mind went, because honestly, mine went to him charming women in general at first, which would result in a much less comfortable conversation.)  “It’s the height.  They respect the height.”  Alicia laughs, but I don’t doubt that helps.  He’s a commanding, manly, confident figure, and the height is certainly part of it.  Have we ever seen the two of them have such a light, fun conversation?

“So’re we gonna let Zach drive all this way?”  “It’s only another twenty minutes,” she shrugs.  Yeah, but 20 minutes in a city can be some seriously complicated driving.  “And Grace?  What about Grace?”  “She made a mistake,” Peter shrugs. Well, he’d know about mistakes. “I worry that we screwed up our kids,” she shakes her head.  Oh, honey.  “You worry that I screwed up our kids,” he laughs.  Which is certainly true enough, but I’m glad he can admit it with a smile.  For the record, I don’t think she was trying to guilt him; she feels enough guilt for the both of them.  But she takes it lightly and smiles. “It’s true,” she admits.

Damn.  It’s like they’re so over the end of their relationship – so far past the stress of trying to make it work, no longer tiptoeing around each other – that you can see what it was like when it was working.  Lively, fun, honest, enviable.  This makes me happy and sad at the same time.    It reminds me very much of this song.

A man cuts an enormous branch off a large old tree.  “What did you say?,” the foreman calls out as he’s lowered to the ground from the bucket of a truck. Kalinda just doesn’t understand;  “sometimes you see slips pointing one way or another, but to see a complete turn around from not guilty to guilty in a matter of hours… it just seems odd.” She’s admitting to seeing the slips? “I guess I must be odd, then, because I was voting not guilty,” the foreman says, chainsaw in hand, leaning over the edge of the bucket.  There’s a seal on it – parks department for the city, maybe?  “When you read the testimony of the alibi witness,” she prompts.  “Yes.  It just didn’t add up,” he says.  “I think when you have a policeman there in uniform,  in person, you get persuaded, but when you read it out loud…”

“Okay. Kalinda.” Cary’s voice reaches our ears. He’s arrived with a uniformed cop in tow.  “I already warned you once.  You’re under arrest.”

“For what?” she asks calmly. “Section 4352 arrest: when a jury member is…”  Kalinda interrupts (Judge Dunaway would so not approve) to ask the foreman – whose name is Mr. Alvarez – if he felt she was harassing him.  “It doesn’t matter what he says.  He’s a public employee, and his supervisor over there says you’re getting in the way of him executing his duties.”  “You serious?” she asks.  “I’m very serious,” he replies, intense.  He nods to the female cop behind him, who comes forward to cuff Kalinda.  Damn.  He advises her to place her hands behind her back.  “This won’t hold up,” she insists. “It’ll keep you out of circulation for a day or two,” he shrugs.  You really have to wonder how much satisfaction he’s getting from this, and what kind.

As the officer jerks Kalinda away, Cary picks up a call from Dana.  “They supposably have something for a mistrial,” she says, speeding walking through the court. “When?” Cary wonders in disbelief. “Now. Get in here.”  She follows Alicia into Dunaway’s chambers.

“There you are, ASA Lodge.  The defense claims they have evidence of jury misconduct,” he says, settling back into his chair.  “The defense is desperate, your Honor,” Dana bites out.   Well of course they are!  They lost!  And they really don’t think they should have!  “At a certain point, justice has to be done.”  “It’s being done,” Coyne insists, “This is how justice works.”  Dunaway glares at Coyne, who takes himself off to the sofa for a time out.

“What do you have, Miss Lockhart?,” the judge asks. “Improper contact between a juror and non-participant  is considered jury misconduct,” she spells out for us as Dana scowls. “Discussing a case with friends, family, during the trial or deliberations.”  Thanks for the law lesson, Professor Diane.  “One of our jurors has done just that.”  “Which juror?”  Of course, it’s Juror Number Five.  “Lisa Banner.  She’s written on her blog during deliberations.”  “Oh, come on,” interrupts Dana scornfully; Dunaway shoots her a look so fierce she practically steps back. “‘In case you’ve been wondering why I’ve been away, I’ve been on jury duty,'” Alicia reads. “‘A murder.  I know it’s supposed to be exiting’ –  I think she meant exciting,” Alicia notes, and Dunaway agrees. “‘But you can’t believe how long this is taking.  I sit in this room staring at these people who can’t make up their minds.'” Alicia hands Dunaway the print out while Dana waves her hand like she was Hermione Granger.

“Yes, I imagined you’d have something to say, Miss Lodge,” he snarks.  But before she even gets a word out, Diane breaks in.  “Your Honor, Miss Banner has broken a key rule of deliberation; she has discussed the case with those outside of the jury.”  He reads, squinting at the paper in annoyance, light reflecting off his shiny bald head. “Her blog received 45,000 individual hits on the day in question, so Miss Banner shared her view with 45,000 non-jury members.”  45,000 hits? Holy crap, really?  Can I just say, damn!  The internet really is the place for all interests – and that’s a lot of interest.  “God, how I hate that word ‘blog’,” Judge Dunaway sneers.  Dana steps into the breach. “Your Honor, this gives new meaning to reaching.  That blog entry was generic, unspecific, and … unknowing.”

Dunaway sighs deeply. “I regrettably agree, Miss Lockhart.  Miss Banner’s banal observations hardly rise to the level of improper contact.  Though I’d love to jail her for syntax alone.” Hee.  Dana presses her advantage. “Your Honor, we would ask that you censure the defense.  They are sifting through the personal lives of the jurors on a fishing expedition for a mistrial!”

“No, Miss Lodge,” the judge proclaims, his voice serious. “This was an unjust verdict.  You know that and I know that.”  Well, if she knew it, she wouldn’t have been prosecuting the case, would she?  “That’s not true,” she insists.  “It is true.  But the law was followed.  I would looooove to overturn this, but you have to give me more.”  Wow!  Diane looks crestfallen, and Dana and her side ponytail are outraged.  “Your Honor, I would like to get your comments on the record,” she declared, posture straightening, back up.  “They are on the record,” he informs her dryly, “That’s what Judith is doing over there.  What’d I say, Judith?” Judith’s sitting next to Coyne on the couch.  “‘They are on the record,'” she reads, “‘That’s what Judith is doing over there.'”

Dunaway beams at them.  “Bring me something more, Miss Lockhart. The law’s the law.”

Dana’s the last one to leave his office, and she’s clearly furious.  She can’t believe, just can’t believe, that the judge would question the verdict.  She stares at his door, thinking hard, and then rushes off until she runs into Wendy Scott-Carr. “You know our investigation into Lockhart/Gardner?”  She sure does. “I think I may have just stumbled across another judge they bribed.”  Wendy looks both ways before beckoning Dana into her office.

Now. You said WHAT?  Somebody needs to knock that chip off Dana’s shoulder so she’ll start to realize that people don’t have to be corrupt to be pro-defense in any given situation.  Because seriously, OH. MY. GOD., she did not just make that assumption!  The side ponytail gives it away; she’s not reasoning any better than my six year old. Of all the petty, short-sighted, annoying …

Wow, that is just irritating.  It might be a good thing for the general flow of the show, but ooooh, it just made so mad!

“I was so thrilled you called.  I was wondering how the old gang was doing,” Alicia’s lunch date says cheerily, taking a bite of salad.  “You’re not in touch with anyone?”  Alicia wonders.  “No,” the government-agency sounding lady replies with a wave of her fork, “I got divorced, moved across town.  How are you and Peter doing?”  Alicia pales, and then lies with a smile. “Well!”  Well, they’re doing well for two married people who aren’t living together anymore, anyway.  Salad lady’s impressed.  “Great, you’re our Bill and Hilary! Mmmm – have you heard of the Mosues?”  Unsurprisingly, Alicia hasn’t.  “The Mosues.    They’re these people in Southeastern China who organize their lives around a woman’s sexual desire.”  Ha!  That’s so not what Alicia’s looking to hear right now.  Not since she’s just re-arranged her life to avoid her sexual desire.

“They completely separate sex from family.  The Mosue women get to decide which men they sleep with, how long, how many.”  Fema lady follows the last word with a rich chuckle.  Wow. This is rapidly turning into a spectacularly friend date fail.  Maybe you should have contacted a nun, Alicia. “All the Mosue men coming knocking on the doors of their badugas at night – that’s their flower rooms – and the women decide which ones to let in. And when they’re done, it’s up to the women whether the men stay or go.”  Are they making this up, or did someone dig up this bit of anthropological detail just because it would make Alicia profoundly uncomfortable?   “And that’s when I realized what was missing from my life – control!” She points at Alicia with another fork full of greens. “You have to read this book, it’ll open your eyes!”  Alicia looks stricken.  “So how are you doing?”  Fema asks around some salad.  “Good!  Good,” Alicia pretends.

Yeah, Alicia’s not really looking for control.  She had it, but she didn’t like it.

“So, try one of your other tennis buddies.  They can’t all be like that,” Owen opines over the phone.  He’s walking down a hall which looks like a dorm, but is more likely an academic building.  There’s some sort of mural along the beige walls. Alicia, meanwhile, is walking up stairs next to a gratified skull.  “Yeah, but what if they are? What if I’ve spent the last decade of my life making the wrong friends?”  Well, you have to come to terms with that, Alicia, since they all abandoned you (or you froze them out) during Peter’s scandal.  Didn’t we decide long ago that all your old friends are awful?  “Start making new ones,” he declares rightly. “Nothing’s over till it’s over!” Quite so.  Try your college and law school friends, too!  Some of them must be normal, and chances are you had a deeper relationship with them than the people you played tennis with.   “Well thank you,” she smiles. “I have to go yell at someone now.  Talk to you later.”

The place of the skull turns out to be an indoor skating park, with at least one half pipe.  Neat!  She moves over to the front desk – do you book time here?  rent bowling shoes? – and the desk clerk leans down, smiling, his voice jovial.  “Hello!”

It’s Jimmy Patrick.

“Hi.  I’m Grace’s Mom,” she says.  He bites down on his big smile.

“I already talking to Grace,” she tells him.  They’ve moved over to a more private area, which is nice.  “I don’t want her contacting you again, and I don’t want you contacting her, do you understand?”  Sexy Mr. Jimmy does.  “But just so you know, Mrs. Florrick, I thought she had your permission.” “She didn’t.  And she doesn’t,” Alicia barks sharply.  You know, I really don’t know the point in being rude to him.  I guess she’s just generally suspicious.  But he’s a stranger!  He doesn’t owe her anything!  She doesn’t get to yell at him and determine what he believes or says on the internet, and it’s only by a sense of honor (which she’ll be lucky if he has) that she can affect his choices about talking to Grace at all.  “Okay,” he says, “but she really should be going to church.” Ah, you’ve lost me there, Jimmy, pressing where you shouldn’t.  “That is up to me.  That is not up to you,”  Alicia declares.  Well, the one it’s really up to is Grace, right?  You don’t get to exert mind control over your kids, or decide what they believe,and eventually, if she wants to go to church, she will.

“I don’t want you contacting her again,” Alicia reiterates.  “She already told me,” he says, “don’t worry.”  She?  You can see Alicia thinking, Grace told you?  When did she tell you?  “You talked to Grace?” she asks.  “No, I mean your assistant.  She already told me.”  Now Alicia’s really confused; I, on the other hand, am jubilant.  So that’s why we’re really here!  Alicia’s going to find out.  “My assistant?”  “The one who came for Grace, at the church?  The one who ripped into me?,”  Jimmy laughs.  “What’re you talking about?”  Alicia just doesn’t get it. “Your assistant at work.  Kalinda,” he explains.  Alicia’s floored.  “Kalinda?  She -I don’t understand.”  She shakes her head, but the cobwebs don’t clear.

“She came and got Grace, and said I should never talk to her again.  Or she would hurt me,” he adds, still a little alarmed.  Awesome. Alicia’s so shocked she forgets to be reserved and hide her thoughts. “I… I don’t understand.  How did she find Grace?”

“She told us not to say anything,” Zach explains from home.  Alicia’s back in the office. “Yes, but now I’m telling you to say something.  What happened?”   How did she know to have this conversation with him, and not Grace?  “She used some software to trace Grace’s cell phone, but it was dead, so she drove to see where Grace was,” Zach tells his mother.  Alicia’s stunned. “And why didn’t she want you to tell me?” she asks.  “I don’t think she thought you wanted to know,” he volunteers, filling up his backpack.  “Mom, I have to get to class.”  Diane knocks on the glass wall in Alicia’s office; Alicia holds up a finger to indicate she’ll be there in a minute. “Zach, listen.  I’m not angry, but we don’t keep things from each other, okay?”  “Okay, Mom, sorry,” he says, heading for the door.  “Okay.  I love you,” she replies.

Alicia passes Coyne, who’s set up with the trash on the conference table next to Eli’s office.  He pulls out a small white slip of paper with the words “be sorry” on it.  That gets him looking at the rest of the white paper till he finds the rest of the sentence; he gives it an admonishing look.

Diane thanks Alicia for coming to her office.  “We just don’t talk as much as we used to!”  Er, did they ever really talk.  I will say, we don’t see as much of you as we want, Diane!  Let’s change that!  “It’s been busy,”  Alicia assents gracefully. “And you’ve been distracted,” Diane says boldly. Alicia looks shocked for a moment.  “Well, I was just dealing with some home issues, but that’s all taken care of now,” she claims.  “Good,” says Diane, and they sit. Let me take this moment to say I love Alicia’s high necked dress; it’s so very buttoned up without literally being so.  It’s very much “I’m not having sex” sexy.

“You’re valuable to us, Alicia,” Diane smiles. “When I worked with Stern years ago, we were very close.”  Oh holy cow, is Diane copping to an affair with Stern?  Really?  Or just comparing?  “And as a woman, it was helpful to be that closely associated to a powerful man.”  Okay.  Odd way to put that, and I’m not at all sure that’s the right way to say that, but okay.  Alicia looks highly displeased with this lecture. “But only to a point. People tended not to give me credit for my own successes.”  Alicia tries not to say something, but there are spots of pink growing on her pale face.  “All I’m saying is, women need to help women.  The way you’re helping Caitlin.  The way I want to help you.  I want you to get serious about the partner track.” She nods decisively.

Alicia raises her eyebrows. “Really?”  “Yes,” Diane says.  “I’ve been watching you.  You have it in you. But you can’t let yourself get distracted. Not with family, not with… friendships.  Here, you have to keep your eye on the ball.”  “I can’t change that I have a family,” Alicia replies with a touch of annoyance. “No one wants you to,” Diane claims (which, whatever).  “But rising to a certain level as you have, Alicia, there are only two options open to you.  Rising even further, or falling to earth – and that’s why I want to help you.  To offer you my friendship.  And my advice.”

Wow. Diane’s everyone’s best friend and confessor, suddenly!  I can’t help remembering the cautions about her in the first season – that she talked a good game, but liked being the most powerful woman around and saw other women as threats – and hoping that this offer is about more than keeping Alicia out of Will’s bed.  Or at least, that it’ll be helpful in more ways than that.

Coyne picks this moment to walk in the door.  “Okay,” Alicia whispers. Hey, you did ask for friends. “We got something from the jury room!” Coyne cries.  “Oh, good, something from the trash,” Diane grouses. “No,” says Coyne, “this is a threat from one juror to another.  Look,” he says, handing Diane the two pieces of paper. “Change your vote or you’ll be sorry?” Diane reads aloud.  Oh, my.  “The problem is, we can’t use this.”  “Yeah,” Coyne snorts, “we’re not even supposed to have this trash.” Now that’s a double edge sword!  Can we figure out who wrote it, Diane wonders.  “I mean, if we could question these jurors, we could get it out of them.”  Alicia suggests comparing the handwriting. But you don’t know who wrote the different samples.  Doesn’t that make it tricky?

“Where is Kalinda?” Diane asks. “She was arrested” is Coyne’s shocking answer. “When?!” Diane questions, stunned.  “About an hour ago,” Coyne explains. “A friend at the courthouse just called me – she’s being held on a juror harassment charge.” Alicia’s silent. “Okay, well let’s bail her out!” Diane insists.  “I’ll do it,” Alicia volunteers immediately.  Is she sure?  She’s sure.   “Yes, I’ll go.”

Judge Dunaway’s not sure what he can do for Wendy Scott-Carr, who is just so pleased he has time for her. “Well, your Honor, I was assigned a case on judicial corruption,” she begins.  “Oh really,” he says, insinuating.  Wendy, you better step lively here.  “And I was wondering, as part of my investigation – has any lawyer approached you about a bribe?”

Oh my heavens.  She did not just come out and say that!  Wendy, you are usually way more subtle.   Have we ever heard her just blurt something out, rather than delicately beating around the bush for a few minutes?  Maybe she’s intimidated by his office.  They stare at each other for a moment.  “No, no lawyer has.”  What did she expect him to say?  “Good!” she chirps, her smile stiff and frozen.  “That’s good to know.”  She hesitates for a moment. “You know that bribes aren’t always in the form of cash.  They can also be in the form of gifts, or even the forgiving of debts.”  He stands, and pulls a thick stack of loosely bound papers from his book shelf.  “Harvard Law Review,” he announces, waving the papers at her. “This is my article on judicial misconduct,” he says as he sets it in front of her and sits down.  “Worth a read sometime.”

Okay, now she’s extra nervous.  Have we ever seen her so flustered?  I don’t even know why she would go to him rather than just investigate the situation.

“Please don’t confuse my meaning, your Honor.  Due diligence requires some uncomfortable questions.”  She smiles her old, winning, sanctified smile. “Yes,” says the judge, “and so does undue influence.”  She smiles, almost blushing. “Are you suggesting that I’m influencing you?” she demurs, as if it were a ridiculous thought. “No, I’m suggesting that you’re attempting to influence me,” he smiles.  “You were close to Will Gardner,” she cuts to the chase. “You used to play in his Wednesday night basketball games.” God, the woman is tenacious. And so wrong headed. “We have pinpointed these games as a prime nexus for illegal gambling and bribery.” Oh, God.  I’d love to know why you think that, I really would.  “And I’m friendly to his partner, Diane Lockhart, in this current case, isn’t that what you’re suggesting?” Dunaway comes alive under threat.  It’s pretty striking. Wendy’s face freezes for a second. “Yes,” she admits. “And you are trying to use your position as a special prosecutor to pressure me to decide for the prosecution in this ongoing case!”

Mayday, mayday!

Also, YES!!!!!!!!!

“Well, that’s where you’re wrong, sir,” Wendy smiles.  Doesn’t her face hurt from all that smiling? My face hurts just looking at her.  My hands are tired of typing the same phrase; Wendy smiles, smiles, smiles. “There is no ongoing case. The verdict is in.”  Right.  You’re going to get far with that argument.  That must come as such a shock to him the verdict being in.  He glares at her.

When Dana walks over to the holding cell, Kalinda gets up.  Is she still cuffed, even in the cell?  “How’re you doing?” she asks. “Cause you’re looking a little pale.”  Kalinda shakes her head, annoyed.  “Yep,” Dana notes as Kalinda stands with her back to the cell door, “hands behind your back. “An officer unlocks the door and takes her out.

“Kalinda Sharma. She was brought in here a few hours ago,” Alicia asks at a desk.  “Oh, I’m sorry, m’am,” says the desk clerk, “but Kalinda Sharma’s been transferred.  “Where?,” Alicia asks calmly.  “She took ill, and was transferred to a local hospital for treatment,” the clerk reads. “Oh, come on.  This is a game,” Alicia declares rightly.  (And how funny that it was Kalinda who taught Alicia about this game, back when it was Alicia’s neighbor being bounced around by immigration.) “That’s all I know, m’am.  Take it or leave it.”  Oh, Alicia’s going to take it, all right.

And she’s going to leave it right on Cary’s desk. She bursts into his office in high dungeon.  “Let me put this to you simply, Cary.  Unless you want a law suit the likes you’ve never seen, I would stop this shell game with Kalinda. Because I have three pro bono clients who’ve suffered the same transferring of relatives and loved ones, and if I can prove a systematic effort to elude arraignments and bail hearings, well then we’re talking about damages in the millions. And more importantly, I’ll be naming you personally in that law suit.”

“Hi, Alicia,” he nods up at her, displeased.  “Hi. I am not joking, Cary,” she replies. “You bring Kalinda to me, now.”  YES!!!!!!! There’s nothing quite like a properly applied threat.

Alicia and Cary wait, leaning back against an olive colored wall for Kalinda to be brought out.  When she is, Cary gestures to the guard to let her go.  Kalinda and Alicia stare at each other warily.  Kalinda leaves, and Alicia follows.

The two women silently buckle themselves into Alicia’s car.  It’s not until Alicia’s ready to back out that Kalinda simply says thanks.  Alicia puts the car back in park. “You found Grace?” Alicia says curtly, looking forward. Kalinda doesn’t answer, so Alicia rephrases. “You found my daughter?”  “She wasn’t lost,” comes the response. “You brought her home,” Alicia notes. “She would’ve come home on her own,” Kalinda explains, which is odd.  But why did you tell my children not to tell me, Alicia wonders. You know, the thing Kalinda does next best after bad ass is pleading and vulnerable, and that’s what she looks like now.  “I don’t do mess,” Kalinda offers by way of an explanation.  “What mess?” Alicia wants to know; she turns for the first time to look at Kalinda.

“Alicia, I haven’t changed. I’m the same person.  I knew I could help, so I helped.  That’s all.”

Alicia turns her face forward again.  “Thank you,” she says simply. “You don’t have to…” Kalinda starts. “No. You didn’t have to,” Alicia says clearly, still looking forward. “That’s why I’m thanking you.”  “You’re welcome,” Kalinda replies, quiet, honest. Alicia nods, and pulls the car out of the spot.

“Here we all are again!  What do you have for us today, Miss Lockhart?”  Judge Dunaway asks as he hangs up a coat or sweater, looking over at the assembled lawyers and – hmm – the juror with the cold. Diane’s wearing one of her more daring ensembles – a large print purple plaid – and she answers the judge with her usual confidence. “Juror Number Twelve, Mr. Grant Rudnick, your Honor, he has something he wanted to say.”  Rudnick grips the chair back in front of him as Judge Dunaway turns to him in surprise.  “Yes, your Honor, I’m sorry, I should have said something before.  This note was given to me before, in the jury room.”  He places the taped up threatening note on Dunaway’s desk.

“Oh, come on, your Honor, this is ridiculous,” Cary huffs. Coyne quotes rule 5324A about jury tampering or bullying, only to be on the other end of Dunaway’s glare.  Again.  “I know.  I interrupted Mr. Agos.  I will go sit down now.”  Heh.  He does.

“The jury has decided, your Honor,” Cary continues. “The defense shouldn’t be allowed to keep throwing crap against the wall.”  “Thank you, Mr. Agos,” Dunaway snaps, “but I think it’s my job to figure out what is crap.  Mr. Rudnick, did this threat change your view of the case?”  Diane steps in, because she knows the answer.  “Your Honor, that’s not the point. The mere fact of …”  Ruthlessly, Dunaway cuts her off. “Miss Lockhart, I didn’t ask you a question.”  They stare at each other, and she backs down; I notice, however, that he doesn’t send her off to the couch.  “Mr. Rudnick, did this note change your mind about the case?”  No, Rudnick snuffles. “So when I polled the jury in court and you said guilty in the first degree, were you telling the truth?”  Dana nods. “I guess so, sure,” Rudnick says unconvincingly.  “Miss Lockhart, Mr. Coyne, again, nice effort, but I deny your request for a mistrial.  And I ask that you be more circumspect in the future in your approaches to jury members.”  Ouch.

“Damn it,” Coyne growls as he leaves the judge’s chambers. “What happened?,” Diane wonders.  Did you figure it would be easy because you know he’s on your side?  “He’s afraid to go out on a limb,” Coyne guesses.  So should we assume that Wendy’s little chat had some effect?  “Who threatened you, Mr. Rudnick?  Diane asks, and I just about fall over.  What are you people, amateurs?  How could you not ask that question before?  And if you were going to find the person who wrote the note by the handwriting, how did you end up with the recipient instead?  Oh, whatever.  You people are annoying me. The foreman, he says. “I forget his name, I’m sorry.  I didn’t take it seriously – I thought he just wanted to get finished up that night.”

“What I don’t understand, ” Diane turns to Coyne, “is that the foreman was one of the not guilty votes.”  So ask the juror standing next to you, you moron!  Why aren’t you asking #12 this?  How can you speculate right in front of him and not ASK?  Oh, you superior idiots.  “And then after lunch, he not only changes his vote, he pressures another juror to change his vote?”  Rudnick looks twitchy and full of information, but Diane calls Kalinda.  At least Kalinda wouldn’t ignore the avenue right in front of her, but gosh, this makes me crazy.  “Kalinda, what’re you doing?”  Diane asks.  “Anything you want,” Kalinda replies, walking the halls of Lockhart/Gardner.  She’s on her way.

Her way to Lisa Banner’s button heaven, that is.  “Three Decan buttons, all with irises,” Lisa explains, showing Kalinda another button board.  “Oh, I like the middle one especially,” Kalinda exclaims.  This is so wacky, watching Kalinda in this situation.  These button are rather pretty, though.  “Oh thank you – me too!” Lisa enthuses. “So did you talk much about the case during lunch?” Kalinda wonders.  Truly, she is a master at setting people at ease.  When you contrast her methods to Blake last season with his threats and burglaries and brute force, her skill is even more apparent. “No, we honored the judge’s instructions.”  “And was Mario with you? He’s the foreman,” Kalinda explains for our benefit.

“Most days he was during the trial, but deliberations, no, he said he had to do something next door.”  Really.  Hmm.  That’s interesting. “Next door to what?,” Kalinda asks, still appearing completely absorbed by the little painted buttons. “Chopsticks Shack.  We went there every day!” Lisa groans.  “Do you remember what was next door?” Kalinda asks casually, still captivated, tilting the button board to look at them from every angle.

Mario, it turns out, used an internet cafe next door to the Chopsticks Shack.  Naughty naughty, Mario!  “He had to pay with a credit card, so I was able to find the computer he used, and this is the cache of searches he ran,” Kalinda says, setting down a folder on Diane’s desk.  “What was he looking for,” Diane wonders as Alicia watches – wearing, I have to say, a spectacular brown velvet jacket over a mocha silk shirt. Gorgeous.  “Articles on our alibi witness, Sergeant Alden.”  Diane looks shocked. “What was it, a grudge?”

“No,” Kalinda explains, “Alden shot a Hispanic youth in 2002.” Coyne, who’s seated across from Diane’s desk,  says “uh-oh.”  Yep, Kalinda agrees. “He was cleared of all charges, but there was a lot of controversy because the youth was unarmed.  Many members of the Latino community accused him of lying to the inquest.” Yeah, I can see how he’d be an unintended lightning rod.  “And Sergeant Alden is black, not a lot of love lost there,” Coyne contributes.  “So you think that he changed his vote when he realized it was the same officer?” Alicia guesses.  “Yeah, but I don’t think he realized until he was in the middle of deliberations.  He checked, and then he persuaded the other jurors,”  Kalinda explains her theory.

Well, there you have it.  That’s what went wrong.

“We have to take this to the judge,” Alicia cries.  Which, duh!  But Diane shakes her head.  “No,” she declares.  “Why?  This is exactly what Judge Dunaway was talking about!”  “No no no , something’s changed there,” Coyne perceives.  “We need more.”  Has something really changed?  Did Wendy really work some magic with her threats?  Should the intimidation note have been enough to get the mistrial?  This information seems like a slam dunk to me.  I’m with Alicia.  I get why Coyne and Diane are hesitant, but what is going to be better than this?

“We could get affadavits from the jurors,” Diane suggests. “If they’re willing to swear that the foreman persuaded them, that might help.”  Kalinda’s on it.  Well, and the foreman and the other jurors all seem twitchy when they talked to Kalinda; maybe they know they have something to hide?  “I’ll help,” Alicia makes her choice quietly, and the voices of a thousand fans cry out in pleasure.  The dynamic duo!  Back together again!  Halleluiah!  Kalinda smiles her Mona Lisa smile.

Alicia gets a call as they’re moving out.  “Alicia Florrick,” she answers.  “Mrs. Florrick! I was hoping to get your voice mail,” Miss Venegas replies awkwardly.  (Oh, that’s so not good.  Also, who says that?  What a coward!  Could I like this woman any less?)  “I just wanted to apologize.  It doesn’t look like it’ll work out for your kids after all.”  Venegas twirls her pencil.  How bad is that public school for you to choose to work with this woman instead?  Yuck.  “Really?  Why?” Alicia wonders in total surprise. “Well first of all, I’m so sorry to disappoint you,” Venegas claims. “I’m just trying not to set an unfortunate precedent, I hope you understand.”  You know, if what she means is, she doesn’t want to make policy exceptions for children of the powerful, I appreciate and approve that.  But the supercilious way she says it stops me from liking her or giving her credit for honor.  “Mrs. Florrick?  Hello?”

Next, we see Peter picking up Alicia’s call. “Hey,” he says. “Alicia.  What’s the matter?  What?”  He looks up from the papers in his lap. “Alright.  Don’t worry.  I’ll handle it.”

You know, I’d worry.  Just how’s he going to handle it?  Alicia, don’t revert to the person who doesn’t ask questions!

Kalinda’s asking questions, that’s for sure; she’s back again at Lisa Banner’s door.   “You’re back again,” she brightens immediately. “Couldn’t get enough of my buttons!”  Oh, honey.  Kalinda laughs awkwardly.    “This is my colleague, Alicia Florrick – you might recognize her from the trial?”  She does, and graciously motions them in. “I always liked what you were wearing,” Lisa smiles.  And no wonder!  “Miss Banner, hi,” Alicia begins (wouldn’t thank you have been a better opening?), “we were trying to get in touch with the other jurors, we’ve talked to three or four, and we were just wondering if you had the names or numbers of the others?”  Am I wrong, or is that a large vase entirely covered with buttons on top of Lisa’s button cabinet?  Wow.  Just, wow.  The prop department really outdid themselves.  Lisa, anyway, is delighted to help. “I do, I friended them all so we could stay in touch,” she says, sitting down to her computer. “I’m having a display of my buttons at the Indiana State Fair,” she tells them proudly, wiggling in her seat, “and I wanted to keep them all in touch.  Here, here you go,” she announces as her Facebranch page loads.  Alrighty.

“They didn’t all want to be friended, but that’s half of them, anyway.”  She smiles up at Kalinda as Alicia peers on the page. “Thanks, that’s so helpful,” Kalinda says.  “Um, Miss Banner,”  Alicia begins.  “Lisa,” Miss Banner corrects, smiling over at the lawyer. “Lisa,” Alicia assents, “Is that Peter Dunaway, Judge Dunaway?”  Why, so it is.  Ha!  “I sent him a friend request, too.  He seemed like such a nice man.”  That’s what you think, but you might not if you heard his strictures about your syntax.  “And he friended you back?” Alicia asks, incredulous.  “Yes. Why?” Lisa raises her doe eyes up Alicia.  “During the trial?”  Alicia asks.  “Yes.  What’s wrong?”  Kalinda smiles.  Poor friendly little fish, swimming with the sharks.  “I think we have our mistrial,” Alicia observes.

Sigh.  You know, they sold me that Lauren is innocent and the jury was tainted, but it would have been more satisfying if they’d been able to prove misconduct on the foreman, rather than a foolish slip up on the part of the judge.

“I never used to bite my nails,” Lauren Fisher remarks, holding out her hands. “Now look at them.  They’re bleeding.”   “We have some hope,” Alicia understates to her client.  “Thank you. Thanks for coming by,” the other woman says, a bit listless.  “I’m sorry,” Alicia shakes her head. “When you asked me about whether to take the deal before, I’m afraid I was abrupt with you.”  You were?  I don’t think so.  “No, it was the truth,” Lauren replies, becoming more animated. “No – yes, it was, but … sometimes the truth can be more adorned,” Alicia explains her unease.

Lauren can’t stop shaking her head. She leans forward toward Alicia. “I don’t have a lot of friends coming by to see me.  I thought I would, I have a lot of friends.”  She nods, and her words hit Alicia where she lives. “This really gets you thinking about how people say nice things, smile, and then never came to visit.”  Oh, does Alicia know that one.  It’s almost too anvilicious.  She smiles in recognition. “I think I can deal with things less adorned.” Lauren nearly smiles when she says it. “I hope this works out,” Alicia says, shaking her head.  Now Lauren’s smile blooms.  “I do too,” she replies.

Miss Venegas brings a file to her desk in her airy, plant-filled office. She stops for a moment in surprise, to see a figure in her elegantly paneled doorway. “Oh, Mr. Florrick, how are you?”  “Good, m’am,” he nods, not stepping over the threshold. “I wish you’d made an appointment.  I just spoke to your wife.”  Believe me, he knows. “Unfortunately, we don’t have any room for your two children.”  Her bright blue suit matches his tie perfectly. “But, I was saying, beginning next year…” Her voice trails off as he steps in and closes the door behind him.  “Ahem – at the start of next year, we should have room.”

Silently, he sits down. “Do you know what one of the advantages to my position is, Miss Venegas?”  “No,” she stammers, “I – imagine there must be many.”  “No, not really,” he informs her, exuding a quiet menace.  “But background checks – thorough background checks – are one of the great advantages.”  She sits down on her desk, her lips compressed. “As I was perusing through some of these background checks, I was somewhat surprised to find that many of your teachers had … issues.”  Her eyes widen.  His use of eye contact here is so sporadic as to be quite alarming; nothing, nothing, nothing, and then an intense glare. “Of course I was only checking as a concerned parent thinking of sending his children here. Luckily there were no sexual charges, but there were quite a few felonies DUIs, check kiting and … drug charges.”

“You are the State’s Attorney, sir,” she replies uncertainly.  “Yes, I am,” he drawls. “That’s why I’m going to say this to you very slowly.  I’m the State’s Attorney.  You don’t say no to me.  And you especially don’t say no when it concerns my children.  Do you understand?”  She looks back at him like a frightened deer. “I think the word you’re looking for is yes.”

She nods fervently.

He nods back.

“Good,” he says, rising, “so, we’ll be hearing from you.”

1.  Why do they want Zach and Grace to go to this school so badly that they’re willing to threaten and intimidate people to get there?  Especially when it’s staffed by drunks who can’t balance their checkbooks?  2. Much as I can’t stand this woman, I don’t like Peter’s misuse of his position of power either.

Is the third time the charm, Judge Dunaway wonders?  Oh, I guarantee you are not going to find this charming. “That is our hope, your Honor,” Diane asserts. “Well I should warn you, my patience is wearing thin,” he announces.  Hmm.  Maybe Wendy really did get to him.  I thought that they were overreacting the first time I watched this, but maybe not. Does he not care anymore that there was a serious miscarriage of justice? Diane reads from the Illinois code of judicial conduct: “Judges should refrain from all individual contact outside the presence of the court during trial and deliberations.”  Cary and Dana squint, wondering just what the point of this is.  Judge Dunaway wants to know, too. And he’s a little amused.  “Yes?  Have you detected some contact I made with jurors?”  “You friended one.  Juror Number Five, Lisa Banner, of Lisa’s World of Buttons.”  Alicia places some print outs before Dunaway. “I didn’t friend her,” he claims, putting on his glasses to read the papers.

“You did, your Honor,” Alicia contradicts him. “She sent you a friend request three days ago, and you responded in the affirmative.”  He throws up a hand. “Because I’m running for re-election,” he explains.  He assumes all requests are from supporters. Well, that’ll teach you! “Your Honor, this is..” Cary begins, but Dunaway cuts him off, wincing. “I know what this is,” he acknowledges, holding a hand in front of his face.  Embarrassing, that’s what. Diane presses on. “This is serious grounds for a mistrial.  Unknowingly or not, you made contact with a juror during the trial.”  Dunaway wraps his hand around his chin and mouth. “This is a serious ethical breach,” she finishes. Dunaway slams his open hand down on the table, unable to contain his frustration over his mistake.

He shifts unhappily in his seat. ‘I used to find this job eternally enlightening, even enjoyable,” he snaps. “Not anymore!  Not a single day.”  Dana tries to interrupt, but he won’t hear her. “No,” he cries, angry and bitter, “I declare a mistrial.  Let’s take it back into court and make it official.”  Wow.  Saved by Facebook (branch).  That can’t happen all that often.  He grabs his robe and stomps off.  Is this the sort of case Andrew Wylie will assume is crooked?

“Good job,” Diane whispers to Alicia. “That’s what I was talking about.  That’ll get you partnership.”  As they file out, Alicia smiles.

Will shoots baskets by himself, the gym echoing and shadowed.  The camera walks toward him, along with Wendy Scott-Carr.  “So you chased them all away, huh?” he calls out without stopping his practice shots.  She laughs as he wiggles his butt, setting up the next shot. “I don’t believe I did anything of the kind, Mr. Gardner.  They found the better part of valor.”  Okay, that’s a completely ridiculous thing to say.  I’m really hurting for Will here, though;he loved that game.  “Here’s your problem,” he says, readying his next shot, “You don’t have any evidence, lady.  You have accusations, and you’re trying to sweat me.  Well, I don’t sweat easily.”  He demonstrates by shooting and making the basket.   Nice focus, Will.  “Then let’s talk,” she says. “That’s all I want to do, just talk.”  Riiiiight.  He’ll buy that for a dollar. “I’m not after you,” she claims. “I don’t think you know who you’re after,” he says, making another basket. “Oh,” she says quietly, “I know who I’m after.  Somebody who used to be involved in your basketball games, years ago. ” “Who’re you talking about?”  Will scoffs, preparing to shoot.

“Peter Florrick,” she says quietly.

Oh my God, what?

Will does not shoot the ball.

Wait, Peter was in Will’s basketball game? That seems unlikely, doesn’t it?  Oh, I’m not even going to nickpick, this is just too rich.

Will spins the ball in his hands. “That’s right.  It all comes full circle, doesn’t it?,” she says, finally making him look at her.  This is a surprise.  I guess it fits – there were all those rumors about Peter and corrupt judges back in the first season – even though I still can’t believe the games are where it starts. “Wow. Only in Cook County.  Peter puts you in charge of an investigation into me, and you turn it back on him.  I…  I’m speechless.”  He’s also smiling in appreciation, his mood lightened, utterly mistrustful and utterly baffled. “Peter’s clean this term.  But he wasn’t his first term, was he?  And you know where his weaknesses lie.”  Wow, that’s a big leap.  The ballsiness of this move blows my mind.

“Well I know a lot of things,” Will tells her, calculating. “Then let’s talk,” she says softly, moving closer to him.  The soundtrack starts to clap. “No,” he says.

“Yes,” she counters, confident, “it’s the smart move.”  “No,” he says again.  Will’s getting the surging, heroic soundtrack.  “I’m hiring myself a lawyer, and then we’ll talk.”  Oh,please hire Elsbeth Tascioni!  Wouldn’t you pay money to see her go up against Wendy?  “When next we talk, it’ll be in front of a grand jury,” she warns him.  Really?  But you have to have evidence to go in front of a grand jury, and you don’t. That we know of. “Okay,” he replies calmly, “so be it.”  He leaves her his ball, and goes home, head held high.

Alicia, on the other hand, isn’t at home, but out drinking.  And the one who joins her, smiling, is Diane.  Ha.  I should have known from the enormous flower arrangements at the end of the bar that this place is more Diane’s style than Kalinda’s.

So, that’s interesting.

Gosh!  That’s a lot to process.  I will say, I do not want Will to go to jail, but I don’t want Peter back there either.  Granted, I don’t want him using his superpowers to intimidate prep school principals – that’s sort of gross – but I like him being generally upstanding and so far at work he mostly has.  Other than when it comes to Will.  Of course, if Chris Noth really does want to leave the show (as has been rumored) that’d be a way to get him there which would make sense.  And does it serve him right in a way, pursuing this case against Will?  Ugh.  I still don’t like it, even if it’s a great and  completely unexpected twist.  Oh, poor Eli! There’ll be no key note for either of you if your candidate’s under indictment.

So is Diane becoming the glue that binds everyone together?  Will, Eli, now Alicia?  I love seeing her take charge and take control of her environment like that. Now all she needs is a line of men outside her flower room. And wow, wow, I know she’s reaching out from self interest, to sort of safeguard Will and Alicia from each other, but I would love to see the two women become actual friends!

And halleluiah, Alicia and Kalinda are talking again!  Yes!  What a profound relief that is. What a beautiful scene, and how in character for the both of them!  Such good stuff.  What else is there to say besides Yipeeeee!  Okay, I know that things aren’t hunky dory, but maybe they will be soon?  That’s our Christmas wish, Kings.  Make it come true!

I liked this case. I liked sardonic, olive colored Dunaway, another original and interesting judge.  I’m sorry to conclude that he bowed to pressure from Wendy, but I enjoyed his griping and his righteous indignation and his putting lawyers in time out.  I liked chirpy little Lisa Banner and her world of buttons.  I was fascinated by the idea that one of the jurors ended up knowing something about a witness which caused him to torpedo the entire case.  And I like the cases that come from unusual angles.  I really liked all the different layers of personal connection – Mario holds a grudge because of Alden’s past and so persuades others of Fisher’s guilt.  Wendy crusades to knock down her former rival when he puts her in a position of power.  Will finds his strength in knowing he’s being used.  Alicia sifting through her past, auditioning old friends  and possibly making a new one.   Look at sweet, perky Lisa Banner with her online readership, and Lauren Fisher with fellow cops who won’t visit her in prison.  How do we relate to each other?  What motivates us? As Alicia observes, what do we really know of our peers?  What mysteries we are to each other, what strangers, what worlds apart.

And on that cheery note, I want to wish you a wonderful end to 2011, fellow Good Wife fans!  It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to talk to you this year.  Best wishes for the holiday season and a terrific beginning to 2012!  See you in the new year!

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46 comments on “The Good Wife: What Went Wrong

  1. MMGF says:

    Oh my goodness do I want Will to hire Elsbeth Tascioni to go up against that smug Wendy Scott-Carr! Universe, listen!!

  2. Kate says:

    thanks for the great recap!

    i think my heart broke a little when alicia said she didn’t love will and truly sounded like she meant it! evidently the kings don’t want A/W to be a “will they or won’t they couple” (fair enough) so they’ve put an end to the “triangle” that they built up over the first two seasons. i have to admit that i found it quite deflating (i obviously have too much invested in a fictional couple!)

    but that aside, it was great to have owen turn up (useful plot device!) and ask some of those pesky questions that have been bothering me … why don’t you change jobs? (too complicated), why don’t you date will? (i don’t like the lying, i don’t like that he is my boss, i don’t love him), why don’t you get divorced? (no answer!)

    i’ve decided that alicia is extremely resistant to change, preferring the status quo above all else. she stayed with peter until she could bear it no more… and i expect she won’t divorce him until her hand is forced once again. in some very fundamental way she still isn’t completely taking charge of her life.

    i found the whole school plot line quite disturbing. who would want their kids in a school like that? and why is alicia so happy to use peter to get the kids into that school? i felt like we got some insight into the less appealing aspects of alicia’s character – even if she doesn’t actually know how Peter gets things done (and chooses not to ask questions) she must have her suspicions – which means that there is a part of her that is complicit in his behaviour and even enables it… and i think you are right – we are getting some insight into who alicia and peter were as a couple BEFORE the scandal… and it is clear that alicia liked her role as a powerful man’s wife, she like being in that partnership.

    it was great to see kalinda and alicia finally healing (interesting that kalinda’s betrayal seems so much greater to alicia than peter’s – as you say she is so chummy with him and so frosty to kalinda!)

    i liked the ending – caught me by surprise… and i wonder what is planned for the second half of the season!

    thanks again for your recaps and providing this little place in the blogosphere for TGW discussion! see you in 2012!

    • E says:

      Hi, Kate!

      She really did sound like she meant it, huh? And that’s tough to hear. I wonder how much of that is the fact that she was with him, but only let it be about the sex and not the emotional part. Very odd, though, all things considered. I really think there’s still plenty of will they/won’t they, because people are not going to stop rooting for A/W or A/P. They just really managed to get around the classic structure of the love triangle, because Alicia left Peter, but not completely, and got together with Will, but not completely, either. And in doing so they’ve managed to drive all of us to complete frustration…

      Awesome that they had Owen show up as the voice of reason, huh? Gosh, I’m so with you about Alicia resisting change. You’re right, it will probably take something else happening to force her to change the status quo again and file for divorce. Or maybe Peter will have to decide and do it on his own – and he doesn’t have a lot of motivation to do that now. I wonder if he still wants her back…

      I totally agree, again (how shocking) that Alicia was complicit in Peter’s abuse of power with the odious headmistress. I don’t like that in her, that she’s willing to turn a blind eye. If she didn’t know better before, she ought to know better now.

      Now, I guess she has reason to play nice with Peter (the kids) but she has reason to play nice with Kalinda, too. It seemed like she was doing that at the end of last season, but until this week, she’s been downright rude to Kalinda. I know it’s not anywhere near back to where it was, but I loved seeing Alicia follow up her thank you with actions – volunteering to work with Kalinda. So great!

      Thanks for joining the discussion here! It’s been wonderful talking TGW with you. Have a fantastic holiday season. 🙂

      • Kate says:

        i think peter would take her back in a flash – she’s worth a lot to him politically (he’ll always be ambitious don’t you think?) and i think he’s found her transformation from housewife to legal eagle quite a turn on 😉

  3. Kiki says:

    E!!! So are you trying to kill me with such an amazing and sad song for A/P??? It breaks my heart too because I totally agree with you, those scenes between them, show us what they were once and how great they were together. And they cannot have that anymore, and its a shame. But you can totally believe from those scenes they were married for 15 years. (I need closure!!)

    So E, I think this is the best episode of the season! I absolutely loved loved loved it! It was great! Case was engaging, new character interactions (A/D), fresh hope for our dynamic dupe A/K (YES, I love the preacher kid now haha), nice friendly A/P interactions, and a nice little twist!! I can this episode a win….very pleased.

    Dana/Cary both need to go away….done with them both.

    A/K, I basically SQUEALED like fangirl when Alicia agreed to work with Kalinda, and that smile by Kalinda, my dear heart melted of happiness! I am so happy that things will be moving forward for them, its about time, and you know Kalinda is only vulnerable with Alicia, you can tell how much she cares. That car scene, broke my heart, K is so scared to even talk! One thing is obvious, K would walk on fire for Alicia. And I loved to see Alicia fight for K 😀

    As for hiring Elsbeth…..have you been reading spoilers? 😛 hahaha

    As for D/A, you mention that she might be trying to “safeguard A and W from each other”, you are not the first person to mention this to me. But for some reason, I just don’t see it. I immediately thought they be buddies, and it would be an amazing friendship. However I do agree that she might have felt some kind of guilt about how the A/W went down, but I don’t think her friendliness towards Alicia now has alternative motive like some people seem to be implying. I think she genuinely might want to be Alicia’s friend and help her, “women helping women” no words have ever been sweeter to me!!

    As for WSC/P/W….well Peter is going to regret hiring Wendy, its going to come back to bit him in the butt. We know Will will make it through this…as for Peter I am not so sure. Ironically he “wanted” to do “sort of” do the right thing, and is going to backfired. Could W/P unite?

    As for the private school thing, made no sense, why did P/A want them going there so bad? And please tell me what private school is going to turn away politicians kids? Private schools love that stuff, they even lobby to get those kids into their school, so I found it odd that principal wasn’t jumping in joy at having them there. It brings money and prestige. It was an odd story line.

    So yea overall good episode! I mean any episode that starts with Alicia’s beautiful face, is bound to be good? It was very Alicia focused which I LOVE, it was about her life and choices. And what is obvious now, is that Alicia needs new friends, and who is better than our girl Kalinda?!!! 😀 I grin from ear to ear at the thought of A/K sharing a bar scene, and we know is coming, cause why else would the writers tease us twice about it!!

    Great review as always E!!! Wish you happy holidays and a happy new year as well!! Enjoy!!
    (also TGW comes back on 1/8, its confirmed)

    • E says:

      Oh, Kiki, I’m glad you liked the song! I think David Wilcox is just really wise and observant. (He has another song, “Covert War,” about a child believing they need to stand between their feuding parents, which also makes me think of Alicia and how she might have grown up. Obviously just speculation, but you can tell she was the caretaker child.)

      I thought this episode was fantastic, too.

      RE: Alicia and Peter – in season one, we only got to see her be relaxed around Will and (eventually) Kalinda. Ironic that now she’s only relaxed with Peter! I’m so, so upset about the way he acted with the nasty headmistress. I think sometimes we can do things on the behalf of people we love which we would never dream of doing for ourselves – things that, if we thought more about them, we’d realized aren’t very virtuous. Does that make sense? Just because he’s doing it for his kids doesn’t make it right. And it really worries me that she would just let him take care of it without inquiring at all into how he did it. So we got a fascinating dose of what really made them a great couple (especially their wonderful ease and humor) and what made their relationship unhealthy. She has a real tendency to stick her head in the sand, our Alicia.

      Is it awful to say I kind of wanna smack Dana upside the head? BUT I can’t wait to find out how Cary reacts when he realizes what WSC is up to. He’s got much better instincts than Peter on this front, and he’s totally trapped in the middle. BUT OH MY GOSH, the idea of Peter and Will coming together to counter Wendy’s manipulations? That is the best thought ever.

      I haven’t read any spoilers RE Carrie Preston but I hope hope hope she’s Will’s lawyer! That would just rock. Wendy v. Elsbeth would be epic.

      I think Diane’s overtures could be both self-serving and true. I would LOVE to see that happen, to see them really be friends. So I hope you’re right! Either way, I am totally in for more Diane. And phew, finally Alicia’s letting the wall down a little for poor Kalinda. Such a blessed relief! I agree, the Alicia focus was awesome, right where we should be. Such a good episode!

      Thanks for the news about 1/8, and have a fantastic holiday season! 🙂

      • Kiki says:

        Ohh yes!! I loved the song, and yes he is very talented and smart! I am going to listen to more of his stuff, really enjoyed it.

        As for Peter, doing what he did, I think the writers don’t want us to forget that Peter loves power and will do anything he has to, especially for his family. Peter needs to becareful but power was what got him in the mess he is in. I agree this is not the best attitude but as parents it seems that Peter and Alicia at times forget this. Now I wonder if Alicia knew what Peter did would she be mad? Part of me thinks not.

        Will and Peter teaming up would be so crazy and exciting to watch! I would love to see how that plays out.

        As for Elsbeth I will keep quite then hahaha 😀

        As for D/A, I hope I am right too. I want A/D to really be friends and I don’t mean replace A/K since I believe the A/K friendship would be very different than the A/D friendship. But I would love to see A/D help each other. I love it! Also another thing that makes me over the moon excited is that maybe someday my three favorite characters might share drinks together…Alicia, Diane, and Kalinda!! It would make my fangirl heart so happy! Three very different woman, wouldn’t that be amazing?

        22 more days!! haha

        • E says:

          So four episodes in a row in January! Awesome! BUT, that’ll put the episode count to 15, which means that between February and May, we’ll only get what, 8 episodes? That’s not a lot of show for 3 months…

      • Yvonne says:

        I am not in favour of violence but I thought EXACTLY what you thought – I would love to slap Dana – and Cary -actually, maybe just bash their heads together and get the pair of whinging little cry babies with one fell swoop. I don’t buy the “friendly Diane” – she had plenty of opportunity to do that before and was never inclined to. OK in the first season she favoured Cary over Alicia but all through the second season she never showed any interest. I think it is purely to make sure Alicia and Will don’t wreck her firm – and her life with it.

        • E says:

          I definitely think Diane is motivated by self interest, and for that matter so is Alicia, but for all that, I think it could be really interesting if something real grows out of the two of them coming together.

          Dana has quite the annoying chip on her shoulder, doesn’t she?

  4. John Graydon says:

    I kept smiling at your recap, because you reacted to so many scenes exactly the way I did. I’m glad there’s been a reconciliation between Alicia and Kalinda. They’re such a great team that it was a shame when they were estranged.

    I’m NOT so happy to see Alicia being so friendly with Peter, though. She’s a fool if she thinks the snake has changed for the better.

    And ironically, we saw he hasn’t, the way he was abusing the powers of his office again, and threatening the principal so blatantly. The fact that Alicia seemed to know and approve does not speak well of her at all!

    I found it odd that Diane was talking about partnership, after all the annoyed looks she was shooting at Alicia for being so distracted. Sure she probably presumed she was thinking about Will — but when she was actually thinking about her kids, that means such distractions will continue.

    It’s typical, though, for a career woman like Diane to expect focus and dedication, while a parent like Alicia will think it’s appropriate to take half an hour in the middle of a high-pressure case to go off and deal with something to do with her kids, or to stall her boss on an urgent matter, because she has to call her husband about something kid-related first. Not impressive at all, career-wise.

    I felt sorry for poor abandoned Will, there trying to play the game he enjoyed all by himself. Alicia is going to regret dumping a truly nice guy like him — and that will be sooner rather than later!

    Maybe the Christmas break comes at a good time, because I’ve been getting increasingly annoyed with some of the stupid decisions being made. It’ll help me calm down…..

  5. Kate says:

    forgot to add i too LOVED alicia’s dress in her meeting with diane – so stylish and perfect!

      • Yvonne says:

        I absolutely hated that dress to the extent that I was distracted from the conversation in the scene because I was wondering who designed and made such an awful thing and what in the name of ****** the costume designer was doing even selecting in and how the heck JM agreed to wear it

        • E says:

          Hee! Was it because it was so buttoned up? I thought it was ridiculously flattering – she looked crazy thin. But it also made me crack up because it was such a complete reversal of the sexier direction they’d been taking her work clothes; I thought it spoke pretty eloquently to character.

          • Yvonne says:

            I hated the boring grey colour, the horrible material and the stupid neckline. I often don’t even notice Alicia’s clothes until you point them out in your recaps – but that, as I said, was actually distracting. Diane wears some bananas clothes from time to time – and I do notice them. But I usually like them

        • Kate says:

          lol! i was distracted wondering where i could buy it!!

    • E says:

      She had such great clothes this episode. I love that velvet outfit, too.

  6. MMGF says:

    Ha, I’m, like, the only person ever who wants Alicia and Peter to be back together. When they’re doing well, they really seem like a great fit. Of course, there’s always the little problem of Peter (heh, “peter”) keeping it in his pants. Although, interesting – have we seen him in anything romantic since the break-up with Alicia? Actually, with anyone (besides Alicia) since Amber? Even Kalinda was before Amber, wasn’t she? I’m not as good a student of the show as a lot of people here, so I’m sure y’all can set me straight with this. I find Will pretty insufferable, though – smug, pompous, not very nice. I wonder if that’s because my impressions are all beginning with season 2, having not yet seen season 1?

    Oh – I also had a much lighter reaction to the Alicia – Kalinda reunion. It still didn’t seem so much to me like Alicia was defrosting much in the car with Kalinda after she bailed her out. She was still pretty harsh and chilly. I guess when she later agreed to work with Kalinda, that was certainly a good sign. And that’s the obvious road, back to being something of a team and even friends again. (Unless – maybe we get thrown a curve ball – who knows!) But it feels like this could still be a slow road. As much as I miss them together, working so great as a team, enjoying a friendship (and maybe Alicia’s loneliness and self-inspection on her need for GOOD friends this week was symbolic and nodding to the Kalinda storyline, too,) I have a feeling this could take a while to build up. Which – welcome to what it’s like in the real world. It’s interesting. This show sometimes seems so unrealistic with certain situations (like some of the actions by the state attorney’s office, for example,) and in others, it’s realistic in simple, basic ways that no other show is. And I think a gradual rebuilding of Alicia and Kalinda’s relationship could be one of those areas where the show might excel in genuineness.

    • E says:

      Oh, you’re not the only one. Kiki, for example, ships A/P like crazy and is not the only one. There’s a whole community out there. I think the first season of the show was very much pro-Will, although I’m sure I’d get plenty of disagreement; we saw a far less flattering portrait of him in season 2, and a Peter who was trying really hard. Next time I see you, I’ll bring my season 1 dvd; why do I keep forgetting to do that?

      I’m actually quite fascinated by the Peter question. We have no idea what he’s up to in his spare time. Has he stayed away from all temptation, in hopes of getting back together or of remaking his life? Or is he enjoying not being married? I would Looooove to know what if anything is going on.

      I think you’re right that it’s only the start of Alicia and Kalinda rebuilding their friendship, and maybe it will never be what it was, but I’m just so damn thrilled for the ice to thaw even a little that I’m willing to celebrate now anyway. 🙂 As you say, a slow return to trust is realistic. I just miss the dynamic duo!

    • Kiki says:

      Ohhh no you are not alone, E is right, I ship them like crazy, just check out my above post hahaha!!! I love A/P, seriously cannot get enough of them. I love the idea of them being married, and working through their problems and I find the road to reconciliation fascinating! I think Peter has changed a lot, however not sure if that means he deserves a second chance. I would have loved to see it, but I am not sure we will get it now. And yes there is a community of A/P shippers out there, granted its a very small one LOL.

      So I look forward to discuassing A/P more with you yay!!

    • John Graydon says:

      MMGF, I think if you had seen Season One, you’d have a much lower opinion of Peter, after he had betrayed, degraded, and humiliated Alicia in public, and put her health at risk over and over. The sordid details were all over the news, and people stared at her and gossiped about her behind her back. That kind of stuff is hard to forgive.

      I’ve seen every episode since the beginning at least twice, and I have all the DVDs as soon as they are available. I think Peter is a loathsome slimeball. The A/P “shippers” must be crazy, or they have very short memories.

      I’m not happy at all that Alicia is getting cozier with Peter again, because I don’t think he’s changed a bit — as was evident when he was threatening the principal, and abusing his power. Again.

      As for what he’s been up to, just because we haven’t seen anything doesn’t mean he’s been celibate. He couldn’t keep little Peter in his pants when he had Alicia waiting at home, so since they’ve been separated, I don’t believe for a second that he hasn’t been spreading it around. She needs to divorce the bum already.

      • Kiki says:

        I don’t understand the point of you joining our discussion to call us crazy? You have nothing better to do? NO we are not crazy. Thank you very much!

      • E says:

        Okay, John, Kiki, please don’t fight! That’s definitely not what I want for Christmas. 😦 I totally understand how passionately you feel about this, but we all need to respect each other’s right to have our own experience of the show.

        I’m actually really split about Peter’s social life. On the one hand, we really aren’t given any impression at all. On the other, we see that it takes incredibly little effort on his part to attract women, and now that Alicia’s kicked him out… On the other hand, it’s very much in his political best interest to a) remain married to Alicia, and b) not get caught fooling around again. And you know there have got to be reporters and political operatives who would love to catch him in the act. I think it’s actually really good that they haven’t told us, so we can speculate (and all be right, since there’s no cannon on the subject).

    • E says:

      You know, I’ve been meaning to say that I think seeing the first season would affect how you felt about Peter. Alicia was wrecked, absolutely wrecked, and Peter didn’t know how to deal with that. His attitude was very much along the lines of “I said I was sorry, and you stayed, so why are you not over it?” and that was hard to deal with. And then of course was his decision – once out of prison – to go back into politics, when Alicia was all but crushed under the financial burden of supporting the family and his legal defense. If he hadn’t done that, I think they would have had a real shot at rehabilitating their marriage.

      Well, and if he hadn’t lied about Kalinda, that would have been helpful, too.

      I tend to think of season one as being pro-Will, and season two as pro-Peter. But really, you need to just see it and make up your own mind. 🙂

  7. John Graydon says:

    I’m not fighting, just pointing out some unpleasant truths that SOME people keep trying to close their eyes to.

    I think that, if anyone knows all the evidence yet still thinks Peter is a keeper, a large amount of self-delusion just has to be involved.

    How can anyone who has been paying attention still think a lying cheating rat like that is appealing? The man is a reptile. Do women actually find that attractive?

    (And it’s REALLY exasperating how many people are completely ready to believe the worst about Will, even in the absence of any proof whatsoever……)

    • Maxine says:

      John, I think it is Peter’s(actually Chris Noth’s) raw power that attracts female fans. Peter is a slimeball alright and I don’t think there would be this many A/P shippers if he was played by another actor.

      Anyway, it is only a TV show..

    • E says:

      I agree with Maxine (CN and JM have an undeniable chemistry), but I also think Kiki is on to something big – it’s the very premise of the show, seeing what happens to a marriage after it’s exploded in the worst possible way, and yet hasn’t ended. Once you’ve decided to try and stay together (which you see happen in real life political marriages) how does that work? How is it possible? The show sets all that up, asks us those questions. Is it possible to be, say, Bill and Hilary and just get over it? Of course what Peter did is loathsome. Everyone agrees on that. The interesting question is, can someone be enough other good things to get over those terrible decisions? Right or wrong, the choices we would make or not, there’s something human and brave and interesting and even laudable in the desire to be the faithful one, to stick it out, to remember the person he was before.

      Because, when you’re the wife, at what point do you say “he’s not the man I married”? The man she loved, pledged her life to, created children with, is still there – and yet there’s all this ugliness and betrayal. Seeing her sift through that was fascinating. Lots of people wanted to see more of that sifting, more of the work of trying (instead of just getting through the day) and I’m one of them. We’re coming to learn, like Kate said above, that Alicia will suffer through a lot not to change her life. But was that all there was?

      Like Maxine says, it’s a tv show. It’s not worth being unkind to anyone because their reaction to characters is different than yours. Plus, what we say here isn’t going to change someone’s visceral response to a character that they like or dislike. I think it’s a testament to the richness of the writing that the Kings have created characters we care about so much (and I’m dead certain they want us to care about Peter and Will both), who can be seen in so many different ways.

      • Kiki says:

        Honestly for me, I would have not had cared who would have played Alicia’s husband, Chris Noth or not. Thats not the point, like E said, for me is about WHY these women stay married and its interesting to see this dynamic explored. I don’t care if Alicia ends up with Peter or not, but what I would have loved to see what happens in these marraige that leads many women stay with their husbands,aka Hillary Clinton, Sylvia,etc.
        What Peter did is awful, I am not exusing this, I am not sure if I could ever forgive someone who did that to me, but I am not in Alicia’s shoes. My question is, even after what Peter did, Alicia didn’t leave him, and even now she hasn’t filed for divorce…my questions is why? thats what I would love to see explore.

        I am sorry, not trying to start a fight. I just don’t understand why people have to be rude about it, and call us crazy. I agree everyone is entitled to their opinion, I totally respect that why is why I come here and post what I feel and never disrespect anyone else.
        But I agree, its a tv show, no reason to fight.

        You know I love this blog from season 1 and love sharing it with everyone I know, and I don’t want to bring any negativity E! sorry about that!

      • Kate says:

        i also think it is realistic for the dissolution (or not) of a 15 year marriage to take time… even with a massive betrayal. i have one friend whose husband (of 15+ years) started an affair whilst she was pregnant with their 3rd child – she discovered the affair a few weeks after the baby was born – and yet it was 2 years before they separated (they lived together whilst he continued the affair!) and 7 years later they are still slowing moving towards divorce. i recently asked her why it had taken so long for her to leave him and file for divorce given his abhorrent behaviour and needless to say the answer was very complicated – these things are not clear cut – they are messy and conflicted. a marriage of that length is a lot to walk away from… even with terrible behaviour on one side and terrible hurt on the other… 15+ years is a lot of history to turn your back on and it is a slow process to assimilate a new reality.

        • E says:

          This is a great point. I know of a case where cheating occurred while the wife was pregnant, and that baby was in his twenties by the time the pair divorced, because the wife really wanted to believe it was just a one time thing. (Of course, it wasn’t.)

        • Kiki says:

          Oh wow thats a really great point. And I totally agree, 15 years is a lot of history to just walk away, which is why Alicia’s hesitation has always made sense to me. Its shocking that 7 years later they still has not finalized the divorce, but I get it, takes some people a lot of time to finally come to term with ending such a long relationship. Like you said definitely messy which is why I would have loved to see more of that between A/P.

  8. Kate says:

    i definitely have a preference to alicia being with will, but i can also see the appeal of peter… he might have lied and cheated but he exudes charm, charisma and confidence which can be terribly captivating for a woman! and if he really has reformed and put his bad boy ways behind him he might be worth a chance? alicia loved him deeply once. it’s true, he hurt her terribly (irreparably?), but maybe they share enough history that he is worth forgiving?

    • E says:

      Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? What’s worth throwing away a life together for?

      I do wonder, though, if her new found ease with him is them forgiving each other, or her ceasing to care. Either way, she’s letting go of her anger and resentment toward him, and that has to be a good thing.

      • Kiki says:

        Yes it does! I think Alicia will never truly be happy until she lets the anger and resentment out. It can make her feel better, and it could allow for a better relationship between herself and Peter who is the father of her kids. Its good for everyone, to forgive, which doesn’t necessarily mean forget.

  9. Yvonne says:

    Loved the re-cap as usual E. Hope you have a wonderful festive season.

    Would love to comment further but its nearly midnight and I’m half asleep. Maybe tomorrow!

  10. Yvonne says:

    It seems ages since the episode but it was a good one – after a patchy start the series is beginning to get interesting. Once again an Eli free episode and I didn’t even notice at the time. As I said before Cary and Dana are the worst double act since…… Nope can’t think of one. Get rid of her and maybe Cary might just become a little more palatable. The twist at the end had me wondering – when Alicia finds out about the investigation and Will can hang or help Peter, whose side will Alica come down on – will she actually have to ask Will to help save Peter – and would he (I really hope not!) I can kind of understand why they want the kids to go to the (nicer??) school – they probably always would have thought fee paying schools are better and the kids were in the elementary school, so while on the one hand it makes sense that they want them to go back there, it makes NO sense that the headmistress had no idea who Peter Florrick was. I think it’s also interesting that Peter has become more likeable over the past few episodes – he has been trying to run a clean office, he didn’t raise to the bait when Will challenged him, he has (apparently) accepted the situation between himself and Alicia and they were getting on really well. He was there and exactly what Alicia needed when she was so worried about Grace going missing………… and then they go and show you what he is really like – prepared to threaten the headmistress, possibly deal with (gulp) the bible guy if he’d got the chance and now we know there is plenty more dirt to come out on him. As regards Chris Noth making him more likeable than he should be, that is very true but he was in Ireland a couple of weeks ago doing some filming and he appeared on a chat show over here – I couldn’t get over how much more charming and likeable he was “in real life” than his screen character.

    Oh and the Alicia/Kalinda friendship – it may have begun healing but I didn’t get as excited about it as a lot of other people seem to. Alicia had no choice but to thank her and she did – Diane told them (was it in the first episode) to “fix it” so they have to act civilly to some extent during office hours and I didn’t think they did any more than that.

    Roll on the next episode (but not too soon, I want to enjoy Christmas and New Year a bit first!

    • E says:

      Hey Yvonne!

      I see what you mean about Kalinda and Alicia – it certainly wasn’t very much, and she of course owed Kalinda those thanks – but I do think it’s a positive step. The last time we saw the two of them interact, Alicia wasn’t even polite. (They did work together at the end of the second season, when Diane told them to shape up, but that didn’t seem to stick.) She absolutely sneered when Kalinda showed up to the arbitration at Caitlin’s behest.

      What I think is the most promising bit isn’t actually the thank you but Alicia volunteering to go with Kalinda to Lisa’s apartment. And it’s not even like they interacted there. But Alicia backed up her thank you by choosing to spend time out of the office with Kalinda when she didn’t have to, and I think that’s definitely a step in the right direction. Not that I can argue you into feeling it more, of course. 😉

      I do remember Grace and Zach being really upset about having to leave that school in the first place, and I guess with the trouble Grace has been having making real (or in her parent’s eyes, appropriate) friends, I can see why they’d want to send her back to a place where she was happier. You can really reverse adolescence like that, though, and I think things could continue to be hard for her.

      You’re right that they’ve done a lot of back and forthing with Peter – he’s been very Jeckyl and Hyde. It’s certainly clear he has boundary issues when it comes to his personal life and his professional powers, though.

      You know, I’m quite good with a break, too. And let me tell you, Mr. E is thrilled that there’s a nice long break where he gets his wife back, rather than me spending long evenings alone with the computer. 🙂

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    Hi… I’m new to The Good Wife, and new to this forum, so won’t say much, but I just want to fix a misunderstanding that I don’t think anyone else mentioned. Kalinda and Alicia in the car, talking about Kalinda’s finding Grace: Kalinda said “would’ve” not “wouldn’t”. Grace “…would’ve come home on her own.” In that exchange, it goes nicely parallel with “She wasn’t lost.” Kalinda was trying to minimize what she did in finding Grace.

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