E: Oh, you beautiful show. You beautiful, beautiful show.
Some of my favorite returning characters showed up for an American Bar Association conference in New York City – at which Alicia is scheduled to give the keynote address about her personal experience as an “opt out” mom – and they really delivered. This was one of the funniest episodes in ages, which is a pretty welcome relief after the impending doom of the previous (outstanding) episode. Oh, not that it’s all fun, games, and drunken duets; we have various forms of entrapment, stage fright, and a very serious walk through memory lane, with a very nasty pop up demon/guilt complex in the form of – well, we’ll get to that later.
The whole idea of opting in and opting out is a huge one for our society and for Alicia. (And for me, too – anyone want to pay me to write these recaps? Because it’s getting to be time for me to opt back in.) Just like last week’s NSA eavesdropping episode, this one is ripped from the headlines. Now, okay. I can’t help feeling that the stunt casting of the very delightful Jill Hennessy moved against the storyline. Come on – did anyone really believe she’d end up at either Lockhart/Gardner or Florrick/Agos? With a lesser known actress, there would have been doubt. I’m absolutely thrilled, however, with the writer’s solution for her; that, my friends, is an odd couple spin-off I desperately wish someone would make possible. (And hey, I am looking for a job…)
At any rate, instead of being a normal plot, Alicia’s vexing rhetorical issues forced her to face her strongly conflicted feelings about the help she got on the way to the top, and not merely the way that she repaid that help, but how comfortable she was with receiving it in the first place. It wasn’t so much the stuff that happened, even though we did advance the “impending federal doom” plot. No, this week was about Alicia’s feelings and thoughts, and how Alicia felt about having those feelings and thoughts. In many ways, it’s her chance at a decision tree; her chance to go over not what will happen, but what has, and how its made her who she is. As for how that might determine her future, that we have yet to see.