Alicia, Cary and Kalinda are in the spotlight of this week's episode of The Good Wife.
Case of the week: Judge Cuesta (David Paymer) is facing charges for mishandling a case as a prosecutor 20 years back and is put into the penalty box. Alicia represents him successfully, although she ultimately has some doubts about what she's doing. By the end of the episode, as she looks back at the case, she is surprised by how she engaged herself, for the first time, in an offensive bravado she usually sees in her opponents.
Alicia (Julianna Margulies), Diane (Christine Baranski) and Cary (Matt Czuchry) - Photo: Global TV
Removed from any judicial duties, even Judge Cuesta himself wonders at some point, in a discussion with Diane and Alicia, whether there is hell. Diane says no. Cuesta agrees, but admits that every time he meets lawyers, he changes his mind. It was nice to see Stephen Root guest-star as Judge Wicks, the comic relief of the episode, who is assigned in Cuesta's case.
Surprisingly enough, there were no references at all about what happened in the last episode with Jackie, after her stroke, or Alicia supporting Peter's campaign for Governor of Illinois. In fact, there was no Alicia and Peter at all this week. Hopefully, while setting the ground for next week's season finale, the writers must have saved the best for last.
Meanwhile, Lockhart/Gardner is in dire need of a litigator. Alicia puts in a good word for Cary, whose position at the SA's office is terribly insecure, and he is interviewed by Diane and Will with the participation of Howard Lyman, the senior partner who doesn't even know who Alicia is and was appointed to hold back Eli's move to oust Gardner. The old man jumped in at the end of the interview with the "Who would you take to a desert island?" question. Judging by Cary's answer, which included "boys only", Lyman is concerned that he's gay. On the other hand, Will has his reasons to not want Cary inside Lockhart/Gardner.
So, the firm brings in another potential litigator: Callie Simko, recovering cocaine addict and Will's new girlfriend. Will has no idea. Diane interviews her, and Lyman gives Callie his vote for her desert island pick: Yo-Yo Ma (with his cello) and Brad Pitt. Callie won't take the job eventually, since she got a better offer, so her affair with Will no longer generates a conflict of interest.
Peter hears from Eli that Cary looks for a job at Lockhart/Gardner. The SA isn't pleased at all, as he expects loyalty from his people. So he fires him.
Meanwhile, the steely investigator Kalinda is in trouble. Drug lord and firm's long time client Lemond Bishop visits Lockhart/Gardner at the same time with Judge Cuesta (although they don't cross paths) and demands to discuss with Kalinda and Alicia alone. He isn't happy for being approached by the FBI's Special Agent Lana Delaney who told Bishop he has tax issues for work Kalinda previously did for him. Hence, he wants Kalinda to take care of it fast. That's when she realises the danger she's in.
Barging into Lana's apartment later, Kalinda tries to persuade her in an intimate scene to back off Bishop." This is the moment when the tough investigator gets broken and with genuine tears in her eyes, afraid for her life, pleads: "You'll get me killed." The FBI Agent won't give up though, on the contrary. Later when she talks to Alicia, who tries to discourage her through a legal argument, she replies coldly: "Tell Kalinda this isn't over."
In the end, Cary is officially welcomed back "to the dark side" as Alicia toasts him at the bar. Cary toasts her back for getting a judge out of the penalty box. Viewers have to deal with yet another cliffhanger, as Cary gets a call from Peter (which he hides from Alicia), and he excuses himself. With an empty seat next to her, Alicia sees Kalinda walking in and gestures to her to join her for a drink.
The Good Wife season three finale will see the return of Michael J. Fox, as Louis Canning, who will team up with Martha Plimpton's Patti Nyholm. Watch this preview and tune in Sunday, April 29, at 9/8c on CBS.