Our Formerly Good Wife
So this episode confirmed what the season has been hinting at all along: in the war between good and evil, black and white, Alicia sits firmly in team Dark Grey. In a twist, Julius makes the comment we once would have expected from Alicia, and as always, Diane puts things in the right perspective.
It's a direct flip from previous seasons, when Alicia was trapped in the grey area in her personal life, so she exerted more certainty in the professional world. Now, she's laid strict rules for herself personally, and allows herself a lot more moral uncertainty in her professional life.
In many ways, Alicia has become that person that Kalinda wants to be and Will imagines himself as in the season premiere.
But where does that leave Will?
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Will and Diane
When the apocalypse comes, I'm fairly sure these two will still be standing, drinking single malt scotch and dancing on top of the wastelands. While the show often posits that all of its characters are in it for themselves, this episode reminds us that there is one bond that will never be broken, not even by people named Bond.
They seem to bring out the best in each other, morally and financially.
So when Will and Alicia inevitably flame out, we can be fairly certain how the forces will realign themselves: Will/Diane, Alicia/Eli/Kalinda, Celeste and Cary as the wild cards, and Peter on his own.
Peter and the Wolves
As profoundly irritating as I find Celeste, that scene with Will and Peter was absolutely golden. In a misguided attempt to embarass them both, she only manages to piss them both off. Will walks away, but Peter just clearly isn't having it.
Which makes more than a little sense, after all. As I discussed before, Peter is no longer con
cerned with petty personal problems, he's angling for total destruction. So the more that Celeste buzzes around him like an annoying fly, the more likely he is to have her put down. (Seriously, what lawyer thinks it's a good idea to piss off the new State's Attorney?)
And as for shenanigans at the State's Attorney's office, big warning alarms went off when Peter immediately assigned the AUSA to Cary. It's not impossible that Cary will be just another pawn in Peter's game, the sacrificial lamb that he'll give up to the authorities if things become more hairy. Or maybe I'm being paranoid, but I don't believe that Peter does anything now without 7 layers of deception.
Quote of the episode: "He doesn't like me." Wibbly-eyed: "Why doesn't he like me?"
Running Tally of Potential Spinoffs:
- Kalinda and Pooch
- The Young Lockhart/Gardner, the exciting tale of how Diane and Will came together
- Eli Gold Takes Over the World
- Eli and Kalinda raise the child that grows up to either save or destroy the world. That child's name: "Kal/El"
Also, whatever show this is:
What did you think of the episode? Any other spinoff ideas?