FINALLY! That was easily the best episode of the season, and it was right up there with the magic of season 2. The Good Wife has been humming along nicely, but it's been a little slow on the bringing the element of surprise (which was definitely one of its strengths in the first two seasons).
But once again, we start with a little reminder of how Alicia has changed since the beginning. She no longer has sympathy for the victims. Look at her reaction to Marwad's "moving testimony":
It's a far cry from the season 1 days, when Kalinda would yell at her about overidentifying with the clients. Alicia actually becomes more excited by Glenn Childs and his particular brand of douchebaggery:
See that face? That's pretty close to Alicia's sexually excited face (enjoy it while it lasts. Alicia's about to go through a beating in this episode. More on that in a minute).
In other news, Blake reminds us that he doesn't even have to appear on screen to make us all sick to our stomachs. Cary may hate LG, but he hates Blake more (all things considered, shouldn't Peter hate him too? If it weren't for Blake, Alicia would never have found out about Kalinda).
But, in the continuing saga of Peter's REVEEEEEEEENGE, he sicks Cary on Will Gardner and his mysterious $45 grand. As long as this subplot brings back Lemond Bishop, I'll be happy. And Peter's handing the case to Cary lends credence to my theory that Peter's setting Cary up for the fall if this goes pear-shaped (but we love Cary!). And of course, we get this wonderful face-off:
Back at Lock-hard Gardner (if you know what i mean), the penny drops. In the middle of a strategy phone call, Grace, as usual, ruins everything, this time with her stupid ring tone. Kalinda's thinking, "ALICIA! I TOLD YOU TO CHANGE THAT THING IN SEASON ONE!"
Anyway, the latest casualty of Will/Alicia's affair is Diane's digestion. She LITERALLY swallows her gum.
Kalinda, however, is ever the 'shipper. Frankly, I'm a bit surprised Kalinda doesn't do a little leprechaun dance behind Diane. Like this one:
But in seriousness, Kalinda reacts by smacking her notebook against her hand like "At last! I can win back my ladylove by saving her relationship!"
Then Grace, who has no respect for Alicia, her personal troubles, or her professional life, interrupts this parade of incredible awkwardness with a returning plot that no one cares about: Church of Black Jesus! Due to the intense combination of Black Jesus and Grace's stupid ringtone, Alicia spends the rest of the episode in a bit of a daze.
Luckily, there's Carrie Preston, who will break even the most melancholy of us from our funks. All her scenes turned the show into a great screwball comedy.
There's a hilarious mediation scene when Alicia, Elspeth and Bob Balaban take turns to imitate each other, and I was on the floor laughing (as opposed to the Ringtone Scene of Doom, where I was on the floor in embarassment).
I'd ask if we could keep Carrie Preston, but I suspect she's one of those characters who's better in small doses. Though we already know she makes an excellent foil to Eli, who was mysteriously absent this week.
I do wonder if this episode felt stronger because of that? Perhaps, instead of giving Eli his own show within the show, the writers need to integrate him more tightly into the main stories. The case of the week was superb this week, and that has more than a little to do with the fact that the show concentrated on it for the whole episode.
That said, I'm still hoping that we get the superteam of Alicia, Kalinda and Eli, as he requested a few episodes ago.
I really love that Diane's revenge on Will is the most hilarious sexual harassment video ever made. But how stupid of Will to go sit next to Alicia!? INTERROBANG, I SAY! (for more on interrobangs, see here)
-The Alicia vs. Diane of it is making me VERY uncomfortable. While it makes perfect sense that Diane would be very angry, it's strange to see her be so passive aggressive.
-As always, Diane has the best reactions to Will's more bizarre turns of speech. This week, "poking the bear." That's what she said!
*All gifs credited to florrick.tumblr.com
Let me know what you thought about this episode!