It’s been a long Summer, my friends, but The Good Wife is back and ready for action.
This is your annual "#TheGoodWife is back and you should be watching The Good Wife—no, but really" notification.
— Justin Pickard (@justinpickard) September 22, 2014
No, but really, indeed. The season kicks off with 5 minutes of fast pasted, well-scripted, delicious TV action. Alicia says no to the States Attorney job, crushing Eli’s hopes, Cary tries to patch things up with Kalinda, Cary gets arrested, Cary misses the business meeting with Alicia and Diane about powering up the law firm to make it Florrick, Agos, and Lockhart.
Alicia, we have a chance to make this the largest firm in the country run by women. Think about it.
So, Cary is in lockup, they wont give him his phone call or tell him why he was arrested. Consider this a reminder that this kind of thing happens to PoC every single day – it’s nothing less than a deplorable miscarriage of justice, and we should be ashamed.
Cary: "It's harassment"
Detective: "No it's worse, it's inefficiency".#TheGoodWife
— Carlotta (@imcharliethetot) September 22, 2014
Cary convinces a client of Canning and Lockhart to tell David Lee and Kalinda that he’s in lockup — Alicia finds out and attends the bail hearing, and she learns that Cary was arrested on felony drug charges for possessing 900 grams of heroin, and bail is set at $1.3 million. Ouch.
Eli pesters Alicia to poll for “her campaign,” she tells him no, and hangs up. Eli’s daughter, Marissa, is always a delight:
Marissa: I liked your old office better. This one looks like a dentist office.
Eli: We’re trying to save money.
Marissa: I thought Chicago was corrupt, can’t you just steal some more?
Peter takes a hard line on Alicia running for office (“Find another friendly face. It’s not my wife’s.”), Alicia talks to Mr. Bishop about Cary’s arrest, and Kalinda visits Cary in jail.
Cary: Any advice?
Kalinda: Find a friend.
Alicia and the partners struggle to pull together the bail, and when she’s pulled away to the bond reconsideration hearing, Finn succeeds in preventing Alicia from representing Cary due to a conflict of interest. Alicia heads straight to Diane, and David Lee and Canning discuss what Diane’s true intentions are: is she really retiring, or is she running to Florrick Agos?
Diane Lockhart, you are my everything. #TheGoodWife
— Emma Fraser (@frazbelina) September 22, 2014
Normally The Good Wife treats sexuality with respect, but there was a moment in this episode when it definitely did not. Kalinda meets Sophia on the sidewalk, and Sophia kisses her. The men nearby yell and holler, and when Kalinda pushes her away, Sophia says, “Oh, I’m just giving the boys something to fantasize about!” Here’s a hint, Good Wife writers. Women in relationships, women interested in women, do not kiss these women for the benefit of men. Ever. That kind of attitude is why I can’t even hold my partner’s hand in public, much less kiss her, because men will yell, approach us, and make very sexualized comments. Having Sophia say that she’s kissing Kalinda to arouse the nearby men cements the belief that women in relationships that preclude men are for the enjoyment and sexual gratification of men, which is harmful in a very concrete way.
And as it turns out, Sophia is working with the police – she called Kalinda the night Cary got arrested to keep her out of harm’s way. Kalinda figures out that there’s an informant in Bishop’s crew, and at that moment, Cary is being intimidated in jail by one of Bishop’s associates, who cuts Cary’s hand. Cary keeps his cool, so Bishop drops of a big bag of cash to pay his bail – but Finn objects to the bail in court, demanding a source of funds hearing. As the credits roll, Cary is being marched back to his cell.
The “will she or won’t she” question regarding Alicia and the States Attorney job continues to float overhead, as Peter tells Eli, “Ask Alicia if she’ll run.”
#TheGoodWife this is the best show on TV, I didn't know that all the women would get stronger after Will Gardner's death, but they did
— Linda Taibi (@Bellalindafox) September 22, 2014