I’ve got some news for you, friends: there was a huge error in last night’s episode!
That wasn’t a xylophone piece that Elsbeth was listening to in the very beginning of the episode. (What can I say? Get a musician to write the recaps, and this is what you get.) The piece is actually “Gassenhauer,” or “Street Song,” by Carl Orff, the same guy who wrote Carmina Burana. Those aren’t xylophones, they are marimbas. The xylophones don’t turn up until the end of the piece, and the marimbas are still the dominant instruments.
Aside from that huge, overwhelming error, the episode was sure to be exciting from the start with one of our favorite recurring characters, Elsbeth Tascioni. She seemed to be hallucinating or having some sort of manic episode, and yet she still managed to outsmart Alicia and Dean in court, making the sexism case about whether or not their client has a “harsh management style.”
Diane clicked on ransomware which requires $50,000 to release their files. I for one want to know why a LAW FIRM doesn’t have their files backed up on external hard drives or a cloud drive. What kind of operation is this, anyway?
“There’s a help line for ransomware?”
The email was sent to her old email address, and Diane was forced to call Lockhart Gardiner and beg David Lee to help her out. Perhaps understandably, David was less than sympathetic to her situation.
“What’s the matter, Diane? You forget the silverware on your way out?”
Alicia got Finn to endorse her campaign and introduce her at the rally, but Eli informs her that Peter won’t endorse her unless she gets rid of Finn. Eli still isn’t a big fan of Alicia’s office, and when he sees the computers, he asks:
"Why are all the computers in here counting down? I feel like I'm in a Bruckheimer movie." #TheGoodWife
— Lady Casey Moeckel 😷 (@CMoecks) October 20, 2014
Back in court on the sexism case, and unfortunately Elsbeth had some sort of breakdown.
“I don’t even like penguins!”
After a meeting to discuss settlement, Elsbeth assured her co-council that she wont get distracted again, and they ended up back in the court room where Elsbeth hit it out of the park by contextualizing the sexism with referencing the misogynist ideas of a foreign company. It looked like she might be winning the case, when an AUSA stood up in court with a federal order to stop proceedings, as the company was charged with stealing trade secrets. Oops.
Kalinda’s on again, off again FBI fling, Lana, helped out the firm and tracked the IP address to an old m who was being used as a money mule to launder the money from the ransomware and deposit it into an account in Russia. Kalinda and Lana took the computer and headed back to Lana’s place to work. No really, they were working – even as Lana tried to bond with Kalinda over some heavy emotional baggage, Kalinda stonewalled her. This could have been a great opportunity for the show to discuss bisexuality, but they dodged that hurdle.
Kalinda hacked into the hacker’s computer and threatened to delete his hard drive. When he was unconvinced that she could cause him any threat, she filled his computer with Pussy Riot music and anti-Putin propaganda. Game, set, match.
Alicia and Peter had a shouting match regarding her endorsement rally, and Peter refused to be there unless Finn wasn’t. When Alicia pointed out that she’s always stood by him for campaigns and events, even after he humiliated her with the sex scandal, Peter replied that she was just a candidate asking the governor for a favor. Alicia stormed out, telling Eli and her campaign manager to “Do what you want.”
It looks like Alicia got her way, because Finn introduced her and Peter showed up at the last minute — to swoop in and steal the limelight.
(I’m about 95% sure that the music for the ending credits was Bach’s Magnificat, BWV 243.)