But before we get to the final searing scene of the episode, a few other things: we also get to see the return of Jackie Florrick for the first time this season, who has an amusing few spars with Eli about the decoration of Peter’s office, until it turns out that she can actually be useful to Eli and Peter. Some union groups are all mad at them about stuff, including the fact that Peter apparently supported Scott Walker’s election. Peter, you piece of scum. Alas, it turns out that one of the union leaders is sweet on Jackie from way back when, and Jackie is able to sway him back to their side. Jackie, you little minx! The best part about this storyline, though, is that the union guy is played by Dan Lauria, also known as Kevin Arnold’s dad on The Wonder Years. I know he’s been in a million things since then, but he’ll always be Jack Arnold to me.
And while we don’t see much more in the way of Kalinda’s personal life on this episode, she does have a decent amount of screentime compared to previous episodes due to her close involvement with the lawsuit. In fact, she actually is quite closely tied to the lawsuit, and is brought in as a final witness during the deposition. She says that she’s the only one who wasn’t accused of stuff because the paralegal liked her. When Elsbeth asks in what ways she liked her, Kalinda responds, “Uh, in a lot of ways.” Can you hear my eyebrow arching, Kalinda?
Elsbeth continues: “And where did she like you most?” Oh man. Now my lips are smirking, too. Kalinda: “In the coffee room, in the pantry, and sometimes in the bullpen at night.”
Okay, I don’t know exactly what the bullpen is, and I also don’t think the fact that the paralegal having sex with Kalinda somehow erases sexual harassment in the workplace (but apparently in this case, it sort of does), but CAN WE SEE THESE SCENES IN THE BULLPEN, PLEASE.
This much-welcomed recognition of Kalinda’s sexual prowess with the ladies still being alive and well (THANKYOUVERYMUCH) is then immediately followed by a much different type of tension: Diane, walking slowly into the office after her meeting with Sonja, with the knowledge that Alicia has betrayed them etched into her face.
She takes a long, slow look around her office, most of her belongings already packed into boxes, the space where she spent so much of her life, the place she worked so hard to build, the career she believed she was exiting mainly by her own choice, her own decisions, now tinted a different shade of ache as she knows they have been—she has been—undermined by one of her most trusted co-workers, one of her favorite people, a friend. Alicia bursts into the office just at this moment and is startled by Diane standing there, and bumbles out, “Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you had left.” Diane doesn’t move; simply looks at her, her mouth set, her eyes huge with an unknowable rage.
Alicia says that they’ve compromised with the paralegal and continues to be met with silence. Flustered, confused, and perhaps scared, she leaves. Slowly, Diane moves towards Will’s office, the frame of the camera even tilting slightly at one point as if in a horror movie, the background music quiet but plodding, ominous. Will can read Diane’s face, and excuses the woman who he’s meeting with. When she’s gone, Diane closes the door and says: “Alicia is leaving the firm with Cary and she’s taking our top clients.” Boom goes the dynamite.
Next week promises lots of papers flying off of desks and a whole lot of feelings being hurt. What do you think will happen from here?