“The Good Wife” recap (5.15): Terror in the Courtroom

 
 

We begin with Diane’s doubt.

She enters the LG conference room, where Will and Kalinda and eight other associates have just been hashing out the Jeffrey Grant case. Numerous touch DNA plotlines have fallen through, and Will is going back to the beginning, making sure they haven’t missed anything. Diane asks Kalinda what she thinks; Kalinda, sensing the tension in the room, awkwardly avoids giving any real answers. Diane seems to be warning Will to take off his shield of instincts and emotion and put his big lawyer pants back on, because this case seems a little shaky to her. He assures her that he’s being smart. She lets it go, and they make jokes as they leave the room, letting us know that things are still OK between them, that Lockhart Gardner is still a team, that the hull of this ship has not been fractured.

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It appears that Jeffrey’s parents are also a little skittish about this trial, and have called Alicia to get a second opinion. She not only doesn’t give her second opinion, but goes to court to tell Will in person that the parents are doubting. Because that’s what she would want someone to do for her. Will retains his Angry and Skeptical Face when he first sees her, but when she seems genuine about just wanting to help him, he relaxes a bit. And then Alicia is practically playful as she leaves, laughing, complimenting him about being the better lawyer. He even cracks a toothy smile too, an un-mean, un-sarcastic smile, and when was the last time he used one of these smiles with Alicia? He stares wistfully at her shadow after she flounces away. It is the happiest Alicia and Will scene in months.

So many things jump out at me on the second, third viewing of this episode. But on the first viewing, still, I had no idea what was coming.

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Later, Will and Kalinda share a drink at a restaurant so dimly lit that we can just barely make out the sparkle of her eyes, the shine of her lips. After telling Will that she thinks Jeffrey did it, and he once again professing that they can prove he didn’t, she moves on to why she actually wanted to talk with Will in a dark restaurant over hard alcohol. She wants to leave, she says. She doesn’t want to do this for the rest of her life.

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Will barely flinches; looks her over. You do this every few months, he says. She says it’s real this time. He’s still unbelieving. Because as he explains, she and him, they’re the same type of people. A normal life is OK for other folks, but not them. She’d miss it too much, the hunt, that feeling when she figures something out. And anyway, he would miss her.

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While I rarely agree with Will these days, everything he says here is accurate. There are two things that are true about Kalinda: she is full of surprises, and then she isn’t. Kalinda thrives when she’s working. She wouldn’t make sense doing anything else. But then again, Kalinda has been waffling around these days without any true purpose, and it’s not her fault if she’s restless. Stop making her so restless, Good Wife writers.

Will does ask one interesting thing, though—if she’s leaving because of Alicia, because Alicia left. She hesitates before answering, and then says no. But the hesitation that was there! The fact that Will even asked! Maybe we never see Kalinda and Alicia together in a scene ever again, but the pulse between them will survive forever. Everyone can feel it.

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