“The Good Wife” recap (5.20): The Deep Web

Another Good Wife, another law mystery o’ the week that Diane Lockhart will whip out her black framed glasses to solve. And this week’s episode involves that most mysterious beast, the one you hear stories about but yet still have a hard time believing actually exists: jury duty. Oh, and there’s a bunch of stuff about the deep web, too.

The deep web stuff is being prosecuted by Finn Polmar, and the supposed criminal is the grandson of one of Lockhart Gardner’s richest clients, Lyle Pollard. This is a story about white dudes whose last names start with P. The grandson, Robbie, is interviewed by Polmar at the LG offices about some supposed pot dealings on the deepest of the webs, which Robbie vehemently denies, with his I’m Just a Sweet Nerdy Boy innocent eyes. Robbie also has cerebral palsy, and Diane attempts to use this, along with Louis Canning’s disability card, to sway Finn against pursuing the case. Especially now that he’s running for state attorney, he wouldn’t want to look like he’s targeting the disabled. But Finn has a witness, and hence will not be scared off by blackmailing. Fine, Finn, fine, keep being upstanding and whatever.

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As for the jury duty, it’s Alicia who’s waiting to complete her civic responsibility. Not surprisingly, though, when she says her name is Alicia Florrick, she’s called off the line. She does, however, meet a handsome stranger there, played by Nestor Carbonell, who played Richard Alpert in Lost, among many, many other roles. They strike up friendly banter; Alicia smiles and laughs more than she typically has recently. When she’s free to go and he’s stuck on the jury, she wishes him a fond farewell.

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Back in deep web world, Kalinda’s called in to help investigate, obvs, because she’s always called in to investigate, but also because she probably understands the deep web better than anyone else in Chicago. On a side note, the amount of dresses with gorgeous asymmetrical necklines that Kalinda owns, it’s almost criminal, yes?

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She listens to Robbie’s story, and then tracks down the woman who talked to the police and gave Robbie’s name in the first place, Finn’s witness. And as Kalinda is standing in her drug-filled apartment in her foxy purple jacket, said woman shares a perfect reveal: Robbie didn’t just work for the deep web website. He CREATED it. Oh, sweet little Robbie.

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After Alicia’s released from jury duty, she’s about to head back to the office when Cary, looking very important and signing lots of papers from a million assistants–important people on TV sure do sign a lot of papers–tells her over the phone to just go home, that she deserves a day off. After some obligatory resistance, she acquiesces, and goes home. And attempts to relax, in the most hilarious of Alicia Florrick ways. She tries to turn on the TV. The TV doesn’t work. She calls Zac. She doesn’t know which remote to use. She finally gets a movie ready–and it freezes. Buffers. Continues to buffer. She rolls her eyes at the complete incompetence of the rest of the world and goes to the office.

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“Buffering? I don’t have time for this shit.”

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