“The Good Wife” recap (5.8): American Dream

Alicia and Natalie show up at the courthouse, where a snide US attorney is grilling Tomas and his wife, and Alicia, in full warrior princess mode, tells him to GTFO so she can talk to her client. It is badass and awesome. However, Tomas really needs the visa that the US is bribing him into, so Alicia tells the AUSA they’ll do it if they offer him and his family 24 hour protection. So they show up at the trial of the scary cartel leader, but before Tomas even has to testify the next day, the scary cartel leader runs away after seeing Tomas in court, presumably back to Mexico. Tomas won’t have to testify. Yay! Natalie and Alicia share a hug at the factory, where Eli and Marilyn are currently hanging out, discussing when Peter should or should not show up at the factory.

As soon as Eli sees Natalie, he turns into an adolescent boy, stuttering and pacing and then bolting outside in pursuit of her, wildly searching around until he turns around and smacks right into her. He proceeds to stretch his mouth as wide as it will go, saying happily, wonderfully, “I saw you!” They make plans for dinner. It is amazing.

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In lesser heartwarming relationship storylines, that chick Will is apparently still boning is still around, hanging out in his office using his wifi, eating chocolate in his bed. David Lee must not be a fan of her being around LG, because he mentions while she’s in the hall getting coffee that it’s too bad Will’s having such a hard time getting over Alicia. Ah, David Lee. She brings it up to Will later, and he’s like, “Whatever, David’s dumb, let’s have sex,” and she’s like, “OK!” I don’t know what it is about this girl, but she is just so repellent to me. I know she’s the tiniest of side characters meant to fill a specific purpose, but still, there appears to be absolutely nothing to her character or personality other than wanting to be sexy with Will. It makes me want to barf.

In the Tomas case, a lot of things happen at once: even though the US attorney had promised him a snitch visa, after the cartel leader runs, the US instead puts Tomas onto a bus to deport him back to Mexico. Where the cartel leader is now presumably waiting for him, ready to cut out his guts and hang him from a bridge as soon as he steps onto Mexican soil. Good times! Alicia confronts the US attorney and he’s like, “Eh, he didn’t get to ACTUALLY snitch,” and Alicia’s like, “But he never got a chance! And he is totally going to die now!” And the US attorney is like, “Eh.” I want to punch this US attorney in the face. Really hard.

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Alicia and Cary proceed to fight for Tomas’s return before the bus can make it to Mexico, a feat they have a few hours to perform. At every step of the way, they get turned around and switched up, because THIS court can only deal with this immigration claim, and THIS court can only do this, and THIS panel can only do that. It is a small but good representation of how completely inefficient and purposely confusing and 100% frustrating our immigration system is. By the end of it all I was infuriated to a boiling point. It even makes normally-cool Cary Agos cranky and shouty about 1984—”the book, not the year.” And in the end, there is essentially no way for the law to save Tomas, a guy whose apparent only crime was not having legal documentation papers, who the US then tricked into his own death. But who needs immigration reform, because Obamacare. Am I right?

But the real force behind the work of Florrick Agos here, other than Alicia’s passion, is Robyn. It is all Robyn. Because after she hears that she was going to get the boot, Robyn slinks back into the Lockhart Gardner offices to seek out Kalinda. Which makes her one of us, because we are all always seeking out Kalinda. Robyn tearily asks if Diane or Will have hired anyone to take her place yet, and if Kalinda could maybe put in a good word for her, all of which makes Kalinda shake her head sadly. It’s too late. They won’t take her back, ever. But seeing Robyn’s pain, she stands up to give her a heart-to-heart about being an investigator, because Kalinda is a big caring softie inside, even though her words sound tough: “You have to make yourself hard.” Oh, Kalinda. “You have to make yourself indispensable.” Robyn replies, “But I’m not you.” Kalinda says she doesn’t have to be. But she has to take control. And then she tells Robyn to go.

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While Robyn is still wearing her uber sad face when she turns away from Kalinda, when she returns to the factory, it’s clear something has changed. She has hardened herself, in a Robynish way. She doesn’t wait for anyone to direct her on what to do, taking initiative and getting shit done, single-handedly helping Florrick Agos move the case forward. This includes some amazing acting on her part, and also some illegal things, such as planting false evidence, but hey. She is indeed making herself indispensable. And being goshdarn sexy at the same time. MORE OF THIS PLEASE.

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