After last week’s jaw dropping, pulse racing turning point of The Good Wife, where we witnessed one of the most traumatic breakups of the entire current TV season–teaching us that law firm breakups are apparently just as wounding as human ones–I wasn’t sure if this week would be a slight let down. But I was wrong: all the muscles in my body felt exhausted at the end of it, worn out from all the tension. If this is the way the rest of the season is going to be, and it certainly seems that way, I might need some anti-anxiety drugs by the end of it. Kalinda again didn’t play a huge role in this episode, but I think this was the first time this season where I honestly didn’t even notice it, because every bit of my attention was already occupied.
This week’s episode is titled “The Next Day,” and it begins, brilliantly, from the very first second of that next day. We see each of our main hitters waking up from their slumbers, identical overhead shots of their faces on their pillows, so lovely in the last moments of peace before their eyes open and chaos once again descends. Will’s chaos starts in an entirely oversexual way, as his approach to dealing with all this tumult is to start having frantic sex with a random tattoo artist. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way against frantic sex with tattoo artists! But the zeal in his eyes is manic, almost frightening, and gives me the creeps.
Diane wakes up in her and Kurt’s bed, and she immediately plunges into prepping for trial that day, for what she believes will be her last official case as a lawyer. There are too many things about this scene for my body to process. 1) Diane Lockhart is in bed, surrounded by satin and softness. Her hair is still a small slice of heaven. 2) She is nervous and fretful, a state we rarely ever get to see her in, studying notecards like a schoolgirl. 3) Yet, we know that all this nervousness is for naught, as her judgeship has already slipped through her unknowing fingers, released from the hands of Peter Florrick. Baby.
Alicia is awakened by a motherly Grace before she pronounces off to school. Grace continues to show conflicting signs this episode of continuing to grow into her sex appeal, or maybe just really, really wanting to talk to boys about Jesus. She will also tell her mother later in this episode that she wants to try shooting a gun. Grace is going through some stuff right now.
Anyway, Alicia has slept like a rock, so much so that she’s overslept, a fact that seems truly amazing to her, a bit gleeful, like it is something that does not happen to her often, or ever. Luckily, she doesn’t have far to travel to get to work, as Florrick & Agos is still chugging along loudly in her living room, with all manner of repairmen (who are indeed all men, as the age of women installing things and making repairs still hasn’t made it onto 21st century television) now running around to make her apartment up to temporary law office standards.
In the midst of this law firm upstart buzz, two women show up at Alicia’s door in rapid succession. One is Marilyn, Peter’s ethics lady, who apparently really needs to give Florrick & Agos a PowerPoint presentation right now. The other is a woman named Heather, played by Maria Dizzia, known to most of us as Polly Harper, Piper’s BFF on the outside in Orange Is the New Black. She’s the client in the trial that Diane was prepping so hard for, a trial involving her husband being killed by his own gun as he was being robbed; it fired after being knocked from his hand. Lockhart Gardner is suing the gun manufacturer because it was a faulty model, and just generally because guns are the worst. But even while Diane is preparing anxiously, Heather has dealt mostly with Alicia in the past, which is why she’s now standing on her doorstep.
The counsel for the gun manufacturer is the ever dreadful Nancy Crozier, played so coyly by Mamie Gummer. And let’s all take a unrelated moment to mourn the fact that CBS didn’t pick up Backstrom, the series in which Mamie Gummer was supposed to be a lesbian cop this year. RIP, Lesbian Mamie Gummer. But back to The Good Wife. The guest stars are really on fire this episode, as the judge for the case is played by Richard Kind, who has been in too many things to count, although for some reason I still always remember him from Mad About You. And later, Grandpa Gilmore shows up! I love when Grandpa Gilmore shows up. But I am getting ahead of myself.