“The Good Wife” recap (5.17): A Material World


Two episodes after the Holy-Crap-Will-Gardner tragedy that is slowly but surely sinking in, The Good Wife this week slowly begins to merge back into a regular law rhythm. There’s even an episodic trial storyline, a divorce-custody case. But really, the details of this case are totally inconsequential, as the true driving force continues to shine through the grief and strength of the women of Chicago: Alicia Florrick, Diane Lockhart, and Kalinda Sharma.

This week begins with Alicia and Diane in one of the best Alicia and Diane scenes of all time. It’s just a bummer that it happens to be after Will Gardner’s funeral. They share some laughs over martinis about the strangeness that they just experienced: The Wind Beneath My Wings? At Will Gardner’s funeral? What? They wonder whether it was Will’s family who never really knew him at all, or if it was them.


“We were like the two mistresses at the Irish funeral,” Diane notes drily. A beat later, she adds, “Oh, I’m sorry. I meant that metaphorically.” Haha, Diane Lockhart! This is amazing. They toast to Will. And then they keep drinking.


This is the Diane and Alicia of our hearts, drunk but still elegant, honest and warm and human. Diane reveals that her father used to be a sloppy drunk and that she’s a disappointment to her mother. Alicia says that her mother thinks that she’s a prude and should have more sex. Parents, am I right? And then Alicia talks about how much she admired Diane when she first came to Lockhart Gardner, how she wanted to be her. Haven’t we all, Alicia. Haven’t we all.

Then Diane’s phone rings; it’s David Lee, which Diane announces with a hilarious, amazing mocking expression. Diane Lockhart’s David Lee face is my new reaction face for everything.


“Ooh, let me pick it up,” Alicia says, “It’ll terrify him.” Ha! Poking fun of David Lee! This scene is literally the best. Diane and Alicia are getting along so well in their grief-induced bonding, in fact, that they mention they should merge their firms! They even shake on it, like they are semi-serious! Good grief. I mean, as much as I would love a female-run firm led by Diane and Alicia, it took us so long to get to the point where we are. Can we just stop merger talk already?


The next day, the divorce-custody case is set to start at the LG offices, with Cary representing the wife and David Lee representing the husband, and they are all ready to be nasty and lawyerly and testosterone filled until Diane and Alicia both walk in, much to the confusion of the men. “Oh, you poor grief-stricken women, we thought you were taking time off?” The men ask. The women say, “I’m fine. And stop asking me if I’m okay.” When David Lee disagrees with Diane about the case and condescendingly attributes it to her clearly addled lady mind, she offers him a piece of advice, taking her glasses off as she does so, which means you know she’s serious. “Whenever you’re tempted to bring up Will’s death and credit my behavior to it, resist.” That is one damn solid piece of advice, David Lee. I assume you will not heed it. But I welcome this looming Diane v. David Lee war, because there is no way David Lee can win it. At least, I think so. Right? Right?!

I only start to doubt this fact because when David Lee starts to walk away, out of the depths of hell Damian emerges like a ghost. And guess what? He just happened to be at a bar the other night where he heard Diane and Alicia talking about merging their firms, which he happily informs David Lee of. Siiiigh. I thought we were done with this Damian dude! What the hell!


Over at Florrick Agos, Jeffrey’s father has come in for a consultation, because it seems delusion and denial run high in all members of this family. They’re claiming that it wasn’t Jeffrey’s fault that Will Gardner is dead. It’s the wrongful prosecution by the state that drove him to insanity that’s to blame. The father has gone to the State Attorney about it, and has been told that “heads will roll.” Alicia overhears all this, and something changes in her. Her “I’m fine; stop asking me if I’m okay” please turn from annoyed to angry. She tells Cary that if they take Jeffrey’s father on as a client, she’ll quit.

And then she calls Finn Polmar. She lets him know that the SA is looking for a scapegoat, and that scapegoat might be him. She likes Finn Polmar. He helped Will when he was dying. I think I like Finn Polmar too. He’s grateful for her concern, but doesn’t believe her, because the SA is a good friend. But then he talks to his good friend. And then he starts to believe she was right. As a general rule, you should probably always believe Alicia Florrick.


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