While Cary Agos may be tasting freedom for the time being, he’s still very much under the thumb of the judicial system. He reports to his mandatory court ordered pre-trial service officer Joy (played by the legendary Linda Lavin) where he has to give accounts of his post bail whereabouts and employment situation. As she asks him questions, Cary flashes back to fighting with Alicia, surprisingly intimate sex with Kalinda, and meetings with his clients where he has to inform them of his status. He tells Joy that everything is fine, even as the ground beneath his feet is increasingly shaky. Before Cary departs for court, Joy hands him a piece of advice: “You can’t live life the way you used to.”
Since Cary cannot actually argue before a court, Dean and Alicia take on his case of two farmers who are fighting over a GMO seed. Mr. Pratt’s company has created this multimillion-dollar seed, and his longtime friend and neighbor Mr. Keller is accused of somehow using the seeds and not paying. The court battle is particularly contentious, something that is displeasing to the gentle dispositions of both Pratt and Keller. Diane pulls Cary out of the courtroom, where he’s observing, to give him a piece of good advice. Trey, the informant who was the crux of the State’s case against him, has disappeared. No witness means that the case will likely be thrown out. Cary breathes a small and hopeful sigh of relief, and flashes back to his evening with Kalinda. She tells him that night that his problem with the informant will probably “take care of itself.”
Back at the courts, Cary watches Pratt and Keller walk out mid-trial and meet in the hallway. They’ve decided that they want to move the case to arbitration because the tone of the proceedings goes against their values. The case then moves to Binding Christian Arbitration, where Del Paul (guest star Robert Sean Leonard) leads the proceedings. Alicia and Dean are out of their element, while the opposing attorney Schmitt, has quickly figured out how to work the system. Trust wins out over hearsay, and Bible verses are sprinkled in to give weight to points. God’s law is taken into account, so Florrick Agos better learn how to adapt, and quick.
In Chicago court, Diane tries to get Cary’s case thrown out, but Finn Polmar is busy trying to get Cary’s bail revoked. He accuses Cary of intimidating the witness Trey, by using Kalinda to deliver his threats. The judge sides with Finn, and orders a new look into Cary’s actions. Cary isn’t even sure himself what went on between Kalinda and Trey.
Alicia meets with Cary’s pre-trial officer Joy, because he listed her as his employer on the forms. Joy questions Alicia about Cary at work, and Alicia flashes back to arguing with him about the new lawyers who have defected from Lockhart Gardner. However, she tells Joy that all is good in Florrick Agos-land. She then flashes back to her earlier confrontation with Diane, Dean and Cary regarding her non-existent campaign for State’s Attorney. She assures them that it’s simply a rumor. Then she spies James Castro lurking about. Alicia tells Joy that Castro came by to make a few threats against Cary and herself. Joy tries to stop her, saying it’s not relevant to the case but Alicia continues. Castro makes sure that Alicia knows that having a convicted criminal as a friend and partner won’t look good for her campaign. She records the whole thing on her phone, but Castro simply slithers out without much concern. Speaking of campaigns, Joy congratulates a very surprised Alicia on her new campaign, which she heard all about on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Alicia bursts into Eli’s office to yell at him about the story, but Eli pretends like this isn’t all part of his master plan. She insists that Eli clear it all up and tell the media that she’s not running. He suggests that she speak with Steve Inskeep from Morning Edition the next day at a fundraiser they are both attending.