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It’s been said a thousand times, but Cary and Alicia are officially the new Will and Diane. In their first case together since agreeing on their departure from Lockhart/Gardner, Cary and Alicia soon prove they’re a force to be reckoned with. Diane and Will should be afraid. Very, very afraid.
This week, Cary and Alicia are back dealing with everyone’s favorite billionaire Neil Gross, founder of the “Chumhum” search engine. Angry that the government has put him under a gag order, he looks to the Lockhart/Gardner crew to help him take action.
Although Cary and Alicia struggle at first to find a strong argument (their attempt to sue the NSA went south pretty quickly), they soon figure out how to maneuver around the law in order to win Gross $14,000 in damages. Not a huge settlement, but the new gag order prohibiting the government from discussing the reparation allows Gross to brag about his “huge” settlement without naming numbers. Brilliant!
But the real meat of the episode lies in the building tensions in the Lockhart/Gardner offices. With Cary and Alicia only weeks away from their departure (a secret that unfortunately Will and Diane have yet to catch wind of), the other employees seem to be up in arms. Kalinda is annoyed with Cary’s abuse of the firm’s resources and David Lee is getting suspicious of the possible competition. Of course, it probably doesn’t help that he finds out that Alicia’s mom fronted the money to help the fourth year associates purchase office space. Oops!
On the other side of the office, Diane is having a bit of trouble herself. With Peter Florrick as the Governor elect, Diane has the opportunity to became an Illinois Supreme Court judge — a position she’s long coveted. But the Chief Justice isn’t too keen on Peter’s judge nominee and tries to strong arm Diane into renouncing her ties to her bad boy partner Will. Always the moral one, Diane refuses to deface Will, and eventually Peter backs her up. Unfortunately, by the time Peter can tell off the Chief Justice, Diane has already caved into bad-mouthing Will to the press. Yes, that should go over well…
As if The Good Wife gang didn’t have enough troubles, it’s revealed throughout the episode that the government is listening in to both Diane and Alicia’s phone calls, due to a past case that threatened national security.
Seriously, wire-tapping again? Didn’t we have enough of this nonsense in the first season? Apparently not since the government soon finds reasonable cause to extend their wire tapping beyond Alicia to Peter. It seems like pretty loose reasoning to me, and a pretty lame introduction to a problem that will probably last all season long (if the previous seasons are any indication). Peter has already struggled enough to get to the Governor’s position. Just leave him alone already!
All in all, it seems like the new season of The Good Wife is off to a good start. With tensions building in Lockhart/Gardner and conflict waiting in the wing, I can’t wait to see what happens next.