Oh, the tangled webs we weave! Especially when we’re using the Internet for illegal activities. That’s the central point of this episode, “The Deep Web,” which finds Alicia having a chance encounter with a handsome businessman at jury duty. I recently had jury duty, but it certainly did not feature a meet-cute with a successful dude. Maybe next time? Anyway, Alicia was quickly dismissed, courtesy of her profession and connection with Governor Peter Florrick. But not before she met Daniel Irwin (Nestor Carbonell). They hit it off immediately — but let’s hit pause on that for a second.
After Alicia was excused from jury duty, she tried to go back to work. But Cary insisted that she take the day off. (He’s a sweetie, that one.) But as it turns out Alicia doesn’t really know how to take a day off. She tried to watch TV, but couldn’t get it to play even after Zach coached her over the phone. (We’ve all been there with our parents, Zach.) Eventually, she gave up and tried to go to work for her scarf and laptop. Cary wouldn’t let her past the elevator, though, since he knew she’d try to work if she had her computer. At a loss for things to do, Alicia broke down and agreed to go to lunch with her mom: “Wow. You really are bored,” she said to herself.
So off she went to see Veronica (Stockard Channing). That was the first time Alicia had seen her mother since Will’s death, and Veronica offered her condolences. Everything just sort of spiraled from there. Alicia’s spinning, and she doesn’t know what to do with her life. She said she’s not sure she even wants to be a lawyer anymore. But the mother/daughter heart-to-heart was cut short when Veronica’s newest boy toy, Logan (Murray Bartlett), showed up to join them for lunch.
Alicia went back to court in an effort to find her mystery jury duty man. And before she could talk herself out of what she was doing, she bumped into Daniel. She lied, and said she thought she left her wallet behind, but then agreed to get lunch with him. (Double lunches — but she didn’t actually eat with her mom.)
It went well. The two have obvious chemistry, but Alicia was still freaking out. She even exited mid-lunch to have a mini-meltdown in the bathroom. Things got more awkward for Alicia when Daniel tried to pay for the meal, and she insisted that she cover the tab. She was caught in her own lie about losing her wallet. But Daniel didn’t care. He asked her to come back to the restaurant later that night to have a drink. “I like you. I think you’re funny. I’d want a drink with you if you were a man or chimpanzee.” (Flattering, right?) Anyway, they left it at that. He’d be at the restaurant at 7 p.m., and he hoped she’d join him.
NEXT: Alicia doesn’t know what she wants