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The Good Wife recap: 'Whack-a-Mole'

Alicia and Will face off in court, Lockhart/Gardner hires a new lawyer (guest star Jason O’Mara), and Jackie Florrick shows she’s boss 

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Whack A Mole
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The Good Wife

TV Show
run date:
43 minutes
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth
Current Status:
Off Air

I feel like a broken record, constantly singing the praises of The Good Wife‘s fifth season. But I just have to give credit where credit is due. And the most recent episode was right on par with the with show’s current it’s-so-good-I-can’t-believe-it streak. It was one of those subtlety good episodes. Nothing too explosive — just good. Also, the writers get extra credit for naming the ep “Whack-a-Mole,” which I stole for this post’s headline. Because let’s face it, it’s just fun.

Both Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner LG were trying to deal with life post-“Hitting the Fan.” Florrick/Agos’ focus was on bringing in new clients, and thusly more cash. Meanwhile, the LG crew was looking for new litigators to replace Alicia & Co., and trying to reclaim many of their lost clients. Fortunately, the case of the week came at a favorable time for both firms.

Like many of the cases featured on the show, this case of the week was ripped straight from real-life headlines. Zayeed (Haaz Zleiman), a former client of Alicia’s, called her for help when the FBI showed up at his house. He was under the impression that they were doing a background check on a colleague trying to get a job as a CIA analyst. But once the line of questioning became a little more invasive, he called Alicia in to help, worried that he might get his co-worker in trouble.

With Alicia there, the questioning continued. The FBI agents learned that Zayeed had been in Milwaukee for a conference with his colleague. But after the agent asked Zayeed where he was the afternoon of October 15, Alicia’s internal alarm went off. That was the day of the Milwaukee Food Festival explosion. Alicia tried to stop the interview, but the agents had a warrant for all of Zayeed’s computers, files, papers, smartphones, etc. Zayeed said he had been in his hotel room when the bomb went off, but the FBI agents had a photo of someone who resembled Zayeed near the bombing location. It didn’t help that Zayeed was in the process of writing a book about jihad. No one would care that the material was not focused on violent jihad, but rather the spiritual kind.

Alicia went straight to court to quash the warrant based on racial profiling and found Judge Kluger (Jeffrey Tambor) presiding. It didn’t work. Zayeed was still adamant that he was in his hotel when the bomb went off, but with no one to confirm his story, it didn’t look too good. Robyn’s investigative work showed that the photo the FBI was using was a tourist photo from Scabbit, which is basically the fictional version of Reddit. Online users began sharing photos of the “suspect,” and as a result, Zayeed was misidentified as the bomber. (Just ask the New York Post. It can happen.)

NEXT: Welcome to the show, Jason O’Mara!