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'The Good Wife' recap: 'Red Meat'

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Jeff Neumann

The Good Wife

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
Off Air
tvpgr:
TV-14
seasons:
7
run date:
09/22/09-05/09/16
performer:
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth
broadcaster:
CBS
genre:
Drama

The Good Wife season 6: The one with the state’s attorney election that would seemingly never end. Well, I’m happy to report it’s finally over! But let’s not put the proverbial cart before the horse. Before I declare a winner—a.k.a. type the name of the person you’ve probably already seen win—let’s talk about “Red Meat.” And yes, this episode had me thinking about food pretty much the whole time. Apologies to our vegetarian readers, but all I really want after watching this is some steak and eggs, and maybe a doughnut. I’m okay admitting that in this safe space.

Anyway, the episode begins with Alicia and Johnny in the car together. I assumed this was immediately following last week’s kiss, but it appears that some time has passed. Johnny’s keeping up his awkwardness, and—much to my disappointment—they’re not talking about the smooch. But there are bigger fish to fry. The state’s attorney election is today, and even with Alicia five points up in the polls, it’s too early to call the race. Alicia swaps out an awkward car ride with Johnny for one with Peter. He’s none too pleased with her “cheap shot” taken at the Black Business Leaders luncheon from the last episode. He lost key support in the African-American community, but she assures him it wasn’t personal.

Peter: “So you don’t personally think I’m a racist, but saw political advantage in calling me a racist?”

Alicia: “Let’s just get through this. Then we can go back to you using me politically.”

I love it when they fight. The barbs! So good.

Alicia and Peter plaster on their happy faces and head to vote as a couple. Then it’s just a waiting game until the polls close. So let’s shake things up with an awkward encounter! Finn goes to Alicia’s apartment to bring her an election day present. It’s Halo. Yes, the videogame. Because nothing screams, “You’re going to win this election!” quite like a first-person shooter game. Lemond Bishop calls to wish Alicia luck. That’s a different kind of awkward, as she’s still trying to distance herself from Chicago’s top drug dealer.

Proud(?) husband Peter begins his last-minute press tour in support of Alicia. But instead of actually supporting her, he manages to sabotage her campaign. In an interview with Mandy Post (returning guest star Miriam Shore), Peter says he guarantees Alicia will be the next state’s attorney. Ooops. That’s one way to kill voter turnout. Johnny and Josh have their respective freakouts, and they attempt to do damage control.

Alicia visits Peter to call him out on his behavior. Peter doesn’t do anything unknowingly. And she finally realizes that he doesn’t want her to win. Is that really the case? I’m not so sure. He certainly does like to be the powerful one. In any case, I do think he’s just incredibly petty and wanted a way to get back at her. Well, mission accomplished. At Alicia’s insistence, he cancels his other election-day interviews.

Josh and Johnny decide the best plan of action is to send out a robocall. Marissa and Alicia decide their best plan of action is to hone their Halo skills (as BadAssKicka7 and JusticeGal94, respectively). The boys put the robocall plan in action. But since Peter won’t record it for them, they need another known voice. And who better than the fictional president Josiah Bartlet? Unsurprisingly, Martin Sheen does not sign on to this endeavor. So they get the next best thing. And by that I mean a somewhat related thing. Enter Melissa Fitzgerald, who plays herself. “Hi. Do you remember me? I’m Melissa Fitzgerald. I played Ms. Landingham on West Wing. It’s ‘The West Wing and ‘Mrs.’ Landingham. And I didn’t play Mrs. Landingham on The West Wing.” Also, Fitzgerald takes Ubers. So her speaking out on the privatization of parking meters is kind of pointless.

Alicia & Co. basically accept that the election is over. And Alicia tells Finn (via Halo, because now he’s joined in on the fun) that she’s totally okay with losing. This should be clear foreshadowing to anyone who has ever watched a television show. Anyway, Alicia asks Finn to have dinner with her following her inevitable loss. But he declines because he already has plans. In fact, he’s seeing someone. Finn seems a little disappointed to share this news, and Alicia seems a little disappointed to hear it.

But Peter has one more trick up his sleeve. And this time, it’s one that helps Alicia. He makes an impromptu speech that causes traffic to hit a standstill. Peter’s speech smothers the after-work voters and kills Prady’s turnout. So when we come back from commercial break, CBS anchor Rob Johnson (as himself) calls the race for Alicia Florrick! She won!! (I’m using exclamation points because it’s technically a victory. But do I really want her to win? What happens to lawyer Alicia? So many questions!) Anyway, Peter calls to congratulate her, but it’s really just Eli using Peter’s phone.

Alicia meets with Frank Prady before heading to her victory party. She offers him a job as her second in command at the state’s attorney’s office. But he declines because he doesn’t believe in her approach. So I guess that’s goodbye to you, Frank Prady.

Now that the campaign is over will we also be saying goodbye to Johnny Elfman? That’s a bit more complicated. He has a job offer in L.A., but he confides to Marissa that he’s “grown to like Chicago.” That is code for: He’s grown to like Alicia. But then, he sees her and Peter playing their happy power couple role at her party and quickly changes his tune. “But then I’ve never been a guy to stay in one place.” He ducks out of the party without saying goodbye! Marissa’s right. Handsome men are weak.

Meanwhile, we got one of my favorite B stories of the season. Now, I might be biased because I think Christine Baranski can do no wrong. And her as Diane Lockhart is always fun to watch. Add in her tumultuous relationship with her husband Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole), and you’ve got TV gold. At the end of last week’s episode, Kurt and Diane discuss a hunting trip. I thought this might just be a throwaway line, but we were actually treated to the getaway. And thank goodness for that. The only thing Diane’s amazing camouflage outfit is missing is a hunting-themed brooch. That woman knows how to rock a brooch.

Anyway, Diane is basically living her nightmare. She’s on a hunting trip with all of Kurt’s super-rich Republican friends. But she tries to make the most of the situation when she realizes that Gil Berridge “the Mark Zuckerberg of Austin, Texas” is present. She knows Berridge (James Snyder) is looking for a new law firm, so Diane fully intends to snag a client to fill the hole that ChumHum left. She convinces Kurt to make sure she’s with Berridge during the hunting outing. There’s nothing better than a captive audience.

NEXT:  Things aren’t looking so good for Kalinda. [pagebreak]

Unfortunately, Berridge’s wife has other plans. She steals all the women away for a day of spa pampering. Cue the epic Diane eye-rolls! Her outrage at having to spend the day with a bunch of Republican women is priceless. But once again, Diane makes the most of the situation when Cary and Davie Lee inform her that Berridge’s wife is the decision maker in the couple. If Diane can convince the wife to join the firm, Berridge will likely follow. So she bonds with the missus, Georgette (Gia Crovatin). Fortunately, Kurt’s got Diane’s back. He purposefully forgets one of his rifles and asks Diane to bring it so she can get some face time with the Mr. Berridge.

But it does not go well. Which is an understatement. Diane mentions the bonding with his wife, and Berridge immediately clams up and moves to another hunting post. Why? His wife isn’t actually his wife. Georgette is his call girl. Awkward! Explains R.D. (guest star Oliver Platt): “We were letting Gil get away with that for a few years now. Said he could either bring a call girl or a Democrat. People voted and said they’d rather the call girl.” This is not a joke.

But Diane’s newfound friendship with R.D. has an odd outcome. Sure, they don’t see eye to eye on anything. In fact, they spend two hours arguing over abortion. But they get along quite well in spite of all that. Diane even manages to kill a deer, and she likes it! (She doesn’t enjoy the fact that she has to eat the aforementioned animal later, but thus is the circle of life on a hunting trip.) Anyway, she knows she messed up nabbing Gil Berridge as a client. But Cary and David Lee call with good news. The fourth richest man in America, Reese Dipple, is on her trip. That’s Reese Dipple as in R.D. It looks like he is going to be the next Florrick/Agos/Lockhart client. (Although, I guess we’ve got to talk about changing that name again.)

We all know Kalinda’s exit is looming, and we might have some insight into that after the latest developments. She’s still on glorified babysitting duty, chauffeuring Dylan to and from school. And Lemond Bishop also expects her to be the liaison between him and Alicia once she’s in office. And Kalinda doesn’t really have the option to turn this task down. Rock – Kalinda – Hard Place.

Kalinda and Bishop are still trying to figure out who keeps following her when she’s with Dylan. Bishop has his henchmen essentially abduct the people to figure out what their deal is. Whatever gets the job done, right? Unfortunately, another parent, Tabitha Gray (De’Adre Aziza) happens to see this situation go down. She confronts Kalinda about Bishop’s behavior, and then presumably tells the school administration about it. Because the next thing we know, Bishop is being told that Dylan has to leave his school.

This inspires Lemond Bishop to turn over a new leaf. He confides to Kalinda that he intends to leave the drug world behind so he can let Dylan live up to his full potential. But he needs Kalinda to make sure he won’t end up in prison after he relinquishes his power. But then Bishop drops the real bomb: Those people following Kalinda around? They weren’t following her because she was with Dylan Bishop. They were following her because Geneva Pine and the state’s attorney’s office is investigating Kalinda. It seems like Kalinda’s email hacking might finally be catching up to her. But you never know. It could be something totally different. Either way, it’s not good. 

The best moments and lines from “Red Meat”:

  • Diane: “So, this is the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent?”

    Kurt: “We’re not going to talk like communists here, okay? We discussed this.”

    Diane: “I don’t know. I might start soliciting for the ACLU. Your wife is unpredictable that way.”

  • “If I were to set off a bomb in this room, we’d have democratic presidents for the next 30 years.” —Diane
  • Kurt: “I thought we said three days no work, just fun.”

    Diane: “We did! This is fun. Aren’t you having fun? You hunt deer. I hunt clients.”

    Kurt: “But which head are we going to mount over the fireplace?”

  • “Here. Have one. They’re good. Nature’s treat.” —Marissa, about doughnuts
  • “Sugar in my brain.” —Alicia, after eating one of nature’s treats
  • “What in the freaking bloody hell is he doing? He just slaughtered us like blah blah blah cattle.” —Josh Mariner, who really likes to say “blah blah”
  • Alicia: “Wow! I look good.”

    Marissa: “Yeah. Every girl’s bra size increases a letter when they become an avatar.”

  • All of Eli’s facial expressions during Alicia and Peter’s argument
  • “First of all, I need to say your apartment is beautiful. I just got married. I’m hiring a contractor so that’s where my head…” —Josh, complimenting Alicia’s home
  • “Oh my God. It’s scaring me. I’m on his wavelength now.” —Marissa

​I have so many questions: Is Johnny leaving for real? (I hope not. But I can always watch him on Bloodline if so.) Can Peter really handle having Alicia in such a powerful position? (Probably not.) What happens to the firm now that Alicia’s got a new job on the horizon? (If the previews for next week are any indication, it won’t be a smooth transition.) Will Marissa stick around to offer Alicia milk? (Hopefully.) Is Finn really dating someone and should that someone be Alicia? (Ask again later.) And most important, will Diane take up hunting as a full-time hobby? (Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.) 

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