Poor, beautiful Cary. He’s still in jail, and it doesn’t look like he’s getting out any time soon. In the last episode,
Lemond Bishop Dexter Roja supplied the funds for Cary’s bail, but the ASA questioned the validity of those funds, and rightly so. Fast-forward to this week where Bishop makes it clear if he has to testify, they’ll lose the bail money. Say goodbye to that $1.3 million, guys. And when it rains, it pours. Kalinda finally tells Cary she knows what evidence they have against him: a recording. But Cary remains insistent that he didn’t do anything wrong. And call me biased, but I believe him. So for now, Diane and Kalinda are giving Cary the benefit of the doubt and assuming the tapes have been edited.
Meanwhile, Kalinda knows Bishop won’t allow her to question his men, but he’s kind of backing her into a corner. It’s hard to help Cary if they can’t figure out what really happened in Bishop’s kitchen that day. Eventually, she convinces him to let her talk to his crew members. But of course, it’s on his terms, not hers. He insists on being present for all of her questioning. Kalinda knows that he’ll murder the CI if and when he finds out who it is. So Kalinda stays mum on that front. But here’s what’s really interesting about Lemond Bishop this season: He’s a bad dude. We know that. But almost every time we’ve seen him this season, he’s been around his son, Dylan. We know from previous episodes that he cares deeply about Dylan. And isn’t it nice to know that Chicago’s drug lord is really just a big softie? But they’ve really hammered that home this season with the great juxtaposition of Bishop having all these intense conversations with his son playing soccer in the background. It’s subtle, but so smart. It’s only the second episode of the season, and I’m ready to give this show all the awards.
Anyway, Kalinda, Diane, and Bishop meet with the three witnesses. They confirm that they were only speaking in hypotheticals that day, and that Cary didn’t break the law. The real highlight of this meeting is that helped Kalinda identify who the confidential informant was. She recognized that Trey, Bishop’s top guy, was the loudest voice on the tape, so he was the one wearing the wire. Of course, they can’t tell Bishop that, or he’ll have Trey killed.
But they did leave Trey off their witness list, which tips off Finn Polmar and Castro that they’d figured out who the CI was. So I’m not sure if they’re indirectly responsible for the next chain of events, but the cynic in me would assume that they are: Jim Lenard (Sheldon Best) is killed because Bishop assumes he is the CI. But really, the loss of Lenard means the loss of Cary’s best witness. Kalinda tells Bishop as much, and makes it clear it wouldn’t be good if Cary lost another witness. Bishop wants to know who Cary needs, but the episode ended before Kalinda says anything. She doesn’t want blood on her hands, but even if she isn’t the one who tells Bishop who the CI is, Bishop obviously has his way of getting information. Trey is not long for this world.
In non-Cary news, the case of the week features Deena Lampard (Megan Ketch), a.k.a. Mrs. ChumHum. She is accused of making an agreement with other tech companies to hold down salaries and stop poaching employees, and Florrick/Agos defends her against the class-action suit. (ASIDE: After Alicia and Cary left Lockhart/Gardner last season, the show had an interesting reboot of sorts. The cases were no longer the central focus of each episode. They took a backseat to all of the drama at the firms. Plus, it was difficult to focus on a case when the main cast were suddenly on opposite sides of said cases. Now that the firm drama is starting to settle, we might see a returned focus to the weekly cases. But then again, this new pattern has been working out, so maybe the writers won’t touch what’s not broken. END OF ASIDE) Anyway, Cary had been heading up the ChumHum case but obviously couldn’t continue to run things from jail. He thought he’d be out in time, but that didn’t happen. So Alicia and Carey Zepps took the reins, and it was a must-win for them. If they lost this case, they’d lose ChumHum’s business. No pressure.
Their strategy at the deposition is as follows: Take down Gus Pawlicky (Evan Jonigkeit) the top coder—the rest of the class-action would crumble if they destroyed him—and keep Deena happy by making her think Carey Zepps was running the show. Apparently, she likes a man in charge. Sitting opposite Alicia and Carey is Lorraine Joy (Polly Draper). We first met Lorraine last season when we learned that she didn’t hire Alicia, a decision that has come back to haunt her. As expected, Alicia kicks ass in the first round of questioning.
Lorraine comes back and questions Deena Lampard to undercut Alicia’s case, and it works. So Alicia and Carey have to question Patric Edelstein (Jack Carpenter), the CEO of Sluethway. Fortunately, Edelstein and Deena used to date, which works in Florrick/Agos’ favor. Edelstein admits he never thought Deena would follow through with the agreement, and he had no intention to, either. Thus, there was never an agreement. So they settle the class-action for $4 million, which is a huge win for Alicia & Co. (More on this later.)
UP NEXT: Diane joins Florrick/Agos