Well, I have to say that was a little unexpected. The Good Wife writers sure do have a knack for getting rid of characters before the season finale. We all knew Kalinda’s departure from the show was imminent since Archie Panjabi announced that the sixth season of The Good Wife would be her last. No one knew exactly when or how Kalinda would make her exit, but with that huge plot line looming, it was hard not to question every single decision Kalinda has made this season. Well, in “The Deconstruction” we finally got some answers. And sure, it wasn’t the same tear-inducing farewell associated with Will Gardner’s untimely demise (#StillNotOverIt), but it was still really, really sad. And yet, it totally made sense. But I’m getting ahead of myself here:
Alicia finally admits defeat. After her encounter with the terrible humans running the DNC, Alicia has no choice but to withdraw her name for contention for the office of the state’s attorney. She’s obviously not okay with the decision, but she’s been backed into a corner. She thanks Peter and her supporters, and then fights back tears as she exits the stage and asks an important question: “What do I do now?” She’s got a good point. But thankfully the show isn’t called The Good State’s Attorney. So at least she has options.
The first option is the obvious one: She returns to her old firm to find they’ve already taken her name off the sign. Welcome to Lockhart, Agos, and Lee. (Cary still gets second billing, and David Lee is moving on up.) But they all seem to be on the same page, and Diane & Co. ask Alicia to come back as a named partner. Insert the collective sigh of relief! Even David Lee is on board! All is right in the world. But I’ve spoken too soon because we haven’t even hit the title credits yet. And you’re right. It’s all a little too good to be true.
Alicia gets a call from a client shortly after her meeting at her new/old firm, saying that Diane called him and told him Alicia was not coming back to the firm. Uhh, what? Alicia realizes they’ve been playing her from the beginning. Peter encourages her to play along to leverage a new exit package. (I kind of love Alicia and Peter on the same side of things. Does their marriage work? Not so much. But they really understand each other, so it weirdly works.)
What ensues is The Good Wife version of one Three’s Company-esque misunderstanding after another. Alicia tries to rescind her exit package with the help of her lawyer, Finn. And after a fairly awkward meeting, Finn agrees that Diane & Co. are playing her. Meanwhile, Diane and Cary are discussing how much they really want Alicia back! They don’t want Alicia to get the wrong idea about her clients.
The miscommunication continues because David Lee calls the original client back only to hear that Alicia is considering branching out on her own. Guys, just talk to each other! It’d save everyone a lot of trouble. But this back-and-forth nonsense continues for the duration of the episode.
It culminates in an Alicia/Diane argument in which they both accuse the other of betrayal. But Kalinda is there to save the day. She calls Alicia to let her in on what we already know: this is one big misunderstanding. And later, Diane and Alicia make up. The drama has come full circle. Diane wants Alicia to come back to the firm. But there’s a hitch in that plan: R.D. won’t stay on as a client. And since he’s the firm’s biggest client now, that presents a problem. But there’s a bigger issue at play here. As R.D. says, “The Florrick name? That’s like George Ryan or Blagojevich. It’s just another in a long line of corrupt Chicago pols. I’m sorry, but it’s just how it is.” So what does that mean for Alicia? Well that’s the million-dollar question. She can’t go back to Lockhart/Agos/Lee. And she can’t start her own firm because the only client willing to stay with her is, of course, Colin Sweeney. Peter of all people, though, encourages Alicia and says, “You can do it, Alicia. You can come back from this. I know it.” Cosign, Peter!
NEXT: Diane takes on mandatory minimum sentencing.