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The Good Wife recap: 'Dear God'

Cary’s trial hits another road block while Alicia & Co. have to trust the process of Christian arbitration during the case of the week.

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The Good Wife
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The Good Wife

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

Well, Cary’s out of jail, but he’s certainly not out of hot water. Unfortunately, his future is in the hands of his pretrial service officer, Joy Grubick (played by guest star Linda Lavin), and she doesn’t inspire much confidence. It’s her job to make sure Cary follows all the conditions of his bond release. Joy conducts interviews with Cary, Alicia, and Diane to gather information for her report. And all three stick to the same strategy. They each stretch the truth to make Cary’s return to the free world look more seamless than it actually was. We see this through a series of flashbacks—all things that happened between the end of last week’s episode and this one. And we gleaned one piece of pretty important information from each interview. For example: Cary’s revelation was that he slept with Kalinda again. After he was released, Cary said he had a celebration at his apartment with a few people. In reality, there was just one person. So in this situation, “celebration” is a synonym for “having sex.”

More good news for Cary: The state’s attorney’s office loses Trey, their confidential informant. And since Trey’s testimony is the cornerstone of their case, it looks like Cary will get the break he needed. But you should know by now that nothing is ever that simple in The Good Wife universe. In their postcoital glow, Kalinda tells Cary she thinks the CI situation will take care of itself. So when Cary learns Trey is missing, he begins to wonder whether Lemond Bishop had anything to do with it.

Diane is fully prepared to shut the case down. And then Finn Polmar drops the next bomb: They’re asking for a revocation of Cary’s bail. Cary was released the same day that Trey went missing. Polmar claims he has evidence that Cary intimidated the witness. Uh oh. Kalinda was photographed with Trey, and after that photo was taken, he disappeared. Polmar argues that Kalinda passed a message along to Trey meant to intimidate him. And it’s a condition of Cary’s bail that he not contact any witnesses. We know Cary didn’t try to intimidate Trey, but the optics certainly don’t look good.

Back in court, Trey’s wife, Stacie (Saycon Sengbloh), testifies that Trey said an Indian woman told him someone was going to kill him. Diane doesn’t want to know what Kalinda actually did or said to Trey that day so she doesn’t have to perjure herself. Kalinda agrees that Diane remaining in the dark is smart. But Cary isn’t worried about suborning perjury. He point-blank asks her if she threatened Trey Wagner, and she won’t confirm what did happen. So Cary’s probably right to assume that Kalinda told Bishop who the CI was, and then warned Trey that Bishop would come after him.

They discredit Stacie’s testimony by showing video of her kissing another man. Judge Petrov says it’s a tie and decides to rely on Joy Grubick to make the final decision. She concludes that Cary hasn’t broken any conditions of his bond, and thankfully, the bail will not be revoked. Grubick was so nervous delivering her report. And I’m not sure I have a solid theory as to why. But at least she weighed in in favor of Cary. Then again, we have another week and still no real progress on Cary’s case.

Now for that important info divulged in those Joy Grubick meetings: In her meeting, Alicia tells the pretrial officer about James Castro’s threats against Cary. In another flashback we see Castro telling Alicia that if Cary would agree to testify against Bishop, his case would go away. But because Castro is a total douchelord, he makes sure he attacks Alicia, too. He tells her how bad Cary’s arrest and prosecution will look for her state’s attorney campaign. But for now, Alicia is still emphatic that she’s not running. (ASIDE: The Good Wife is known for its great guest casting, but they also deserve props for casting really likable actors to play truly despicable characters. Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning. Matthew Perry as Mike Kresteva. And now James Castro (played by Michael Cerveris) wins the award for the character I hate most this season. I want to take a page from Peter’s season 5 playbook and throw a glass of water in his face pretty much every time he’s on the screen. END OF ASIDE) But ultimately, Joy decided Alicia’s Castro information wasn’t relevant to her report. Ugh.

At Diane’s meeting with Joy, we got some insight into the firm’s expansion problems. Florrick/Agos doesn’t have enough space to accommodate the new Lockhart/Gardner lawyers. So Diane and Dean offer to personally finance the first year’s rent via a loan to the firm so they can expand to a second floor. In exchange, they asked for an executive committee consisting of three partners from Florrick/Agos and three from Lockhart/Gardner. There’s so much change. How do the writers even keep up any more?

NEXT: The case of the week takes Florrick/Agos into unfamiliar territory