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The Good Wife recap: Landing

Alicia works a case in Canada while Peter is put in handcuffs…again

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The Good Wife

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

Including tonight’s episode, The Good Wife only has four left until it bids its final farewell. So at this point, you can expect for certain long-running story lines to come back into play. The perfect example? This week not only saw Peter’s arrest, but it also looped back to the ongoing NSA drama. 

We start in Canada, where Jeff Dellinger is on the phone with fellow former NSA employee Tyler Hopkins, who’s assuring Jeff that he can get through U.S. Customs without any issues so that he can attend his mother’s funeral in Arizona. Spoiler: Tyler is wrong, and the NSA is listening to this very conversation as they speak. Sensing something’s off, Jeff makes it to his Customs booth only to immediately turn back around and try to return to Canada. But when U.S. officers try to arrest him, Canadian offers step in. Long story short, we have a jurisdiction dispute. 

But that’s only one reason why Alicia’s phone is ringing off the hook when she decides it’s time to tell Jason that she’s divorcing Peter. She immediately explains that her decision has nothing to do with Jason — and that she expects nothing — but when her phone won’t stop ringing, she has to pick up. Not only is Dellinger being held at the airport in Toronto, but Eli is on the other line waiting to tell Alicia that Peter is being arrested right now.

Correction: Peter is being arrested tomorrow. They manage to talk Connor Fox into a more “dignified” arrest at noon the next day so that Peter can attend a meeting on homeland security. And thankfully, Alicia will be back by then. (So yeah, I guess she agreed to his one last favor of standing by his side through all of this.) 

With that, Alicia and Lucca head to (a very clean) Canada. But when Alicia has an international law question and Cary’s no longer around to answer it, Diane points her in Jason’s direction. By some miracle, he picks up his phone and explains to her that the U.S. Border Protection can only detain Jeff if he made a false or deceptive statement. Regardless, they’re bringing in a justice of the peace to decide the issue, and that won’t happen until tomorrow. So for now, Alicia has to get home.

And by the time she arrives at her apartment, Eli, Peter, and Michael are already planning out Peter’s arrest plan. They decide that the kids won’t attend just as Connor Fox knocks on Alicia’s door. He found out that the homeland security meeting was a lie, so not only is Peter going to be arrested right now, but there are countless news trucks lined up outside. In a moment of panic — and of truly being a “good wife” — Alicia runs to closet to get a tie for Peter and a jacket to cover the cuffs. I have to say, I never thought I’d see Alicia get defensive of Peter, but I believed her when she said, “You will not embarrass my husband.” 

The next day, Alicia returns to Canada to join Lucca and Jeff as they deal with the oh-so-polite Canadian hearings. Their justice of the peace is a woman named Nora Valentine who calls America the “land of guns and gangs.” She’s a Canadian elitist alright, and I kind of love her. 

The most important part of this hearing is when Jeff notifies Alicia not to use her phone. FINALLY, someone tips Alicia off that the NSA is always listening. 

After Lucca and Alicia prove that Jeff never lied to U.S. Customs, the prosecution moves for extradition, claiming that Jeff is wanted for violations of the Espionage Act. He’s accused of stealing and disseminating classified documents while working for the NSA. This, of course, is referring to the time he accidently took a jump drive home in his backpack. And when Alicia claims they have a witness, we get our first taste of the Canadian NSA. In case you weren’t already confused, now there are two countries listening in!

Alicia flies Tyler to Toronto, where he speaks to the fact that the jump drive was an accident. But when the prosecution plays a recording of Tyler and Jeff talking about the murder of Massoud Tahan — the top secret panel Alicia sat on — Dellinger is accused of taking that information and leaking it to WikiLeaks, a.k.a. the thing that Terrence Hicks was fired for.

The real kicker? When Alicia asks Jeff if he did it, he says yes. And yet, when Alicia asks to cross-examine Tyler on the matter, Tyler reveals that the NSA has been using Alicia’s cell as a hot mic. SHE KNOWS! It’s about time. Now, the question is how she and Lucca will deal with defending a man they know to be guilty. 

NEXT: Alicia knows what she wants