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The Good Wife recap: Cooked

Alicia faces two worthy adversaries: the FBI … and her mother

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The Good Wife

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

If The Good Wife has taught me anything, it’s that I’m never moving to Chicago and getting involved in politics, because these people know how to stab one another in the back. (To be fair, that’s not Chicago specific.) At this point, we’re smack in the middle of a tangled web of lies and deceit … so it’s a good thing that it makes for good drama.

We kick things off with Howard arriving at Alicia’s apartment looking for a lawyer. Thankfully, Alicia knows better than to side with Howard against Lockhart Agos, so she sends him on his way with a bit of free advice: If he wants to file an ageism suit, he needs to do two things.

1. He has to start actually working (read: wearing pants) so they can’t fire him.

2. He needs to keep a journal of every instance of ageism.

But Howard leaves Alicia’s with more than just a game plan. He also leaves with a crush on Jackie, which by episode’s end will turn into a first date and then a full-blown relationship that helps him bring in a new client to the firm. And when someone brings in $33 million in annual billing, it’s pretty much impossible to fire them. Well played, Howard.

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Meanwhile, Eli is off trying to deal with Ruth, who has decided that she wants Alicia and Veronica to go on Mama’s Homespun Cooking, a show in which Veronica will teach Alicia one of her best recipes. You know, woman stuff.

Eli, knowing exactly what Ruth is going to get, convinces both women to do the show, which results in Veronica bringing up Alicia’s marital struggles on live TV, and giving Ruth a taste of what it’s like to deal with this family. Sorry, Ruth, but everyone knows you cannot control Veronica.

NEXT: Alicia vs. FBI