After a much-too-long hiatus, The Good Wife returned last night with Lockhart/Gardner under fire with a $44 million lawsuit. A couple whose divorce was overseen by David Lee et al. during Alicia’s first year was back claiming the firm had intentionally split them up for financial gain. What was once a seemingly routine division of assets was turning into the single suit that might destroy the company.
All the key players were served outside the office in their own element — Diane at an art museum; Alicia at Zach and Grace’s new school; Will at a wedding; and David Lee at a Gilbert and Sullivan production (that outfit!). Speaking of the process-server, I’d kind of like to see the Australian Jack Copeland (Bryan Brown) return to the show. Albeit it would be great if he could be there under some happier circumstances, but he’s clearly got a thing for Diane. After he served Mr. Dobbs, I think it’s safe to say her interest was piqued. And with Gary Cole’s Kurt McVeigh out of the picture, she could use a love interest. You listening, writers? Anyway, with super-lawyer Burl Preston (F. Murray Abraham) representing the scorned couple, it seemed that a loss was likely. Malpractice insurance would not cover the suit should they lose, so each equity partner was on the hook for $1.2 million.
As per usual, Diane was handling the suit with a class and calmness only she could be capable of. But it quickly became clear that with David Lee — who happens to be one of those characters who must always be referred to by his first and last name — at the helm of the case, Preston could go after Lockhart/Gardner for fraud instead of alienation of affection. Preston accused Lockhart/Gardner of hiring the stripper Huntley slept with prior to receiving a DUI that lost him custody of this children. While the DUI trap was set up by David Lee and Kalinda, the cheating was solely courtesy of Mr. Huntley. A real winner, that Mr. Huntley.
As the case was heating up against the firm and the equity partners were flinging the blame upon each other, they realized that Mrs. Huntley signed a conflict of interest form that would protect the firm from this very kind of lawsuit. The only problem was said form — both the hardcopy and the database entry — was completely MIA. And unfortunately, the person responsible for logging the paperwork was Alicia. Ooops!
NEXT: Elsbeth returns!