If there’s one thing Michelle and Robert King know how to do, it’s craft one hell of a finale cliffhanger — and that’s definitely what they give us in The Good Fight‘s first season finale. But there’s a lot to go through before we get there, because, as always, this was a rather busy hour of television. “Chaos” was fast-paced, entertaining, and a great way to end the season.
If you’ve been reading these recaps all season, you know it’s been frustrating to me that we’ve never seen Maia in court because she’s been so concerned with the Rindell Ponzi scheme. Well, it appears that was the Kings’ intention all along. “Chaos” opens with everyone receiving their biannual review (and a nice callback to the premiere with the use of Erin McKeown’s pop-folksy “You Were Right about Everything”). Adrian and Barbara tell Maia she’s been doing a good job but that every partner is worried she’s not bold enough. So, they tell her that she needs to pick a partner, demand that they let her shadow them, and not to take no for answer. Adrian and Barbara doubt that their words will have any effect.
Lucca’s review is far more positive. Adrian and Barbara tell Lucca that she has the highest billable hours and that they want to reward her by putting her on the partner track and giving her a bigger office. When Lucca returns to her office smiling, she finds Maia Eli Gold-ing it in there (which is code for “lying on her couch”) because she thinks the partners hate her. Lucca says they don’t. I loved this scene because it showed just how much Maia and Lucca’s relationship has developed over the course of the season. The strength of their friendship is confirmed by this episode’s case, which puts Maia in the position to fight for Lucca’s life after she’s arrested and charged with co-conspiring to perpetrate a terrorist attack.
Here’s how we get to that point: Bitcoin creator Dylan Stack (Jason Biggs) re-enters Diane’s life when he asks her to represent him since he believes someone is trying to frame him for an impending cyber attack on Chicago’s power grid. When The Good Wife used Stack, it often fell into an exposition trap, bending over backwards to explain what Bitcoin was. Thankfully, The Good Fight avoids that same trap. All we need to know is that some hacker group is planning on using a vicious piece of malware to cause a blackout in Chicago. (My Chekhov senses are tingling…)
The firm takes on Stack as a client, and Lucca meets with Colin to arrange a deal: Her client will hand over the malware in exchange for immunity since he claims to have no part in this. The conversation is pretty tense since they haven’t spoken since the breakup. The scene’s direction, which places both of them on opposite sides of a big table, reminded me of the line, “We met at Borders” from Kanye West’s “All of the Lights.” Nevertheless, Colin hands over the flash drive with the malware to Wilbur Dincon, who stupidly inserts it in his computer, allowing it to infect the government’s computers and access the power grid. The Feds assume Lucca did this on purpose and arrest her. This lights a fire under Maia’s butt, and she demands that Adrian let her work the case with him.
Stack refuses to come forward, even if it would help save Lucca. Instead, he works with Marissa and Jay to figure out who placed the malware on his computer. He suspects it was someone he was chatting with on 4chan. Marissa and Jay discover that said someone is none other than annoying alt-righter Felix Staples, who is overjoyed to see Diane again. (It appears as though Felix is Diane’s Colin Sweeney.) Felix, who admits to having spoken to both Stack and the hacker responsible for the virus, agrees to help Diane under the condition that she help file lawsuits against people who have wronged him. Thus, they enter into a “one for you, one for me” agreement that’ll probably oscillate between fun and annoying when we return to it next season.