Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart take on a case inspired by the Aziz Ansari controversy

By Chancellor Agard
May 13, 2018 at 05:54 PM EDT
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The Good Fight continues to give us (or maybe just me) things we didn’t know we wanted but now desperately need more of. Going into season 2, I had no idea how much I would to love seeing Diane Lockhart microdosing, and yet now it’s probably one of my favorite things of 2018. Now in “Day 478” we got Diane learning hapkido, which was a truly amazing sight. Somehow Baranski maintains her regal poise, even while practicing throws and footwork (see the photo above). But as always, these delights weren’t the only thing The Good Fight had to offer.

This week, The Good Fight dove into some of the murkiness of the #MeToo movement, featuring a case inspired by the recent Aziz Ansari controversy and the “S—y Media Men” List.

Liz and Maia are defending Ron, a famous sports photographer who went on a date with Emily, a young associate producer. On the date, Ron was very pushy and aggressively tried to sleep with Emily, who didn’t want to engage in sexual activity and kept trying to slow things down. Ron was oblivious to her discomfort. Eventually, she just decided to “get it over with it,” and Ron performed oral sex on her. Later on, she decided to share her story, which ended up on A—holes to Avoid, a website meant to warn women away from dangerous men. Ron lost his job because of the site and has had trouble finding a new one because it. Now he’s suing her. He wants the story taken down and an apology, especially because he believes he didn’t force himself on her. The problem the firm runs into with this case is that while Ron and Emily agree on the sequence of events on the date, they disagree on the interpretation of those events.

The complications of the case and the issues it deals with create divisions within the firm as everyone argues about the A—holes to Avoid site. Isn’t the site irresponsible because posting unsourced stories like this could lead to men losing their jobs for behavior that may not amount to rape? Isn’t there a lack of due process for the accused? Or is it simply a tool for women to warn each other about dangerous men and to let men know their behavior will no longer go unnoticed? For example, Maia acknowledges that Ron is “a dick,” but doesn’t believe he deserved to lose his job because what happened with Emily was nothing more than a bad date. Marissa, on the other hand, believes that the site should stay up. However, no one on either side of the issue is listening to the other because every conversation about it devolves in a cacophonous argument and no one can hear anyone else (shout-out to the sound editor). In the end, The Good Fight doesn’t necessarily take a stand on the “S—y Media Men” list because it’s more interested in examining the argument around it.

As the case unfolds, Liz and Diane depose Gretchen, the woman who created the site. Gretchen thanks Diane and other second-wave feminists for the work they did but accuses them of creating “a whole generation of women who were taught to keep their mouths shut” and tells her they no longer need them because this is a young woman’s fight. Obviously, Diane takes issue with that and points out that Gretchen is too busy name-calling to realize that they’re on the same side.

The Good Fight’s case ends on a rather cynical note. Liz and Diane want to drop the case, but the firm’s legal financiers back Ron’s suit $2 million dollars because they hope to use it as an opportunity to launch a class action against A—holes to Avoid. Liz and Diane win, and the site comes down; however, once that happens they discover that the financiers put their money into this because one of them was about to be listed on it.

Next: Diane and Kurt make a decision about their marriage

Gretchen, the woman who created the site, is angry about the outcome of the suit. She interrupts Diane, who was practicing hapkido in her office, and accuses her of betraying the cause. Diane responds with a searing takedown. “Women aren’t just one thing, and you don’t get to determine what we are,” says Diane, who has no time for Gretchen because she has more important things on her mind, like the fate of her marriage with Kurt.

Earlier in the episode, Diane, who found out she’s rich again thanks to Trump’s tax cuts — I can’t tell who’s more amused by the irony, me or Diane — she decides it’s time to talk to Kurt about their marriage, which is still in limbo. She tells Kurt he needs to decide if he wants to stay married or get divorced because she’s tired of letting events simply happen to her. Kurt takes some time and eventually makes a decision: He’s going to take a job in Chicago so that he’s around more, and he wants Diane to sell her apartment and move in with him.

“We stop pretending we can do this part-time and we live together until we die,” he proposes.

Diane is overjoyed, but before she agrees, she asks him one thing: Did he vote for Trump? Thank God, his answer is no! (He wrote in Ted Cruz, which is something Diane can live with. She knew going into this that his answer wasn’t going to be Hillary Clinton.) But that’s not the only emotional moment of the episode.

While all this is going on, Jay and Marissa continue to investigate Adrian’s shooting. At first, they believe the neo-Nazis the firm beat a few weeks ago were responsible for the shooting, but that turns out not to be the case. The police are no help because they say witnesses said the assailant was black, which doesn’t track with the information Jay and Marissa had been able to find and what Adrian remembers. Well, there’s a reason for that: The actual shooter was none other than Officer Whitehead, the crooked cop they went up against a few episodes back. He lied about the witnesses and dumped the gun he used in a dumpster. The police do the right thing and arrest him.

Once that’s settled, a recovering Adrian is released from the hospital and returns to the firm, where he’s greeted by applause from his coworkers. “I don’t like to be moved and I am moved,” says a tearful Adrian as he delivers a speech about how their a family. “It’s good to be back.”

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