The Good Fight recap: 'Day 464'
A few weeks after giving us a great episode about the possible impeachment of President Trump, The Good Fight returned with another Trump-related, pulled-from-the-headlines case that’s a bit more salacious, centering on the purported “pee tape.” From the jump, this episode’s prompt is harder than the impeachment episode because the notorious tape’s existence has yet to be proven. However, I think the writershandled the topic rather well. They not only had fun pointing out how ridiculous this entire situation is, but also included a few sobering moments that stopped “Day 464” from simply being a liberal daydream.
Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart gets drawn into the pee tape controversy when a Russian student named Dominika asks Diane for help because she’s about to be deported. Immigration service wants to deport her because she was caught soliciting, but Dominika claims it’s actually because she’s one of the women Trump watched urinate on the bed President Obama slept in at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow on the infamous tape. At first, Diane, Adrian, and Julius are skeptical and assume she’s a Project Veritas agent trying to embarrass them.
But the firm does some more digging and discovers that she may actually be telling the truth about the tape. So Diane contacts Ruth, who orders them to drop the case because it won’t make as a big a splash in the news as they hope. However, they’re in it now. Diane asks Lucca to set up a meet with Madeline Starkey at the FBI to talk about the tape and hopefully save Dominika from being deported. As always, Starkey is up to her old tricks. She listens to everything Dominika has to say but doesn’t believe her because some of the details don’t match what she’s heard is on the tape. The only way Starkey will believe Dominika’s story is if she gives her the name of her FSB contact (according to legend, the Russian security agency is responsible for taping this incident). However, Dominika says she can’t because Olga, the other woman in the video, was the one with the contact and refuses to come forward.
Dominika reaches out to Olga and discovers that she’s already been deported. (Thanks, Starkey!) However, Olga didn’t leave her friend empty-handed: An envelope containing a flash-drive labeled “P.P.” arrives at the firm, and Adrian, Julius, and Marissa plug the drive in and start watching the video. The melodramatic use of Mozart’s Requiem combined with the golden light the laptop casts on the characters really drives home the ridiculousness of this moment. However, it’s worth noting that Diane sits this one out and simply watches her colleagues watch the video, which is a rather sobering detail. Yes, it’s hilarious that a “pee tape” is actually something that’s in the news, but it’s also kind of depressing that this is what everything has come down to.
“I can’t take three more years of this,” says Diane to Julius as they wait outside a conference room while Ruth watches the video. Neither can I, Diane. (Next: Justice is served)
At first, the lawyers still aren’t sure if the video is real, but then a Republican lawyer from the Justice Department contacts Julius and tries to wave him off it, which convinces Julius that it is in fact the real deal. But then Ruth shows up at the firm with evidence that it’s fake. Apparently the bathrobe in the video, which is white with gold trim, doesn’t match the Ritz-Carlton’s robes.
However, Marissa isn’t willing to drop it so quickly. Remembering that Trump apparently travels with his bathrobe, she finds a picture of it and it turns out that his robe matches the one in the video. Marissa takes this evidence to Diane, who is frankly exhausted by all this and wants to just drop it. Referencing how her father once said you can measure a man by looking at his foes, Diane says, “Well, I look at our foe, and I wonder how people will measure. We’re hoping that a golden-shower tape brings down an idiot. Not exactly Woodward and Bernstein.” It’s yet another moment when The Good Fight pushes past the humor of the situation and digs a little deeper to reflect on how much things have fallen. Sure, she and the firm are still fighting, but is the fight still good?
“But still, it’s his bathrobe,” says Marissa, which convinces Diane to get up and continue fighting to keep Dominika in the country.
Julius lets slip to his DOJ contact that Dominika plans to hold a press conference to talk about the tape before she’s deported. Starkey shows up at the firm and offers to halt Dominika’s deportation under the condition that she swears the tape in question was actually a porn parody she filmed when she first moved to the states. Dominika agrees and signs her name on the dotted line. Diane also hands the video over to Starkey, who believes it’s the only copy. But it isn’t. Ruth also made a copy, which she places in her safe in an envelope that says “Open October 2020.”
Meanwhile, Colin’s campaign hits a bump in the road. The DNC is reluctant to support his campaign because of his troublesome prosecution record. It turns out Colin has a habit of offering white defendants plea deals and prosecuting black defendants. Thankfully, Lucca and Maia are still working on Craig’s case, which gives him an opportunity to clean up his record. He opens a review of Officer Whitehead’s arrest record, which not only allows Craig to go free but will also allow several other inmates who may have been incarcerated for crimes they didn’t commit submit appeals. In the end, justice is served.
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