The Good Wife recap: Ham Sandwiches and Whipped Cream
Oh, that Wendy Scott-Carr. How she irks my very last nerve! After all this season’s talk about the Grand Jury to take down William Paul (did we know his middle name was Paul?) Gardner, 16 citizens were finally summoned to decide Will’s fate. The Grand Jury would listen to the prosecution’s case and decide if there was probable cause to indict Will on felony bribery charges. Wendy’s case was presumably strong, and Will was looking at three to seven years. And since a Grand Jury would indict a ham sandwich, or in Elsbeth’s case a hamburger, things weren’t looking too good.
Diane informed Alicia of the expected indictment, and Mrs. Florrick headed straight to Peter’s office. I assumed she was going let Peter have it for going after Will. Instead, she rushed off without saying much of anything. She went to see Will, where she offered to help Elsbeth with her knowledge about the State’s Attorney. But then came the slew of negative testimonies that made Will look pretty bad. His only hope was for Peter, himself, to stop the Grand Jury. If anything in the case appeared that it might hurt Peter, too, he’d have to intervene and pull the plug. So they mentioned Peter whenever they could, hoping to connect him to any wrongdoings.
The mysterious McDermott case finally came into play. In the previous episode, we saw Kalinda hand the McDermott files over to Dana. It was supposedly the one area in which Will was most vulnerable. Diane was originally the lead on the case, but Will requested to take over after Judge Parks was assigned. But it wasn’t enough. Dana went back to Kalinda asking for even more intel on the McDermott case. Dana used the same bargaining chip: Give her the evidence they needed, and they wouldn’t prosecute Alicia for the David Lee-forged document. (Regardless of what happens with Will, I imagine Dana will keep this information just so she can continue to use it when she needs to.) It appeared that Kalinda complied again, but we all know how smart the show’s resident badass is.
Eventually, Alicia and Peter had a real conversation about the Grand Jury. She implored him to end the case, and he called her out for sleeping with Will. And in what was probably my favorite exchange of the night, Peter told Alicia that she was just manipulating the truth like a pro to which she promptly responded: “Well you would know about pros!” Burn! If it was just a battle of words, Alicia clearly would have won. But alas, Peter refused to stop the Grand Jury.
NEXT: The Grand Jury makes its decision; Eli Gold takes on Stacie Hall
Then, in a stroke of genius, Will was photographed handing Judge Parks an envelope. It was the red herring Scott-Carr needed to sway the jury. But as it turned out, it was just a ruse courtesy of Will and Kalinda’s quick thinking. (It was actually a donation to UNICEF because Will just wants to help the children in Uganda, and he had the receipts to prove it!) Just like that, Wendy Scott-Carr started to unravel. We learned that the McDermott case was only used as bait, so they wouldn’t go after Will’s real vulnerability, none other than the good wife herself. With Wendy finally realizing she’d been set up, she saw her only option was to call Alicia to the stand and draw out the information about her sexual relationship with Will. Hooray for Cary trying to stop the inappropriate line of questioning, but it ended up with Alicia storming out of the room, but not before admitting — on the record — that she had a sexual relationship with Will.
Thankfully, the Grand Jury had some common sense. They recognized that it was weird and inappropriate to question Alicia about Will — sexual relationship or not. And throughout a slew of questions from the jury members, Wendy saw her case crumble. “Who is this Peter everyone was talking about?” “Why not go after the judge?” And then the real nail in the coffin: “Maybe the judge and Peter Florrick should be arrested. They’re in it together.”
Meanwhile, Eli Gold was looking for Alicia’s help with securing a job serving the Gay and Lesbian Alliance of Chicago (GLAC) in arguing against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). She’s a gay icon in the gay blogosphere, you know. Also in the running for the job was guest star Amy Sedaris as Stacie Hall. Stacie returned for her usual Eli-sparring and served as his competition for the GLAC job. Since Alicia was busy with Will’s Grand Jury, Eli had to rely on Caitlin, and he didn’t like that he was getting the shaft from Alicia: “You’re treating me with the same disregard as when I was your husband’s campaign strategist. And I think that is wrong. Not kill a puppy wrong, but wrong as in incorrect.”
Eli and Stacie skated the fine line between competition and not-so-subtle seduction, each trying to psych each other out for the GLAC job. So several “I desire you”s later and some copious amounts of whipped cream, the ended up in bed together. Eli ended up with the job thanks to Caitlin. She figured out that it was never really about DOMA. But Stacie got the last word because she revealed via a strategically placed post-coital brochure that she was heading up Vanessa Gold’s state senate campaign. Uh oh. That certainly complicates things. And I’m sure after he left, Eli had a few choice words that weren’t as G-rated as “fish.”
Now one final note on Wendy Scott-Carr. The episode concluded with Peter’s obvious irritation that Wendy brought in Alicia to testify. Not only did she go after his wife, she couldn’t even get the jury to indict the proverbial ham sandwich. So he sent her on her way, but not before she promised that she’d take the infractions to the bar association. But Peter stood up to her anyway: “Do what you got to do. Now get out of my office.”
What did you think of “Another Ham Sandwich?” Where you as shocked as I was that Dana actually slapped Kalinda? Is Will really off the hook? Or do you think Wendy Scott-Carr will come back with a vengeance? Sound off in the comments below.