The Good Wife recap: Justice Is (Not) Served
Wow. Well, I suppose having Maddie Hayward enter the gubernatorial race is one way to deal with the fact that Peter’s main opponent, played by Matthew Perry, is currently starring in his own NBC sitcom. And as such, Perry may or may not be available to reprise his role as the Republican candidate Mike Kresteva. So enter Maddie Hayward a.k.a. a contingency plan!
Maddie—who’s been pretty shady the last few episodes—finally admitted to Alicia that she planned to announce her candidacy against Peter. Her reasoning? Peter isn’t representing the important female issues. Now whether or not entering the race was Maddie’s original intention, we don’t know. (She claimed it wasn’t.) Either way, Maddie added fuel to the fire by timing her announcement to Peter’s affair scandal. Politics. It’s a nasty field.
Maddie first broke the news of her candidacy to Alicia, insisting that it was not personal but just business. Adding insult to injury, Alicia had to admit to Eli that in the duration of their friendship, she’d shared personal things about her relationship with Peter that Maddie could use to hurt his campaign. At the end of the episode, Maddie offered Peter a chance to drop out of the election and run as her lieutenant governor. But Peter shut that one down pretty quickly. And Eli Gold thought an affair scandal was bad news!
Speaking of Eli, Mr. Gold was looking to get some sweet revenge against Mandy Post for spearheading the story about Peter’s alleged affair. Although the blog broke the news first, Mandy’s magazine was able to pursue the “topic of conversation.” (And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention this choice line from Eli: “When did the mainstream media become such a bitch of the blogosphere?”) Anyway, Eli sought the help of reporter Peggy Byrne (Kristin Chenoweth) hoping she would run with a story that he essentially dropped in her hands: Mandy’s cousin was serving 12 years in prison for molesting one of his children. Peter Florrick was the state’s attorney during the case, and Eli posited that Mandy’s pursuit of the story was all the result of some personal vendetta against Peter. Byrne took the bait, or as Eli put it, the “consolation prize” piece. And when news of Mandy’s potential hidden motives broke, she lost her job. Hell hath no fury like an Eli Gold scorned.
NEXT: Alicia takes on guest star Amanda Peet’s case
In the case of the week, Alicia took on a request from Judge Kuhn (Linda Emond) to aid guest star Amanda Peet in her quest for justice. Peet’s Capt. Hellinger accused Ricky Waters, a civilian contractor, of attempting to rape her while on duty in Afghanistan. Hellinger had tried to pursue a criminal prosecution, but insufficient evidence led her to a civil court suit. Hellinger wrote a well-reasoned motion in an effort to get Waters to appear in court. But Alicia pointed out that “well-reasoned” wasn’t good enough. So Alicia stepped in to help Hellinger make her case.
The first task at hand was to locate Waters so they could convince the judge to require him to appear in court. A Kalinda investigation discovered that Waters was on a two-week leave from Afghanistan, with plans to get deployed back to the Middle East in 48 hours. So they appealed to Judge Abernathy to expedite the subpoena.
Further complicating matters, the opposing counsel Bucky Stabler (guest star Brian Dennehy) was arguing that Martinell Security, the Blackwater-esque private security service Waters worked for, was immune to a suit because the company was protected by a law prohibiting servicemen from suing the military. Because Martinell was contracted by the military, and the lines between soldiers and contract workers are so blurred, Bucky argued that Martinell deserved the same protection from suit. Judge Abernathy gave them the aforementioned 48 hours to prove how close Martinell was aligned with the military.
That worked to Alicia’s favor when she got Ryan Hood, the founder and CEO of Martinell, on the stand. For obvious reasons, Hood believed his company should be exempt from a suit. He testified that all his employees answered to the standard military hierarchy while in the field. Using that same argument, Alicia proved that Hood & Co. were not subject to the same rules as the regular military personnel. Specifically, Hood and his employees had gone on strike after a general order. If Martinell was truly the same as the military, the insubordination of a strike would have resulted in a court-martial. But because they are two different entities, they didn’t face any sanctions. It was a huge win for Alicia and Capt. Hellinger. Waters would have to be made available for questioning. But if I’ve learned anything from watching The Good Wife, it’s that the first big shift in momentum in a case isn’t typically the last. And it wasn’t.
Waters obviously denied any wrongdoing. He admitted to having drinks with Hellinger on the night in question, but swore that he didn’t attack. More of Kalinda’s investigation turned up evidence that there was likely a witness who saw or at least heard the alleged attack at Hellinger’s barrack. But again, it’s hard to question someone when they’re deployed in Afghanistan. Alicia made a plea to Judge Kuhn to get the witness, Sgt. Compton, to the states to testify. But Kuhn said it was out of her authority.
NEXT: A 15-minute loophole…
I assumed that would be the end of it. But Kuhn managed to find a loophole in Compton’s subpoena. While she had no authority to get him to the U.S. for Hellinger’s case, she did have the power to request his presence at her gender in the military panel. So she asked him one question: “What do you think of the mainstreaming of gender in the military?” Clearly confused, he said “it’s good?” Kuhn dismissed him, and Alicia snagged her star witness.
Compton testified that he heard the argument between Waters and Hellinger. Waters wanted to have sex with her, and we she rebuffed him he was none too pleased, to put it lightly. And because Compton feared for his job, he never came forward with that information. It was just the testimony Hellinger needed to finally get justice.
But Bucky had other plans. He used the timestamps of Waters’ and Compton’s emails to prove that the alleged attack happened after midnight. Waters had received deployment orders for that day. And since he had been officially called for active duty, and was technically no longer working for Martinell, he fell under the protection of the military. Tragically, the Judge Abernathy had to agree with this logic—although he admitted to not personally approving—and he had to dismiss Hellinger’s case. It was very disheartening, especially knowing that had the attack occurred 15 minutes earlier, Waters would have been held liable. I’m trained to assume Alicia will win all of her cases. But sometimes the law trumps justice.
Meanwhile, Nick learned his tow truck company lost the bid. Unsurprisingly, he didn’t take the news too well. He was insistent that his competitor had paid someone off, and demanded that Alicia and Cary look into the situation. While his competitor didn’t pay anyone off, one of the partners had been a government employee. With that information, they could ostensibly invalidate the bid. But since Alicia is in on Kalinda’s secret, she knew the bigger implications of having Nick stay around Chicago. Not only would it be potentially dangerous for Kalinda, it would be extremely upsetting to Good Wife fans everywhere who are totally over the Nick/Kalinda storyline.
NEXT: Kalinda admits she can’t stay away from Nick
But we did get more from Kalinda than we ever have regarding her relationship with Nick, which is perhaps a step in the right direction. When Alicia told Kalinda that the winning bid might be invalidated, Kalinda admitted to Alicia that she did not love Nick. But she revealed that she has great difficulty being away from him, even though he can obviously be dangerous. She just can’t stay away.
Also in Kalinda news: Remember that photograph of Eli and Kalinda Nick presented last week? Well, Kalinda showed it to Eli hoping to figure out which one of them the Feds are potentially targeting. She didn’t gain any new information, and I’m still wondering if that photo was legitimately found in Lana’s apartment or if Nick just fabricated the story for his own personal gain. It could really go either way at this point.
In much less dramatic plot points, Jackie Florrick may have met her match with her new caretaker, Cristian. At Alicia’s advice, Peter hired a male caretaker to help Jackie. She balked at the idea first, but really hit it off with Cristian by the end. It was actually pretty adorable.
We also got a hint of the budding bromance between Cary and Clarke Hayden. Cary enlightened Diane that the reason Hayden had been harder to please lately was because he was starting to care more about the firm. All together now: Awww. Cary also approached Diane about his lack of criminal cases. He assumed Will just didn’t like him, but Diane assured Cary it was just an oversight. And if you were wondering why Will was practically non-existent in this episode, there’s a pretty good reason for that. Josh Charles was busy behind the camera making his directorial debut. Congrats to Josh! (I feel like we’re totally on a first name basis.)
What did you think of “The Art of War?” Were you surprised Maddie entered the race? Do you think she and Alicia will remain friends? Sound off with all your thoughts on the episode in the comments.
Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, and Chris Noth star in the legal/family drama.