Alicia and Will tackle chaos in the courtroom when they represent co-defendants with separate jury pools; Marilyn begins her investigation on the possible gubernatorial voter fraud

By Breia Brissey
Updated March 02, 2015 at 08:01 PM EST
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I’ve been long singing the praises of The Good Wife and had high hopes (pun intended) for “We, The Juries.” But it was the first real lackluster episode of the season. It had its moments, but I just couldn’t get into the case of the week. And as much as I want a resolution to Peter’s voter fraud scandal, I don’t really care to see Marilyn taking the reigns on the story line. Let’s leave the drama to the big kids, Marilyn. Read: more Peter and Will confrontations. Always.

Anyway, the case of the week featured a couple, Howard Lampe (Josh Pais) and Darla Riggs (Auden Thornton), who had been accused of drug smuggling. Lockhart/Gardner originally represented both clients, but the formation of Florrick/Agos caused a shakeup in the representation. LG was retained by Darla, but Howard hired Florrick/Agos. The prosecution, headed up by Matan Brody and Geneva Pine, argued that since Howard and Darla allegedly committed the crime together, they should be tried together. But the defense, both Lockhart/Gardner and Florrick/Agos, wanted to sever the two cases so they wouldn’t have to work together.

So who made that decision? Welcome to The Good Wife judges club, Victor Garber! As Judge Spencer, he agreed to sever Howard and Darla’s cases, but he wouldn’t split up the courtroom because he’s a “staunch advocate of judicial efficiency.” Both trials would occur simultaneously with two separate juries. Ooof. That’s not complicated at all! Also, it meant Will and Alicia would have to work with each other. And if we’ve learned anything this season, it’s that Will and Alicia on opposing sides is a brilliant thing. Anyway, to keep emotions in check, Cary offered to first chair, and Diane stepped in to do the same for Will.

Like I said, I just couldn’t get in to this case of the week. Here’s to hoping Judge Spencer returns with something a little more exciting next time. The two separate juries were chaotic, as expected. Not to mention, the jurors were super whiny: Our chairs are uncomfortable! Our jury room is too small! We smell Thai food! I get it, jury duty sucks, guys. But you get to look at Will Gardner and Cary Agos all day. So stop complaining! Both Lockhart/Gardner and Florrick/Agos decided to dig up dirt on their respective co-defendants to undercut each other. This obviously backfired, and worked out for the prosecution. But really, the courtroom scenes were just a series of yelling and one objection after the other.

NEXT: The case of the week comes to an end and Marilyn investigates the possible election fraud…But I digress. Darla was a hot blonde dating a nerdy Howard, so both sides tried to use their mismatched looks against them. Not to mention, they’d only been together for a week before the alleged drug smuggling. The drugs were found in Howard’s carry-on bag, but they found $30,000 on Darla, suggesting that they were co-conspirators. A flight attendant, Christina (hi, Ashley Williams!), confirmed the couple’s suspicious pairing, complete with a probable sex-in-the-bathroom encounter between Darla and another woman on the plane. In return, Alicia and Will attempted some character assassination against Christina later in the episode.

Howard and Darla were offered a package deal: If they both pleaded to possession, they’d each get six years. But they decided to continue to fight. At this point, Alicia and Will saw two jurors from the opposite juries talking. But they decided to sit on that information. Only later, when things weren’t looking good for Howard, did Alicia decide to bring that information to Judge Spencer. But Will denied seeing anything. Ugh. Seriously, Will? In the end, Darla was found not guilty, and Howard had to take a new plea deal: four years in prison, but he’d be eligible for parole in two. But don’t worry, dude. Darla’s going to wait for you!

Now on to Peter’s scandal-in-waiting: Eli managed to get the Tribune reporter to sit on the video for two weeks. He hoped that lead would give them enough time to get in front of the story. It became evident that Jim Moody was responsible. Again, Peter and Eli stood firm on the fact that they’d never seen the video before, and certainly didn’t order Moody to rig the vote. We know from the season 4 finale that the votes didn’t actually affect the outcome of the election, but still, we don’t need a Marilyn around to tell us that this is bad news bears.

Peter admitted that Will came to him on election day to tell him about a video, but Peter never saw said video. So it was natural for Eli and Peter to assume that Will might be behind the video leak. We all know Will and Peter have it out for each other. Eli assured Marilyn he didn’t ask Jim Moody to stuff the ballot. But he did admit that he told Moody they were short of votes in the 12th precinct, and they needed to get out the vote. “There’s a chance I said we needed to do whatever we could.” That in itself isn’t wrong, but Eli knew Moody could come back and use that against him.

NEXT: Peter and Will face off, this time in person! Eli and Jim Moody had a presumably off-the-record chat about Moody’s actions. Moody could get three years of jail time for committing election fraud. He’d get less if he testified. Eli tried to convince him that the former was the better option. And I would have to agree — if you’re Eli. The conversation ended with Moody seemingly agreeing to stay quiet about Eli’s potential involvement. Only time will tell, though, if that actually happens.

In the meantime, Marilyn continued her own investigation. She called Alicia to question her about the role she played as Peter’s lawyer during the election. Alicia said she didn’t know anything about the video, and reiterated to Marilyn that she went to court to de-legitimize those votes. But the meeting shook Alicia up. She marched into Peter’s office to confront him. Unsurprisingly, she was less worried about Peter’s career, and more concerned about Zach’s possible involvement with the case. Since Zach testified in court about the ballots, Alicia knew he’d be roped in to any new investigation involving voter fraud. Peter promised Alicia he’d fix it, but I’m afraid that’s not necessarily a promise he can keep.

Marilyn finally got her chance to question Will, and he admitted that he knew about the video. But he refused to answer any more of her questions on account of attorney-client privilege. Marilyn asked Peter to waive attorney-client privilege, but a private chat between the two men, unsurprisingly, didn’t go so well. Will told Peter that he would tell Marilyn that he tried to show Peter the video. That is true. Then, he said he would tell her that he told Peter that he had evidence that Peter would lose the election and that 30,000 votes were fraudulent. And that is false. Will decided to play hardball, and it worked. “Politicians have a way of misremembering things to their liking.” Oh, snap! Will used this as a point to get back at Peter for revoking Diane’s Supreme Court nomination. In the end, Peter felt like he couldn’t waive attorney-client privilege. And as a result, Marilyn’s report would remain inconclusive until she had Peter’s “full and unconditional cooperation.” Peter’s definitely in a lot of trouble. And it’s all Will’s fault.

The highlight of the episode was the Cary/Kalinda story line. The supporting characters got some much-needed screen time while Kalinda tried to repair their damaged relationship. She betrayed Cary earlier in the season when she pretended to leave LG for Florrick/Agos, when really she was just gathering information for Lockhart/Gardner. Unsurprisingly, Cary wasn’t having it.

NEXT: Cary gives Kalinda a taste of her own medicine…Meanwhile, Robyn learned that they might have an opportunity to steal another big client away from Lockhart/Gardner. Later in the episode, Kalinda met Cary at a bar in another effort to make amends. But before they resolved their issues, the bartender spilled a drink on Cary. While he was gone cleaning himself up, he received a text from Robyn about the Paisley group. Kalinda saw the text and attempted to ignore it. But her investigator instincts won out. She read the text, which said that James Paisley (Tom Skerritt) was arrested for solicitation with H. Elliot.

Thinking she’d bested Robyn, Kalinda alerted Will, and they took time from the case of the week to question Paisley about leaving Lockhart/Gardner. But it was all a trap. H. Elliot is actually Haley Elliot, Paisley’s granddaughter who’s in a wheelchair with Hodgkin’s. Props to Cary for giving Kalinda a taste of her own medicine. He paid the bartender to spill the drink on him and arranged the text to be sent, knowing Kalinda would take the bait. After the unfortunate encounter, Paisley took his business to Florrick/Agos. So they didn’t win the case of the week, but at least they stole a top client from LG.

At the end of the episode, Kalinda went to see Cary at his apartment to essentially congratulate him on pulling one over on her and once again tried to make amends. She asked him to go get a drink, and he shut the door in her face after telling her he didn’t think it was a good idea. But it was just a fake out. He grabbed his coat, and off they went. In related news, I’m still shipping Cary and Kalinda!

The best lines from “We, The Juries”:

++ Kalinda: “I’m sorry.”

Cary: “For?”

Kalinda: “For things ending poorly between us.”

Cary: “You’re forgiven. Anything else?”

Kalinda: “Yeah. You’re being a douche.”

++ “But I would insist that is my manner. I am absolutist in my encouragement toward my underlings.” —Eli

++ “Eli, I could fill a book with what you know about what you don’t know.” —Jim Moody

++ “I don’t know. I…because?” —Matan Brody, explaining the reasoning behind his objection in court

++ “It’s like herding cats with you people.” —Judge Spencer

++ “Peter is in real trouble, Eli. He’s in trouble for one reason. Will Gardner.” —Marilyn

What did you think of “We, The Juries”? What do you think is going to happen with Peter’s voter fraud situation? Do you think Peter will retaliate against Will? If so, how? Did you like the Bruce Springsteen crossover? The episode featured three songs from his new album, High Hopes, which you can stream on CBS.com. Sound off with all your thoughts in the comments.

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