'The Good Wife' recap: 'Mind's Eye'
Alicia prepares for a key interview and deals with Louis Canning's wrongful eviction suit.
Well “Mind’s Eye” was certainly a departure from the typical Good Wife fare. Directed by co-creator and co-writer Robert King, the majority of the episode takes place inside Alicia’s head. We see her thoughts and projections about what might happen, peppered in with the actual reality. So let’s dive right in.
The episode begins with Marissa doling out a slew of over-the-counter supplies because Alicia is under the weather. At least her voice is. She’s got a bad case of laryngitis giving her a lovely frog sound that just won’t go away. This is important because it differentiates what’s actually happening versus what’s going on in Alicia’s head. Anytime you hear a normal Alicia Florrick we’re seeing things in her…”Mind’s Eye.” (Episode title alert!) But since you can’t hear the way she’s talking in a recap, I’ll make it super clear.
Actually happening: Bad voice or not, Alicia has to give an interview later in the day with a conservative newspaper. She and Frank Prady (David Hyde Pierce) are neck in neck in the state’s attorney race, and whoever gets the editorial board endorsement will likely get the boost he or she needs to win the election. So, you know, no pressure. Prady’s completed interview is already online, so Alicia watches it to prepare, despite Johnny’s advice that she ignore it.
In Alicia’s imagination: She plays out multiple interview scenarios in her head. She answers questions and imagines Eli, Johnny, and Marissa’s responses to nail down her potential answers. She also envisions Zach as a homeless person when she considers a response to a question about his abortion. We quickly learn that there is a lot going on in Alicia’s head.
Actually happening: Meanwhile Louis Canning calls Alicia to discuss his wrongful eviction lawsuit. He claims it’s a $12 million suit, but for “old time’s sake” offers to settle for $4 million. Oh, how kind of him! Alicia thinks it’s just a nuisance suit—which it undoubtedly is—but Louis tells her to think it through before she decides he doesn’t have a case.
In Alicia’s imagination: Alicia plays out the way the depositions will go down. She goes back and forth, but eventually decides that the oral agreement Diane had with Howard Lyman is enough to protect them. It doesn’t matter if Howard didn’t understand the terms of the agreement. Canning and David Lee believed it to be genuine.
NEXT: Canning’s health takes a turn.
Actually happening: She calls Canning to tell him as much, but the wheels in her brain keep turning. Alicia ends the call with Canning because she realizes she might have overlooked something. Alicia calls Kalinda and asks her to investigate whether or not Canning has been in touch with David Lee. Those two have, in fact, exchanged calls 22 times over the last week. Alicia realizes Canning is so confident because he believes he has David Lee on his side, and Canning is counting on Lee’s testimony against Florrick/Agos/Lockhart. Cary, Diane, and Alicia decide the best course of action is to use the depositions to undercut Canning’s damages claims.
In Alicia’s imagination: Canning insists that the $12 million are in actual damages, and not just punitive. Canning lost his top client when he was without office space. He even has an affidavit from the CEO of Solis Securities saying that it was Canning’s delay in the settlement conference that led to their firing. But Alicia realizes the timing was purely coincidental. The CEO happened upon a pantless Howard Lyman during his lunchtime. And that’s why Solis fired Canning & Co. Later, Canning says his health was negatively impacted by the eviction. But Alicia calls him out on this, claiming that his sickness seems to come and go depending on his needs.
Actually happening: I bet you saw this coming. Shortly after this imaginary encounter, Cary and Diane call Alicia to let her know that the Canning depositions will need to be put on hold because he’s in the hospital. They agree that they should pay him some settlement money, but certainly not all of what he is asking for. But all of that may become moot because he’s in the hospital with a pretty rough prognosis. Alicia takes the high road and decides to visit him, and Canning’s wife, Simone (Susan Misner), says he likely won’t make it through the night.
Actually happening: A potential editorial board interview snafu comes in the form of a political blog. Court Scene reports that there’s an alleged wiretap of Lemond Bishop saying, “Don’t worry about being arrested. I just bought the next state’s attorney.” Alicia doesn’t even want to acknowledge it, but Johnny points out that it doesn’t matter if the wiretap exists or not. The rumor is the reality now, and Alicia has to prepare an answer. This Lemond Bishop issue is big enough to be the final nail in her proverbial campaign coffin.
In Alicia’s imagination: Alicia goes to Bishop to ask him to divest himself from the PAC but realizes that plan is flawed. So instead, she sends Kalinda in her place. But this takes Alicia down a darker path, as she imagines Peter and Kalinda together. She’s clearly not over their complicated history. And I totally get that, but I really miss the old Kalinda/Alicia relationship. (My plea to The Good Wife writers: This is the last season with Kalinda. Can we please have the great Alicia/Kalinda reconciliation we all deserve?) Anyway, Bishop offers to put out a statement in support of Prady to muddy the waters, but Alicia doesn’t like that plan either. Another issue: If Alicia admits to knowing that Bishop is funding her PAC, she’s also admitting to coordinating with her PAC, which is against the law.
Actually happening: Alicia visits the Court Scene blog to check out the Bishop allegations only to find a photo illustration of her holding a bag of money. Ooof. But it gets worse. A credit card advertisement on the blog autoplays, and it’s totally Will Gardner’s voice!
In Alicia’s imagination: This takes her down the path of thinking about Will. (Still not over it. Never going to be over it.) She imagines some of their sexier times together and can’t shut her brain off.
Actually happening: So she leaves the apartment to clear her head and get some fresh air.
NEXT: The episode’s best moments and lines.
In Alicia’s imagination: As it turns out, Alicia’s walk just inspires a slew of sexy time images. Except it’s not just Will. First, she’s sleeping with Johnny. Up next it’s Finn under the sheets. And then, of course, Peter’s back in bed with Kalinda again. Then, it’s back to the fake Will with his real voice.
Fake Will: “You’re strong. You’ll hold it together.”
Alicia: “You never talked like that before…. You’re not really here are you?”
It’s really hard to watch her work through this stuff. Alicia’s hectic life never really gave her the appropriate time to deal with Will’s death. This just goes to show that she’s still working through those issues.
Actually happening: While she’s on her walk, Alicia mistakenly gets a text that was meant for Grace.
Evan: “God loves you. Don’t give up on him.”
Grace: “Not giving up. Just done.”
In Alicia’s imagination: Alicia worries that if Grace loses her faith she will head down the wrong path. See: getting pregnant and sniffing glue. Enter renowned atheist Richard Dawkins (Michael Siberry) arguing with Pastor Isaiah Easton (Gbenga Akinnagbe) about atheism versus Christianity. Here, Alicia admits that she wants to sleep with Johnny(!!). She also admits that she worries that if she tells the truth about Lemond Bishop, she won’t get elected. In this scenario, she’s inspired by Pastor Isaiah and decides to tell the truth. “Well, enjoy your hug. Because that’s not really how it’s going to go, and you know it,” chides Eli after Alicia gets the editorial board endorsement and a hug from Grace for doing the right thing.
Actually happening: The episode ends with Alicia and Grace having a heart-to-heart about her faith. Alicia asks her to pray for Louis Canning, since she promised Simone she would, but feels that it won’t mean anything coming from her. Later, Alicia finally calls Zach, but he doesn’t get to the phone in time. So she has to move ahead with her interview. Johnny still doesn’t want her to say anything about Bishop, and she finally agrees. And it also appears that Alicia is finally letting go of Will. She heads in to her interview. Fade to black.
The best moments and lines from “Mind’s Eye”:
- “You have a great bedside manner. ‘Don’t worry about it, but if you screw this up, everyone will die.'” —Marissa, joking about Johnny’s bedside manner
- “She’s not still freezing up at it. This is the first time she’s been asked it. It’s not even the first time she’s been asked it because we’re just in her imagination thinking about…” —Marissa, talking about Alicia’s reaction to the Zach abortion question
- “We don’t talk this way, and you know it.” —Peter, to Alicia when she imagines him with Kalinda
- Alicia: “I don’t believe you.”
Louis Canning: “Obviously, because you’d have more compassion if you did.”
Alicia: “You use compassion like it’s a currency, Mr. Canning.”
- The return of the chicken song!
- Alicia’s mood changing on her walk to reflect whatever music she is listening to
- “Why am I being used as an example of what not to do? I’m at Georgetown.” —the homeless version of Zach
- “Uh, you don’t want to be like your mom.” —Pastor Isaiah
This episode was a little difficult to write about because you have to see it to fully understand what Alicia is going through. Admittedly, it wasn’t my storytelling device, but it was an interesting one. It really peels back the layers of Alicia Florrick. This episode shows what makes her tick and gives insight into how she thinks. A shout out to composer David Buckley for his work on this episode. Music is one of my favorite characters on this show. Alicia finally admitted she has feelings for Johnny. If the previews are any indication, it looks like they’ll finally act on their feelings next week. But what does that mean for Finn Polmar? I’m curious to see how that one plays out.