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October 05, 2015 at 07:25 PM EDT

Seven seasons in, and only The Good Wife could find a way to still make the show’s title relevant. This time around, it’s because of Alicia’s rehabilitation, but we’ll get to that in a bit. First, let’s check in with the wife herself.

After a quick “cleaning up the streets of Cook County” montage, Alicia finds herself working as a bar attorney in bond court. At least, she’s attempting to work as a bar attorney, but let’s just say her first go-around in the fast-paced world doesn’t go exactly as planned. But it does introduce us to Cush Jumbo’s Lucca Quinn, a successful bar attorney (and the only other female attorney in the room).

After the judge excludes Alicia from the day’s proceedings, she meets up with him afterward to ask why. The long and short of it? Bond court is about quantity, not quality, and considering that Mr. Judge Man has to get through 350 cases a day — that’s one case every 90 seconds — he isn’t willing to let Alicia slow him down. After all, isn’t she just play acting? He’d rather give the cases to those who actually need the money.

Well, here’s the thing. Despite her many successes, Alicia always finds a way to have to reinvent herself, and now, she really does need the money because she hasn’t been able to get a job since the voting scandal. Not helping her case? The limo that just pulled up to take her to lunch with Canning. Classic Canning: Screwing everything up for everyone but himself.

Over lunch, we learn what Alicia told Canning when he asked if she wanted to partner: No. And now, she’s sticking to her guns, simply because he’s “the devil.” For the first time in her life, Alicia isn’t answering to anyone, so despite the fact that Canning has some theory about how when two people bump into each other, one apologizes and the other says “watch it,” Alicia doesn’t care that she’s the apologizer. She’s not going to work for Canning. (Even though he says they’ll be equals.)

Speaking of not answering to anybody, Alicia realizes that she doesn’t need to be making decisions for her husband. With that, she calls Eli and tells him that Peter can officially run for vice president. (Sure, make yourself feel better and doom the nation, Alicia.)

Once she’s back home at her new office, Alicia is welcomed by her daughter-turned-secretary, Gracie, who’s ready to introduce Alicia’s first client: a woman whose mother just died, leaving either her or her brother to inherit a signed Chagall painting worth $8 million. The twist? The lawyer for the brother is none other than David Lee. The second twist? The mother, who put Post-it notes on everything she owned to designate whom the item should belong to didn’t use anything to secure the notes. So by the time the lawyers arrive to see which client rightfully gets the painting, all of the Post-it notes are on the floor. Let the fun begin.

Elsewhere, Eli is doing his best to get his hands on Ruth Eastman — Margo Martindale! — to help Peter’s campaign. Eli knows that she could help them get second place in Iowa, which would lead them to Hillary. In fact, Eli seems so confident in Ruth’s ability that it rubs off on Peter … so much so that Peter replaces Eli with Ruth. And despite the fact that Eli is now the kind of man who drinks smoothies, he’s still Eli, so his reaction isn’t too surprising: “You just lost your greatest asset and made your worst enemy.” #TeamEli

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Julianna Margulies, Josh Charles, and Chris Noth star in the legal/family drama.
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