A new episode of “The Good Wife” aired on CBS Tuesday, Nov. 9. The plot premise of “Poisoned Pill” was for the firm to try a test case for a huge class action suit against a pharmaceutical company. The best part of the episode was of course the new defense council for the company, played by Michael J. Fox. It was a brilliant use of casting, because the lawyer was trying to take advantage of a disability that he was coping with by using a drug from the very company that was on trial.
The case itself was a woman using the drug and killing her husband and herself, all because she assumed he was sleeping with her daughter. The firm was representing the daughter, and this was her mother and stepfather that had died.
This had seemed like a slam-dunk test case for the firm, with a client that they didn’t think they could lose with. The problem was that the jury was becoming very enamored with the character played by Fox (Louis Canning), and they could sense that the case might be slipping away due to how well he was “playing” them in the courtroom. He was also pretty vicious when he needed to be, and the case was going down in flames for the firm. The firm found a way to fight back by also endeavoring to use “theatrics” in the court room.
Back at Peter’s campaign, it turns out that Alicia’s daughter attended a rally for opponent Wendy Scott-Carr, and made comments that could be seen as her supporting that candidate. The ammunition that they came up with to use against Wendy was that she had a breast augmentation done for close to $20,000, but was at the same time campaigning to represent the poor. It turned out that she was dealing with breast cancer though, and this information had been leaked so that the other campaign could use it to their advantage in public.
Another storyline had Kalinda finding out that Blake was investigating statistics around town, and that she may have approached public defender (and friend) Donna Seabrook to learn some of her secrets. Donna promised Kalinda that she wouldn’t speak to Blake, but Kalinda seemed quite worried that something about her past, or possibly her sexual preference, might come out in Blake’s questioning. It turned out that Kalinda had broken Donna’s heart before, revealing a bit more about her story in the show. It also led to a kiss in public that was pretty packed with passion.
The back-story for Blake was finally starting to emerge as well, as Cary began digging for information on him to help out Kalinda. What he might have found, was that Blake was defending a meth gang back in Baltimore. Meanwhile, Will had used Blake in order to find information about a therapist that was testifying in court on behalf of the defense. It was that witness that ended up winning the case for the firm as well, because it was a patient that had slept with the therapist.
The firm won the case to the tune of $35 million; much more than they thought they would get, and it really set up a class action suit nicely. At the celebration, Donna showed up with Blake, obviously trying to flaunt it in front of Kalinda. That is definitely a storyline that is going to continue in future episodes of the show. The opposing council also showed up, and he let Alicia know that the pharmaceutical company had actually thought they would lose $90 million and that he was there to get it down to $50 million. It was certainly a way to damper Alicia’s mood.
The next new episode of “The Good Wife” will air on Tuesday, Nov. 16, and will include guest star Miranda Cosgrove as a pop star that Alicia has to defend.