This week’s episode of “The Good Wife” featured a big case for Alicia’s career, developments in Peter’s campaign with the continued battle against new candidate Wendy Scott-Car, along with some revelations in Kalinda’s personal life.
The firm represents a young woman whose mother committed suicide after taking an antidepressant. Representing the pharmaceutical company is Louis Canning, played by guest actor Michael J. Fox. Just like Fox, his character has a neurological disorder, providing a fascinating courtroom dynamic. Canning certainly knows how to use his condition to his advantage as an attorney. After a few ups and downs in the courtroom, the defendants decide to settle and agree to pay 35 million.
Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and the team are celebrating their victory at a local watering hole when Canning approaches her. He briefly explained that he didn’t actually lose after all and told Alicia, “Your firm stumbled their way into a 90 million dollar class action lawsuit. MRG Pharmaceuticals asked me to lower you down to 50 million. I landed you at 35. That’s not losing.” Of course Alicia has no way of knowing for certain whether he’s telling the truth or not, but he certainly succeeded in stopping her in her tracks for a moment.
Recently a new candidate for state’s attorney has emerged, threatening Peter’s (Chris Noth) chances of being elected. Eli Gold (Alan Cumming), Peter’s campaign manager has been digging for anything he can possibly find to somehow slow their competition’s speedy progress.
By all appearances Wendy Scott-Scarr (Anika Noni Rose) is practically a saint. She lives frugally, gives to the needy, serves in her community, volunteers at her children’s school. On and much to Eli’s dismay she had perfect pitch while singing the national anthem. Needless to say Eli and Peter’s other campaign leaders are scrambling to find any possible piece of dirt on Wendy to decrease her rapidly growing pool of supporters.
However, their brilliant plan backfired when Wendy revealed that she survived breast cancer after having a double mastectomy and later underwent reconstructive surgery. The already popular candidate gained even more support as she opened up about this very personal issue.
The Personal Drama
Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) has had some of her own personal life drama played out this week in much more public settings than she would like. Over the last two seasons little bits of this fascinating character have emerged and we gradually learn more about her as time goes on. But her male / female preference is something we haven’t quite gotten a handle on yet. The writers have showed aspects of Kalinda’s romantic relationships with both men and women. And this episode goes deeper into that when Blake Calamar (Scott Porter), an investigator brought on by the firm’s newest partner, starts to dig into her past. Kalinda did her own research when Blake entered the picture, so it stands to reason he would return the favor.
Kalinda learns Blake may have contacted public defender Donna Seabrook – a woman she dated at one point. When Kalinda approaches her she is clearly on a mission to protect her privacy and nothing more. Rightfully so, this angers Donna (Lili Taylor) .
Later in the episode Kalinda kisses Donna, but it’s hard to tell if that came out of real feelings or a desperate attempt to win her silence. Donna assured Kalinda that her secret was safe with her but later shocks Kalinda nearly speechless when she shows up at the bar on Blake’s arm. While doing some digging of her own Kalinda begins to wonder about Blake’s past even more when she learns he was once employed by a gang and was arrested but never charged.
What’s Coming Next
Next week’s episode of “The Good Wife” features teen star Miranda Cosgrove. Cosgrove plays a young celebrity who has gotten herself into trouble and becomes Alicia’s client.
“The Good Wife” airs Tuesdays on CBS at 10 pm ET