'The Good Wife' Recap: Will And Diane Come To Blows; Alicia And Cary Plan To Leave Lockhart/Gardner
In this week's The Good Wife, Will and Diane came to blows after her condemnation of Will went public and Alicia’s time at Lockhart/Gardner is slowly coming to an end in “A Precious Commodity.”
For what may be her last case at Lockhart/Gardner, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) is representing a woman hired as a surrogate, Tara, and her interests after the surrogate and the couple, Kathy and Brian, are told that there is an 85 percent chance the fetus has Patau Syndrome. Kathy and Brian feel that it is in everyone’s best interest for Tara to get an abortion while still able (she is currently in her second trimester), but Tara refuses and doesn’t go to her doctor’s appointment, prompting Kathy and Brian to sue her for breach of contract. In the end, the judge ruled that the couple could not force Tara to have an abortion, but they could still sue her for breach of contract. The battle was heating up, with Alicia arguing over the possible monetary compensation for the abortion, when Robyn (Jess Wixler) determined through her investigation that Tara was actually in her third trimester, meaning abortion was no longer an option.
In the Lockhart/Gardner offices, Alicia had a different case to fight when she is caught in the crosshairs of Will (Josh Charles) and Diane’s (Christine Baranski) fight for respect and control of Lockhart/Gardner. After selling out Will to reporter Mandy Post in the hopes that it would aide her run for judgeship, Diane feels guilty and warns Will of the impending public betrayal. Needless to say, Will is not pleased, and he is so angry that he calls a partner meeting behind Diane’s back to vote on her tenure. He wants Diane gone, and fast. The partners vote to move along with Diane’s exit package, and, while David Lee (Zach Grenier) works out the first pass for negotiations, Will gets Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) to look through Diane’s work, hoping to find some information that could help him push her out faster.
Not pleased with the firm’s initial offer, Diane demands they come up with something better if they want her to leave quietly. With Diane leaving, Will offers Alicia her job as managing partner. Alicia, who is already planning on leaving Lockhart/Gardner with her fellow forth years to start her own firm, is blindsided by the offer, but briefly considers it. After a pep talk from Cary (Matt Czuchry), who urges her not to stay working for Will, and a disastrous meeting with Diane and Will, Alicia makes her decision: she wants to leave, and she wants It done by the end of the week.
As for Peter (Chris Noth) and Eli (Alan Cumming), they had to do a bit of damage control and hired back Marilyn Garbanza (Melissa George) to head up an ethics committee. He also tells Alicia he wants to renew their vows before the Governor’s election.
The Good Wife airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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