RECAP: Affairs Lead To Confrontation in 'The Good Wife'
The Good Wife returned to CBS Sunday night with the episode Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, an apt title as the courtroom drama looks to shake things up a bit – Alicia loses the moral high ground, Eli is no longer the smartest lobbyist in the room and Will finally gets called out for his affair with Alicia.
The case of the week sees Lockhart & Gardner returning to military court, this time defending a female USAF Sergeant accused of murder following a drone strike gone awry. Alicia (Julianna Margulies) argues that other drone strikes have resulted in civilian casualties without leading to murder charges and that this case is being tried simply because the sergeant is a woman. It goes on to be a loss for the firm as the military judge tells Alicia (in what also makes a fine thesis for season three so far), “At a certain point, you have to hold people accountable.”
Meanwhile, tensions between Jackie (Mary Beth Peil) and Alicia come to a head when Jackie accidentally records herself via Web cam while snooping around on Alicia's computer. Alicia suspects Jackie is looking for evidence that would make her look like an unfit mother in order to get full custody of the children granted to Alicia's estranged husband Peter (Chris Noth). Alicia responds by changing the locks to her apartment.
Back at Lockhart & Gardner, it turns out that while Peter has stepped down from the investigation of Will (Josh Charles), the investigation isn't winding down after all. In fact, with Wendy Scott-Carr (Anika Noni Rose) taking over, the investigation has shifted focus from Will's drug dealing clients to Will's possible involvement in judicial corruption.
Wendy meets with Diane (Christine Baranski) and threatens that she may find herself under investigation as well if she doesn't cooperate. Diane – who we suspect has known about Will and Alicia's affair all along – marches up to Will and gives him an ultimatum: “I want you to take care of this. I will not let this firm go under because of some SA fishing expedition. Make it go away. Stop sleeping with his wife. Do you understand me?”
The episode also slipped in a humorous subplot involving Eli's (Alan Cumming) lobbying on behalf of the Dairy Council for better placement among the United States Department of Agriculture food guidelines. Eli attempts to form alliances with other food groups and is ultimately outsmarted by Amy Sedaris in a cameo as a lobbyist for fruit. The Dairy Council drops Eli as their lobbyist and he is determined to get back on top.
The Good Wife will be off next week but will return with a new episode Dec 4. featuring the return of Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning.