Here on the East Coast, we're waiting for Hurricane Sandy. But in Alicia Florrick's Chicago, it's not bad weather they're waiting for -- it's bad news.
This week's The Good Wife
takes place over the course of one very long, very lousy day for just about everyone. Alicia and Diane anticipate the arrest of their client, drug dealer Lamond Bishop. Eli and Peter must deal with an escalating crisis relating to the fake-affair story. And Nick returns to give Kalinda some unsettling information about FBI agent (and sometimes squeeze) Lana Delaney.Opening Arguments
What you need to know about this week's episode, "Waiting for the Knock":Some
clients are more complicated than others.
Bishop calls Alicia and Diane
to his home because he's been tipped off about an imminent arrest.
When they get there, they find an attorney from his "primary law
firm" -- meaning, the ones who handle his drug cases -- also waiting. No one
knows what part of Bishop's world the arrest might involve.
fact, it's not the cops who are after Bishop, but the FBI, led by Agent
Lana. We know Lana's been obsessed with catching Bishop for years, and now she may have something to bring him down: the disappearance of a confidential informant
involved in selling steroids at one of Bishop's health clubs. He's
furious that his right-hand man allowed the drug business to seep into his
legit enterprises. But it's too late to make things right. When the FBI
finds the missing woman's body, they come for Bishop, even though we have
no reason to believe he committed the crime (yet).
matter with Mattie?
Picking up from last week's episode, Eli is at the
Illinois Democratic Party straw poll, which Peter wins handily.
Unfortunately, the evil blogger, "Jimmy V," still plans to post a story
about the national magazine squashing the (disproved) Peter-had-an-affair
article. Eli can't get him to stop, even after Will threatens V with a
cease-and-desist order. But Peter, secure in the knowledge that he's
innocent, doesn't worry too much.
Maybe he's a little too
complacent. Mattie, the software mogul bankrolling his campaign, wants
more proof. She even summons Indira Starr, the girl who spread the lie,
for a face-to-face interview. Afterwards, she tells Alicia that she's
pulling her support for Peter, but won't say exactly why. The kicker -- she
wants to stay friends with Alicia!It's Nick this time.
baaaack! Nick is still using Lockhart & Gardner to help him set up a
legitimate business (there's that term again). Outside the conference
room, he reminds Kalinda he's unhappy she's sleeping with a woman,
especially an FBI agent. Later, when Lana tells Kalinda that her place
was ransacked -- presumably by a vengeful Lamond Bishop -- Kalinda has her
suspicions. They're confirmed later when she finds Nick back in her
apartment looking for money he claims she stole. She's about to call
the cops on him, but thinks better of it when he shows her that he found some of the missing cash. (Oops!)
More intriguing, when she
confronts Nick about rousting Lana's apartment, he warns her about the fed.
He shows Kalinda photographic evidence that Lana has been watching our
favorite P.I., probably for months. Stalking or surveillance? Is she just part of Lana's plan to catch Lamond Bishop? We
don't know yet, but for once, Nick gives Kalinda information she can use.The Best Evidence
My favorite moments in "Waiting for the Knock" come wrapped in small packages:
- The show opens on a shot of Lamond Bishop making lunch -- a ham
sandwich -- for his son. Given how many convolutions the FBI goes through
to arrest Bishop for anything, it's reminiscent of the old legal saw
(used often on the show) that "a grand jury will indict a ham
sandwich." (Kudos to Mike Colton for making Bishop so believable as both a shady operator and a loving father.)
- When Cary must hunt down a possible leak in Bishop's
businesses, former CPA and current bankruptcy trustee Clarke Hayden
lends a valuable hand. After their work ends, Clarke sheepishly admits he liked helping out the firm. Cary, impressed with Clarke's
ability, suggests he offer his services to the Family Law department.
- Nick overhears Kalinda on the phone with a "girlfriend voice." He
thinks it's Lana, but she says "You're wrong; it's work." Umm ... it's
Alicia, actually. What does Kalinda really feel about her sometimes boss
and gal pal?
- Alicia bonds with Bishop's adorable young son,
Derek, as the feds search his dad's house. He's genuinely impressed that she saw Michael Jordan play (during her first date with
Peter), even though she confesses she knew nothing about basketball at
Finally, I was worried that Kalinda would buy Nick's
story when he plaintively tells her, "You made me love you. I can't love
anyone else. I've tried; you are in my head." Fortunately, Kalinda
knows that abusive lovers often say such things. Her response: "Nick, I'm
not the same. You can see that. You want me to be what I was."
gives her the dirt on Lana, she walks out on him again, and later gives Lana a well-deserved brushoff. But what is the Special Agent after?
"Waiting for the Knock" deliveres a
solidly plotted hour that sets up action for weeks to come. And
despite Nick's reappearance, it finally looks like we may be seeing the
old Kalinda again. No caving to his demands, even after he shows his
vulnerable side. No kinky sex after a go-round with knives and pistols. Giving Kalinda back her power gives TGW
fans back one of our favorites.
nothing is resolved this week -- but I'm okay with that. Because Bishop's
arrest appears to be bogus, I'm guessing we'll see his court case in
the future. (In fact, it's hard to believe that guest star Annabella
Sciorra, as his "drug lawyer" Lesli, won't be back, too; she's a pretty
high-profile guest for a relatively small part.)
important, we don't know why Mattie seems so determined to believe
Peter's a cheater -- or why she's so fixated on being friends with Alicia.
Given how important her money is to Peter's campaign, a lot could be
riding on the answers.
So what do you think? Were you happy or annoyed to see Kalinda and Nick together again? Does Kalinda use a
"girlfriend voice" with Alicia? And what's Mattie's game, anyway?
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