In "Mock," this week's new episode of The Good Wife
, the law most prominently on display is the universal one about unintended consequences. In several different threads, actions by some people change the lives of others, even when that wasn't the intention.
And For the Record
As with last week's "Boom,"
which dealt with the controversy surrounding the portrayal of Mohammed in a cartoon, "Mock" also delves into a hot-button issue. In this case, it's immigration.
Picking up from last week, Peter follows Alicia out of their apartment building after a fight. Unfortunately, he triggers his perimeter alarm. The kids scramble to cover for their dad when the cops show up, claiming that Zach actually tripped the alarm while skateboarding. Grace persuades the son of their building manager, Amahl, to say that Peter never left the confines of their home. (Kudos to young actors Graham Phillips and Makenzie Vega--I really felt these kids were fighting for their dad's freedom.)
Though the cops allow Peter to remain in the prison-release program, they begin to harass Amahl about an identify theft ring his bosses may be running. To get Amahl to cooperate, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement picks up his mother as a coercion tactic. (The federal government does not come off well in this episode, using the threat of a mother's deportation to strong-arm her son.)
Alicia feels responsible for Amahl's involvement in the whole mess because he helped establish Peter's alibi. Kalinda has mixed emotions--her family, also Indian, came to America legally--but wants to help Alicia. Despite Kalinda's initial reluctance, the two women work to catch the bad buys and keep Amahl's mother from being deported.
In the night's other big "I never meant for THAT to happen" moment, Alicia finds out that Gerald Kozco may have committed suicide. Kozco--the cause of Alicia and Peter's big fight--had earlier asked Alicia to tell Peter that he was sorry for making a deal with state's attorney Childs. Alicia angrily tells him to leave her alone. If he wants to talk to Peter then pick up the phone, she says. Little did she know that Kozco's guilt about his actions may have driven him to killing himself.
At the request of an old friend, Will agrees to preside over a mock trial at a local law school. Back at the office, Diane asks him about the case, which leads to the episode's lightest moment.
Diane: "What's the case?"
Will: "It's a murder. Double defendants, brother and sister."
Diane: "And the victim?"
Will: "Uh...it's a homeowner."
Diane (with a smirk): "It's a fairy tale, isn't it?"
Will: "Hansel and Gretel. But it brings up some interesting legal issues--trespass, castle law...."
Diane: "Eating other people's houses...."
Will may preside over a mock trial in this episode, but it's his love life that really gets mocked. Three different women--Alicia, Will's law professor friend Sadie, and a hot young law student--all show interest in the bachelor attorney, but none of his opportunities pans out.
The evidence: Alicia and Will's dinner date gets derailed by the fuss surrounding Peter's tripped alarm and ensuing near-arrest. His friend Professor Sadie, apparently an old flame, presumes Will is guilty of making a move on the hot law student. Though we know he's innocent, she throws him out of the mock trial court and out of her life. Finally, the law student, a wily young woman who uses Will to gain an advantage in the trial, offers to take him to dinner. He thinks about it--but it's a no-go. He ends the evening alone again, making cow eyes across the office at Alicia.
Poor Will! We in the audience know that Peter and Alicia have reached a truce and are going to take a shot at reviving their marriage. Looks like he'll have to settle for the companionship of his law books for now.