In "Boom," the first new episode of The Good Wife
in several weeks, a newspaper publisher may lose everything when a bomb kills one of his employees after he prints a cartoon depicting Mohammed. But he's not the only one with something precious on the line.
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Besides the publisher, several characters face the question: How far would you go to win a case? Save your business? Keep your job? Salvage your marriage? The dilemmas--moral, ethical, and romantic--push people to do things they're not proud of, all in the name of preserving what matters to them.
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In Cary's case, saving his job leads to a whole chain of events. First, an ex-girlfriend tries to seduce him into joining Jonas Stern's new firm. But instead of jumping ship, he curries favor with Will by telling him about Stern's plan to hire numerous key members of the Lockhart-Gardner team.
To save Lockhart-Gardner, Will in turn forces another would-be defector, Julius, to divulge the names of the associates Stern wants to poach. Julius, in taking a better offer from Will and Diane, gives up the names, even though he knows they will be fired for their disloyalty. (And for good measure, Cary's ex gets fired by Stern for leaking info to his rivals.) Will, Diane, Julius, and Cary all seem uneasy with their decisions, though Cary the least of the four.
Back in court, Stern has taken the civil case of the newspaper bombing. He hopes to get a huge settlement for the victim's wife, but also to destroy his old firm. To win, Alicia must use her knowledge of Stern's growing dementia without revealing his illness openly. At Kalinda's urging, she repeatedly objects to Stern's questioning of a witness, rattling him so badly he loses his temper with the judge. Her tactics work, but she clearly appears to feel guilty. Yet she believes in the innocence of the publisher and wants to defeat Stern as well. Alicia is no longer so idealistic--sometimes a lawyer has to do what a lawyer has to do.
Peter's crisis of conscience? We'll deal with that in a moment.
The night's best interchange occurs at Peter's new church. His pastor, Reverend Easton, praises Alicia for standing by her man throughout his much-publicized troubles. "It's a lesson in forbearance," Easton says.
"Well, it's a lesson in something," she replies. Your witness, counselor!
While others are worried about losing their jobs, Peter must deal with threats to his freedom and his marriage. After he learns that a shady real estate developer, Kozco, may cooperate with prosecutor Childs, Peter confronts the man in church. Crafty Peter rips open the man's shirt to reveal that Kozco is wearing a wire. More important, he makes it clear he'll use knowledge about Kozko's son against him. Freedom preserved? Maybe.
Unfortunately for Peter, however, Alicia witnesses part of the argument and thinks he may be up to no good. Just when their marriage seemed to be on the upswing (after all, they finally had sex a couple of episodes back), she's ready to call it quits. A frustrated Peter tries to explain that he was just protecting his family, but Alicia isn't buying it. She says they're through--she doesn't care what he does anymore. Moreover, she's going out to dinner--with Will! As Peter tries to follow her out of the apartment, his ankle monitor goes off. He stands in the hallway, helplessly watching his wife leave.
Will Peter win his case for his marriage on appeal? The jury is still deliberating on that one.
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