Remember last season when Will and Alicia had to try a case in military court
? The unfamiliar rules of conduct almost cost them their case. In this week's episode, they find themselves in a similar pickle. Only this time, instead of uniforms and medals, it's all about the wigs. Yes, the British are coming, and they have it in for their former colonists.
Oh, Kalinda becomes Eli's go-to investigator. Things don't get much better than that.
The Case in Evidence
In "Death Zone," the defendant, Danny, has written a book accusing an
American millionaire named Cardiff of taking the oxygen bottles from a dying climber on an ill-fated Everest trip. In the American courts,
Alicia wins Danny's case when the plaintiff can't prove libel.
rather than withdraw, Cardiff, sues again--this time in the British
courts, where libel laws favor the plaintiffs. And his British
barrister, Thrush (played by the always-welcome Eddie Izzard) warns Will
that he comes from the England of football (i.e., soccer) thugs, so
expect a rough game.
Despite those great ads on BBCAmerica for Law & Order: UK
the British courts are just like American ones--but with wigs!--Will and
Alicia soon find out that's not quite true. The British judge may allow
them to conduct witness depositions using video-teleconferencing, but he
still expects the same deference and traditions as in the British
courts. Both Will and Alicia falter badly when it comes to showing the
proper submissive attitude to the judge. (Alicia's inability to be
"demure" for the judge is a big turn-on for Will.)
Fortunately, Danny's British solicitor, Brannon, saves the day with his
arcane knowledge of British libel law. By maneuvering into evidence the
fact that Cardiff had taken gear from a dying Japanese climber on
another trip, Brannon gets the judge to consider Danny's book a
"warning" to other climbers about Cardiff's behavior. The judge buys it,
and Cardiff loses his suit.
Diane approaches Will about bidding on a plum job--handling all the civil
cases aimed at government employees through the State's Attorney's
office. Will is skeptical, given the presence of both Peter's wife
Alicia and campaign manager Eli at Lockhart-Gardner. They agree, however, the
annual $20 million fee would be nice.
But when Diane talks to Peter about the work, he says that he's
concerned about their continuing association with known drug dealer
Lamont Bishop. Although Diane insists they only handle his legitimate
business issues, Peter suggests they allow the state department of
taxation to audit Lockhart-Gardner's books. A good-faith gesture.
Will doesn't like it, and neither does Diane. And it turns out that the
other firms bidding for the work aren't being asked to open their books.
It might have ended there, but Diane decides to talk to Peter once
more. Not knowing that Peter no longer occupies that fabulous Chicago
apartment, she knocks on Alicia's door. No Peter.
So she asks Alicia her opinion. Our good wife says that she's always
tried to keep her personal and business lives separate. Diane pushes for
an answer. So Alicia says, no--I wouldn't do it.
The next day, a suspicious Diane asks Will if Peter and Alicia have
separated. A wary Will says that she should ask Alicia herself. Diane
settles for getting Will to promise that if Alicia is hurting their
business in any way--by making the State's Attorney an enemy, for
instance--they will let her go.
Friend of the Court
"Why haven't we met before?"
This question, from Eli to Kalinda, reminds the audience that The Good Wife'
most fascinating characters have never interacted before. (Her answer,
"We've traveled in different circles," sums it up nicely.) Though
Kalinda helps Eli snag an important crisis management gig with a
national political consultant, the circumstances of their meeting are
less important than the meeting itself.
has hinted in several recent interviews that Eli and
Kalinda will develop a bantering relationship--and maybe more--this
season. If this episode is any indication, this looks like the start of a
Was anyone besides me surprised The Good Wife
didn't follow up on last week
unfinished case? No matter--I'm sure they'll revisit it later this
That said, some of TGW
's most entertaining cases occur when the legal
team gets pushed out of its comfort zone. Will's face off with "soccer
thug" Thrush combined with the triumph of previously bashful
solicitor Brannon made for fun television. But Will, really--when Alicia
makes you hot by being feisty with the judge, can't you think of a more
hygienic rendezvous spot than your executive bathroom? In a word--ewww.
(Fortunately, Alicia saw Diane keeping an eagle eye on them and called
With points both high (Eli and Kalinda--yeah!) and low (Will promising
Diane he'd fire Alicia if necessary--boo!), "Death Zone" gave us a good,
solid episode. Even better--next week, Lisa Edelstein (formerly House
Cuddy) makes her debut
as Will's ex. Does anyone know if Alicia knows
martial arts or are stiletto heels enough of a weapon for defending her
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