'The Good Wife': Michael J. Fox is a kinder, gentler Louis Canning?

good-wife-michael-j-fox-february.jpgOn "The Good Wife," the trap for Derrick Bond is laid and Michael J. Fox is back as a kinder, gentler Louis Canning.

Class-action Lawsuit

The Case of the Week is about a company that buried pesticides near a housing development, causing infertility and miscarriages. Alicia and Louis Canning ( Michael J. Fox) are in a race to round up the most clients. Canning is getting people on his side right and left using his sympathetic disability and convincing them to take a low-ball settlement, as Alicia thinks he is secretly working for the pesticide company.

Canning claims he has eschewed his former allegiance and is hanging out his own shingle to represent the wronged citizens in the class-action lawsuit. The judge of the week is Denis O'Hare as Judge Abernathy, who has appeared on the show in two previous episodes (plus on "True Blood" as the Vampire King Russell Edgington).

Judge Abernathy rules that in four days time, whichever side has more clients signed up will be the protected class in the class-action lawsuit. The race is on. Kalinda goes to Canning's home, posing as a reporter, and meets his tall-ish willowly blonde wife, two kids and finds out he's on to her and completely charming. Turns out his beautiful wife miscarried and that's why he says he's campaigning for the class-action women.

But a client, Julie, gets Louis on her NannyCam talking smack about Lockhart, Gardner and Bond's partnership struggle. It tips off Alicia, Will and Diane (along with Louis knowing which two weak Lockhart clients to go to first) that there's a mole at the firm tipping him off.

They find out that 27 Equity, a New York hedge fund, is funding Canning's lawsuit, but Kalinda still thinks Canning is sincere. At the trial, Canning reveals he went to the pesticide company and got an offer of $2 million, which was not under his purview. He says isn't it better to get $2 million now, rather than fight it out. Lockhart-Gardner believes the suit is worth $55 million, but the neighborhood folks only hear $2 million.

Judge Abernathy marries the two classes, meaning they all have to work together for their roughly 80 clients. Kalinda figures out that there isn't a mole but that Canning put a key-logger program on Alicia's laptop. When they figure it out, they use it to their advantage, having Alicia send an "email" to Diane saying that their geographic reports puts the settlement at $70 million. Then have Diane "respond" at a target settlement of $85 million. If Canning is in bed with the pesticide company, they will be shaking in their boots at that amount.

The what happens is Derrick comes to Will with the $85 million figure, parroting that Alicia said $70 million and Diane pushed to $85 M. DUN DUN DUN. I have to say, my mouth dropped open a bit. Did not see that coming, but yay. Very good.

Kalinda finds the key-logger software on two other associates' computers and they realize it's Derrick spying and not Canning. Will then wants Diane to write to one of the spied upon associates about getting to Bond's weakest votes, thereby getting him to fire his own people for fear they flip on him. Diane, Will, David and Kalinda then cackle like hyenas and I am fearful this is going to back fire. But at the end of the episode, we see Bond possibly firing an employee, so maybe the trap has been set for his ouster.

When they meet with the pesticide company, Canning still contends $2 million is a good offer, but Alicia gets to Rosanna to flip by showing her a document by the pesticide company that was an internal analysis showing what the company was willing to pay. The firm gets a claims analyst with 27 Equity to testify to a document that was sent to him as collateral for Canning's loan for the lawsuit. We don't find out the amount the document detailed, but they make a deal for what is presumably much more than $2 million.

Canning remarks to Alicia after the case is over that he thinks companies should pay for mistakes they make, but that they shouldn't pay as much as they have been. Interesting. Does it make a difference what the affects of their mistake is? We think infertility/miscarriages are pretty severe. 

The Campaign

Eli and Peter hire a pollster named Matt Becker who used to work for Wendy Scott-Carr, who tells the Florrick campaign that he has a huge advantage with the youth vote after he swore on air. Which is normally a problem because the younger generations hardly ever show up to vote -- except there's a ballot initiative they can vote on concerning medical marijuana, so they will be there at this election.

So Peter goes about speaking in favor of amendment 31, the Mary Jane amendment. But he also gets the endorsement of Neil Howard Sloan-Jacob, who makes some geeky videos supporting Florrick. It turns out the way Eli gets Neil to shut up is to offer him the positon of "liaison to the political director." And Neil loves Peter because of the talk he gave at their school about bullying and being nice to people, it turns a funny bit into a nice moment.

Peter's response is to approach a guy he met in prison, rapper Young Boxer, played by Method Man. Peter goes to him about an interview, but he suggests a fundraiser and Eli jumps on it ('cause the campaign is a broke joke). 

Romance


Tammy has a bit of a crisis of conscience about getting so domestic with Will, but she comes around by the end and they canoodle in his office. We also find out Alicia has let Peter back in the bedroom.
 
Thoughts & Tidbits

  • Did you recognize the high school music teacher Neil as the Olsen twins' dad on "Two of a Kind"? That was a surprisingly funny show. Also, we liked his part on "Good Wife."
  • "Wendy gets points because she's black. But she's like Donna Reed black. You've been to prison and that makes you hard core."
  • Next week: Do we get the Will/Alicia payoff we've been waiting for? After she just let Peter back in the bedroom? We are so torn about how we feel about that.

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