'The Good Wife': On-the-court problems in the court

cary-matt-czuchry-good-wife.jpgDue to a DVR snafu, we missed the opening of "The Good Wife," but we think we've sussed out what happened during it. Our apologies if we get anything wrong in the recap.

Case of the Week

Cary and Alicia/Will are facing off in an alleged murder case. Scott Bauer is the firm's client, whose DNA was found underneath his father (the deceased's) fingernails. The prosecution's theory is that the father found out the recovering alcoholic Scott was drinking again and said he was going to write him out of his will, so Scott killed him.

Since it's a jury trial, the firm has hired a jury consultant to tell them how the jury is reacting to various pieces of evidence and testimony. Kalinda thinks the "medicine man" is a load of hooey, but he's just being observant, reading body language. Doesn't seem like $120K worth of service, but doesn't seem pointless either.

The presiding judge has quite the prickly personality towards Will and seems to be purposely siding against the defense at every turn. It may go back to their "friendly" basketball game (that must have been in the opening). Will accuses him of being mad about a hard foul and punishing them for it in court.

Will provokes the biased judge by making a motion for him to recuse himself. It has the desired effect, the judge gets quite riled up in private, so when the jury is back, he snaps at Alicia in front of them when she makes an "innocent" basketball reference. Sneaky.

The jury consultant informs them that that did elicit sympathy from the jury for Alicia and that has turned into sympathy for the client. He also says the "pack leader" of the jury (the foreman, coincidentally, but like -- duh, of course that's the pack leader) is still against them, so they give the jury someone else to focus on -- the building manager.

When Alicia cross-examines the building manager, she slides in another basketball reference, which the rankles the judge. It turns out the manager is a Scientologist and she brings it up because he and the deceased fought about it. It gets the attention of the jury.

The deliberation only lasts 20 minutes, with the jury returning a guilty verdict (though the consultant said it would be not guilty). So Alicia approaches the foreman and asks about the quick verdict. He tells her they believed the judge was biased, but that didn't enter into their decision. What mattered was that "he did it." Huh.

The Election

Adam Borris is asked by Jackie, Peter's mom, to help out with the campaign. Adam had previously worked on Peter's 2004 campaign. Eli is not happy about it and elicits Alicia's help in getting him off the work. She advises Eli to handle Jackie by getting Peter to talk to her.

So Eli invites her to the campaign's status meanings, much to Peter's chagrin, which has the desired effect of getting him to tell her to back off and telling her Eli is in charge. Eli then summarily kicks Adam out and Jackie sides with Eli. Heh.

Blake the Snake and Derrick

Blake has been lurking around Alicia's old address, talking to her neighbors and conducting a background check. He won't tell her who it's for. She confronts Will about it and he seems outraged and like he doesn't know anything, so we'll believe him. For now.

It turns out Blake has been made Kalinda's supervisor and is investigating everybody at the firm. She tells Will in order to stay, she wants $50,000 more a year and she won't work under Blake. To Will's extreme credit, he goes toe-to-toe with Derrick and tells him Kalinda is to get a salary bump to put her above Blake and that Blake is not her supervisor. Derrick balks, but Will does it anyway and he and Kalinda have a nice exchange about having each other's backs.

Will goes to Diane and tells her they got played by Bond and that's why she's leaving. He says Bond is bringing in a super pack client (worth $100 million) and intends to vote Diane out. So Will and Diane are going to mobilize against him. Yes!

But then Diane goes to Cary and asks him to come back, telling him they made a mistake and Lockhart & Gardner needs him. (She must have asked him to join her break-off firm in the opening.) He tells Diane if she'll double Alicia's salary and put him in above Alicia, he'll come back.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • This was an interesting look into jury trials. They're a complete circus and that's why they make good TV for lawyer shows. We were the prosecution in a mock jury trial in law school, but it was pretty real -- presided over by a real judge, held in the actual courthouse, real prepped witnesses used and a jury made up of people from the community. We were told afterwards by a person on the jury we knew outside of the trial that there were two women on the jury who wanted to vote against me and my partner because they thought we were "b******* who dyed their hair" and that the defense attorneys were cute. Jury trials are about so much more than facts. It's really about who puts on the best show and in this case, Cary did, we guess.
  • We're glad Will and Diane have reconciled. That was a weird scare to give the viewers -- how could they split up the firm in Season 2? But Derrick the Smug and Blake the Snake need to get theirs.
  • We didn't think it was the most riveting episode of "The Good Wife," but it was solid, as always. Still very interesting and laid the groundwork for some intriguing things to come.

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