Season 6 ended with Alicia winning the election for Illinois State's Attorney (her husband's former job). But a reporter revealed one of the polling station was rigged. The Democratic Party asked Alicia to resign, aka "take one for the team", to protect another Democrat who would loose his seat if the rigging was investigated. Having sold her share in her own law firm to run for State's Attorney, Alicia found herself unemployed. Yet she never gave up hope. Alicia simply went home to create a website offering her legal services.
Season 7 opens with Alicia learning the ropes at bond court where "bottom feeding" lawyers are only paid if they are able to secure bond for clients they recruit in lock up. She returns home to find a more reputable client responding to her website. The client requests Alicia to settle her mother's estate "fifty-fifty" with her brother. Her brother's attorneys, of course, are Alicia's former partners. The two sets of attorneys arrive at the mother's sealed apartment to find all the post it notes have fallen from items the mother identified for each sibling. It remains unclear who inherits the mother's only valuable, an $8 million painting. Here's where the fun begins - Alicia battles her former partners over their technical experts of adhesive stick, paint chips, and Roomba batteries. SNL alumni Jane Curtain offers comedic relief as the presiding judge who is overwhelmed by the conflicting testimonies, "Are we going to hear from a scissors expert, today?"
The episode is a tossed salad of many ingredients which interact well with each other:
- Alicia's teenage daughter, Grace, serves as her research assistant for the inheritance case, googling issues as they arise in the courtroom.
- Alicia's former partner, Cary, finds himself as an "old fogey" in his own law firm.
- Alicia's husband, Peter, fires longtime public relations guru Eli Gold. He then hires a national level political adviser to steer him as a Vice President candidate. Outraged by his disloyalty, Alicia hires Eli to serve as her chief of staff. Eli commits to protecting Alicia from any efforts by Peter's staff to "rehabilitate" her after the election scandal (oh, the irony).
The icing on the cake is Louis Canning, a sleazy lawyer who exploits his obvious disability. He is played flawlessly by the beloved Michael J. Fox. The Back To The Future Star uses his own disability, Parkinson's Disease, to demonstrate that he is still a bankable actor. Louis follows Alicia from bond court to a local bar, interrupting her well deserved glass of wine. He invites her to join his law firm. Alicia replies by calling him the devil. At the end of the episode, Louis follows Alicia again to the bar. Alicia suspects, and Louis confirms, that he sent the inheritance case to her. She considers his second job offer, noting he is still the devil.
If you are a fan of The Good Wife, you will enjoy its return. If you are not watching The Good Wife, find time in your schedule to do so.
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Kim in Baltimore
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