'The Good Wife' recap: For better or for worse
As the vows say, "To have and to hold, for richer or poorer…"
Alicia's already in one troubled marriage. Now, she's entering another with a gold-digging partner -- her own law firm.
Seems that Lockhart Gardner is solving its money woes by jumping up fourth-year associates to equity partners. It is, as Clark Hayden notes, a sort of pyramid scheme. But what can Alicia do? She's put in thousands of billable hours, and more importantly, her heart and soul into this firm. There's no way for her to jilt it at the altar.
Peter may have cheated on her, but at least he didn't marry her for her money.
For love or money
Hey, it's the return of Chum Hum, the hugely successful Google-like search engine, and its CEO, Neil Gross, who has tangled with the firm on a number of occasions.
Well, this time, his lawyers battle Lockhart Gardner for more personal reasons: his prenuptial agreement with fiancée Deena. She hires David Lee to represent her in the negotiations.
Meanwhile, another relationship is about to move to the next level. Will and Diane meet with Alicia to offer her an equity partnership! She's stunned, ecstatic, and relieved. "You don't know what a roller coaster this has been," she says.
But her happiness is short-lived. After a shopping spree, Alicia returns to find David Lee waiting in her office. He congratulates her, then reveals that equity partners must put up $600,000. "You're invested in the firm; the firm is invested in you," he explains. Alicia is shocked again, and not in a good way. Hope those designer clothes can be returned!
She wants to borrow against her mortgage, but Peter offers to loan her the money himself. She hesitates at first but accepts gratefully when he argues it's an investment in her future.
Back in the office, David Lee is trying to argue certain points of the prenup, but Deena tells him she doesn't care about money. So, they need some dirt on Neil -- enough to get Deena to play ball, but not enough to break them up. Oh, David, you're such a romantic!
Quid pro quo
Will and Diane are in bankruptcy court to convince a judge that they should get an extra five months to pay off their debt. Their new creditor, Louis Canning, argues against them, and he's up to all of his usual tricks in playing up his "handicap."
Clarke Hayden is surprised by what's revealed in court, but Canning assures him that he's just trying to save the firm from its own mismanagement. And oh, isn't Hayden taking the bar next week? You know, Canning could use someone like him at his firm.
Diane takes the stand and gets grilled about the high number of litigation cases they've settled recently. Uh oh … Will realizes this could be a problem. In fact, Alicia just argued a case against Canning in which they settled for less than the original amount. And like clockwork, Alicia gets handed a subpoena to testify.
In prenup negotiations, David Lee is fighting money with love. Cary proposes regular date nights, the religion of their children, even "sexual maintenance" (at least twice a week). But to Deena, they act like it was all Neil's idea. She's appalled and authorizes them to push back.
But when they do, a huge fight breaks out, and Deena and Neil declare "it's over" and stomp out. Oh no, if they never get married, David can't get his paws on any of that money!