'The Good Wife' recap: Judge not lest ye be judged
"What is going on with my life?" Alicia moans at one point in "The Good Wife" Season 4, Episode 8.
Her law firm is in financial straits. Her marriage is basically in name only. A friend betrayed her. Another friend is estranged after a past betrayal. People are spreading rumors about her husband's anatomy. And her children are growing up and engaging in activities she has no control over.
"Here Comes the Judge" is a quiet episode (some might even call it filler), but it moves pieces into place for bigger developments down the road.
Will and Diane possibly burn some bridges to try to win a big monetary case and get their firm out of bankruptcy. Grace and Zach emerge from wherever TV kids sometimes disappear, and introduce complications in the campaign and in Alicia's state of mind.
And Nick's jealousy boils over onto Cary, who gets savagely beaten in the parking lot.
Pride and prejudice
Will is defending Gwyneth Van Zandt, a woman who is accused of coercing her Pilates instructor to murder her husband. The Pilates instructor has admitted his guilt, but is testifying as part of a plea deal. He says that Gwyneth promised they'd split her husband's money after he was dead.
Opposing counsel is none other than former captain Laura Hellinger (Amanda Peet), who undergoes a little bit of ASA Hazing 101 from Will. She soon overcomes her nerves and holds her own.
Later, Will and Kalinda share a drink at a bar (love to see this friendship onscreen again!), where he runs into Judge Creary and an old colleague named Giada. Creary tells Will that he's arguing a losing case and that his client is guilty.
A stunned Will asks the judge to recuse himself, but Creary brushes him off by bringing up Will's suspension.
Back at the office, Will and Diane decide to go after Creary for prejudice because this case could bring in enough money to save them from bankruptcy and even get the 27th floor back! (The 27th floor must've been an amazing place.)
The partners assign Alicia to argue for recusal. When Creary refuses, she asks for a substitution hearing from another judge. Creary is apoplectic.
"I'll give you one last chance to step back over that line," he snarls at her, but has to accede to the request.
"We're in it now," Will sighs.
The kids are all right?