'The Good Wife' recap: Pardon our French
We all get by with a little help from our friends.
In Elsbeth Tascioni's case, her friends just happen to be three of Chicago's best lawyers.
It's great to see Carrie Preston back as the quirky, nutty, totally endearing Elsbeth. And the fact that Alicia, then Will, and even Diane drop everything over a weekend to help her with a case speaks volumes about her skill as a lawyer.
Alicia is having a sexy daydream (about whom?) -- while making pancakes! -- when Elsbeth calls to help her with a case … because she's behind bars! She's representing Anna, an elite runner who got shafted out of endorsement money from Erobos, but she got arrested when she chased down the CEO after a university speech. And unfortunately, this took place in suburban Skokie and it's the weekend -- so she might be stuck there for a while.
Alicia calls up Will to jump in on the contract case while she tries to get Elsbeth out of jail. Turns out Erobos voided the deal because Anna was banned from an upcoming race for doping. Anna denies the charge, so now it has to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Elsbeth warns Will that CAS is not like regular court, which is clear from the moment the three-judge panel and the opposing counsel start speaking in French. Will objects -- though head judge Villapique notes, "There are no objections here; this is not 'Law & Order'" -- and after conferring, they grudgingly agree to hold the hearing in English.
Will argues that Anna passed her most recent drug test, but apparently there was "ghosting" of some substance in her blood sample, which got a group of runners called the Notorious Six banned as well. Plus, a witness testifies that she saw Anna receive a bottle of pills from one of the Notorious Six at the London Olympics.
As the panel keeps going back to speaking French, an exasperated Will phones Diane for help. But she wants a hot stone massage (who doesn't?). "It's Elsbeth Tascioni," he says.
Diane sits up. "Where?"
And by the way, Diane's speaking fluent French might be the sexiest thing that's ever happened on this show.
In a race of a different kind, Eli is incensed to learn that Maddie Hayward is targeting Peter for racial bias in the state's attorney's office. "Boy wonder" Jordan thinks they should just let the issue wither away.
A troubled Peter decides to see if he is biased and receives a comeuppance in a sit-down with Geneva, who points out that he fired five African Americans and promoted two Caucasians. "It's about who you listen to; that's the key," she says, noting that he also isn't speaking at an upcoming minority rights coalition event, while Maddie is.
At the event, Maddie wants to talk debate terms, and when Jordan tries to negotiate with her, Eli gets territorial.
Meanwhile, Peter gets booed at his speech and slumps into the campaign bus … to find Alicia there! Does she want to get dinner? Chat about their days? Nope, she wants to get naked! Those sexy daydreams over pancakes got her revved up, it seems!
When Eli knocks at the door, Peter shouts, "I need a minute!"
"Just a minute?" Alicia asks, eyebrow half-cocked. We are liking seductress Alicia!
After that, it's wham, bam, thank you … sir. Alicia immediately starts getting dressed, and Peter looks as if he's feeling kind of used. Poor guy (if you can call a guy who just got jumped by his hot wife that).
Speaking of poor guys, Peter's booed speech has gone viral, though a frantic Eli tries to argue that it just proves Peter is willing to stand up to special interest groups. Jordan sighs and reiterates that they should've ignored the whole thing.