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Fug the Show: The Good Wife Power Suit Ranking, season 6, episode 10, “The Trial”

No again new episodes until January, so in the meantime we can dissect this very whimsical episode. Parts of it were remarkably funny, parts of it were actual sad, but on the whole I opine it was a little TOO cutesy with itself to the point where I got distracted abeyance for it to get to the merciful bits.

18. The Restraining Order

Remember the person that was a condition of Cary’s surety? The one that’s governed how far away Kalinda is allowed to subsist from Cary at any given time, and what one. resulted in some chicanery?

Order reach BOOM.

Seriously, why is nobody attached alert about this, suddenly? Cary and Kalinda are STANDING IN THE COURTHOUSE, at which place they have already established that the restraining instruct is still in effect, and they are huddled up and whispering well-nigh the case. Which is just forward a brief recess. RIGHT AFTER Kalinda was called because a witness. Rumor has it that ten slender later, the restraining order was rejected viewed like an acceptable replacement for $1 of Monopoly wealth, and was wound around a cardboard tube and inserted into a holder in the courtroom lav.

17. Alicia

Everything in this twenty-fourth part of a day seemed to happen AROUND her, or TO her, lacking her having a great deal of superintendence. She just bounces from conversation to chat to sexually charged conversation (CURSE YOUR IMPOSSIBLE MAGNETISM, FINN) and reacts to cram and cries.

For example, she dances on all sides being available to Cary during his time of urgency, but isn’t until the self-same end of the episode — at what one. point she can’t indeed offer him advice; just sniffles and hugs and a undisturbed brown suit that suggests she is well stocked of somber feelings.

And yet her junto remains perky. Do we think Alicia Florrick in fact would buy and wear that clique? It feels like something she borrowed. Or was bequeathed. I like it, still I’m not sure she for aye struck me as Funky Ring Lady.

She tries to still down the law with Elfman and Eli touching getting favors from people in return for political patronage, but they accord. her the runaround anyway, and furthermore release some information about Niles that she had asked them to take care of to themselves. She gets to be consumed by slow degrees red when she’s impression defiant. It looks great on her, unless then, everything looks good on Julianna Margulies. Even the drowsy stuff.

I don’t discern what this is, but it’s subtle. The silver clip holding together her jacket is nifty.

She also does matter really dumb, and no, I’m not talking all over the coat. That coat and I are on great terms. Alicia’s puzzle is that Contrivance required her to cozen something that will Create Political Conflict and generate her hands dirty and cause strain in her fragile peace with Niles Crane, and in such a manner it’s this: She wrote a entertaining note asking for Grace to subsist excused from running laps in PE on this account that she has a cold — a devoid of warmth, mind you, that Grace does not in ANY sight appear to have for real, nevertheless to my memory there’s not at all mention of that as a go-between (although there is a comment respecting Alicia writing a note of justify the day prior as well). The account has now fallen into the hands of the great, and it’s totally vehement, and is largely cribbed from every actual quote from Alicia’s obsession, Darkness Before Noon. It reads in division: “If you make her melt again I will personally come prostrate to your office and knife you in your lower intestine. Then I will call Principal Whateveritwas to restore you, but since he doesn’t take . parental calls of concern, you inclination most probably bleed out.”

I put on’t know if I buy that Alicia would take the time to scribble out that whole thing even to hodge-podge with her teenage daughter, but anything, Alicia insists it was an interior joke between her and Grace and was not meant to come to school. But it’s an extremely long road to travel as being an in-joke. Like buying matching sweatervests and dragging your children to a Target photoshoot when they’re two and contumacious and hate cameras, just to try and gain about a 65-percent accurate reply of a toddler photo of your married man’s that only like ten vulgar herd have seen anyway and which you also somehow lost two days before the send forth and didn’t find despite another six months. Long road, slender in-joke. Also: It seems unnatural to me that Alicia wouldn’t be paranoid, at this point — in the one and the other her own career and Peter’s lengthy one — about putting things steady paper that you don’t that time destroy yourself. It’s due weird. Sometimes they try to compose Alicia SO above-it-all and quiet — like, cooooool — that she does textile fabric, or reacts to stuff, that I observe unrealistic for the rest of who she is.

Also, WHY would she at any time trust Grace with ANYTHING, given that Grace is demonstrably the defeat.

But, the nut of it completely is that Alicia has almost nay power in this hour beyond her beautiful suiting, and is in fact obligated to this one irritating plot ruse. So, straight to the bottom of the catalogue you go, Alicia.

16. Jackie

Welcome back, Grams, you ravishing old coot. I was JUST querulous to Jessica that we don’t regard enough of Jackie anymore. That is continually true, by the way. She excepting that pops up here — perhaps she is in more scenes that hit the cutting-stead floor? — to summon Alicia gone from Cary’s meeting around his potential plea deal, so that she be possible to deal with whether she actually threatened to bandage Grace’s gym teacher. She does at minutest get to say, in her VERY BEST patronizing Jackie gone, “Alicia is a considerable mother. She would never stab a master,” as if she’s import the most vital and sincere and kind witness to Alicia’s mental character. I love you, Jackie. Even when you are maddening. Maybe especially. I DO compassionate of want you to tell your inflated son to shove it hard, allowing. Might you consider that?

15. Grace

So, dumbass up there — who appears to have NOTHING iniquity with her at ALL that would preclude her from running laps, which we completely hate but just DO IT GRACE COME ON — brought in Alicia’s official communication. To school. And showed it to a school-dame. And tries to intellectualize it through . saying her class was discussing charitable speech and satire, and what constitutes protected words, so she supplied the note in the manner that an example. Couldn’t she merited have spoken hypothetically? GRACE. Stop it. The lifeless substance is, obviously she knew that report would read strangely to anyone exhausted her own living room, especially for the reason that she made the mental leap to, “Would this subsist protected?” So there’s no excusing her showing it around to each authority figure AT THE SCHOOL THAT EMPLOYS THE TEACHER ABOUT WHOM IT WAS WRITTEN. As a great quantity as I find Grace irritating, I really like that The Good Wife presents her considered in the state of a foil to Alicia’s atheism — she’s a small tub, she’s sorting out her confess mind, she’s found solace in The Bible, and she forces Alicia to heed her own feelings about all that destitute of proselytizing to her – but there is always this undercurrent of But Also She’s Annoying And Usually A Drooling Fool to it quite, which suggests that in the cessation you’re never supposed to border with her, because she’s Grace, and they NEVER move Team Grace look like a drollery place to be. I am not a pious nor especially spiritual person, but nor am I one atheist, and I like when TV presents clever and thoughtful people on all ends of the spectrum, to prove that faith is not through all ages. blindly given nor blindly withheld. But GRACE IS A MORON so it’s hard to clinch her up as one of those mob. GO TO COLLEGE, GRACE, AND LEAVE US.

14. The Note

I would esteem liked this better if Alicia, like manifold of us, did not have a particular notebook available and had to frame the note on one of those enfranchise pads given out by your propinquity Realtor.

Eli would very much be in actual possession of liked to keep the note from going men, because it’s easier to smear Alicia as a basic Grizzly Mom — protecting her kid, using extreme language (how has nay one pointed out on the Internet that it IS a aim quote from a TV show and not a threat she concocted herself?) to make a thesis — if they have the account in hand and the world have power to’t see it written out in the dead cleverness form that is cursive. Alas, the memorandum gets out anyway. Why? Because of who’s holding it.

13. The Teacher

This is the school-master who read the note, and laughed, and showed it to her economize. And then reported it to the control, and is holding it hostage for the cause that, gee, she sure thinks they lack to reboot an old educational labor force to advise the State’s Attorney attached issues of school crime. Let’s declare, oh, eight members? Throw in an office in Bora Bora and a Nespresso machine while you’re at it, woman of rank.

12. Niles Crane

Naturally, Niles — his title is Frank Prady on the show but who cares — fields a investigation about all this at some mannerism of public appearance (although this LOOKS like a home YouTube video, I slip on’t think it was):

He stresses that he would NEVER portend to kill a teacher, not just in writing, not even as a joke, and that he thinks people who be sufficient that should be prosecuted to the fullest stretch of the law. This chaps the combined hides of Eli and Elfman, in the way that they insist to Alicia that they urgency to fight back and release the “trial impression” they have about Niles core gay. And while Niles looks honest fine in his pink tie, he should certainly stay away from colors favored by Known Hot Piece of Criminal Tail Lemond Bishop; too, that backdrop could not look further fake, like someone took a photo of a mode of life room of Houzz and blew it up to a heavy poster size as a backdrop.

Naturally, Frank claims he had nay idea about the scandal and was deserved responding to a very specific examination he was given. So of regularity he’s very hurt that Alicia’s camp — in countervail to her wishes, but he doesn’t indispensably know or believe that — leaked wholly this information about his sexual preference, and comes to Alicia to demand why they’re fighting despicable when they both agreed not to measure swords dirty. He swears he had none idea what he was saying would worry Alicia so much, and it’ll subsist interesting to find out if he was continually sincere about any of this, bound he’s certainly got the wounded-dog act from the top to the bottom of pat. “So we’re honest back where we started,” he says, mournfully. “No. We’re fair in the polls now,” Alicia responds evenly, as she wipes his blood of the stiletto she just used to cut his faux. Seriously, Alicia was often good by a zinger, but she’s acquirement VERY barbed. It’ll be interesting if she DOESN’T procure and then is left sitting atop a shredded accumulate of the remains of her moral sense. Then again, if Niles turns out to sands with excrement like a festival bearing-a-potty, she’ll hold nothing to fret about, so. Move along. In sum: Niles acts like he isn’t pulling any strings, but he’s to all appearance pulling at least two more than he’s desirous to admit.

11. Eli and Elfman

These guys are noodling with ALL the strings. ALL OF THEM. Alicia wants a daytime to think about how to deal with the Niles situation, but they dress in’t give it to her — they fissure the homosexuality stuff over her commander. And while they fail to have ahead of the whole “I’m Going To Gut Grace’s Teacher Like A Fish” infamy, they do suggest Alicia should elucidate it by giving the teacher what she wants. “I said nay patronage,” Alicia insists. “It’s admirable to show that you can stand up to encouragement, but the keyword is show,” they take effect her. As in, make it consider like she doesn’t except then do it anyway. Elfman brings up Peter like an example, and both Alicia AND Eli corporeally flinch, because that’s NOT the denomination to drop with Alicia and but also Eli knows it.

But are they into a denser consistence, or out? No. They get the mistress and the principal to give statements relating to how the story is ridiculous, and Alicia is marvelous, by having PETER offer them something in go. So no matter what stands Alicia tries to take, these two discover a way around it, because the view is better from closer to the surmount of the food chain.

10. The Legal Process

The greatest in quantity curious part of the episode was completely the semi-pointless asides with recurring or daytime players in whom we are not invested. I’ll take effect you who they are and hereafter we can discuss WTF.

Person One: David Paymer, playing a get at the truth who is SUPER CRANKY for a multiformity of reasons, one being that it’s his yearly and he’s NEARLY fruitlessly grievous to get Neil Diamond tickets on account of that night, or something. (Not our question , David. Next time plan ahead.) He can’t even get the carrot muffin he wants, dammit, and for this reason jury selection for Cary’s cause takes awhile and he’d more willingly not try it at ALL frankly since Diane has a “junk enclose,” as he tells her. He is IN NO MOOD to deal by this.

Person Two: Juror number 11, who has each auditory processing disorder in times of force that lead him to hear the injure words — creating total nonsense sentences like “Your majesty, I ask that you abstract nunneries” and “Did Cary Agos search lemons busying the implied tree mills of honeycuts” — and his force coping mechanism is to lip-read. If he can’t suffer the person’s mouth, he misses everything. So whenever Kalinda is called to the stand, he understands not one of it, and asks a comrade juror for help. (This is go down up earlier when Paymer snaps at them with a view to whispering during testimony.) When this is reported to Judge Paymer by a juror, he tests the fortify, finds his ability to catch all the necessary information here to exist wanting, and suggests that the most expedient. see the various meanings of good ice cream to pair with APD is rum dried grape. This results in a pro-Cary juryman being thrown out, skewing the sum total shebang in the state’s make easier.

Person 3: ASA Pine, in this cheering-looking suit and then a harmonious purple one, both of which are august on her. We get a gross bit about her giggling and cooing into the phone with her illicit lover — someone she is christian religion-examining in Cary’s example — while saying she is not at any time going to leave her husband. There’s besides some stuff with her husband leaving her a “WE NEED TO TALK” billet during the trial (which… certainly, dude? Pick your moments, dillweed) and on that account coming to seethe at her later. And the circumstance is… nobody cares, so it’s a distribute of screen time to devote to this. But, constraining forth before we circle back to that…

Her lover is the detective who spoke to Trey Wagner the sunlight he was going to turn himself in (and they reach eyes at each other at undivided point on the stand when unimportant person is looking, which is ASININE since in court SOMEBODY is ALWAYS looking). When Diane snarling-examines him, she creates reasonable doubt because she gets him to own that a) Trey told him adhering the phone that he turned the recorder on and off selectively, to compose Cary look guilty, and that b) he was filled with fear of Bishop going after him, and that’s for what cause he decided to dangle Cary instead by messing with the wire, and c) that Finn, when he was still an ASA, vouched that it in good earnest was Trey Wagner on the phone, likewise there was no reason for anyone to ponder any of this was made up — especially not at the time Trey turned up dead on his habit to the police.

This dude, by the way, then storms into ASA Pine’s function and spits that he gets it very lately: She’s dumping him for the reason that he’s not useful to her anymore. It ALSO potency be that her husband is super acrid? But basically, the implication is that she slept with him to ensure his compliance.

Castro pops up to grumble at ASA Pine for creating rational doubt and then says, “You be sure what to do. We CANNOT LOSE THIS.” (Then why is he not prosecuting it himself?) She gulps and direct do it, and that thing is: designate Kalinda to the stand.

OKAY, in such a manner let’s discuss all this. My THEORY is that these brief vignettes were designed to show that none matter what your case is, other potion in the legal process always comes up that can throw a wrench in the works: a arbitrator’s irritation at being adhering hold with Ticketmaster, an ASA who sleeps with a witness for personal gain, at the potential expense of her personal life (and while she stops to worry about that, she lets Diane slither in with some success); a juror with a rank he didn’t disclose for the cause that he thought — erroneously — that he could superintendence it. All of this together sure was meant to show us that verily when your case is airtight, at a past period Shit Happens, so basically, don’t be enough anything wrong that might put you in fore-rank of a jury because who the abode of the damned KNOWS what is going in the heads of whole these people on whom your fate hangs. Which is fine and total, but all the digressions in the record — the sheer time it took to intrust to these and let them wanton out — became annoying in constant cases. The juror one was well-enough executed, but NOBODY CARES about ASA Pine’s private life. I actually wrote, “WHOOOO CAAAARES,” in my notes.

AND ALSO: The simulation did a whole act-out with ASA Pine standing up and trade Kalinda to the stand, and Diane root like WHAAAAAAAA, and then… we not ever heard what she said, because her time attached the stand was used to throw light upon the juror’s auditory processing passage out, and then her testimony was thrown out during Reasons. So WHY WAS THAT THE BIG ACT-OUT. What was the haughty drama about Kalinda coming to the stand? Why behave I have to get all het up surrounding it if it, like communism, is equitable a red herring?

9. Diane

Look at that shirt, and hereafter look back at the shirt Alicia was wearing subordinate to her black suit. Was there a two-toward-one sale on drape-front blouses?

This was Diane’s reaction to Kalinda being called to declare under oath, by the way. Diane, I wish I could be delivered of spared you the headache, because OBVIOUSLY IT WASN’T THAT IMPORTANT, allowing that the show never actually let us listen to what she said. Also, I nauseate her clothes here. Diane Lockhart should not dress like my parents’ old tweed suitcase.

Please scholium how murky Diane’s outfits are at what time things aren’t going her way. This one almost looks like she’s dressed because a phoenix that might rise from the remains of Cary’s defense. Essentially, out of the heart from her small victory in creating fancy about the detective’s declaration, Diane spends this entire hour painful to kayak against the current forward Shit Creek, and failing. She gets stuck mark with a line-examining a lying witness who drives a nail into Cary’s coffin, and basically… cannot do anything to help. She does breed that one victory over ASA Pine, nevertheless. I probably shouldn’t bring forth put her this high on the border, but:

I mean, that one necklace is composition up for some very shaky conventionalism. Also, I love her. Also, the cover was stacked against her and she remained classy in the confront of certain doom, so for THAT, I accord. her big power points. DIANE FOR PRESIDENT.

8. Finn

Tell me this dude doesn’t desire power. When Alicia and Diane consider to ask him a favor — they need to know, for instance, what the SA’s employment’s bottom line REALLY is on this account that Cary’s plea deal, and in like manner, if he has anything they be able to use to help find Dante (the wanting third man on the recording) – this is by what means they look:

That is such a “tee hee hee” assemblage of facial expressions. I know it’s in part because they know they’re asking him beneficial to stuff he can’t ethically declare them but which they have to at smallest TRY to get anyway. I chouse. And yet… I seriously reflect there is also an element of vital principle giggly under his gaze.

And in consequence this:

That’s how Alicia gazes at him at individual point. That look says, “If I stand at alldegree closer I am going to throw myself RIGHT AT YOUR MOUTH.”

This discharge is from a very cute show wherein Finn and Alicia awkwardly sift — without actually saying the logomachy — the massive, cheese-wheel-sized slime of sexual tension wedged between them at all times, and how they came unite to acting on it. But nor one nor the other one wants to sacrifice the friendship, so they agree to start company in, as Finn says, well-lit diners, with plates of food and no drinks. Alicia jokes that the barely music they should allow is through . an accordion, and at the value of this screen grab, Finn is structure this crack: “Accordion music kinda turns me adhering.” In response, Alicia runs out of the opportunity and dumps one of the Sparkletts jugs past her head.


And he has the authority of charm, because he arranges to convenient with her later… at a well-lit diner, through no cocktails. Where he gives her each envelope — working the caveat that he be able to’t TELL her anything, end nonverbally giving her information on a melodrama of paper is not technically TELLING — and once again demonstrates that he understands for what cause she asks him for this potion, does not resent her for it, and in performance is willing to help a intimate AND FUTURE SEX PARTNER PLEASE GOD suppose that she needs it.

7. Mother Nature

Mama knows whereas to cause a blackout, no? This is in fact quite funny. The lights go out. The waitress brings them a fantastic candle. And then a random mariachi who was snacking at the prohibit starts playing love songs on his guitar. Even frigging fictional Mother Nature in this fictional terraqueous globe wants these two to get their handle roughly on, and so I am not sure why they keep refusing, but it cracks me up that Alicia directly clutches at her low-cut blouse. Just obstacle it out, girl.

6. Kalinda

She’s else colorful this season, or am I nuts? Is it for the cause that she’s tuning into her Deep Inner Emotions, which will of course be a without avail thing when she leaves the point out to? How has she never been punished notwithstanding not doing whatever Lemond wanted her to cheat with that key card? Does he not KNOW nevertheless that she snapped it in moiety? How did you skirt both that AND this restraining peace, which used to force you to lie at the very back of the courtroom and over and above suddenly you were right behind Cary? WHAT IS YOUR SORCERY, MADAM?

Also, she is the sole person who has the nads to stand up to Lemond Bishop and try to squeeze him despite Cary’s sake. It’s for the most part astonishing to me that she’s check alive given that she coerced Trey to declare against him — which led to Trey’s decease. Surely Lemond is not selectively sighted at the time it comes to her. Or… SORCERY.

5. The Envelope

Finn’s advice was surveillance photos of known physic dealers leaving Lemond’s home. And the kick is, under which circumstances Lemond wasn’t there, his son was. They be able to use Dylan’s presence in the place of entertainment at the time of these photos to make a WHOLE mess of problems beneficial to Lemond. When Kalinda blackmails Lemond through this information — the photos, in the place of Dante and his testimony — he is ENRAGED. “Does anyone understand you’re here?” he asks, which is code for, “Can I violate grossly you right now on my slaughterer block?” She, of course, says, “Yeah,” because she is not stupid. But Kalinda’s actions, driven by this information, are what seal Cary’s doom.

4. Dante

When Diane puts Dante adhering the stand, he COMPLETELY reverses point of compass and testifies that Cary was giving them ALL KINDS of complaint about how to smuggle drugs. Diane freaks out, and asks if he was threatened with retribution towards sticking to his story, but the impair is done.

Question: Why would Lemond craving Dante to lie? He says it’s for the reason that he’s pissed that Kalinda tried to bribe to keep silence and threaten him. But wouldn’t the extremity of this case be BENEFICIAL to him? Cary has been devoted thus far, so wouldn’t you WANT to simpleton your dude on the stand and let him get Cary off the hasp, so that nobody is putting some more screws to Cary? Is Lemond exactly doing this out of pride, or me, or being a control freak? This doesn’t seem entirely wise of him, to me, on the contrary perhaps there’s something I’m overlooking. Lemond wanted this put in a box to go away so badly that he almost killed Cary himself. Dante could cause the case go away. Ergo, Lemond should’ve impediment him testify. If he has in the way that much power of Dante that he be able to convince Dante to commit perjury, on that account surely he can prevent Dante from form any deals with the state hind part before him. I don’t understand, this whole thing seemed silly to me. But as luck may have it that’s why Lemond is a hard-dressed mastermind and I am uncorrupt a cellulite-stricken fool in a order of average jeans.

3. Chicago

This was united of Cary’s last sights during the time that a free man. Sniffle.

2. Lemond

Let it exist known that even The Mighty Lemond Bishop cannot preserve his girlfriend from storming out of the legislative body during an argument.

However, The Mighty Lemond Bishop be possible to still go all Mr. Bates “I WANT TO MURDER” forward people, and influence witnesses, and basically swing Cary’s unmixed case by having a witness have on the stand and stab him in the back (what one. I guess is how he worked through his more LITERAL urge to make away with Kalinda).

Just look at him. He thinks he’s won. He extends each olive branch to Cary by direction of motion of a job offer in Barcelona, in which place he needs a trusted soldier to take hold of some European legal affairs. He is beyond all question, just certain, that Cary will accept rather than go to prison, and Lemond disposition have yet another person under his thumb.

And at the same time.

1. Cary

So, yes. There was a distribute of this:

And this:

And more mournful this:

And some tears. From him, and from me. Because POOR CARY. But in the end, Cary was awesome. He rejects Lemond’s show because, among other things, the jurisprudences firm will go broke when it loses the security money that it put up as far as concerns him. “Don’t travel to prison for four years on this account that of a law firm,” Lemond barks, moreover it’s to no be of advantage.

He then contemplates his options: Turn on Bishop and get time served with six months’ probation. Plead having violated law — which forfeits his right to an appeal — and get four years adhering conspiracy, with only two years served. Nobody knows the sort of to do. Alicia cries. Diane is sulky. Cary is stoic, but with some tears. But he stands up in court and changes his justification to guilty, and as we govern into the abyss of six weeks free from The Good Wife, Cary gets the zenith spot here for finding a device to be loyal to EVERYONE — his settleded, Bishop — and taking his false, awful, horrible fate like a entire G, as the kids say. It’s passing power, and it is leading him not crooked into the belly of the four-footed creature that is prison, with a sort of people he put there and more Bishop flunkies besides. But, dammit person, you got me. I’m sombre. I’m worried. And I’m compose mildly concerned Kalinda and/or her FBI lover are going to die by and by. This show, man. This show.