I feel like every week I am writing the same thing about The Good Wife in terms of the stellar writing and acting and the storylines being so riveting. But it’s hard not to when this show hits it out of the park every week. This week saw the return of Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) in a compelling case that really has you guessing if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. In the end you’re still not sure but his explanation, of why he does what he does, makes perfect sense. And we dug a little deeper into the in-house turmoil that is LGB and we saw some interesting revelations!
If I have to rip the Good Wife about anything, it’s the Will/Tammy relationship. if you can call it that. I hate myself for what I am about to say but it has to be said….I can’t stand Elizabeth Reaser and really don’t understand the fuss about her. I have seen her in 3 things…Grey’s Anatomy, The Ex-List, and The Good Wife…so it’s more likely than not, that I am not giving her a fair shake. But I can only comment on what I know so take my opinion for what it is. She was great in Grey’s in the beginning when she was Ava. Her relationship with Alex at that point was so good and brought out a different side to Alex that we hadn’t really seen before and I liked her for that. When she becomes Rebecca (who she really was) she turned creepy and loony. I didn’t like her anymore and thought the show used her 2 more episodes than was necessary. The Ex-List was atrocious. I was surprised the network gave her her own show to carry and I’m not sure the failure was more her inability to carry a show or the writing and premise was so bad it didn’t matter. Maybe it was both. I think she is more suited for support roles rather than starring roles but again, The Ex-List was so bad I don’t think Meryl Streep could have saved that show. As Tammy on the Good Wife I think she is horribly miscast. In my opinion, Tammy is supposed to be a very sexy, very successful, no-nonsense, incredibly independent woman who is having her fun with Will that unfortunately starts to fall for him. Reaser isn’t selling that at all. You need someone who exudes sex appeal, fire, intelligence and vulnerability. That’s not Reaser. The only redeeming thing about this character and Reaser, is that she is keeping Will away from Alicia. Other than that, I really wish she would go away.
The Case/LGB Turmoil
Chemicals are being dumped by a pesticide company nearby a local housing community and as a result women are either miscarrying pregnancies or becoming infertile. Alicia and LGB are forming a class action lawsuit to file against the company responsible. However it turns out that there is another lawyer also vying for the right to represent the homeowners….Louis Canning. You remember Canning? The man who represented the large pharmaceutical company LGB took on and won a $30 million suit from. As we learned, the pharma company was willing to pay upwards of $80-$90 million and he got them down to $30. So the big winner was really Canning. I choose to look at it glass half full and say win-win.
Alicia is dubious of Canning’s motives but the homeowners seem to really like him. How can you not? He’s Alex P. Keaton!! They go to court to get the suit certified and the vampire king of Mississippi from True Blood, Dennis O’Hare, is the judge in the case. He tells them that he can only certify one suit so which ever firm can sign the most houses, wins the right to take over the class action suit. So the race is on to see how many they can get. In the meantime, Alicia asks Kalinda to investigate Canning to find out why he is really involved with this suit and to see if he has any connection to the pesticide company named in the suit.
Kalinda posses as a reporter and is able to get inside Canning’s $20,000 a month leased Brownstone. $20,000 a month? Dear Lord!! His wife is absolutely lovely and she warmly greets Kalinda and invites her in. Canning isn’t home at the time. When Mrs. Canning leaves to get refreshments, Kalinda goes into his office and notices something from 27 Equity and grabs it, right as Canning is coming back. She is able to get into the restroom and comes out as Canning comes in. The exchange pleasantries and when Kalinda starts to talk about the article, he stops her and tells her that he knows there is no article and that he was expecting someone from LGB. She drops the act and they get into it a bit. He tells her that he believes LGB is incompetent and going screw all those homeowners out of what they rightfully deserve. His wife enters the room and Canning asks her to enlighten Kalinda as to why he left his job with the pharma company. We learn that she had a miscarriage and Canning wanted to be home for her so he quit. She leaves and he tells Kalinda “so you think that may be why I want to help a bunch of women who have just miscarried?” Uh oh!
Kalinda talks to Alicia about what she discovered and Alicia isn’t buying any of it. Kalinda thinks she may be wrong but decides to investigate the 27 Equity lead anyway. Kalinda also goes to the pesticide company’s headquarters and asks a food vendor to let her know if she sees Canning’s car enter the garage (she gives him a picture of the car.) Later when Alicia is back in the neighborhood soliciting homes, she finds out that the list of homes she is going to that day were already visited by Canning and they signed with him. Alicia is wondering how he knew she was going to those exact homes. When she goes to another house, the woman tells her she is signing with her specifically because she didn’t like what Canning was saying about LGB. Alicia asks her what he said and she hands her a stuffed teddy bear that has a nanny cam in it. Back at LGB, Alicia plays this for Diane, Will, and Kalinda and it show Canning telling the homeowners that the main reason LGB wants this case is because there is a partnership struggle and the partner that lands this lawsuit can take over the firm. Will and Diane are floored by this and are wondering who could have possibly told Canning. Kalinda tells them, they have a mole. Yikes!!! It has to be one of Bond’s people right? We’ll see.
The four of them are trying to figure out who the mole could be and Alicia thinks it could Rosanna, the head of the community who has been aligned with them from the beginning. Kalinda asks how they communicated and she tells her by phone and email and starts to check Alicia’s computer. While she is doing that, she gets a call from the food vendor…Canning’s car just showed up. In court, both sides are battling back and forth and the judge has had enough. He “marries” the two sides together and tells them that they are now working together as one suit and get a good deal for their clients! Back at his house, Will gets a call from Kalinda and Alicia saying that there isn’t a mole. Someone installed a key logger software program on Alicia’s computer which is able to track every key that she hits on the keyboard. The information goes through a remote server and to another computer and that is how Canning was able to stay one step ahead of them. They think this was all set up by Canning. Will tells Alicia to send Diane an email saying their research tells them they can get $70 million and he wants Diane to send a message back saying they are going to go after $85 million. He thinks once Canning and the pesticide company see that, they are going to go ballistic. Later in Will’s office, he and Alicia are discussing the case and Bond comes in asking to speak with him. Bond tells Will he wants him to take over the pesticide case and he tells Bond it’s not his case to take. He then tells him that she is trying to get $85 million and that she can’t win. Dun dun dun!!!!! And now we know who put the key logger software on Alicia’s computer!!!! Will is trying to keep his composure and he asks Bond how he knows this. He tells him to trust him that his information is solid. He recites the exact email that Will told Alicia to compile and he now knows it’s him. WOW!!!!
A meeting is held in someone’s home (it was the house we saw earlier where Diane, Will, and David talking about how to vote Bond out) and Kalinda tells them that she was able to find the same key logger software on 3 other people’s computers. Since it was quite diverse whose computers it was on, she thinks the spy is Bond and not Canning. So they come up with a plan and decide to use the software against Bond. Will has Diane tell Julius (another Equity Partner who’s strongly aligned with Diane) to go after Bond’s weakest votes. After Bond reads that, he won’t want to take any chances so he will fire them because he won’t think that he needs their votes anyway and doesn’t want to risk them swinging to Diane. It’s a great move! Back at LGB, negotiations begin with the pesticide company and the offer is $2 million which Canning wants to take and LGB doesn’t. Alicia pulls Canning aside and asks him if he has any compassion for these people at all. He tells her not to presume to know him and that these people don’t pay him for his compassion, which is irrelevant according to him, they pay him for his ability. When she leaves, she sees Rosanna in the hall. Later we flash to Alicia entering Diane’s office (WIll is also there) and she tells Diane that Canning got Rosanna to flip because he showed her an internal document showing what the pesticide company was willing to pay. They decided to use that. Will says they can’t because privilege applies but Diane reminds him that it doesn’t.
In court everyone is shouting the judge calms them down so we can proceed. Diane has a witness that will testify to evidence they wish to represent and the judge allows it. The witness is a claims adjuster who works for 27 Equity which is a hedge fund based in NYC. You’ll remember Kalinda found a link to Canning and 27 Equity. Apparently 27 Equity loaded Canning $4 million for this lawsuit and as collateral he gave them a document from the pesticide company showing what they would be willing to settle for. As a result, the document is no longer privileged information. Ha!!! After court, Canning tips his hat to Alicia and acknowledges a great move. They still have to settle but they should be able to get a larger figure now. Alicia tries to get him to confirm that he really is a cynic. He tells her that he believes people were harmed here and that the persons responsible should pay the price for their involvement. However, he feels that companies pay too much. He thinks lawyers use victims’ pain to drain every drop of money they can out of these companies and it isn’t right. So he makes sure they pay, just not too much. Well when he puts it that way, he almost convinces me he’s right. ALMOST. I see his point. And I would agree with him if a company made a one time mistake, regretted it, righted the wrong and moved on. But in some of these cases, these big companies know exactly what they are doing and continue to do it anyway, in some instances for years or as a matter of standard practice…..until they are caught. Then they are sorry. But they aren’t truly sorry for who they hurt…they’re sorry they got caught. And if that’s the case, I hope whoever they harmed drains them for every penny.
In the end, Bond starts “firing” his people and sending them back to DC. As a result, without him knowing it, he is sending votes in his favor out of the firm. David, Will, and Diane casually watch this and smirk with delight that their plan is working. The best part, Will and Diane share a very quiet low-five. I loved it!!!
Peter and the campaign
I really don’t want to get into this too much. They are broke, they hire a cheap pollster who can help them get more votes by swinging the campaign in another direction. The most fascinating part to watch is how Peter now wants to go after the youth vote. A big thing on the youth agenda, legalizing pot…shocking I know. This is a platform Peter could probably care less about. But since it’s votes he can get, now all of a sudden, it’s a very important issue to him. It just goes to show how sleazy politics are…not that we didn’t already know that.
Remember last week how Peter asked to move back in the bedroom with Alicia and the end of episode left it very vague as to whether or not she agreed. Well this week’s ending wasn’t so vague. We see Alicia in bed and Peter laying next to her talking and laughing about their days. To me it’s a sign that they are trying to move forward. Which is why the promo for next week pissed me off so much. Apparently next week, she is going to confront Will about his message from last season. Maybe it’s me and it’s because I don’t like Will that I don’t see it or won’t let myself see it, but I don’t get this connection between them other than friendship. I don’t see a sexual tension. I don’t see any longing or romantic tension. I don’t see any of that. The only reason I see the possibility that something is there is because the writers have told me in not so many episodes that there is something there. But I don’t see that connection between the characters at all. I would rather see a solid friendship and Will be romantic some place else and Alicia work on things with Peter. The Good Wife is such a good show that it doesn’t need the “will they or won’t they” angle with Will and Alicia. It stands on its own without that crap. I hope next week they talk, agree to be friends, move on, and we never have to talk about it again. But that’s just me.