You know when you’re waiting for an episode of a TV show to air, especially if it’s one of your favorite shows, and there has been all this hype around it…even promotion from the network about how big it is? You start thinking about how awesome it’s going to be. To tell all your friends not to talk to you or call you. You threaten you spouse with something you know they hate if they try to talk to you during the episode. It’s either going to be truly amazing and meet your wild expectations or it’s going to completely flop and absolutely devastate you. Ok maybe devastate is a bit strong but you will really be pissed if this episode sucks. That’s how I felt going into tonight’s much-anticipated (since the season finale of last year) “Hitting the Fan” episode. So. Did it live up to the hype or did it crash and burn like Goose from Top Gun? IT TOTALLY ROCKED!!!! It completely blew me away.
You know an episode is so well done when you know what’s coming (for the most part) yet it still keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time. That’s what tonight was like. I knew Will and Diane would be pissed and hurt at the same time. I knew David Lee would be out for blood. I knew Cary and Alicia would be scrambling (as did LG) to keep their clients on board. I knew there would be screaming, yelling, blame, tears, accusations, papers flying off desks, security guards…the whole nine yards. But to know it’s coming vs. actually watching it unfold in front of you and see the performances the actors gave, it was breath-taking. I knew the two hardest scenes would be Will an Alicia and Cary and Diane. Cary and Diane had a special bond and Will and Alicia, well, we know how special their bond was at times. But beyond the personal connections, there were professional mentorships there between them that really punch them in the gut. It would be one thing if either Cary OR Alicia were leaving. But to have it be both and together? Wow. No wonder it got ugly as quickly as it did. There were a few surprises (Peter’s involvement and the turncoat Beth) and there was one person I was unsure how this was going to play out for them even though I had an idea but you still never know and that’s Kalinda. Let’s break it down.
You knew this was going to be the tough one. Especially if you were a Will/Alicia fan (which I was not.) But even being a Team Peter person, it was still hard to watch Will walk down that hallway to Alicia’s office with visions of them sleeping together and laughing during happier times. He just can’t believe she would do this to him. When he gets to her office he starts off calm but then when she apologies and tells him it’s time for her to try something new, he snaps. He pushes everything off her desk and lays into her. “I took you in. No one wanted you. I hired you. I pushed for you. You were poison. This firm got you back on your feet.” Well when you put it that way she does seem out of line for leaving. You can hear the pain in his voice. This isn’t just “a business decision” as Alicia put it. This was personal. They were friends from college. And he’s right, when she and Peter were disgraced, LG helped her. When Diane had an eyebrow raised in her direction, Will always had her back. He gave her the good cases. He trained her. He mentored her. He fell in love with her. This was absolutely personal to him. With Alicia it couldn’t not be personal. Anyone else, it’s business. Not with her. Maybe that isn’t fair, but it’s the truth.
He fires her on the spot and asks her to leave. She immediately tells him that he can’t and that he ask to get the equity and other partners gathered to take a vote to get her out since she’s a partner. It buys her some time to try to get files and the word out. Neither are going very well because Will shut down all access to files for everyone and slowly but surely the 4th years leaving were getting found out and fired one by one. Later, after the partner votes have been taken to oust Alicia, Will returns with 4 security guards to escort Alicia to the elevator. She once again tells Will it wasn’t meant to be personal and he tells her he doesn’t care, as coldly as he can. Which leaves Alicia breaking down in the elevator once the doors have closed.
But the sadness and hurt quickly go away when the claws come out and it’s a race to see who can get to the clients first. I think my favorite exchange of the night came when one of Alicia’s clients called her and when Will caught them on the phone, he asks for the phone from the client and begins having it out with Alicia. They start exchanging nasty grams back and forth until the finally tell each other to go to hell. But before Will hangs up, he tells her that Grace called and needs Alicia to call her school to give permission for her class trip. Both tones change back to friends for half a second when she asked how long ago it was when she called and he tells her about 40 minutes. “Ok thank you.” “You’re welcome.” It was hilarious! It showed me that even when the dust settles, which won’t be for a reeeeeeeeally long time, those two will be friends again someday. They may never get back to what they were, but they will move past this…in about 15 years.
This was another one of the many relationships I loved over the years. So it didn’t surprise me to see Diane in Cary’s office when he got into the office that morning. She has already taken his computer and immediately laid into him about his decision to leave. Diane also has the same “I was your mentor, I stuck out my neck for you” speech although hers lacked the violent thrusting of phones and papers all over the place. Cary reminded her that they did fire him all those years ago and where was having his back then. She then reminded him why that happened and as soon as they could get him back, they did because she made it happen. Cary wasn’t struggling with this as much as Alicia so he wasn’t really buying what Diane was selling and I don’t think Diane was as hurt as Will so I’m sure she really cared all that much if Cary believed her.
Eventually, before she left his office, she fired him but not before he STUPIDLY let it slip about Chum Hum being unhappy with them and giving her the inside scoop that LG’s biggest client (outside of Lamond Bishop) is planning to go with Florrick & Agos. Cary, Cary, Cary. How dumb can you be!!!??? It was a huge slip that had a great payout at the end of the episode. But just like Will and Alicia, eventually these two will get over it and be civil with one another. Although they shouldn’t take the same 15 years.
Lockhart Gardner vs. Florrick & Agos
The gloves are off. The lines in the sand have been drawn. People with this much raw emotion are bound to rip each other to shreds and that’s exactly what starts happening. Although I have to say, if I needed to get down and dirty, I’d want David Lee on my team. Advantage: LG. Lee and the other partners, including Will, start calling clients and insinuating that Alicia and Cary were not on the up and up and didn’t represent the best interest of the client and therefore were removed from their positions. Meantime, F&A are trying to call the same clients but with less man power they keep getting to each person just slightly behind LG. So they are quickly starting to lose clients. Thank God they have Chum Hum right? Right? Hello, is this mic on? WE HAVE CHUM HUM RIGHT? Not so fast.
Cary doesn’t want to waste any time and wants to meet with Neil Gross (John Benjamin Hickey) as fast as they can. As soon as they start walking up the steps, boom, injunction filed by LG is served to them barring them from speaking with Chum Hum. Gross tells them to call him when they sort it out. They go to court it’s Alicia, Cary, and Carey on one side with Will, David, and Diane on the other. It’s nasty, it’s caddy, and it’s brilliant. The judge upholds the injunction and F&A are forced to find another way. Alicia comes up with an idea for an injunction of their own. When Will and David go to meet with Chum Hum, boom, they get served with the same injunction from F&A. “Call me when you get this sorted out” Gross says now to LG. So each side has an injunction against them barring them from speaking with Chum Hum. I don’t know why Chum Hum doesn’t just drop them both and find a new firm at this point.
Later, Diane goes to Alicia’s home to offer a truce. Each party drops the injunction and they each get 1 hour with Chum Hum to pitch. At first Diane says that F&A presents first and LG is after them. Dumb Carey insists they switch and Diane is amenable to that request. After LG presents and is leaving, David tells F&A, you never want to go second. They barely get up the steps when Neil tells them he’s staying with LG. So the firm of F&A is sunk before it leaves the dock. Or is it?
Governor Florrick to the rescue with a plan to ensure Chum Hum goes with the new F&A (see plan below) and it works. By the end, they are all toasting the landing of a $35 million client and how they are in desperate need of stationary and laptops. F&A is not dead yet!! But this means Will and LG have declared war on them and everyone else in Chicago.
Wow did I love them in this episode. First, I love Peter having Alicia’s back. I mean of course he would, he’s her husband. But he was fierce in his loyalty of her. And since Will Gardner slept with his wife, it finally gives him the ammunition to destroy him. He’s never been able to truly go after Will because he runs his wife’s firm. If it hurts LG, it hurts Alicia by extension. Now, with Alicia gone, it is open season on Will for Peter.
Now I have to imagine, the comment he made at the press conference would have never happened in real life. Because I have to imagine that would come back to bite him. Especially once everyone learned that the biggest internet provider, Chum Hum, went with Florrick & Agos and thereby Peter’s idea for taxing said companies goes away. He smartly protected himself by saying that he could be persuaded to think another way and change his mind thus leaving the door open to him changing his mind. And as a result, instead of Chum Hum staying with LG, they made the switch to F&A to the tune of $35 million a year!!! I bet Melissa George’s character will have something to say about that when she gets wind of what Peter did. While I love it as him being her husband, it was a horrible move as Governor. Really man, what were you thinking!
Enough about that. Let’s talk about sex baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Ok not you and me I just couldn’t get Salt and Pepa out of my mind. WOW. What a scene. So she gets fired, is trying to start a new firm, moves said firm into her house for the night, is trying to land clients, and STILL has time for a quickie with her husband. As I said on Twitter earlier….my hero!!!!
In the end, Peter asks to see Eli and tells him, he’d like a new list of name for the Supreme Court. He’s looking to replace Diane and Eli looks legitimately stunned. “Are you sure” he asks? “Yes” Peter says very matter-of-factly. So much for not letting personal matters interfere with business decisions. I guess Diane’s hand will be forced in regards to LG. I thought she would choose to go back to LG to help Will in the fight to save the firm. But now that the judgeship will soon be off the table, looks like she won’t have a choice.
Last but never least….Kalinda. How hurt do you think Kalinda was that Alicia didn’t want her to join her firm? I mean Cary asked but never Alicia. Partly because, she didn’t know Alicia was in on the new firm. She never told her. Now with all this going on, Will asked her to make a choice because he’s gunning for everyone, especially F&A, in Chicago. It will get dirty, nasty and vicious. He asks Kalinda if she can do that knowing that she’s friends with those guys. She says she can. Time will tell. I think the tough one for her will be Cary. But I think Kalinda had to say that to Will because 1.) she feels guilty she knew about Cary leaving for 3 months and 2.) she knows that eventually Will will cool off and the tension won’t be too bad. But I do think she has his and LG’s back.
The breakup of the friendship between Kalinda and Alicia was brutal. It’s a hard one to recover from. I know there are some people who think Alicia overreacted to Kalinda because she didn’t know her at the time and there are other people who think she’s completely justified because she is someone who slept with a married man. I can see both sides but I side with the faction of people who thought Alicia was justified. Not to mention, I don’t know if I could continue a friendship with someone knowing she slept with my husband when I was married to him. That’s a little creepy. I think it’s been pretty clear for a few years now that that friendship is pretty much dead in Alicia’s eyes. They have been cordial and even shared the rare tequila shot together but it wasn’t the same. It never could be. But I guess Kalinda wasn’t sure and maybe even thought they had moved past it. Well this should be the ultimate sign that they aren’t close and therefore, she really no longer has an allegiance towards Alicia.
With this new revelation, it made the decision pretty easy for Kalinda…stay with LG until the dust settles (if it ever does) and whatever happens, happens. Kalinda is not an overly sentiment or emotional person so this should be easy for her. In theory, that’s true. In actuality, let’s see what happens and how it plays out.
WHEW! I’m exhausted after that! I’m really excited because this was a true game changing episode. Writers and show runners throw that term out way too loosely these days in regards to their shows. But if you needed to know what a bona-fide game changing episode looks like, watch “Hitting the Fan.” Also check out Lost S3 E22 “Through the Looking Glass.”
The look of this show will never be the same. It was always about LG with a little politics thrown in. Now, it’s LG and F&A and how the new “relationship” (for lack of a better word) between these two firms evolves. These were teammates. Now, they’re enemies. The connections and bonds formed between all parties, will never be the same. We will be following Will and Diane and the new Will and Diane. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see where this take us this season and moving forward. CBS, you better not cancel this show!!!!
What did you think? Did this episode meet your expectations? Did it exceed them? Did it fall flat? And what do you think will happen down the road?