The Good Wife Season 4 Review “Runnin’ with the Devil”

There’s an old saying: you lie down with dogs, you rise up with fleas. This week’s The Good Wife explored that a little bit. Looks like Alicia may have gotten some fleas; Kalinda and Carey had a cute little flirtation going on; and Will and Diane were kind of at odds on how to move forward with the firm.

A few thoughts about “Runnin’ with the Devil”:

The case of the week brought back drug dealer/gangster Lemond Bishop. Alicia and Carey were handling the preliminary hearing for his murder charge. Alicia was none too thrilled that the AUSA arguing the case was none other than her law school nemesis Liz (portrayed by the wonderful Audra McDonald). Alicia and Carey won a motion to allow Bishop to spend some time with his son, and while doing so, he asked Alicia to bring on another attorney Charles Lester. Alicia and Carey were kind of unsure about him because he seemed rather disorganized and forgetful. However, Alicia’s concern about his legal abilities turned into suspicion of his methods.

Liz had several witnesses set to testify to Bishop’s guilt. She had one witness that would testify that Bishop threatened to kill anyone who skimmed from the business. She had another witness that would testify that Bishop got into the victim’s vehicle on the night of the murder. Finally, they had Bishop’s lieutenant to testify against him as well. However, things didn’t go exactly as Liz had planned. The witnesses changed their testimony, and then the judge threw out the lieutenant’s testimony because the AUSA had coerced him into testifying with false evidence. In a last ditch effort, Liz called Bishop’s sister to destroy Bishop’s alibi. Suddenly, the sister withdrew her testimony and AUSA Liz didn’t show up for court. The judge had no choice but to dismiss the indictment.

Alicia became increasingly suspicious of Lester and not without good reason. One by one, after Alicia and Lester spoke with the witnesses, they either changed their story or recanted completely. At one point, Liz’s son was approached at his pre-school and she had to get Justice Department protection for herself and her family. The judge directly asked Alicia whether she had any knowledge of witness intimidation or of anyone approaching Liz’s family. Alicia answered truthfully that she didn’t, but by this point the hairs on the back of her neck were certainly standing up. This is the problem with dealing with people like Lemond Bishop. He attempted to keep a Chinese wall in between Alicia and whatever it was he was having Lester do, but Alicia’s not stupid. She even confronted Lester at one point. He (very disingenuously) said he didn’t intimidate any witnesses and had no clue what Alicia was talking about. If you dry that one out, you could fertilize the lawn. Of course he and Bishop were intimidating witnesses. I suppose Bishop figured the only way he could win his case was to play dirty, and that’s all a man like him knows to do. That’s why you just don’t get involved with people like him unless you’re willing to be just as dirty as him. I’m not sure whether Alicia had a duty to report her suspicions to the judge, but she definitely should’ve shared them with someone. I have a feeling that keeping mum on the subject might come back to bite her in the butt later. Just as an aside, anyone who threatens/harms kids needs to go down. Kids are off limits. Period.

Kalinda got an assistant. Well, not so much an assistant as a partner. Not that she wanted one though. It always seemed a bit odd to me that a firm as large as Lockhart and Gardner only has one investigator. Especially since they deal in so many different kinds of law. One would think they would have at least one investigator per division. At any rate, Kalinda’s resentment about getting a partner is twofold. First of all, she hasn’t been promoted. As Will said, they’re expanding her department, but Kalinda very astutely pointed out that they’re not giving her any more power in the process. I’m with Kalinda that it doesn’t make any sense that they would bring someone in to help her, but not promote her to supervisor status. Do they not want to give her a raise? Are they concerned about her leadership abilities? I don’t get it. Second of all, Kalinda just seems to like working on her own. She has a certain way that she likes doing things and a certain approach to investigating. The person they hired definitely doesn’t seem to fit into how Kalinda works. In all honestly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The new investigator, Robyn, actually helped out quite a bit despite Kalinda’s coolness toward her. Robyn has a warmth and openness to her that may work in her favor when trying to get information out of people. Her light personality seems to put people at relative ease and they may be more willing to talk to her. Also, she doesn’t seem like an idiot and that’s always a plus. We’ll have to wait and see, but Robyn has some good qualities about her and if Kalinda gives her a fair chance it might work out well.

Diane and Will had a little bit of a disagreement about how to move forward. Will wants to jump right back into everything and buy back the two floors they lost. He wants to replace all the paintings and furniture. Basically, Will wants to go back to the way things were before bankruptcy. However, Diane is a bit gun-shy. And quite frankly, I can’t blame her. She was the one primarily dealing with Clarke Hayden and the other creditors. She was the one who saw up close and personal just how thin the thread was they were hanging from. She wants to ease back into everything so they don’t end up in that position again. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable position. It would seem to me that Will is being overly cavalier about the whole situation. It’s like he doesn’t even realize just how close they were to losing everything they’d built. It’s like he didn’t learn any lesson at all during their financial troubles. It would be reasonable to purchase enough room so that attorneys don’t have to share offices anymore, but just buying back everything you had out of vanity doesn’t make any sense at all.

Carey is starting to make overtures about leaving the firm. He apparently had a conversation with one of Lockhart and Gardner’s clients that led the client to believe that Carey was planning to branch out on his own. Diane and Will got worried when the client paid his bill in full on time, so they sent Kalinda to investigate. She found out that the client had been working with Carey and it appeared that if Carey left, that client was willing to go with him. Kalinda didn’t share any of this information with Diane and Will, but she did tell Carey to stop it so they wouldn’t fire him. I can’t say that I’m surprised by Carey’s move. Ever since the partners screwed him over with the partnership, he seems to be getting antsy about starting his own firm. He’d already pitched the idea to Alicia, so we know that he’s been thinking about it for a while. If Diane and Will keep screwing him over with his billable hours and so forth, I don’t see him sticking around for long. And if one little conversation with Carey can cause a client to seriously consider dropping Lockhart and Gardner after so many years of doing business with them, Diane and Will better watch out. Who knows how many other clients would be willing to jump ship and go with Carey. He’s an excellent attorney who has apparently done really great work for them.

All in all, pretty solid hour. Kalinda and Carey had a pretty cute moment at the bar, but Kalinda claims she won’t hook up with Carey because they work together. I agree that office romances rarely work out well, but I think there’s probably more to it than that. She might still be hung up on her creepy ex-husband. But she should give Carey a chance. He’s actually a decent guy. I also enjoyed all of the guest stars this week. The Good Wife has been doing really great with the guest stars lately. Audra McDonald, Bebe Neuwirth, and Wallace Shawn were wonderful in their respective guest roles. And was I the only one who wanted Wallace Shawn to say, “Inconceivable!” just once? So what did y’all think of this week’s The Good Wife?