The Good Wife recap: The Merger Games

In the wake of Will's death, Diane and David engage in a power struggle while Alicia questions her future
Ep. 17 | Aired Apr 13, 2014

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Your regular recapper, Breia Brissey, is on vacation, so allow me to join you in reliving another solid post-Will episode that had me wanting to reach through my TV to slap David Lee and throw Alicia's glass of water in Peter's face. It's a testament to how good this show's writing is that the happiest moments of the hour came immediately following Will's funeral.

We began with Diane and Alicia having martinis and critiquing the service that we, thankfully, did not have to watch. (Just seeing the image of Josh Charles included in the show's Twitter header when I checked the page to see if this episode would be delayed made me sad.) "If I die before you, please don't let them read 'Wind Beneath My Wings' at my funeral," Alicia said. "Who knew it had so many verses" Diane cracked. It's okay to laugh, viewers. Message received. They wondered who didn't know the real Will: them or his family, who seemed to think he liked nighttime walks in the snow and to cook. "We were like the two mistresses at the Irish funeral.... Oh, I'm sorry, I meant that metaphorically," Diane said. They ordered another round. Tell me I'm not the only one who got momentarily distracted when Diane didn't finish her old martini before grabbing the new one. They toasted to Will. "A real man," Diane said. What do you think she meant by that? Even Alicia seemed slightly perplexed.

They eventually moved to a booth where Alicia assured Diane that Diane wasn't a sloppy drunk like her father had been, and they both explained how they disappointed their mothers: Diane isn't a nurse with three kids, and Alicia's a prude who needs to get laid more (funny, she knows). Diane got a call from David Lee that she promptly ignored. Alicia wanted to answer it and freak David out by making him think they were merging the firms. Well now, hold up: both firms are overextended. Getting Chumhum back as a client would solve a lot of Diane's problems. Why not? Because their firms are fighting on a lot of fronts, including a current divorce case. Still, they agreed to keep talking and make peace. Step 1: They each showed up to the divorce settlement and made it go way more smoothly than Cary and David expected. Afterward, David told Diane not to make any big decisions when in mourning for at least a year. So naturally, she made the decision to move him into a smaller office. Cue Damian (Jason O'Mara) telling David that he'd overheard Diane and Alicia talking about merging at the bar after Will's funeral.

When Alicia got back to her office, the father of Jeffrey Grant, Will's shooter, was there saying he wanted to sue the State's Attorney for wrongful prosecution. The State's Attorney had come to him the day before and apologized, adding that heads would roll in his office. Now it was Alicia who was eavesdropping. She told Cary that she'd quit if he took the case. She tried to get a hold of Finn.

Alicia's bad mood continued at a photo-op with Peter, who wasn't satisfied with her just posing beside him. He wants his wife back. Not gonna happen, Peter.

Back at Florrick Agos, David Lee rejected the settlement Diane had struck and showed nanny cam footage of the wife sleeping with one of her husband's students after the husband had run off with his nurse. David wanted the wife to take 20 cents on the dollar now. Alicia returned just in time to say they'd see him in court. Point to David.

NEXT: Kalinda warns Diane

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