Meanwhile, since Cary and Alicia couldn't take all their anger out in court, they decided to meet with the other snubbed fourth years. They plotted to meet with some of the firm's top clients to make it appear as though they would jump ship. But that was never really the plan. Additionally, Cary presented Alicia with an interesting idea: They take the capital they borrowed for their partnership and their top clients and open their own firm, Florrick, Agos, & Associates. He even gave her first billing! She said she'd consider it. And I'd like to see that well before Alicia ever considered a real offer from Louis Canning. David Lee, Diane, and Will got wise to their intentions before any of that really played out.
To combat Cary and Alicia's plot, they decided to offer one of the fourth-years a partnership specifically to create division. And it worked. Alicia was the chosen one, and the episode ended similarly to the last new episode: Alicia in the conference room thanking all the equity partners for the opportunity. So congrats to Alicia! She got a Red Team win and the partnership she so deserves.
I've really buried the lede here: the brilliant Carrie Preston as Elsbeth "I'm always happy" Tascioni returned! I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to singing Preston's praises on The Good Wife. But she's just so wonderful it deserves constant repeating. Anyway, Elsbeth was aiding Eli with his case against the Department of Justice. Eli pointed out that even the prosecutor, Wendy Scott-Carr, had offered discounts for her services. Even Scott-Carr couldn't avoid the DOJ, as Elsbeth informed Eli that Scott-Carr had been replaced.
And while that could be considered a win for Eli, not helping his case was a wiretap that David LaGuardia (Hamish Linklater) and Josh Perrotti (Kyle MacLachlan) presented to Elsbeth and Eli. It was pretty damning, but they agreed to drop all charges if Eli would wear a wire and get Peter Florrick to confess to a recently accepted bribe. Eli obviously didn't want to sell Peter out, so he left it up to Elsbeth to save the day. Of course she came through. The evidentiary notes -- the proof to show there was enough reason to set up a wiretap in the first place -- only recorded two dirty calls. The DOJ requires three, which meant the paperwork had obviously been altered at some point. The wiretap evidence would have to be thrown out.
NEXT: Elsbeth and Eli scheme against the DOJ