The Good Wife recap: Punch Drunk

Alicia waives attorney/client privilege after her client is murdered; Peter punches Mike Kresteva
Ep. 18 | Aired Mar 24, 2013

BELLE OF THE BALL Alicia gets pulled away from a fancy dinner to deal with a client's murder.

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In other interesting developments from the Shamrock Dinner, Peter and Eli sat down with Diane to make her an offer she couldn't refuse. Or at least an offer that she would highly consider: In lieu of Justice Ludwig's death (see: last week's episode), there was an opening for a Supreme Court Justice -- a role that the Illinois Governor would fill. Peter offered Diane the seat, contingent upon his gubernatorial win. Diane was shocked to say the least. But to take on the role would mean she would have to relinquish her business. Still, Will was happy for her once Diane told him about the offer. (Will Lockhart/Gardner become Gardner & Associates? Do you think Diane would actually leave the firm behind? Discuss.)

Meanwhile, Eli finally confronted Kresteva about spreading rumors about Peter's family. But it didn't really accomplish anything. So Peter took things into his own hands. Peter followed Kresteva into the bathroom, and they discussed the way to battle a lie. And then Peter just punched Kresteva in the face. In fact, he punched him so hard it went straight to commercial!

For good measure, Peter broke his own drink to make it look like Kresteva had just had a little too much alcohol and fallen. Peter gave Kresteva a taste of his own medicine, saying he couldn't have hit Kresteva because that wouldn't have made sense. Finally, Kresteva gets put in his rightful place! I'll just steal Eli's words to describe the punch: "It was epic!"

After their time at the bar, Veronica finally brought the kids to the Shamrock Dinner to meet Alicia. There, Alicia and Grace had a heart-to-heart about the night's many revelations. And Alicia and her mom managed to end the night without any major blows. I think Alicia was just glad everyone was safe. Unfortunately, Peter only got a handshake from Cardinal James. But for the first time ever, so did Kresteva. With no hug handed out, we'll have to wait to see who nabs those Catholic votes.

And as far as Matthew Ashbaugh's murder? Everything with Nozowitz, Eddie Lomax, the Fifth Ward killings, and the police department was just a red herring. Kalinda watched and re-watched the video of the murder and noticed that a Fetch-Far was in the killer's car. (A Fetch-Far is something dog owners use to fling tennis balls.) So yes, Ashbaugh's murder was all about an earlier lawsuit in which Ashbaugh wanted to sue a neighbor for a barking dog. Gotta watch out for those dog lovers!

There were so many great one-liners from this episode, but my favorite would probably have to be this gem from Alicia to Eli: "I swear, if you start clocking my alcohol intake, I'm going to do shots." How great was John Noble as Matthew Ashbaugh? I've said before I really enjoy episodes that organically find our stars out of the court room, so "Death of a Client" was one of my favorites. The Will/Alicia flashbacks didn't hurt. One other thing of note before I wrap this up, did you notice that while Eli was praising Saint Alicia for standing by Peter and never straying, Will walked up to interrupt the conversation? Genius.

Okay, now it's your turn! Sound off with all your thoughts on the episode. And get excited because Dylan Baker is returning next week.

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