The Good Wife recap: Mommie Dearest

Alicia's mother comes to town, and a famous liberal lawyer offers his help on the case of the week 
Ep. 09 | Aired Nov 25, 2012

GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER? Alicia's mom (guest star Stockard Channing) arrives for Thanksgiving and subsequently drives Alicia crazy 

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But the war was made increasingly difficult when Breslow revealed his true intentions. While Alicia and Diane were fighting to win a case for their client, as Will predicted, Breslow was only focused on the bigger picture. Diane called him out on trying to lose. Breslow clearly wanted to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, and you can't appeal a win. Breslow countered with an impassioned speech: "I am here to win. I am here to win it all. Everything. For all of us." That was essentially his was of confirming that he only had the bigger picture in mind.

Since the CEO was no longer a defendant in the case, Alicia was able to bring his wiretap back into play to prove he had prior knowledge of the fraudulent claims. Since he was now a witness in the case, the recordings no longer fell under the spousal shield. This evidence got Dale a plea bargain: a four-month sentence and half a million dollar fine. It was a great deal considering the likelihood of him being found guilty by not taking it. But Breslow swooped in touting his agenda to make the case about the entire gay community and forcing the court to face its own hypocrisy. Dale was swayed by Breslow's excellent salesmanship, and that left Diane and Alicia with only one option: winning the case.

But Breslow made sure he did everything he could to sabotage his co-counsel. When Alicia and Diane put the head IT guy on the stand, Breslow asked him a character witness question which opened up questions about his sexual relationship with Dale. Alicia and Diane finally caught a break when Kalinda learned that the wiretap had an overhear, meaning somebody other than the Feds had been investigating Vance.

As it turns out, Vance was also being investigated by the state on embezzlement charges. The second wiretap gave a clearer picture of the situation, and had Vance admitting that he'd bought a yacht with a kickback from the fraudulent tax returns. Diane and Alicia presented this information to Bucky, and got him to drop all the charges in exchange for them keeping their findings out of court. So it's a happy day for Dale and Lockhart/Gardner, but Breslow was pretty pissed: "Congratulations. You just stuck us with DOMA for another decade."

NEXT: Alicia's mother comes to town

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