The Good Wife season finale recap: Vote of Fraudulence

Alicia, Will, and Diane handle a series of emergency court proceedings to deal with potential voter fraud in Peter's gubernatorial campaign, and a winner is finally declared in the season 4 finale  
Ep. 22 | Aired Apr 28, 2013

WILL THEY? In spite of her recent recommitment to Peter, Alicia struggles with her complicated feelings for Will.

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Next up on the stand was Nana Joe (Estelle Parsons), a volunteer at the polling place where Zach voted. She testified that she saw the suspicious men with the unsealed box, and Patti attempted to prove that her poor sight could not be trusted. But Judge Abernathy had heard enough and agreed to have the votes from the box in question counted. But I don't think anyone expected these results: There were 30,843 ballots in the box. Kresteva only had 2,685, while the other 28,158 were all in Peter's favor. Uh oh! So while Diane immediately withdrew their motion, Patti Nyholm made a new motion to have the votes thrown out.

So the next time they were seen in court, the lawyers were all vehemently arguing the exact opposite of what they had been. Alicia knew Peter couldn't afford to lose the votes with the race so close. So both sides re-questioned the witnesses, hoping to discredit the testimonies that were harmful. And yes, that meant going after Nana Joe again! I'm sure Will is sorry. But all this took a backseat when a new matter from the federal court became an issue: An undisclosed third party placed an injunction on the ballot as a whole.

Who was the mysterious third party? Twist! None other than Jordan Karahalios (T.R. Knight). Mr. Karahalios was the campaign manager for the third-party candidate in the gubernatorial race, Albert O'Dell. We've never heard of Albert before, and so it's likely that many of the fictional voters hadn't either. But that didn't stop Jordan from arguing for election fraud. He said some ballots had misspelled O'Dell's name, leaving out the apostrophe. He claimed his candidate had been counting on the Irish vote, and that the Irish "O'Dell" had become the English "Odell." Diane, Will, Alicia, and Patti were now on the same team arguing against Jordan in front of Judge Lessner (Ana Gasteyer).

But a very quick investigation by New Kalinda turned up the fact that Albert O'Dell's actual name is Albert Steinman. Since the Jewish O'Dell had no actual Irish heritage, they argued that no real damage had been done on account of the missing apostrophe. Judge Lessner agreed, so she went back to her puzzle, and Patti and Lockhart/Gardner went back to opposing sides.

But before they made it back to the courtroom, Will and Alicia finally talked about his relationship with Laura Hellinger. Alicia thought that Laura was concerned about Alicia's past with Will. Alicia admitted that ever since their last kiss, she hadn't been able to move on. And considering she just agreed to renew her vows with Peter, she's put herself in quite the predicament. So what do they do? They make out in his car, of course! It was pretty steamy, but unfortunately, Diane interrupted it from going even further to get them back on the case. With nothing actually resolved, they agreed to finally have a heart-to-heart about where they stood after the night was over.

NEXT: (Spoiler!) wins the gubernatorial election...

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