The Good Wife recap: Putting the Fox In Charge

Florrick/Agos takes on a case against the NSA, and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) returns to shake things up at Lockhart/Gardner
Ep. 18 | Aired Apr 20, 2014

SCAPEGOAT NO MORE Alicia defends Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode) in the State's Attorney's quest to blame someone for Will Gardner's death

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Cary called Diane and stated what Florrick/Agos would need for a potential merger. Diane tried to negotiate, but Cary held firm, essentially quashing the merger before it began. But David Lee, who was against the Florrick/Agos merger from the beginning, had other ideas: Enter Louis Canning. Welcome back, Michael J. Fox! Diane was none too pleased with this potential partnership: "Are you really thinking of putting the fox in charge?" She was obviously referring to Canning's conniving behavior, and not the guest star's last name. But I guess it works both ways. Puns, guys! Still, Diane had a point. Louis Canning at the helm of Lockhart/Gardner? He was the one partially responsible for LG landing in bankruptcy court. I think Will is rolling over in his proverbial/literal grave. Unfortunately for Diane, Louis has what the firm needs: Infrastructure in New York and L.A. So welcome aboard, Louis Canning.

He called Alicia to share the good news: Lockhart/Gardner is now Lockhart/Gardner/Canning. And she promptly hung up on him. Kalinda also wasn't too keen on Canning joining the firm, and she didn't hide the way she was feeling. But Canning laid down the law: He's the boss now, and he needs her help.

Louis: "I'm the new Will."
Kalinda: "You're not the new Will."

And she threw one of Will's baseballs to make her point. Even though we'd seen this scene teased, it was still pretty great. (Lambchop, the cat sleeping on the couch next to me, jumped at the shattered glass. Clearly, he had not seen the previews, and didn't enjoy it as much as I did.)

Diane also tried to come to terms with Canning joining the Lockhart/Gardner team. But they came to some sort of understanding. Diane said she would begin to respect Canning when he stopped playing games. We'll have to wait and see if that's something Canning is actually capable of. One thing's for sure: He didn't waste any time trying to lure ChumHum back to LG & C. He called Alicia and told her that as a peace-offering, Lockhart/Gardner/Canning would be willing to assume a portion of the liability if the $6 million malpractice suit against her came to fruition. (That's the adoption case in which Alicia was accused of bribery.) But instead of releasing ChumHum, Alicia asked Canning what his thoughts were about al Qaeda and the NSA, knowing that would pop at the NSA. Nicely played, Alicia.

Canning had another conversation with Kalinda in which he basically threatened to sue her if she kept working exclusively for Diane and the firm. He told Kalinda that he wasn't trying to push Diane out. And in the end, it seemed like he was earnest about that. Louis also managed to undo some of the deals Will had made, and promised that there wasn't some hidden agenda: "It was the olden days. I'm your partner now. I may be a scumbag, but hey, I'm your scumbag." The looks on Kalinda and Diane's faces were priceless. And it appears that Louis Canning is here to stay.

Alicia made good on her promise to represent Finn Polmar. The State's Attorney, James Castro (Michael Cerveris), was looking for a scapegoat for Will's death, and they were going after Finn for his alleged mishandling of the Jeffrey Grant case. Alicia went to see Castro. I loved how Alicia had trouble processing the gruesome crime scene photos in Castro's office. Losing Will was a big deal, and these subtle reactions just show that even though she's out of bed and back to work, she's still not totally okay.

NEXT: Alicia's ready to kick some ass

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