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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Case in point: In their first meeting with Castro, he pointed out that Polmar had placed Jeffrey Grant in general population. This was a tactic the prosecutors sometimes used to encourage defendants to accept a plea bargain. You'll recall that Grant was getting harassed in general population, one of the reasons he ultimately snapped in the courtroom, resulting in Will's death. That connection was a little too much for Alicia to handle, and so she asked Clarke to take the case over for her. "I'm not in a position to defend him anymore."

But she got a second wind, and decided to move forward with Polmar's case. Basically, she was ready to kick some ass. Alicia caught Castro in his own web of lies, after he claimed he didn't use the term "gen den." But she had text messages that proved he'd talked to Finn Polmar about that very thing. Castro claimed that he meant "going down" when he used the term "G.D." in his texts to Finn. Which certainly made things awkward when Alicia had a second text that said, "I can't wait to G.D. on Batiste. What fun!" They were going after Polmar when they were all guilty of using the same general detention tactics. And that level of hypocrisy was enough to sufficiently end their scapegoating mission against Polmar. Alicia's back, y'all!

The episode ended with Peter and Alicia discussing their schedules. They're keeping up appearances for their careers. But I imagine this can only go on so long before someone catches wind that for all intents and purposes, their relationship is over. Eli was already suspicious.

Notable lines and moments from "All Tapped Out":

++ Jeff wearing a ChumHum shirt and an It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia shirt

++ The NSA guys had another It's Always Sunny reference by debating the lyrics to "Troll Toll"

++ "Yeah, he’s kicking ass." --NSA worker Tyler, after hearing Cary and Diane's conversation about a possible merger

++ "You're not the enemy. You're the devil." --Diane, to Louis Canning

++ Grace's confusion at Alicia's phone call to trick Jeff into telling the truth

++ Eli: "Is there something I should know about you and Alicia?"
Peter: "No."
Eli: "You’re monosyllabic these days."
Peter: "Yeah."

What did you think of the episode? How do you feel about Louis Canning joining Lockhart/Gardner? Are you happy that this NSA storyline has finally come to an end? And how excited are you for Colin Sweeney's return?


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