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MOMMIE DEAREST Stockard Channing reprises her role as Alicia's kooky mother and makes a surprising move to support her daughter.
Eli put his drama with Becca on hold to convince Diane to do an interview with reporter Mandy Post (the returning Miriam Shor). He hoped Diane would be willing to put her past behind her -- specifically the issues with Will -- and speak against Will's past behavior. Eli made it clear that it was the only way she'd be able to get the support of Justice Ryvlan. But during the interview, Diane refused to betray Will and actually praised her partner for helping the firm survive bankruptcy. Eli obviously wasn't pleased.
With his back against the wall, Peter had to put on his big girl panties and tell Justice Ryvlan that he had to keep his concerns about Diane to himself. Peter said he would make his choice, whether he liked it or not. All it took was a firm hand, and had Peter and Eli known that, we could have all avoided what's coming up next: Eli called Diane to let her know that she wouldn't have to give the interview again, that everything was fine. But instead, he caught her secretary. Diane was otherwise occupied...in a meeting with Mandy Post. This is one of those times where I actually yelled at the TV because, presumably, Diane spoke out against Will thinking it was her only option. In her defense, that's what Eli led her to believe. It's not gonna be pretty when Will finds out. (Just watch the previews for next week's episode, where Will attempts to orchestrate Diane's exit from the firm.)
Stockard Channing made her return as Alicia's mother, Veronica. And she sufficiently grossed me out as she continued her awkward/possibly flirty relationship with David Lee. He was giving her estate planning advice and letting her snack on his M&Ms, which thankfully is not a euphemism for anything. The pair really did share the candy. Veronica also bonded with Grace by taking her shopping and buying her clothes that Alicia would definitely not approve of. Even Zach was hesitant about his sister's new wardrobe and questioned, "What happened to Christian Grace?" (Full disclosure: Upon my first viewing of this episode, I heard, "What happened to Christian Grey?" And that seemed pretty appropriate considering they were talking about slutty/rape clothes. But I digress.)
Alicia's mother wasn't just on hand to get financial advice and drive Alicia to drink with her clothing purchases. Cary called Alicia to thank her for giving them the $140,000 they needed to secure their new office space. Alicia had no clue what he was talking about, but soon realized it was her mother who'd given the money. Veronica had overheard Alicia talking to Cary about the money earlier in the episode, and decided to give Alicia a loan. Alicia was obviously uneasy about accepting such a large sum from her mom, but it was nothing margaritas couldn't fix. (The drunk pair even had a mini therapy session! Just drink, cry, and hug it out, ladies!)
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