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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.
Unfortunately, Alicia didn't have the foresight to realize that David Lee would be tipped off to Veronica's big spending. And when David Lee was notified of her commercial real estate investment, he was immediately concerned. Veronica then had to do some damage control to make sure he wouldn't figure out that the money was for the a firm's offices. At least one crisis was averted this episode!
All of the drama with the NSA surveillance culminated with Tyler and Jeff making a more-recent terrorist connection to the firm: The two discovered 12 calls from the number of a Hamas sympathizer to Alicia Florrick's home. This person left multiple messages on the machine. But it's all just a big misunderstanding because those calls are coming from a heartbroken Nisa. But basically, it gave the NSA enough reason to expand their surveillance to a three-hop warrant. I'm pretty sure there's no way for this to have a happy ending. So while the NSA keeps on listening, we'll sit back and wait for it all to come to a head.
Other memorable moments from "The Bit Bucket":
++ "The absence of bad news is not good news!" —David Lee, to Diane and Will, on his concerns about the fourth years leaving the firm
++ "Tingles, counselor. Tingles." —Judge Kluger, complete with hand motions
++ Jeff wore a "Bazinga!" T-shirt throughout the episode, which is a nice network cross-promotion nod. We see your subliminal advertising, CBS!
++ "Her father said it looked like a young man’s rape fantasy." —Veronica, to Zach and Grace, about an outfit Alicia wore when she was younger
++ "Now, now. Jesus has no problem with Grace looking her best. That’s what Jesus believed in." —Veronica (who else?)
What did you think of episode 2? Do you agree that Kalinda was once again underused? How do you think Will will react to Diane's interview? Judging by the previews, it's not going to be pretty. When will the fourth years finally leave? And most important: Why was Veronica calling David Lee "Mr. Liebenbaum?" What have I missed?