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THE NEW WILL AND DIANE? Will presents Alicia with an offer that forces her to reevaluate her plan to leave with Cary and the other fourth years.
Afterward, Will had a closed-door meeting with Alicia during which he asked her to consider replacing Diane as managing partner. Whoa! Obviously, he's still completely unaware of her plans to leave the firm. Speaking of, the fourth years met at Alicia's apartment to discuss font choices and their plans to leave Lockhart/Gardner. And Carey (not Cary Cary) asked Alicia about the rumors of Diane's early exit. (They want a jump on Diane's clients.) And Alicia was totally stuck in the middle of it all.
Making matters worse, Cary (the real one) heard through the grapevine that Alicia had been offered the managing partnership and confronted her about it. She made it clear that while she was at least considering it, she hadn't made a decision. But Cary reiterated that staying at Lockhart/Gardner would be a mistake: "You'll always be under Will." (I think Cary is missing an important detail. Perhaps Alicia wants to be under Will. Cough. Cough.)
David Lee & Co. went back to Diane with another exit offer. But once again, Diane declined. So Will asked David Lee and Howard Lyman to leave the room so he could talk with just Diane. Oh, and he asked Alicia to stay too. Awkward! Will asked Diane what she wanted from him. Her answer? Appreciation. She put her whole life into the firm, and they were just kicking her out with ease. Will said he couldn't negotiate money, and then lobbed this epic burn Diane's way: "How much appreciation are you looking for, your honor?" Diane told him he better up her offer by 20 percent. That much money seems unlikely, but both Will and Diane are standing firm. She's assuming he'll find another way. And he's insistent that she can't be sworn in as a judge with a partnership dispute hanging over her head. The moral of the story is that things are super complicated and getting ugly. Alicia witnessed this outburst, and afterward, she went to Cary to tell him she no longer had any doubts. She's leaving to start Florrick, Agos & Associates. And they're doing it by the end of the week.
Over in Peter's world, he was catching a little heat for firing/promoting Marilyn Garbanza (Melissa George). He claimed that his governorship would be the most ethical in Illinois, but reporter Anne Stevens (Talia Balsam) pointed out that was a pretty low bar give that four of the last governors had been to prison. But so has Peter! Glad we got that out of the way. Peter realized that it looked like he "promoted" Marilyn because she was too ethical, so he asked Eli to bring her back. But just like Diane wasn't pleased with her first exit package offer, Marilyn was equally offended by her return package offer.
NEXT: Alicia finally takes notice of Grace's grown-up looks...