The Good Wife recap: Whack-a-Mole

Alicia and Will face off in court, Lockhart/Gardner hires a new lawyer (guest star Jason O'Mara), and Jackie Florrick shows she's boss 
Ep. 09 | Aired Nov 24, 2013

THE NEW WILL AND DIANE Alicia and Cary battle Will and Damian in a defamation case.

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Back in the court room, Alicia & Co. managed to get the thread about Zayeed deleted from Scabbit, but then another one popped up. (Hence the episode's title, "Whack-a-Mole.") Enter Scabbit's new counsel: Will and Damian! The Irish lawyer's trip to Florrick/Agos was a lucrative one. Will and Alicia argued against each other about the semantics of the case. And Judge Kluger agreed that the new thread must be deleted by Scabbit. Alicia wanted Scabbit to honor the spirit of the judge's ruling and delete threads about Zayeed as they appeared, but the law doesn't work like that.

At this point, Alicia noticed Damian wearing her #1 Mom pin, and realized that LG was responsible for the furniture theft. She called Will out on it, but he acted like he didn't know what she was talking about. And since Damian is responsible, I suppose that Will may not have been aware of Damian's out-of-the-office shenanigans. But then again, that seems pretty unlikely. Unfortunately, preemptively deleting the posts would be prior restraint. Scabbit would only delete threads that the court ordered be deleted. This posed an obvious logistical problem for the staff of Florrick/Agos.

But they caught a break of sorts after Zayeed lost his job. The negativity surrounding his false accusation was enough for Florrick/Agos to sue for damages. They went back to court and asked for $400,000 in compensatory damages and $8 million in punitive damages. Then they called a witness -- Grant Irvin, a frequent poster on Scabbit. And one with a rather unfortunate user name: Lotion my Feet. Anyway, Grant acted as a moderator for the site, and Florrick/Agos tried to prove as a moderator, he was an employee of Scabbit. If that was the case, Scabbit could be held liable for Grant's defamatory comments.

Unfortunately, this tactic didn't hold up in court. An algorithm was used to award "pimp points" to Scabbit users, so Scabbit couldn't be seen as Grant's employer. But they did get Scabbit to release the real names of the posters. One of those people didn't exist, except on social media. As it turned out, Dante Pryor is a robot. Dante's online presence as a socialbot was created by Scabbit and designed to appear human and drive Internet traffic to Scabbit. And since it was built by Scabbit, they would be responsible for damages. Finally a win for Florrick/Agos.

Will and Diane went to Florrick/Agos to negotiate the terms of the settlement. And for once Florrick/Agos had a leg up on LG. They knew how their old firm operated. They turned down the first LG offer for Zayeed, and negotiated a whopping $1.5 million for his troubles.

NEXT: Jackie's back and as awful as ever....

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