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 LG offices, Diane tried to move forward with her plan to oust Damian Boyle. But David Lee changed his mind, as he is wont to do. So Diane decided to go a new route, and she asked Kalinda to vet Damian. Kalinda didn't have much luck with Damian, either. He gave her three different birth dates during their initial interview. And then, we found out Damian lied about a having a DUI, when in actuality the DUI in question was Howard Lyman's. So Damian's not going anywhere any time soon, but Diane and Kalinda are keeping an eye on the "off, but not dangerous" lawyer.  Don't get too comfortable, Mr. Boyle. Kalinda's going to figure out what game you're playing.

Meanwhile, Jackie Florrick returned with a vengeance. She learned that Peter had named Diane's Supreme Court replacement nominee, and she was not thrilled with the news. The new candidate, Rachel (Mary Stuart Masterson), used to clerk for her husband. And apparently, Rachel did more than that. She'd been Mr. Florrick's mistress. Jackie tried to stop the nomination, but Eli told her to get over her personal grudge. And even though Eli was more sympathetic once he learned the real reason Jackie didn't want Rachel to get the job, his hands were tied. Peter couldn't reverse the appointment of another female candidate.

But this is Jackie Florrick we're talking about. Not even Eli Gold can get in her way. Jackie met with Rachel and threatened her: Turn down the nomination, or she would tell Rachel's husband about her past indiscretions. Oh, and Rachel's husband is in the hospital with cancer, prompting this genius exchange:

Rachel: “You are an awful woman."
Jackie: "Yes. I am."

Rachel told Jackie her husband already knew of her affair. But Jackie went to the hospital anyway, just to make sure. And it was enough to frighten Rachel away. So Peter's going to have to find a new candidate after all. And Jackie, of course, played ignorant when Eli questioned her. Don't underestimate Jackie Florrick. She's one tough bitch.

But the weirdest part of the episode was the final scene. Alicia received an odd phone call from Judge Kluger: "Everything is just fine. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I was wondering if you would like to get some coffee." Ummm WHAT? You cannot end an episode that like, Good Wife writers. I have no idea how to take this turn of events.

Memorable lines and moments from "Whack-a-Mole":

++ “Can you do me a favor? Next time can you bring me back something just a little more serious? I don’t know, like a grocery store robbery?” —Judge Kluger (Jeffrey Tambor) to Alicia

++ Judge Kluger, talking about Alicia and Will: “You two used to be on the same side, didn’t you?"
Alicia: "Yes, your honor."
Judge Kluger: "Oh. Well, that’s awkward.”

++ "Howard, this is a law firm, not Second City." —Diane to Howard Lyman about Damian Boyle

++ Rachel: “That was a long time ago. I was 25."
Jackie: "Yes. And you should have slept with the husband of someone with a shorter memory.”

++ Will, about the Florrick/Agos offices: “Huh. This is different."
Diane: "On the bright side, we weren’t shot by the crack dealers on the corner.”

What did you think of "Whack-a-Mole"? Do you like Jason O'Mara as Damian Boyle? How do you think he'll play in to the rest of the season? What do you think Judge Kluger is up to? Sound off with all your thoughts in the comments.

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