In the meantime, Diane, Julian, and Kalinda discussed possible merger options. Diane said that Alicia had, at one point, been open to a merger, but that Cary wanted three years of segregated ChumHum money. Since that's not an option, Diane asked Kalinda to see if she could get Cary to budge on the matter. Diane also admitted that they'd exploited the Cary/Kalinda relationship before. This is not news to us, but definitely news to Cary and co., who witnessed this exchange via the teleconferencing system. Cary then watched Kalinda step away to call him and confirm their plans for later that night. Awkward!
Cary and Alicia went outside to discuss the merger. Alicia argued in its favor, while Cary thought it wasn't a smart decision. They don't see eye-to-eye, and guys, I really don't like it when Mom and Dad fight. They really are the new Will and Diane!
Alicia: "I'm tired. I don't want to just keep struggling to stay alive."
Cary: "That's not why you're tired."
Alicia: "Excuse me?"
Cary: "You are not tired because of work!"
Alicia: "Are we talking about Will?"
Cary: "Is it about Will?"
Alicia: "If you are angry at what Kalinda said, you take it out on her. I've got the votes Cary. I've got the votes to get us to merge."
Ooof. Cary asked the other Carey for his help getting a vote headcount. In the meantime, he had that meeting with Kalinda. And by meeting, I mean another encounter under the sheets. Only this time, it was terribly awkward and tense. Cary was clearly pissed off that she's been using him. He got a call from Carey confirming what he feared: Alicia had the votes she needed to go through with a merger. So he left Kalinda to make a deal with the devil, so to speak. He met with Louis Canning and told him that Diane was interested in a Florrick/Agos merger, and to make whatever moves he needed to make to keep that from happening. What a betrayal!
Canning went back to share this info with David Lee, and everyone watching at Florrick/Agos learned that Cary was responsible for tipping Canning off. He owned up to it, but stuck to his guns about not merging with Lockhart/Gardner. Alicia and Cary got into a serious screaming match, and now I'll pull and Eli and say they really should get some walls. But maybe it won't matter. At this rate, it looks like Florrick/Agos is a sinking ship.
Meanwhile, Eli Gold was dealing with his own crisis. James Castro had some information on Finn Polmar that would ruin his run for state's attorney. Castro had proof that Finn had bribed a prosecutor to drop drug charges against his sister. Finn had, in fact, cut a deal to lessen the charges on another case. Finn was willing to fight it, but Eli knew it wasn't survivable. Eli wanted Alicia's help convincing Finn to drop out of the race. I was actually a little surprised by this; I just assumed Finn would be a shoo-in for the job. It's a perfect way to keep him around as a series regular next season. But I still have questions about his relationship with Alicia. At what point, if at all, do you think their relationship might develop romantically?
NEXT: Mother vs. mother