One of Diane's Legal Aid cases involves a policewoman accused of shooting her husband, but the way her convicting jury acts seems like there's more to the story. Kalinda joins in the hunt to find out more about them, see if there's a way they can get their sympathetic judge to reverse the verdict, but Cary and Dana get super aggressive about keeping her away from them and eventually arrest her for harassment.
Meanwhile, Alicia and Peter are on pretty good terms after Grace's non-abduction, so she asks him to help her get them into private school. For some reason, the once-excited Headmistress balks, and Peter gets completely scary in her face; meanwhile, Alicia has gone to threaten Black Jesus to stay away from Grace until she gets her mind right, which will be never. He's aware, he says: Her "assistant" Kalinda threatened him with bodily harm when she was retrieving the child last week.
To repay the debt, Alicia bails Kalinda out -- after she pulls a frankly scary move of her own on Cary, threatening a serious attack if he doesn't quit shuffling Kalinda around the city -- and they have a very curt, very pithy conversation about how Kalinda saved her kid last week. Alicia softens, which... For Alicia, it's a lot. For a regular person, she's still being pretty horrible, but for Alicia she ends up much kindlier toward Kalinda in the end.
Because, you see, she's lonely. Her only friend now is brother Owen, and though she tries to reconnect with old buddies, that goes horrible. And since she has no intention of going through the mess of reconciling with Kalinda, she's at a loss. Which makes it even weirder when Diane approaches her about resuming her position as Alicia's mentor for the partnership track, as long as she stays away from Will (since she doesn't know Alicia was the breaker-upper there, this is due diligence). Alicia's not sure what to think about all that, but by episode's end it's Diane she's having her after-work drink with.
In the end, we learn that the foreman actually threatened the other jurors to vote Guilty after he dabbled in some lunchtime googling and found out that the woman's partner once shot a kid and got away with it. But that's not the thing, of the many things L/G tries, that gets the mistrial: It's the fact that another juror friended the judge on Facebook and he didn't recognize her for who she was. Mark it a win, but remember this judge, because he got a personal visit from Wendy Scott-Carr about halfway through the episode and is presumably now scared shitless.
Because Wendy is on the case. She dicks around with this trial a little bit, but only to scare the judge and get leverage for her main deal, which is still about Will's (imaginary?) basketball-game debt-forgiveness racket. When she finally meets with Will -- alone on the ball court, since she's driven everyone away at this point -- it's got a pretty epic feel... That only increases once she reveals the real target of her corruption investigation: Peter Florrick himself. I KNOW!
As mind-blowing a way as any to end 2011, no? I'll see you next year.
Kalinda secretly saved Grace Florrick from some kind of poor people cult. Dana and Cary are now having freaky pretend lesbian sex with each other. Alicia and Peter were so flipped out by the non-death of their daughter that they acted civil with each other, which should piss David Lee off immensely. There is at present no sign of Finn; Jackie has yet to retaliate against Alicia for standing up to her; Eli just found out that Peter was coming after Will. Diane got bored and brought Legal Aid in-house. She also pressured Will to break up with Alicia, but in the end Alicia was too overwhelmed by various Things and did the deed herself. This won Will points with Diane, but broke his heart -- or at least his idea that he is in love with Alicia -- in the process.
LEGAL AID CASE
Diane: "Alicia! Lose the fugue state."
Alicia: "Sorry, I've got a lot of things going on. What is happening with this case?"
Diane: "We got a Legal Aid case here of a lady who didn't shoot her husband in the head."
Dana: "Your Honor, this is about a lady who shot her husband in the head."
Judge: "We'll let the jury decide."
Dana & Cary: "[Bitching and moaning about that, pissing him off.]."
Alicia: "Thanks for calling, I was so bored in the middle of this murder case! How about you let my kids go to your private school? It's been a few episodes since they changed schools, and just recently were put in no danger whatsoever, so as you can see it's very important that I get them into private school. And also pay for it myself, in preparation for that divorce on which I'm still dragging my feet."
Scary Capstone Academy Lady: "There is nothing we can do for you."
Alicia: "Really? Did you know my husband is Peter Florrick?"
Capstone: "No! That changes everything. Sorry, we don't usually have information like that on file. It's why so many of our students are indigents and sex offenders merely posing as children."
Alicia: "Peter, the Capstone people are all over you because of being State's Attorney."
Peter: "Using my influence and name is just one of the many things that make me a good husband for you and your schemes."
Cary & Dana: "This judge hates us, sir."
Peter: "He didn't always hate you, what happened?"
Cary & Dana: "Sundry legal things."
Peter: "Offer them second degree, four years."
Cary: "But we don't plea bargain! And other objections because I hate losing!"
Peter: "Look, I take being State's Attorney very seriously. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to use my influence and name to bribe my children into their fifteenth school this year."