Alicia: "Is Nick dangerous?"
Kalinda: "I don't know, at this point..."
Alicia: "You said he was. Before."
Kalinda: "Before, he was. Now? I..."
He hasn't done anything yet that she didn't submit to; he hasn't asked for anything yet that she can't give. I think this is the biggest piece of the puzzle so far: She hurt him, so he hurt her. But if he loves her, if he really and truly loves her, then maybe he's not the monster, the beast, that went into prison. Maybe he's her Nick, the only one that could ever keep up with her, through all her shapes and perversities. The only one who got her jokes. Maybe that's all it was, and she burnt down so many lives running for nothing: The beast's slavering jaws just a smiley face, nothing to fear at all. She could miss all that, for fear. For shadows on the wall.
Alicia: "Well, whatever. I should drop the case?"
Kalinda: "Yeah, for real."
Alicia: "All right, thanks."
You tell me people don't change, and I tell you: Sometimes, prison changes a man. Sometimes even for the better. A little time alone could do us all some good.
Alicia: "Yup. Exhausted, and it's not even noon."
That woman who stuck by her husband, that Good Wife. What would she say?
Expert witness, medical examiner Dr. Joseph Ladera (Harvard '89, natch; Temple's overjoyed).
Alicia: "Officer Mallen testified to pepper-spraying the victim first, before the stun gun."
Ladera: "That's a problem, because oleoresin capsicum can inhibit a subject's breathing by causing the throat to constrict."
Cary and Kalinda watch as #3, #6 and #11 write something down, but it could just be notes.
Alicia: "So you're already gasping for breath, when the shock hits..."
Ladera: "Like having the wind knocked out of you. Literally."
Alicia: "How about three of them?"
Ladera: "Exponentially worse."
Alicia: "So you'd say the use of a stun-gun three times, after the subject has already been pepper-sprayed... Wouldn't that constitute 'excessive force'? ...Sorry, I'll withdraw."
The real estate agent leads Maddie's driver -- a man, who probably could care less -- around her new property, expounding on the virtues of the property. This leaves Maddie free to get time alone. Meet with new friends, or neighbors. Go about the business of being a person, while the man takes the hit.