I can't imagine what would happen to St. Alicia, to Season One Alicia, in the wake of an attack like this. Being called a whore in front of a jury? In front of a long line of her actual peers? The fact that Cary and Wendy teamed up against her entire life, on Peter's okay? She would have drifted in the wind. She would have snapped in half.
Elsbeth chases Alicia down, outside, to debrief her.
Alicia: "The transcript, it'll be released to the public?"
Elsbeth: "It's sealed, unless he's indicted. What the fuck happened?"
Alicia: "I have to talk to my kids."
...Of course that's where her brain goes. Even though they already know, even though they're the ones pushing her into Will's arms, even though Elsbeth has her entire arsenal of witchcraft and wizardry, even though there are Kalinda schemes in play she never even knew about that are designed to save her no matter what, she still can't handle the idea of her kids getting crushed like this twice. Better to sacrifice St. Mommy herself than let them get blindsided again.
HOT DRINKS II: HOT DRUNKS
Stacie: "You're so funny, you're so spontaneous! We're on a date!"
Eli: Spurts whipped cream everywhere, in their drinks and all over the classy bar.
Stacie: "What's going on? This is so fun!"
Eli: "Turns out I desire you also."
Stacie: "You're fucking with me."
Eli: "No! I mean yes, but still."
Stacie: "Fine, let's do this. You're playing chicken."
Eli: "I am, and I'm good at it."
Still safe. I'd hate to think they'd somehow accidentally or not-so-accidentally outmaneuver themselves into having sex just because it's funny. They lean closer, closer. It is unnerving!
Stacie's sing-songy, creepy version of sexy: "You don't seem be swerving off the ro-oad..."
Eli: "Then do-on't..."
Stacie: "We're gonna cra-ash..."
Eli: "Unless you swer-ve..."
They kiss. It looks like tiny people kissing, but it feels like those rats that time. She leans back and smiles... And he reveals that he won the GLAC account. She jumps back, hurt and a little angry.