ALICIA CONTINUES TO LOSE IT
Alicia: "Caitlin, can I scream at you crazily for a minute?"
Caitlin: "Sure! I really look up to you and appreciate your advice and wise counsel. Just let me hide this secret stuff."
Alicia: "Honey, Sweetie, Darling, are you listening? Because I'm gonna need you to never fuck me over again, okay?"
Alicia: "You told Diane it was your idea to prep Colin Sweeney for the recall and redirect!"
Caitlin: "First of all, that's what we would obviously be doing. Sorkin strikes again -- unless you being hysterical about something small is part of the point. And but also, I didn't even do that. I just told her what was up when she asked."
Alicia: "I know your game, missy. But because I'm Alicia Florrick, I'm going to warn you several more times with an almost indetectable threat in my voice to never, ever undercut me again. Because I will fuck you up, sweetheart."
Caitlin: "Alicia, you are going a really wrong way with this. I know the difference between my innocent act and my actual innocence, and this is a case of the latter..."
Alicia: "-- Bup bup bup. No excuses. Just fall in line, okay?"
Caitlin: "...Sure thing. And thanks for helping me make up my mind about some stuff."
I knew it would be ugly, last week when she deployed Caitlin against Nancy Crozier it was clear Alicia was heading somewhere awful, but man. They put this together so beautifully. Every episode since she showed up there's been at least one questionable glance, one resentful smirk, one little mistake, one quick answer, and it was all leading up to this: The day that Alicia finally figured out sexism isn't a person, it's a force that bears down on all of us.
Because that's what made it clearer, for me at least, once I started worrying about the thought you don't think. If feminism and paranoia aren't mutually exclusive, then how do you know? How do you know what you don't know? First you have to take apart the idea of sexism: It's not men vs. women, it's patriarchy vs. everybody. And the wars that we fight are about the tools we're given to fight with, and whether or not we're allowed to use them in a given case. Getting her head tied up in this, letting her insecurities in other areas and the general instability of the place filter into her dealings with Caitlin, is a perfect example: This is Alicia Florrick, Alicia who is better than this, flexing the wrong muscles, at the wrong time, against the wrong enemy.