A surprise windfall in a pharmaceutical class-action draws the attention of Patti Nyholm, who teams up with Louis Canning to accuse Lockhart/Lyman of nuisance suits and legal misconduct. But their real aim keeps shifting: First it seems like they're just gathering intel for an appeal on the original case, and then they start asking weird questions about the judge involved, and then it starts being about Basketball Wednesdays, and before you know it they've subpoenaed everybody on the entire show, from Alicia to Peter himself, to somehow link Will to this judge, or Peter to the judge, or Peter to Will, or Alicia to this judge...
Just when it stops making sense altogether, by design, they get the call they were waiting for: Patrick Edelstein, the Zuckerberg stand-in, has just left the firm and taken 20% of their business with him. Functionally destroying Lockhart/Gardner at the roots, maybe permanently, which is exactly what their corporate masters wanted all along: To shut the firm up, by bankrupting them, for being too good at their jobs. It's a funny way to bring all the Wendy/Peter/Will stuff to a close, but also -- bringing in as it does a fairly large number of guest stars, either in person or by name or association -- putting a new spin on the whole deal, and bringing the firm to its knees like minutes before Will was about to come off suspension.
And he's not the only one who could use a financially healthy L/G right now. After Alicia calls a random person about a check in Kalinda's file -- Leela's husband, aka the man Kalinda was willing to kill Blake and/or fuck Peter to hide from -- things get very sticky for her, too. She spends most of the episode in her amazing apartment, digging out wads of secret cash and secret guns to go on the run, and is disappointed to learn that Will can't slip her the last bit of advance money that could get her out of town forever.
Through the machinations of the Canning/Nyholm case, Alicia's treated to the hellride freakout situation of being in close quarters with Will, Peter, Eli and Cary, but a visit to Jackie's hospital room and a quick peek at the actual problems Jackie's having calms her down immensely. She lays off the old bag, lets Peter move into the Highland Park house with the kids, and even -- in the last shot of the season -- agrees to stay for dinner.
By surprising parallel, we learn, Kalinda's also changed her mind about running from marriages past, and ends things sitting a chair, facing the door, gun in hand, waiting for a knock... Which finally comes. Oh, girl.
A brave way to end the season, with cliffhangers that rival the last two seasons' in some ways, but still, overall a bittersweet story. It moved fast, and the stakes were awfully high, but the mounting dread -- something the show does well -- made the collapse of Lockhart/Gardner seem almost anticlimactic, given that Diane and Will are constantly worried about money for one reason or another vs. Kalinda waving guns around without any friends. It's a complete, bookended run -- there's even an elevator scene for Will and Alicia, with the doors opening and closing on them -- and the last batch of episodes has been a pretty wild ride, but I'm definitely looking forward more to what next season has to offer. Which means it did the job, right? Still the best show on TV, for my money.
On the worst day for him to pull this, Mike Kresteva openly went after Alicia, as Peter's weakest link, during the upcoming gubernatorial race. Between this and Jackie's bullshit, Alicia decided to say fuck it, and go into the race with her Good Wife hat on. And while provisionally forgiving people, she managed to get Cary back on staff at Lockhart/Lyman -- and even pulled up a chair for good old Kalinda.
Alicia fusses with her beer, while Kalinda just grins to herself and waits to see what happens next.
Kalinda: "I'm not just randomly here. Cary asked me to come..."
Alicia: "No problem no problem at all hey, the IRA agreed to chill out about your case if you just..."
Kalinda: "You mean the IRS. Listen, I'm not gay."
Alicia, signaling for a tequila shot: "...Um, okay?"
Kalinda: "You asked."
Alicia: "Yeah, like two years ago."
Kalinda: "Well, I wanted to answer. I'm flexible.*"
Alicia: "I kind of figured that out when you fu... Um. Hey, so does that mean you and FBI Agent Lana Delaney..."
Kalinda: "Kinda yes, kinda no, but it does play a part in the mystery there."
*("What that means, if you've never seen a TV show before, is that by episode's end I'm probably going to sleep with a dude.")
Alicia gets a text about an ongoing case, which is coming in tomorrow probably; Kalinda says it's good they're finishing up, but Alicia has a weird feeling. I wonder if her weird feeling will turn out to be correct?
HON TRENT WYNTER, PRESIDING
Not to be confused, I guess, with Judge Winter? For a show where this stuff matters, it should matter all the time and not just sometimes. It's been hard enough just trying to keep them straight.
Judge: "Diane, nice to see you. I hope Will's doing okay."
Diane: "He's like a kid with five days left 'til Christmas!"
Louis Canning -- which could account for the weird feeling right there -- privately crosses out his settlement offer of $1.3M and ups it to $4M, given this easygoing rapport, but then randomly the Judge enters his decision for the plaintiff -- who alleges sterility after using this acne medication Canning's defending -- and whom the Judge finds so sympathetic ("heinous" is the word he uses for Canning's client) that he ups L/L's ask of $18M all the way up to $25M. Canning whines, the Judge assures the plaintiff that regardless of Canning's appeal he did justice today, and the courtroom erupts.