Last nightâ€™s episode had some excellent misdirection. The big reveal at the end is a very nice touch but there are also little moments of misdirection. Iâ€™m talking about the scene between Alicia and Cary in her office (wow, if we didnâ€™t know his claws were out before we certainly know it now). Or the scene between Will and Alicia when sheâ€™s just about to say something and he cuts her off. Or when Alicia asks if she shouldnâ€™t go to the gala and Will tells her she should. Or when Alicia and Ms. Crozier display their wildly different styles in court and get very different results. Or the one-up-manship between Kalinda and Blake. There is no misdirection there though. They are both incredibly direct. Iâ€™ve said it before and Iâ€™ll say it again: It is so on between these two. And Iâ€™m loving every minute of it.
There was just so much good stuff in the episode. But instead of a recap I want to talk about how all these events affect Alicia and what the consequences for her â€“ and her family and colleagues â€“ will be.
The Bombshell. Anika Noni Roseâ€™s Wendy Scott-Carr has just thrown her hat into the ring to become the next Stateâ€™s Attorney. Eli doesnâ€™t even know who she is but weâ€™ve seen her in action during a deposition and sheâ€™s a powerful opponent. Sheâ€™s going to do real damage to both Peter and Glennâ€™s campaigns. I canâ€™t imagine this wonâ€™t unite these two foes in some way, even as they continue to look for ways to get the advantage over each other. I hope Ms. Scott-Carr gives them a run for their money because I would like to see how these two men react under pressure. I want to see what theyâ€™re really made of. And Iâ€™m sure this will affect Aliciaâ€™s homelife. I can envision Peter becoming so involved in his campaign that heâ€™s never home. And that leaves the door open for some very interesting extracurriculars with a certain partner at her firm.
The rampaging ex-employee. Cary is out for blood in a major way and heâ€™s been making it clear that heâ€™ll do whatever he needs to do to bring Alicia and his old firm down. And I will admit to loving this new Cary. Heâ€™s much more interesting to me and I like seeing him come at Alicia repeatedly. I also like seeing someone get the best of him almost every week but I do imagine one day heâ€™ll get something on someone that will be very damaging. I admit I’m really looking forward to that day. What Iâ€™d love to see is Cary discover something so scandalous, so salacious â€“ but about Glenn Childs â€“ that he goes running back to his old firm. With Derrick Bond there now I feel the firm is much closer to being on solid financial ground. With that, theyâ€™ll need to hire more associates. Or hire back old associates. And Iâ€™m glad Cary brought up the â€œthingâ€ between Will and Alicia. At least someoneâ€™s acknowledging it.
The duplicitous co-counsel. Mamie Gummerâ€™s Nancy Crozier is kinda awesome. She plays the role of a fresh-faced naÃ¯ve associate with such aplomb. Even Alicia is unsure whether or not itâ€™s an act until she challenges Ms. Crozier and we see her true colors. Iâ€™d like to see how Ms. Crozier deals with Alicia in court during their next encounter (and I hope to God there is one). Maybe now sheâ€™s learned not to underestimate Alicia. I do have a question for you though. Do you like the way Alicia went about getting the janitor on the stand? I know Kalinda made the suggestion but I was a little surprised Alicia went along with it. I know she didnâ€™t technically do anything wrong but itâ€™s a slippery slope and I donâ€™t want Alicia to do anything to jeopardize her career. Or integrity.
The scorned ex-flame. Is scorned too strong a word? Maybe. Maybe not. Will thinks Alicia has rejected him. Alicia thinks Will rejected her. So there are a lot of things unsaid. The difference is we know exactly how Will feels about Alicia. But what are Aliciaâ€™s feelings for Will? There is clearly something there and itâ€™s obvious Alicia wants to talk to Will about it. But I canâ€™t blame Will for not wanting to hear it. What could she possibly want to say to him? He just knows it canâ€™t be good. I still like where this is going but I think itâ€™s cruel to have Will and his date and Alicia and Peter interact at the gala. Did I say cruel? I meant brilliant.
The fighting dicks. I mean private detectives, of course. The fight for supremacy between these two is fascinating but the stakes are starting to get a little high. Blakeâ€™s made it clear that heâ€™ll escalate and Kalinda makes it clear sheâ€™s game. I like that Kalinda refuses to back down but I think sheâ€™s playing a very dangerous game by introducing sex into this equation. I want to see Kalinda come out victorious in this battle royale but I donâ€™t want her to compromise who she is â€“ even though we donâ€™t even know who that is. Considering Kalindaâ€™s close relationship with Alicia, I think Alicia will get pulled back into this feud at some point. And we all know whose side sheâ€™ll be on.
Another fantastic episode. I can barely wait until next week.
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