Alicia is forced to testify at the source of funds hearing, causing me to flash back sadly to the last time someone made Alicia testify about something super-awkward. (*wipes away tear*) Lemond Bishop drags everyone deeper into the mire, scaring them (and me) even more senseless in the process. And Diane talks Taye Diggs into leaving Lockhart Gardner with her, which is nice and all, but would mean a lot more if we’d ever actually seen Taye Diggs at Lockhart Gardner before. (David Lee works great as a villain, fine, he stays where he is, but why couldn’t it have been Julius who left with her?)
That takes care of the serious business. Meantime, on the lighter side of things, Alicia and Carey Zepps do battle for Chumhum against an old frenemy; Eli steps up his majestic (and hilarious) campaign to get Alicia to run; and a conspiracy theorist called Gunter keeps taking his clothes off in the lift. HEE.
I’ve said it before, but I don’t know of any other shows that can slide as quickly and as seamlessly between the serious, the sad and the wildly funny, and make it work like this one. I laughed out loud a lot during “Trust Issues”, but I also worried about Cary, tutted loudly at Finn (Dude, you and I are in danger of falling out), and shivered every time Bishop turned up. My favourite moments, though, I think had to be, on the one hand, Diane – magnificent, brilliant Diane in her leopard-print coat with her picture frame under her arm and her six Department Heads at her back – whispering “Goodbye” to Lockhart Gardner and, on the other, Alicia and Cary hugging out their “Hello.” Awww. A couple of quibbles aside (come on, Alicia, I know it was born out of desperation, but how could you possibly think the Governor of Illinois could sign those papers?), this was wonderful stuff, once again.