Alicia is downcast as the election results and those emails come under even more scrutiny. Diane finds out What Kalinda Did. And everybody’s right back at the beginning again, only worse; the prospect of defeat/jail being immeasurably worse when you’ve had freedom/success right there in your grasp.
The premise of the charges against Diane still makes absolutely no sense – she DIDN’T KNOW THE EVIDENCE WAS FAKED, YOU GUYS, IT IS NOT STRICT LIABILITY – and Det Prima could do with reminding himself that he may not have deleted the email but he did tamper with the tape and the interview while having an affair with the prosecutor, so he should maybe chill the eff out with the self-righteousness. But, setting all that aside, this was still great.
On the one hand, the twists were a tad depressing, if deftly-plotted, with the pivot back to somebody having to testify against Lemond Bishop (how can Cary or Diane actually do that? That really would be a disbarrable offence, unlike this trumped-up nonsense they have against Diane) and the systematic destruction of Alicia in furtherance of the party political machine, but the whole episode was laced with so much intelligence and humour it more than made up for it. From “Are you planning to build a robot or something, Ken?” to “Angry. Gerald Giraffe feels angry.” to every toe-curling second of “A Romantic Interlude,” this was hilarious stuff with plenty of humanity mixed in amongst the cynicism. I wouldn’t have chosen the direction either main plot went in, but I thought “Winning Ugly” was terrific nonetheless.