Cary and Alicia! In a scene together!
*bursts into song* Oh happy day!
Not that it lasts very long, but it’s still lovely to see them in the same room, smiling at each other. Remember the days….?
The reason Cary goes to see Alicia at all, though, is that (off-screen) bigwig conservative super-client Reese Dipple is seriously pushing his luck. Having promised Diane she won’t have to actually argue the cases she doesn’t believe in, he sends the always terrific Peter Gallagher to make her do exactly that: argue an anti-physician-assisted-suicide case against the consummate pain in the rear end that is Louis Canning. I cannot express just how completely and utterly sick I am of Louis Canning but, if we have to have him, Diane sorting him out is the only bearable way to do it – the unflappable way she deals with all his asshattery is both hilarious and awesome and, between them, Christine Baranski and Gallagher do a great job keeping the focus on the genuinely polarising and sensitive issue at the heart of the story instead of on yet more stupid tricks with walking sticks.
As well as arguing the issues in court, however, Reese Dipple wants Lockhart Agos to get Alicia to argue them out of court too. To her husband, the Governor. Despite Reese Dipple being the main reason Alicia isn’t actually around to argue stuff for Lockhart or Agos any longer.
Of course, Alicia says no, she’s far too busy tackling racial profiling and systematic abuse of the justice system in Bond Court – and coming second in Perps by the Pound – but it’s probably just as well, since, thanks to Eli, there’s already a queue of Florricks wanting to debate the issue with the beleaguered Peter anyway. And Ruth, apparently the stupidest campaign manager in history, seems determined to annoy them all.
I really don’t understand why it is Ruth’s supposed to be such a catch; her main focus since her arrival has been to try and cut Peter off from everyone who has loved and/or supported him, and while Peter might be content to cut Eli loose, why she’d think he would want to do the same with his mother and daughter is beyond me. However, apart from that niggle and the continued smugness of Jason Crouse, this was a more than decent episode, with a good sprinkling of laughs, thoughtful handling of some difficult issues and some hope that the door might not be entirely closed on a Lockhart, Agos and Florrick rapprochement after all. Good.