Gary Cole’s back!
It may or may not be a coincidence, but I thought this was the best episode in months. I don’t believe for a second that the fiercely intelligent, unflappable Diane is “mesmerised by men who use words of more than one syllable” or whatever it was – that didn’t ring remotely true and was something of an insult to a consistently magnificent female character – but it was lovely seeing Christine Baranski and Gary Cole playing off each other again, with the added bonuses of David Lee being hilarious and Ivy from Smash spicing things up also more than welcome.
The case of the week was a lot of fun, too, cleverly working years of NSA/surveillance-related themes and characters into a smart, pointed satire which hit more than a few deserving targets. I loved Alicia’s complete bafflement at Florrick fanboy Tyler eagerly asking after Zach and Grace, but it was Her Worship Nora Valentine’s palpable disapproval of “American-style interruptions” and just about everything else which stole the show: “It would be better if our neighbours from the south would try to emulate the freedoms we enjoy here with no surveillance and with our superior health care.” HEE.
On a less fun, but no less enjoyable, front, meanwhile, the Peter’s arrest sub-plot was handled beautifully, with the whole series coming full circle and Alicia and Peter “right back where we started from.” Unsurprisingly, of course, Alicia’s (and the show’s) bizarre obsession with Jason continued to jar, but we seem to be stuck with him; if TGW ends forever with him and Alicia painted as some kind of great, enduring love story, I will just have to forget that any of this season ever happened but, meantime, I thought this ep was very good indeed.