Second-to-last episode ever and, my gosh, it’s a great one.
Surprisingly, given the length of time the grand jury proceedings took, (but awesomely, given how well condensing it into one instalment works) Peter’s trial is done and almost dusted in this one ep, with Diane and Lucca representing him, (I feel sure this is a massive conflict of interest, given Diane represents Eli, but never mind), Mr Schue from Glee prosecuting and Judge Cuesta thoroughly enjoying himself on the bench.
Using both brevity and history to their advantage, the trial and trial-related scenes are snappy, sharp and exciting, with turns from several old friends and enemies – Matan, Geneva, Cary and Kurt, of course – all gripping for entirely different reasons, and even the awful Canning put to entertaining instead of irritating use. In terms of sub-plots, the destruction of the firm’s offices/sets is hilarious on both a surface level and a meta one – I assume they didn’t know about the spin-off when they planned that – with David Lee a particular joy, but the more solemn, sad Kurt and Diane side of things is also terrific. God, if he hadn’t forgiven her….. No, let’s not even think about it.
Kurt and Diane aside, though, it’s another, far less hopeful marriage that’s at the root of many of the best scenes. Alicia’s not giving evidence, but her role in proceedings is no less crucial for it, and her scenes with Peter, with Mr Schue, with Cary and even with Canning are just fantastic. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but her entirely unfazed reaction to the Geneva “rumour” (I like that we can make up our own minds whether it’s true or not) is terrific and her trial prep with Peter is so wonderfully vicious, it leaves blood on the walls. Forget most of this season and the Jason rubbish and whatever else has ailed TGW recently, this is the show I love.