No Kurt this week, so instead we get a two-for-one in the form of Blum and Maia teaming up to start a new firm. (This is a terrible deal, I want my money back and more Kurt pronto.) While the two worst characters in the show mess around annoying me, upsetting Marissa (who could maybe do with a bit of refresher training on confidentiality) and dragging down the episode, though, Reddick Boseman take no prisoners and go full throttle at the ADCB hearing to try and get Blum disbarred, to which I say THANK YOU and FINALLY, except not quite yet because my EPG says he’s back next week nonetheless. Argh.
All is not lost for the ep, though. Against the background of everyone waiting for the Mueller report, the Resistance story is the usual “the Book Club propose something dreadful, Diane worries they’re going too far” but instead of the equally usual “but Diane eventually decides the ends justify the means and goes along with it” ending, this time Diane realises they really have gone too far and it’s too late for her to entangle herself from them. Given that the next ep is the finale, it feels like this is going to be the second season in a row of TGF to end with Diane in real danger of going to prison. As the first season ended with Maia in real danger of going to prison, there’s definitely a theme.
Anyway, Christine Baranski is as wonderful as ever so the Book Club story is fine, but I can take or leave it as a story arc now, so if anyone who can make it happen is listening, can we move on for season four, please? The real gold this week is instead in the no-stone-left-unturned investigation Chumhum insists is carried out at the firm, which unfolds in so many terrific, clever, wildly uncomfortable, funny, sad, prescient and provocative ways I can’t even tell you. You can keep your Blums and your offices in the Loop; I could happily have watched a full hour of the turmoil caused by “Brenda” poking about and come back for more.