By Anamika Roy and David Oliver
Excuse us as we wipe away our tears after watching this week’s episode. IS IT JANUARY YET? Aside from Alicia threatening to stab a teacher, this week’s episode squarely focused on Cary’s trial and the results were horrifying. We watch this show for in admiration of its complex character development and storytelling. We admire its use of the law and the justice system but recognize that it is a TV show. However, this episode exposed all the uncertainties in a trial that can translate into real life. And that is what made this episode such a nail biter.
Anamika: When Will faced his suspension in season 3, it was scary because we had never seen something like that happen to a major character before. But he ended up doing all right under the suspension. But Cary’s case is serious on an entirely new level. Everyone is at their best, professionally, on Cary’s case. Diane is defending as well as she always does, no one is a better investigator than Kalinda, Cary has the resources of a top-notch firm at his disposal. But none of that is good enough. Bishop is always one step ahead. Cary’s been dealt such a terrible hand in this case that it seems like karma is in play. It reminds me of an episode in season 1 when Bishop was first introduced and an AUSA told Will that he would “wake up with fleas” for making a deal with a drug kingpin. Perhaps Cary is waking up with fleas.
Again, Matt Czuchry deserves an Emmy for his performance this season. Remember the pompous Ivy League Cary that flirted with assistants in season 1? Yeah, me neither.
David: UGH. Lemond Bishop is the worst character. Ever. I literally can’t stand him anymore. This episode was so heart-wrenching through and through with this story. When Cary held hands and touched shoulders with Alicia, Diane and Kalinda, it showed how close he has gotten with each of them through varying degrees of difficulty in their relationships. They are his family, and will be there for him during his (gulp) prison sentence. Here’s hoping the show does a bit of a time jump when it comes back so we don’t have to see him in prison for too, too long. Yes, I’m OK with skipping the campaign storyline a bit.
Anamika: I was really hoping Cary would ask Alicia if she threatened to stab a teacher in the elevator scene. Obviously, that subplot was the comic relief this episode needed, but I was hoping it would be chance for Alicia to embrace some standard political maneuvers. It’s great that she wants to do things differently but as one of her handlers said last week, there is nothing new under the sun when it comes to campaigns. Also, Grace is an idiot for ever bringing that letter to school, much less showing it to a teacher! She’s from a political family, she should know better.
I’ll get to Finn later.
David: How would Cary have even found out about Alicia’s letter? I feel like he was pretty preoccupied. I liked how Diane asked her though – finally something about the campaign. Agreed, Grace is awful and has arguably always been awful – yet necessary to the plot and shows that no matter what, you love your children.
Anamika: I was convinced Bishop was going to kill Kalinda in his house. Phew. Not much to say about Diane, except boy has it been a rough year for her. She and Kurt need a vacation.
David: I think Bishop will have Kalinda killed by the end of the season. Just putting it out there. And my goodness, Diane should retire before this series ends and do yoga on a beach for the rest of her life. She’s earned it.
JUDGE CUESTA/GENEVA/JUROR #11
Anamika: I loved how the showrunners did this trial by using the perspectives of the judge, the prosecutor and a juror. It took me a minute to realize the juror’s problem. It’s crazy that something so major could be overlooked in voir dire. Also, that Cary could get an unfair trial because the judge was trying to get Niel Diamond tickets. And what was going on with Geneva? I understand she was sleeping with the detective (ew) but what was the deal with the other guy (husband or ex-husband?). It was reminiscent of when Kalinda’s husband appeared at the firm in season 4.
David: I wouldn’t mind if Geneva became a series regular – I actually remember the actress from when she was on the soap opera “One Life to Live” as Evangeline (yes, my TV breadth of knowledge spans to now-defunct daytime soap operas #embarrassing).
Anamika: Marissa needs her own spin-off. Actually, the campaign handlers should have their own spin-off period. That should be the new theme in workplace sitcoms.
David: It certainly feels like it could be its own show, I’d be all for it.
Anamika: So accordions turn you on, Finn? That’s a little weird but I can dig it. Loved the diner scene and I think it basically confirms these two will become a thing next year. I was a little too heartbroken about Cary to be too invested in Filicia (thoughts on the couple name?) this week. SO excited to see Matthew Goode in “The Immitation Game” next weekend. Anyways, I digress.
David: If Alicia and Finn aren’t a couple by season’s end – or perhaps a love triangle starts between these two and Johnny – I’ll be angry. Will is dead, and that’s terribly sad, but Alicia could really use some loving right about now.