The Sunday, Sept. 21 season 6 premiere of “The Good Wife,” “The Line,” continues to prove what last season did: this is the best drama on TV right now and the show that others need to beat. Did you see what happens coming? If so, congratulations, though you’re probably lying because it’s quite the shocker.
“Can everyone just give me a break?” – Cary Agos
Let’s face it. Season 5 was so good, it set a very high bar – and that’s even if you just look at Alicia and Cary opening their own firm and Will’s death, arguably the most shocking moment of the entire series. So how does “The Good Wife” follow up on all of that? It picks up right where it left off, which is a very good thing because we don’t want to miss even a second of these characters’ lives. While questions float around regarding Alicia running for State’s Attorney and Diane making the move to Florrick/Agos, another curveball is thrown our way when Cary is arrested (in quite a brutal way) in an attempt to get to Bishop and everything Alicia, their firm and even Diane try to do is countered with something that just makes it much, much worse and makes it very clear that getting him out is not going to be easy.
“Wow, I didn’t see that coming,” Alicia comments after one of the surprising turns in court, and that can pretty much apply to the events of the entire episode. The only non-surprises are the way Eli handles getting Peter on board with getting Alicia to run for State’s Attorney and how David Lee and Louis Canning react to Diane’s “retirement.” Everything else? It’s like the writers decided to throw another shocker the audience’s way as though we’ve somehow managed to get over Will’s death. (Nope, that’s still shocking.)
Just when Alicia and Cary think that the biggest decision they’ll have to make is whether or not to let Diane join their firm, Cary gets arrested on drug charges – for presumably telling Bishop’s crew how to avoid arrest when transporting and selling $1.3 million in heroin. And to think, Cary first thought it was just going to be a matter of protesting that he hadn’t done drugs since the mushrooms four years ago.
Alicia hurries to do damage control with Bishop, all while their firm is left trying to figure out how to raise Cary’s bail money, especially when his father only offers $8000 because it’s “a bad time of year.” Even with the money Robyn offers up, they’re still $975,000 short, and it only gets worse when instead of being called to court because the judge is reconsidering bail, Alicia finds out that Finn is there to disqualify her as Cary’s representative because she represents Bishop.
Alicia turns to Diane for her help, and that’s when David Lee and Louis Canning realize that Diane’s switching firms and they get to work. Diane, on the other hand, is busy trying to work Cary’s case, all while Bishop warns Kalinda off talking to his guys to testify for Cary. Then Bishop has a guy on the inside “remind” Cary who his friends are and test him by slicing open his hand and telling him to say he fell against the bars. He does, and it’s probably the right move considering he’s going to be in there a while.
Even though Mr. Roja brings Alicia the money for Cary’s bail (while Bishop is in the office just to discuss his business holdings, nothing else, of course), Finn objects because he wants to know where it came from since he thinks it’s from drug sales. Cary’s staying where he is until they can establish the money isn’t from drugs.
Finally, while Cary insists that he only spoke to Bishop on the day in question to make sure that he was happy, Sophia argues otherwise because she has a CI on the inside – and she has a recording. Cary is guilty, she insists, and he’s going away for 20 years.
Eli has branded Alicia “Saint Alicia.” “I’ve been watching you for the last five years. You’d be perfect. We need a woman, and people respect you. They like you,” he insists as he tries to get her to agree to run. “You could win.”
“That sounds familiar,” Alicia comments when Diane explains her she’s not going to tell David and Louis she’s leaving.
Eli claims that the reason his office seems more dental office than politician’s office is that they’re “saving money.” “Thought Chicago was corrupt,” Marissa remarks. “Can’t you just steal more?” Marissa is also the one who confronts Peter’s intern about going commando. “I told you not to fire her. I didn’t tell you to let her run around like a cat in heat,” Peter argues when Eli confronts him about Lauren.
“The Good Wife” season 6 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CBS. What did you think of the premiere “The Line”?