THE DREAM TEAM Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) returns with Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) at his side to take down Lockhart Gardner once and for all.
Episode 22 | Aired Apr 29, 2012
By Breia Brissey | Published Apr 29, 2012 @EW
Louis Canning and Patti Nyholm threaten to bankrupt Lockhart Gardner, and answers about Kalinda's back story just raise more questions
When I first read that The Good Wife's season 3 finale episode was titled "The Dream Team," I foolishly believed that the aforementioned team would be made up of one of the many badass lawyers at Lockhart Gardner. And obviously, Alicia would lead said team to victory. Silly me. The Dream Team is a job reserved for two of The Good Wife's baddies, Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) and Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton).
Alicia and Diane did claim victory in the courtroom, though. The women headed up a case against the makers of Verasine, a drug designed to cure acne. Verasine caused their client irreversible sterility, and they were asking $18 million in damages. Alicia had a bad feeling about the case, which was why everyone was speechless when the judge awarded their client $25 million, $7 million over their ask. The victory came at a seemingly perfect time, since the firm had been under some financial strain. Lockhart Gardner would finally be able to pay off some outstanding bills. But nothing is ever so simple. The judge who made this decision, Judge Wynter, was someone Will allegedly bribed.
Canning, the lawyer for Verasine, vowed to appeal. He visited the Lockhart Gardner offices to negotiate with Diane and Alicia, and then dropped his next bomb: He and Patti Nyholm would be suing Lockhart Gardner for $50 million on behalf of the makers of Verasine and their insurers for fraud and malicious prosecution. And Will's judicial bribery involvement was the perfect angle. Diane and Will assumed it was a scare tactic, and that Canning and Nyholm were using the lawsuit to fact-find for an appeal.
It quickly became evident that Nyholm and Canning were using information from Will's sealed grand jury evidence to frame their questions. Will, Diane, and Alicia took this news to Judge Linden (guest Mark Linn-Baker) in an effort to exclude all grand jury testimony. Per usual, Canning tried to play up his disease to Linden, who happened to be in a wheelchair. Canning was unsuccessful, but Linden agreed to let the evidence stand unless Lockhart Gardner could prove that they were illegally using sealed transcript testimony.
Kalinda followed Patti and confirmed that investigator Andrew Wiley was leaking the information. They called him in to Linden's office, and Wiley admitted that he was sharing information he had witnessed, not information included in his testimony. Bye-bye, grand jury evidence. Even with that information stricken from the suit, it still didn't look good for Lockhart Gardner. Not to mention they were hearing that their No. 1 client, Patric Edelstein, was making some noise and delaying his monthly payment.
Finally admitting they were vulnerable, Will and Diane decided to negotiate with the Dream Team. They offered to drop the Verasine class action suit in exchange for Canning and Nyholm dropping their $50 million suit. But the Dream Team wasn't there to settle. "We're here to destroy you," threatened Canning. Nyholm and Canning's clients were pissed off. Lockhart Gardner had led four class action suits in two years, and they'd taken in personally. The drug company had set aside a large sum of money to ensure that Canning and Nyholm bankrupted the firm. Ouch.
Next Canning added Alicia to the witness list. And that evolved into Canning and Nyholm subpoenaing Peter, who met with Wynter three times on the eve of the verdict. This was particularly interesting because it created one big awkward mess in the foyer of Lockhart Gardner. Peter, Will, Alicia, Cary, Eli Gold all stood tensely together, while one of L&G's new associates Patti's kid rolled through them in her walker. And then, Kalinda showed up. "It's a surprise party for you!" quipped Eli.
Nyholm and Canning were trying to get Peter to admit that he met with Judge Wynter to get a positive verdict for Alicia. But Peter said that he was merely meeting with Wynter to get his support for his campaign. And then Peter dropped his own bomb, confessing that there is no way he'd be working in Alicia's favor since they were separated. This was the first time this news had come out, and it was a big risk for Peter since his testimony would be on the record. Thank goodness Eli Gold wasn't in the room, or he would have probably had a heart attack right then and there.
With Peter's testimony, Canning and Nyholm admitted defeat. But before they left, they dropped one more bomb on Will and Diane: This whole bankruptcy suit was only the distraction, a sleight of hand, if you will. Patric Edelstein, L&G's top client, was unhappy with Will's suspension. And while Diane and Will's backs were turned, Nyholm and Canning stole Edelstein out from under them. Will said it best: "Oooops."
Meanwhile, Peter told Alicia of his plans to go through with the purchase of their old house. Jackie had paid 10 percent of the down payment in cash, so he decided to flip the house instead. Speaking of Jackie, she remained in the hospital following her stroke. Eli Gold went to visit her, and proved he had no qualms about yelling at a dying woman. Gold knew Jackie had upset Alicia with the purchase of the house. He also knew that Peter's only chance of winning the election would be with Alicia at his side. So Gold instructed Jackie to apologize to Alicia, even if she didn't mean it.
Jackie did apologize to Alicia, but Alicia saw through the act. "Eli was here, wasn't he?" She told Jackie to retain a lawyer and told Jackie her plans to sue her for taking the money from the children's trust. But then she said she wouldn't sue if Jackie agreed to sign the house over to Grace and Zach. Speaking of the house, the kids still wanted Alicia to buy it. And Grace even asked if Alicia would come live with Peter and them at the home. "Like a commune!" Unsurprisingly, that was not a very convincing argument. But Alicia did agree to visit Peter at the home, and all went seemingly well.
But I've really buried the lead here. OMG Kalinda!! It seemed as if most of her IRS (not to be confused with the IRA) issues had blown over. She'd have to pay a penalty, but in essence, the case was closed. Alicia then let her know that she needed to look at several uncashed checks in her file. Out of nowhere, Kalinda told Alicia she wasn't gay. "I'm not gay. I'm flexible." Alicia was clearly confused and surprised by the admission, particularly since she first asked Kalinda about her sexuality two years ago. But better late than never, right? I saw it as a bit of a peace-offering from Kalinda, perhaps a thank you for working on the case. But then again, Kalinda's motives aren't always clear.
One of those uncashed checks in question was from F&E Construction. Its considerable amount ($21,000 made out to cash) had Alicia call the number on the check to see if they would reissue it. An unnamed man answered on the other end. It was creepy, and very questionable. No shock considering Kalinda's normal dealings. He said he'd reissue the check with a check number. Alicia, wisely, didn't provide that information.
Later the anonymous man from F&E called Alicia back, clearly fishing for more information. Alicia didn't give it to him. And Kalinda promised to take care of it. And true to Kalinda form, she went straight to the store and purchased a sledgehammer. Back to her apartment she went, and she broke through part of her wall, pulled out lots of money, a gun, and packed her bag. It looked like she was fleeing. Then she went to Will to ask him for money, and her departure seemed inevitable. Is this goodbye, he asked her? "Just for a little bit," she replied.
The anonymous voice called Alicia at her home and referred to her by first and last name. A frightened Alicia questioned Kalinda again. "Is this man dangerous?" "Yeah, he's my husband," Kalinda said. She left the office and went full badass. Instead of taking off, she went back to her apartment, unpacked her bag, moved a chair right in front of the door, loaded her gun, and waited. Then three ominous knocks. Fade to black. End of season 3. Seriously?!
So in answering a few questions about Kalinda's past (she's still married), I only have more questions about her sketchy past. Who is this husband? Why is he so dangerous? And what has he done that even the fearless Kalinda seems scared of him? And finally an important question my colleague Abby West raised: How many things can Kalinda fit into her jacket?
Other important questions: How much longer will Jackie hold on? Can Peter win the election now that he's admitted he and Alicia are separated? With the loss of Patric Edelstein, how will the firm overcome their financial woes? Sound off with all your season 3 finale thoughts in the comments. But before we go, I have to share some of my favorite one-liners from the night. I particularly enjoyed Will's response to Patti as to why there were no changing tables in the restroom: "Yup. Doing our part to suppress the birthrate." And the always-funny Howard's mantra: "Never, ever trust a man with a limp."