SPOILER WARNING: Don’t read the following recap if you have yet to see tonight’s installment of The Good Wife. I’ve seen “Dramatics, Your Honor” twice, already. And I have to call the last ten minutes of the episode, the most beautiful, palpitant moments of the series (and perhaps television).
Jeffery Grant (Weeds' Hunter Parrish) returned to commence his trail for allegedly murdering a fellow college student. It seemed Will was attempting to find a lead that would instill doubt in the possibility that Jeffery was guilty of the crime. Will was adamant, almost desperate in his belief, but he didn’t give up. Even if Kalinda, who was assisting him in finding clues and witnesses that would aid his case, felt Jeffery was guilty. Will kept fighting for his client like the good lawyer that he was. Jeffery’s parents doubted Will’s ability to win the case and sought a second a opinion—from Alicia.
When Alicia, who volunteered to be deposed by Nelson Dubek for her husband’s voter fraud charges, received a call from Jeffery’s parents, she respectfully declined saying “Will Gardner is Lockhart/Gardener’s top litigator. No, I’m sorry, sir, but you’re in good hands.” In an attempt to continue to cool down the tension among them after her departure from L&G, Alicia decides to warn Will about the Grants’ phone call.
With Cary as her lawyer, Alicia performs well in the deposition despite discovering three other videos that suggest voting boxes for Peter’s campaign were tampered. At the same time, Kalinda discovers a new potential break in Jeffery’s case at the hospital where he was treated the night of the murder. Turns out the victim was also treated there and transported in the same ambulance which would help explain how his DNA ended up on her. Will asked for a sidebar to present this new revelation to the judge. There’s a hush.
Voices are tuned out, the episode starts to build up tension by focusing on Jeffery as he observes the court in an attempt to escape. At least that is what is implied: he would rather take the bailiff’s gun and kill himself, than live another day in prison. As Jeffery begins to cry, a suggestion that he has accepted his next move, the camera shifts to Diane arguing in the courtroom next door and we hear voices again. Soon after, gunshots.
Before the fourth shot, Kalinda calls the police to say shots were fired at the Cook County Courthouse.* As shots continue and people yell, Diane goes to the hallway to see what has happened because she realizes it was in Will’s court. Kalinda tells Diane to say in her court and goes to check.
A worried Kalinda asked the cops preventing her from entering, “Did the lawyers get out?” “My boss is in there,” she continued. Scared, Kalinda went in. One moment we see Jeffrey holding the now empty gun, next it’s Kalinda seeing Will, seriously injured on the floor with his head on the opposing counsel’s lap.
Diane and Kalinda rush to the hospital to learn that Will has died. Will Gardner killed in cold blood.
Alicia was at the Chicago Correspondents Club* luncheon with Eli Gold when Diane and Kalinda attempt to reach her. Eventually they get to her through Eli, who tells her to take the call. “Hello,” Alicia says to Kalinda and that’s where it ends.
It was a bold and extraordinary move from the writers of The Good Wife to kill off a key character. The build up to this climatic moment in the episode was riveting, intelligent, and unexpected. That artistry is what makes this series a stellar one. Plus, an episode like this one better earn Josh Charles and Archie Panjabi some love from Emmy voters.
What’s to come: Alicia will hash it out with Peter; Cary, Kalinda, and Diane will take out their frustrations on everyone that crosses their paths; Michael J. Fox returns but it doesn’t appear like Kalinda is welcoming.
*One observation both Will & Alicia were at different CCC’s.
What are your thoughts on this epic episode?