Kalinda is an enigma and it’s why we love her. The few things we know about her don’t inspire a lot of confidence in her person. She’s ruthless and capable and she will never hesitate to run and lie even when staying or the truth might do her better.

For her a big character moment isn’t so much her admission of queerness to Alicia at the top of the hour but her resolve to stay behind and protect Alicia at the end of the hour.

That’s a huge thing for her to do. All the other moments of the episode. The “flexible” discussion. Admitting she’s married and her husband is incredibly dangerous. Those were things the season has been leading up to. Moments of her finally being readily honest with Alicia and allowing their friendship to be more than what it has been in the past.

But loading up her wall pistol and calmly sitting in a chair and waiting for the hammer she’s been running from for five years to fall? All to protect Alicia? That’s a Paul on the road to Damascus kind of breakthrough.

Sadly she was the only one really experiencing that level of massive character change. Will and Diane were too busy battling everyone’s favorite 80s Dream Team of litigious beauty, Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton.

BOOM. Fist bump.

As much as I love them and the characters they play and as much as it warmed my heart to see them tearing things up I still felt a little…let down? Part of the charm of both characters is how brutally efficient and successful they are at achieving their goals. We love to watch them be a thorn in Lockhart & Gardener’s side. We love watching them individually. But paired up? It was too much of a good thing. Like eating a perfectly grilled ribeye immediately followed by ice cream. Give me a chance to savor it damn it!

They were still perfection. His attempts to ingratiate himself with the Perfect Stranger judge in a wheelchair was just cringe-worthy and her baby. HER BABY.

Haters gonna hate.

The child helped capped off a moment that was absolutely ridiculous and one that proved that The Good Wife might be one of the strongest comedies on television. They’re not content to keep things dour like the plethora of cable dramas they compete with at the Emmys each year. They like to have fun. And thus we get the awkward elevator sequence that culminates in Alan Cummings only real appearance of the night.

We also get legitimately tender moments from jackasses like Peter. Because let’s face it, the guy is a jerk. He can throw himself under the bus to save his wife’s firm and he can say excellent things like “I’m not trying to colonize the past,” but he repeatedly cheated on his wife, stole money to pay for hookers and has done a whole wealth of other things that reveal him to be not a nice person.

Yet he’s still kind of great? While it is certainly easy to be irritated with Alicia’s final moments of confusion over him it is also just as easy to understand it. There’s something familiar about Peter. Being with him is easy for her if she can forget the bad, and joining up with him to deal with Jackie. Commiserating over the special brand of crazy. It makes them both forget why everything went wrong in the first place.

It’s natural and wonderful and I’m constantly surprised that the show manages to drag this relationship out so long. They’ve essentially been separated for three years and it has always, at every turn, felt real.

As finales go this one was a funny one. There was no massive cliffhanger involving explosions, gun play or heated embraces. Things came to a natural end (Lockhart and Gardener are in financial trouble and have lost their most lucrative client, Cary has found a new home at his old firm, Alicia has agreed to help with the governor campaign). The real cliffhangers were entirely emotional. Will Alicia take the easy route and go inside to have dinner with her children and their father or will she walk away (WALK GIRL. WALK FAST.)? Kalinda sat in wait for a man. He could be on the other side of the door. Or it could be Cary attempting to reignite the most tepid romance on television, or crazy FBI Agent Lana stopping by for a midnight fun town session. Her cliffhanger, again wasn’t about the mortal peril she might be in, but in the massive change her character underwent just sticking around.

Now that she’s willing to do that for Alicia what else will she do? How far will she go for friendship. And why on earth was she bound and determined to let Alicia know she was “flexible?”

Notes

  • How many times now has the firm been in financial difficulty? They need a new accountant, or a partner who understands money. SOMETHING.
  • The film Alicia and her kids was watching is Take Shelter. Not a film I’d recommend for family movie night.
  • Jackie is losing it. Is this the start of a dementia storyline? Or just regular crazy town?
  • Kalinda and Will are friends and he’ll give her money even when he knows she’s not coming back. Love their understanding.
  • Also love how she came to say goodbye to Alicia but wasn’t going to tell her it was for good. KALINDA WHY ARE YOU THE BEST?
  • I like to rag on Peter a lot but it was a very big and noble deal when he made it clear he and Alicia were separated.
  • When Alicia was standing outside her house with her car in view I was positive Kalinda’s husband was either going to shoot her or her car was going to explode. Too much television.
  • In regards to the title of this review? But she won’t do that.
  • Next Week: This was the season finale! Join us in August/September when the new season starts! Now let’s talk about what Alicia should do. Should she go inside? Let us know!
  • This was a great article – so much fun to read!  

    First off, I completely agree – Lockhart Gardner needs to invest in an accountant or at least someone who can balance a budget.  The firm has been in a tight spot financially for three years so it seems like high time they realize they need to hire someone remotely keen on math.  This is obviously going to be an ongoing issue for the firm and something that will become a bigger story in season four.

    Re: Jackie.  Crazy town, party of one.  I think we could be seeing the beginning of a dementia story line emerging, but it’s really difficult to tell if her insanity is intentional or not.  Was she really confused about if Eli had been there?  Did she think he was part of the movie or was she just playing dumb?  I was thinking she had potentially faked the stroke, but perhaps myI see more evil in her than really lurks.  It just seemed weird she called Alicia from her flip phone while in her hospital bed.  In any case, she has been meddling/crazy before, but now things seem to be taking a turn for the worse (if that’s possible).  

    Re: Alicia.  Run away from that house, please!  Egad.  I’m about as sick of Highland Park as Eli is of all this real estate garbage. Everything about that house seems like a bad idea for Alicia.  I understand the desire to go back to a simpler time, but the time in the house wasn’t better, happier or more satisfying – it was full of lies, deceit and broken hearts.  Also, when she finally works things out with Will, she can’t have him over to the house with her old family growth chart on the pantry wall.  Just saying.

    • I love how they had to fire Cary because of money. Then couldn’t hire him ever because of money. Then suddenly they’re about to be kicked out of their office because of money but they can hire him? Some tricky dicky bookkeeping they have there.

      As for Jackie, I love what they did with her costuming. Her hair is getting progressively worse and more frazzled. Next season should be really interesting as she descended into senility or what have you while also trying to destroy Alicia.

  • Run Alicia, RUN!

    Call Will up and tell him you are coming over….tell him to put some clean sheets on the bed. You two have some make SEX to get to!! :)