The Good Wife Recap: Bring Her a Hire Love

The first character to comment (however inadvertently) about the hotness of The Good Wife‘s new investigator Jason Crouse (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) turns out to be the last one you’d expect.

“I want him,” says Alicia’s teenage daughter/recently installed Girl Friday Grace, the minute her mother finishes interviewing the gruff, very flirty former attorney.

The kid is speaking in strictly professional terms (I think?) but it seems as though Grace has managed to steal the words right from our titular protagonist’s brain/heart/various other nerve endings. Indeed, the vibe between Alicia and Jason is almost immediately flirty, with top notes of mutual lust and undertones of him eyeing her like a recent convert to Atkins staring down a plate full of pasta carbonara. (Snap poll here: Is it possible that Alicia and Jason could be on a path to developing chemistry as hot as/even hotter than Alicia and Will? Or is this merely blasphemous/wishful thinking on the part of a recapper who’s a sucker for hangdog eyes and four days’ worth of stubble?)

106402_d-0338bSure, dude is looking for work — but his willingness to freelance for Alicia at less than half of what Lockhart-Agos is paying tells us he might have ulterior motives. Similarly, Alicia’s kneejerk decision to initially hire Kalinda 2.0 (ugh — I actually just slapped myself for typing that) despite her gut instinct to choose Jason tells us he might be setting off her alarm bells. After all, when you tell your governor husband to go ahead and pursue the Vice Presidency, there’s an implied promise that you’re not going to embark on any kind of big, extramarital affair — no matter how much your union has disintegrated into one of political convenience.

“Are we negotiating?” “That depends.” Uh-oh.

As for the other major plot developments from “Innocents,” let’s recap:

CASE OF THE WEEK | Oh, God, remember when Alicia was running for office and we didn’t get to see her legal
mind at work? Dark days, people! Anyhow, Alicia picks up a client in bond court who freely admits he vandalized a piece of art in a museum — one in a series of nude photos his mother (Amy Irving) took of him at age eight. There’s a lot of fascinating back and forth about the limits of parental consent, the boundaries of art, and the way everything seems dirtier when you cover select portions of it with a paper bag. But Artist Mom kinda loses me when we learn her son became an unwitting lust object in the pedophile community as a side effect of her work — and yet she still pressed on with promoting it for another decade or so.

106402_D-0897bThe case gives Alicia another chance to work with Lucca — and it’s cool not just because it advances their friendship, but also because Lucca is maybe the only character on the show right now who’s not privileged or wealthy. She’s an outsider and she’s hungry — and you can see her mind racing for big ideas (any ideas) that might catapult her from $135-per-case clientele to big-money work. That fresh perspective isn’t lost on Alicia, and her admiration for Lucca’s quickness makes me hopeful Florrick-Quinn could morph into a beautiful legal shingle. (It’s a damn lot more appealing than Canning-Florrick, no?)

Ultimately, while Alicia and Lucca’s client stops short of pressing for child-pornography charges or pushing for past-due modeling wages, he gets a win when his mother finally hears his concerns and squeezes his hand (which I’m pretty sure means she’s handing over the offending images to him once and for all). Alicia and Lucca can’t complain too much, despite the settlement, as they walk away with $15,000 apiece.

OUT WITH THE OLD? | Cary’s offer last week to listen to the concerns of Lockhart-Agos’ young associates brings them back to his office with complaints about nap-loving, bumbling Howard Lyman — and the unfairness of him getting 70% of billable hours as the partner on his cases despite his failure to even learn his clients’ names. Diane makes a good counterargument that like herself and Cary and David Lee (who all have the same 70-30 split despite not doing 70 percent of the case work), Howard brings name-brand prestige that the associates don’t possess.

Weirdly, though, Diane barely acknowledges Howard’s chronic verbal diarrhea and lack of professionalism — remember how she and Kalinda coddled him like an infant when they used him to wrestle back office space from Canning and Lee?

Still, as the feud escalates it gets uglier and more hilarious, resulting in Howard storming into one of Diane’s powerful-women-in-powerful-jackets lunches with a tone-deaf praise of how great abortions are and a confusion between Emily’s List and Emily’s Word. (Turns out Cary got him to crash the meeting by suggesting he’d been somehow sidelined from it.) Before it’s all said and done, Howard is making “it’s him or me!” ultimatums, and the only one happy is David Lee: “Did he just give us the easiest ultimatum in history?!”

Side note: Remember last week’s fleeting but very specific “Are Robert and Michelle King setting up an out-of-left-field ‘Is Cary going to become bi-curious?’ arc?” Well, the young associate who grabbed Cary’s hand apologizes again for the overture — and then adds a head-scratcher that he’s not actually gay. I’m not really sure where this is all headed, but the Kings rarely introduce any thread — small or large — that doesn’t eventually weave into the show’s larger fabric. For now, color me befuddled, curious and maybe a little titillated.

106402_D-0123bCLASSIC HORROR | Is there anything more fun than Eli Gold, grinning smugly in triumph? This week, Peter’s recently ousted campaign manager has multiple reasons to get that malicious twinkle in his eye.

Despite Peter and Ruth’s protests, he openly manipulates Alicia into doubling down on her insistence that he be her chief of staff as Peter pursues a spot on Hillary Clinton’s ticket. Once in place, he gets her an audience with rat bastard DNC chair Frank Landau — and gets Alicia to apologize with the promise that if she “swallows her pride now,” in four months’ time she’ll be kicking in his teeth. (Ooooh…what the heck does Mr. Gold have planned?!?! Juicy!) By the end of the hour, Eli’s assistant Nora is spilling to him Ruth’s plot to have Nora be her mole on Eli’s activities, Eli is freaking Ruth out by asking if she’s seen the horror film It Follows, and Peter is insisting Ruth call Eli and congratulate him on a job well done — seeing how Alicia now has a spot on the Cook County election board. (Nothing proves your innocence, after all, like a seat on the board that found you guilty.) There’s just one little catch in all this…

DOCTORED “NO” | Landau insists that Eli leave the room for a moment, then says the seat is hers — as long as she promises to vote “No” on the first decision that comes before her. Raising the “Wait, what is she getting into?” stakes is that he won’t even tell her what the decision might involve. And since, as our deeply cynici-zed protagonist tells her hubby earlier in the hour, “Who isn’t being used?,” Alicia apparently agrees to the terms. (We don’t hear her say it, so maaaaaaybe Alicia negotiates something different, something less terrifying, but she’s back at Eli’s side awfully quickly for that to be the case.)

OK, your turn. What did you think of Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Good Wife debut? Do you want an Alicia-Jason affair? And did Mrs. Florrick make a mistake agreeing to that ‘No’ vote? Sound off below!

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77 Comments
  1. Stacy says:

    I haven’t actually watched this show in almost a year, but this review is piquing my interest. If the next few eps stay interesting they may win me back!

  2. Stacy says:

    I folded and started watching — how could you leave out that Mamie Gummer was in this episode? I love her.

  3. dan says:

    Proof reading, my man.

    “Who’s not privileges or wealthy …” should be “privileged or wealthy.”

    “A lot mote appealing than Canning-Florrick” should be “a lot more appealing.”

    I don’t know why I suddenly feel like being Mr. Proof Reading guy.

  4. candice3150 says:

    Ok, Jeffrey Dean Morgan has me officially interested in this show again. I slept walked through last season. I have loved JDM since he made me fall in love with Denny Duquette (before ghost sex). For me, he has breathed new life into this show. He is so sexy, I love his his whole flirty demeanor and the scruff is just…sigh. I’m not to the point of saying ” Will who?” just yet but I could see myself getting there. I’m excited to see where this goes.

    The only bummer is I hate that Alicia and Diane are at odds. I loved their friendship. Hopefully they will work it out.

    • Danielle says:

      What she said. I can’t wait to see what JDM does on this show. I LOVED will, but this could be a lot of fun.

    • Eran says:

      Okay, let’s not prematurely “love” all over JDM’s new character just yet. I did thoroughly enjoy him but let’s remember he’s been in all of *one* episode. Breathing new life into a show for me means a solid story arc, not just a sexy stubble and flirty banter. While I reserve judgement, I do trust the Kings though and am looking forward to seeing more.

    • Makes this 74-year old woman wish she were 40-ish, and that we were both single. I love JDM – and have for years. He’s been on television but not in a major network show that I could watch. Don’t know if it’s the eyes or the smile but whatever he’s got — I want.

  5. Chris says:

    Does anyone else feel that Morgan is kind of being shoved down our throats? Loved the episode tonight, but found Jason too “formulaic”.

  6. I just have to say ... says:

    My lust for JDM goes all the way back to ‘The Burning Zone’ (96/97). Loved him as Big Daddy Winchester on SPN, Denny on ‘Grey’s’, and Ike in ‘Magic City’ (just to name a few) but …
    .
    … nothing … NOTHING … can get me to watch ‘The Good Wife’. Juliana Marguiles will not be on my TV – ever.

  7. Really??? says:

    Loved the first two episodes of this season. The Good Wife is back!!!! With a different case in each episode. Love it!! I’m not a huge fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan but I guess he is good enough for a supporting part in the series. I do like Alicia’s new partner though, she really is like a new version (not necessarily improved) of Khalinda.

  8. Jane says:

    I thought it was a good homage to Kalinda – it felt as though they were saying no one else can be her —

  9. Debbie says:

    Oh, yeah, I’d love to see an Alicia/Jason romance. He’s hot!
    We don’t know what Alicia said about her vote.

  10. AM says:

    So… Robin’s really gone if everyone in town is looking for an investigator?

    • abz says:

      I think they already mentioned they can’t bring back Robin because the actress has a busy schedule. Busy with what, I don’t know. I’ve only ever seen her on this show.

      • Chris says:

        They could have least written her out properly. Ridiculous how the Kings just drop characters without any mention: Robin, Nathan Lane’s character, Taye Diggs’ character, etc.

        • Will says:

          THIS! I forgot all about Taye Diggs character… he was heavily featured for what 2-3 eps as a partner and then nothing ever again? Also, Julius (one the partners) hasn’t been seen in a year or two?

  11. Let's Hear It for Sexy Older Guys says:

    I watched JDM in “Magic City” and he really didn’t do much for me. However, since he appeared on “Extant,” I am definitely beginning to see his appeal.

  12. JK says:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Nothing more is needed. This man is so sexy and his chemistry on screen with whomever he is acting with is awesome. I just hope he stays alive…all the shows I’ve loved him in his character has died.

  13. Colleen says:

    Love Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Hope he sticks around. Having thee outdated lawyer still hanging in there doing and saying ridiculous things is just life. Cary turning bi, that seems over the top. So he was with Kalinda, who I really miss, she was bi and they were together, now he is bi. Sound like bi is catchy, which we all know is ridiculous, and willing over the top negativity to this great show.

    • Anna says:

      Why would he be ‘turning’ bi though? Maybe he has always been? Do we really know? We don’t know much about Cary, except that the poor guy cannot catch a break. And really, as long as he ends up being happy for once, I don’t care if he’s with a man or a woman.

      • abz says:

        Yeah, I’m not really against the idea. Perhaps they plan on having him experiment a bit. Perhaps he’s always been bi, but tended to be with women more. Besides like you said, we don’t know too much about Cary’s past. We know of his daddy issues and his continued career and romantic struggles. I really have no idea where they are going with the gay intern storyline, but with this show, like Michael said, there is probably some sort of goal they have with it.

      • Pixel says:

        Even from those brief scenes with the associate, he came out as completely straight for me. He didn’t seem to give a damn aboout the other associate’s sexuality and not interested him in that sense at all. So I don’t see where that “Cary could discover his bisexuality” thing came from, when the big issue with Cary right now is that he doesn’t have a strong SERIOUS storyline, Yeah, I’d like to see Cary happy but I doubt there’s time for him to suddenly and out of blue discover his never hinted attraction for men and then also to find love (also that associate doesn’t seem a guy I’d like to pair with him…did he was ready to go gay with his boss even if he’s not gay just to please him? UGH). Let’s find for him a better storyline, bring him in court again, let him be the sassy and fierce lawyer he was in the past.

  14. CB2 says:

    I truly hope that the junior associate making a subtle move on Cary is not a set-up for a future discrimination suit against Lockhart/Agos. Right now Cary is being painted as lost. He lost Kalinda and lost the thrill of the start-up firm – seems like he is lost in the void he has created for himself within the more old school firm. The only way for redemption is going rogue. This is the angle the writers should take with his character.

    • Elle says:

      It certainly smells likena set up for now…perhaps a wake up call for Cary to get back on tracks?

    • Lizo says:

      Oh I’d hate it if it was that. I’m down for having a bi plot line for him – would be interesting, but a discrimination suit would feel … tacky.

    • Stefan says:

      My thoughts exactly. I’d be very surprised if they are building a bi storyline for Cary. This is TGW, discrimination suit sounds way more probable. Not necessarily fun to watch, but we’ll see how it goes. Also a bi plot sounds out of character. Don’t go there…

  15. Olga says:

    Why do you keep mentioning the 135/case fee as if it is a mere pittance? Judging by the number of files assigned (approx 25/day as shown last week) even if 1/2 don’t payoff, that’s at least $1600/day. Granted it is probably less than what a named partner at a law firm makes, but still way more than what the average person.

    • Terri says:

      WHAT SHE SAID!! Not a “mere” pittance. AND at $1,600 per day, that’s probably $350,000 – $400,000 per year (considering court holidays/vacations). Not a pittance in my book.

  16. Saabgirlatx says:

    I don’t think we’ve seen the last of that Kalinda-esque first investigator lady who clearly wasn’t doing any work…

    Also, I think this whole Peter/VP run would be a lot more believable if it were the Presidency altogether. Seems a bit forced that he would work this hard to be #2.

    • KT5 says:

      I didn’t realize that you actually campaigned to be Vice President. I thought you were chosen by the candidate and that you had to fit whatever criteria that was important to them and their campaign.

      • Saabgirlatx says:

        Exactly! That’s why it doesn’t flow…not like the absurd ending to Alicia’s campaign did either and yet we still watch…

        • abz says:

          Peter wants to be Hillary’s VP, but from what I gathered from the last season’s finale, he’s currently running as a presidential candidate to make him look like a serious contender and then will bow out if/when she agrees to make him her VP.

          • Saabgirlatx says:

            Ok, that helps connect the dots. I was thinking it was a presidential run but all of the talk has been about VP. Thanks for the clarification;)

  17. Anya says:

    I’m enjoying this season so far, especially after last year debacle, this one seems promising! The new characters are fun. I love the Eli vs. Ruth Eastman plot and the new friendship/partnership between Alicia and Lucca. Hope to see more of Diane though. Her character is one of the best on tv!

  18. robandco says:

    Did they change something to the lighting on the show? Because it’s better. The places used have brighter colors, and for once there was sun in an outdoor scene (it must have happened before but it was very noticeable). I like that a lot.
    The case of the week was fun but a little weak. I like Cary’s office stuff, it’s fun to watch.

  19. Shar says:

    This is probably being picky but it would seem to me that the apartment building of the governor’s wife would have better security. Folks just seem to be able to arrive at her door as a surprise.

    Great episode though.

  20. abz says:

    Damn, JDM was so good tonight. Alicia’s chemistry with him was electric. From the moment he showed up on screen. And this whole time I was lamenting the fact that Matthew Goode was gone and that Alicia and Finn never got to explore any romantic connection they may have had. Guess I’ll get over that sooner than I thought.
    I’d love to see Zach back again so that we can hopefully have a follow-up ON SCREEN of his relationship with Alicia and the state its in. Also hope they bring back Owen and Veronica at some point this season.
    I love Lucca. She’s such an interesting character. I hope she and Alicia become friends. Kings please don’t make her sleep with Peter.
    Speaking of Peter, I love seeing mischievous Eli at work, but even Margo Martindale can’t keep my interest in another Peter storyline. It’s just not interesting. Why can’t they just make Alicia and Peter get a divorce. Let him run on his own, If he wins or loses, who cares. Just free up Alicia and significantly cut back on Peter-related storyline. Can you imagine how much screen time would be given to Diane and Cary if they got rid of Peter? Ugh. He just needs to go.
    With regards to Diane. I’ve adored the character since day one, but it feels like there’s no life in her character anymore. I don’t know if it’s the writing or Christine Baranski is getting tired, but they need to give her something interesting to do. I love seeing Alicia back in court, but I’d also love to see Diane arguing in court as well. Or bring back her judgeship storyline and make her finally be a judge and we can see her journey navigating a judgeship.
    I want them to give Cary a good storyline. I want to see him in court again too. He just looks so unhappy lately. Like very gloomy. It’s in his face. Based on last episode, he’s clearly looking for something in his life. I hope the writers don’t neglect him. He isn’t as important a character as Alicia, but he’s still a beloved character. I’m not 100% against a bi storyline for him necessarily, but at this point, I don’t think it’s not being handled well, because it seems a bit out of the blue and he didn’t show any interest in the associate. Now, his past is still not fleshed out too much. Maybe he experimented in college or something. I don’t know what the Kings are thinking, but if they are going that route, they aren’t doing a good job with it so far. They should have planted these seeds a lot earlier. Not just after Kalinda breaks his heart and leaves. What I’m thinking is perhaps maybe this whole thing is going to just lead to the associate to fabricate a sexual harrassment lawsuit with Cary being defendant in court again for several episodes.

  21. Nancy Thompson says:

    I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan is fabulous. Not only is he gorgeous, but he’s an excellent actor. He is the best thing to happen to TGW since Curt McVeigh (who I also love as Diane’s husband). Good casting with Jason!

    • Jane thibideau says:

      He actually reminded me of mcveigh. And a bit of kalinda in the leather jacket. And his eyes are like finns. And yet he has his own charm.

      • Lizo says:

        Ya, he definitely has a Kalinda vibe to him. The flirty sexuality of the character, plus the confidence. It pairs well for Alicia.

  22. gene gentry says:

    I think the good wife goes in too many directions all of the time. It used to be a great show, looks like it’s past it’s prime.

  23. Krystal says:

    Jeffery is a fabulous actor, I feel romance in the air. He will me a good fit for the show.

  24. I’ve never watched TGW till last night, but will watch ANYTHING with JDM! I found the show very intriguing and look forward to being a regular viewer from now on.

    • Diane says:

      Welcome Melissa, I’ve watched every episode of every season, you’re gonna love it! If you can get ahold of the previous seasons I recommend you do it. This show has been fascinating from the get go!

    • Lizo says:

      My mom started (finally) watching when Alan Cumming joined and she was so glad she did. I really hope you love it, it’s a great show

  25. Gwen says:

    Anyone else connect the dots that Eli told Alicia to do the very same thing with the sleaze election board guy that Eli was doing himself with Peter? Apologizing first, now, and then doing whatever for (assumed) revenge later? Can’t revenge as well when you are on the outside looking in. You need to be inside to exact the best revenge. ;)

  26. Holly says:

    This show was pretty much in the crapper for me, but when I heard JDM was joining the cast I decided to give it one more chance, because he’s the cats meow. I will stay with it if they do a whole lot less of the political garbage and get back to the law part, which it seems they may be making an attempt at. Not thrilled that Jeffrey’s character will be Alicia’s love interest as I’m not a big fan of hers, and wish he was just on as the new investigator but you can’t have everything.
    As a side note, just wondering if you knew that Mamie Gummer and her sister Grace Gummer (from Extant, coincidentally where JDM last starred) are Meryl Streep’s daughters. See the huge resemblance now? Specifically the big nose. L.O.L.

    • Diane says:

      Does anybody know if Mamie and Grace Gummer are just sisters or are they twins? They look so much alike I never know who I am looking at until I rewind and look at the credits.

      • Holly says:

        Mamie is 3 years older. She was born August 3, 1983, and Grace was born May 9, 1986.

        • Holly says:

          Coincidentally there is a third sister named Louisa who is 23 and is a model. She looks more like their dad. And the oldest sibling is 35 year old brother Henry who is a musician. Just a little trivia for ya.

  27. Imzadi says:

    Very entertaining episode. Eli is pure gold, pun intended. And was Jeffrey Dean Morgan always this hot? Haven’t seen much of him, other than Supernatural and a few movies here and there, but he is very welcome to stay.

    And little side note: Alicia’s hair was much better than in the first episode.

  28. vegas says:

    I Like that JDM has been added to the cast, but I don’t like him with Alicia. She seems like a robot, no chemistry whatsoever with JDM. Maybe it’s that very bad wig that looks pasted on her head. Ugh! Get rid of that mess.

    • Holly says:

      Very much like I was saying. Too bad he can’t just be added to the show without being involved with her. The only reason I liked her past history with Will was because of their love/hate relationship in later episodes. I loved it when he would get one up on Miss snot face.
      Also, totally agree about the bad hairdo’s. They are starting to match her increasingly plastic face. Gee, can you tell I’m not one of her biggest fans? Haha. I only watch because of the many other talented people on the show. Really miss Will and Kalinda. But am liking the new character Lucca.

  29. HAP says:

    Didn’t I read on this site that Makenzie Vega (Grace) was switched from main cast billing to recurring for this season? Yet, so far she’s been quite prominent.

  30. John says:

    I didn’t get the idea that the mother, Amy Irving, is giving the pictures back. She and her son shared a similar hand shake earlier in the episode and she didn’t turn over the pictures then. I just took it to mean she and her son will reconcile.

  31. UYTzmqxf0n8H says:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan is going to be a great addition. He is a hottie, and there will be sparks !!

  32. Paulie says:

    Love this show, however, I would really like an “big” case where Alicia & Diane have to go head-to-head. Christine B. needs an Emmy worthy ep to go with all her talent and the Alicia/Diane is the way to go – 2 top actresses head-to-head…. I can dream :)

  33. Kim says:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan has instant chemistry with whomever he has a scene with. His sexy drawl and bedroom eyes.. Thank God for eye candy!!! Loving The Good Wife this year… Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  34. I mean… Is everybody inlove with Jeffrey Dean Morgan or whar?

  35. geraldine says:

    I Love JDM, i stopped watching the good wife in the 2nd season and would only watch an episode or 2 each season, but this season has me hooked because of JDM.

  36. Lan says:

    Yes, we could use some cake on the Good Wife. All work and no play makes Alicia a bit of a dull girl. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a perfect slice of de-lish as well as seeming like he could be a bit of a fun character on the show. I hope they keep him and that his character does not turn out to be some sort of evil double agent…Also I dont like Diane and Alicia being at odds. We need shows where the best female characters are allies, not attacking each other…

  37. Lan says:

    Actually wish Jeffrey Dean Morgan could be with some other great female character that is not so cold as Alicia as he is HOT but they would have to create one at this point. There need to be more fun, warm, sexy female characters on this show…

  38. Jolee Rengo says:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan! (Gasp) Hot! Sexy! Bad boy! What on earth could be better on TV on a Sunday night?! A!icia – you are a lucky girl!