The Good Wife Recap: A New Problem for Peter -- and An Exit Plan for Nick?

This week on CBS’ The Good Wife, Alicia was enlisted to help an Army captain gunning for justice, Peter was the subject of a “sneak attack,” Cary’s future brightened while Nick’s time in Chicago potentially reached its end.

A NOT-SO-GOOD MAN | The Case of the Week involved Captain Laura Hellinger (guest star Amanda Peet), a JAG lawyer who needed Alicia’s civil court know-how to charge a military contractor with attempted rape. Step 1, they had to prove that the creep, Rick Waters, was not in essence a member of the military itself, else he cannot be subject to civil suit. Done. They then found a witness — led from Afghanistan to the States by Hellinger’s sympathetic colonel, a judge herself — who testified that he heard the attempted rape happening. Alas, Waters’ counsel (Brian Dennehy) noted that the accused was put on active duty by the Army 15 minutes before the assault, and as such could not be sued. Hellinger’s coached attempt to suggest the assault began back at the bar where she and Waters had drinks crumbled, due to a jovial text message she sent to a gal pal en route to the site of the attempted rape. After losing the case, a defeated Hellinger asked Alicia, “What do you do when it’s all over…?” “Start up again,” Alicia offered. All in all, it was a very engaging court case with little bit of a Few Good Men vibe. Dennehy was suitably detestable.

A REAL CAMPAIGN IN THE…. | After getting an earful from tabloidy journo Mandy, Maddie Hayward The Good Wife, Chris Noth“politely” alerted Alicia that not only was she not funding Peter’s bid for governor, but she herself was going to challenge him for the Democratic nomination! “It’s not personal…,” she tried to assure her would-be friend. “Just business,” Alicia coldly interrupted. Later, Maddie warned Peter that he’d empty his pockets in any bid to defeat her, leaving him broke for the face-off against Republican Mike Kresteva. As such, she offered the lieutenant governor spot alongside her, but he wasn’t having any of it. “You used my wife,” he snarled. As such, “That’s more than a no. That’s a never.”

CARY ON! | Sensing that Hayden was being more abrasive than usual, Diane asked Cary to see what had the numbers cruncher’s knickers in a knot. In trade, Cary wondered aloud if Will had a problem with him, since zero criminal cases were coming his way. When Cary reported back that Hayden’s funk was fed by the Steve Jobs bio and “it’ll wear off,” Diane thanked him with a fresh case load.

THIS ‘N’ THAT | When Nick lost out on the city contract, Cary discovered that the winning bid could be invalidated. “Do you love him?” Alicia asked Kalinda over drinks. “I have difficulty being away from him,” Kalinda admitted. When Kalinda allowed that Nick could be “dangerous,” Alicia argued: “Shouldn’t you stay away from him then?” Ya think?…. After Jackie fired another female caretaker, Alicia suggested Peter hire a man — and sure enough, Cristian the charming Cuban won over the old bird….When Mandy insisted on moving forward with the bogus story about Peter and the campaign worker, Eli fed Kristin Chenoweth’s Peggy the tip that her rival was targeting Peter because as SA he prosecuted her child molester cousin. “Now I’m the story!” the Synth wonk whined, while Eli played the tiniest violin.