Each woman on the show had her own relationship issues this week; Diane with Kurt, Alicia with Peter and Will, and Kalinda with Tony and Lana. By episode’s end it seemed that Diane and Kalinda fared better than Alicia, who still has conflicted loyalties. Her “Show me the plan” speech to Will was great, and showed not only her realism, but her yearning to be free.
This week’s case dealt with apparently crooked cops and one amongst them who wanted to enter a witness protection program. It turned out that the one who wanted to enter witness protection wasn’t as clean as he claimed to be and neither was his wife, who stood to benefit from his demise. The distaste for the conclusion of this case was very apparent from Alicia’s demeanor and facial expression. This dovetails nicely with Will asking Diane whether or not they made the right decision by keeping Alicia instead of snake-in-the-grass Cary earlier in the episode when Cary was questioning the wife’s expenses. Season two’s caseload should touch upon whether Lockhart & Gardner is really the right place for Alicia.
Kalinda stated last week that she’s private, and now we more clearly know why. She’s a bisexual who doesn’t want to be pegged as either this or that. She wants to be able to move freely between the gay/straight continuum without having to constantly defend and/or define herself. (I don’t buy her bit about being “confused” one bit – she’s as clear as crystal about her wants and needs).
It must also be said that Kalinda genuinely cares about each of her prospective partners. She didn’t want Tony to be guilty of corruption, nor did she did want him to go down for it. Her feelings for Lana are probably more complicated since the two are likely to have had a past relationship – remember the hand massaging Lana gave Kalinda when this FBI agent first appeared and asked Kalinda to work for her? Kalinda is probably claiming to be confused to keep both lovers in her life. Tony’s discovery of Kalinda’s bisexuality should be interesting – surely Lana’s not the only one who can take pictures? He’ll probably want to take a few of himself joining in…
Mary Beth Peil has been a bit underutilized this season and it was wonderful to see her mettle when she had her tete-a-tete with Alan Cumming’s Eli Gold and then with Gbenga Akinnagbe’s pastor Isaiah Easton. Why isn’t SHE running for office??
Season two will have to focus on the changes in Alicia’s feelings about Peter, his career, as well as her own. Other writers have speculated that Alicia is likely to go up to that podium in season two, and I’m inclined to agree, but not without fallout from Peter after the conference. It’s not like he won’t want to know why she was distracted,who was calling her, or why it was more important to her than showing him her support. So we’re going to wonder whether or not Alicia will wind up with Will in the end, or at least end things with Peter. In addition to the sorting out of these issues,we’ll hopefully get to see more of the inner workings of Kalinda, Will, Diane, Cary, Kurt, Giada, Eli, and the whole incredible family of fabulous characters.