This week on "The Good Wife," another complicated plot with a former flame of Will's surfacing as the opposition.
Court-ordered mediation forces Alicia and Will to move to a hotel in order to undergo court-ordered mediation over a case involving a young woman who was injured in a car accident. Because of displaced spinal discs, Mandy, the young client, is in constant pain, cannot hold a job, and her husband leaves her. Mandy's Dr. Farland implanted a spinal cord stimulator of his own design into Mandy to alleviate her chronic pain. The spinal cord stimulator was not FDA approved, but Dr. Farland stood to make 30 percent on every device implanted. Mandy is now suing through Lockhart-Gardner; she wants $14 million. That amount is what is at stake in the mediation meetings, with much talk of one side offering much less, while the other side wants more. The interesting plot development in this episode is the introduction of Will Gardner's former girlfriend of two years, who is the lawyer for the opposition. Celeste (Lisa Edelstein, who played Cuddy on "House"), misses Will and lets him know it.
Meanwhile, an episode of listeria hysteria involving Wisconsin cheese brings Eli Gold a case where he must manage the P.R. for the struggling dairy company and its CEO. Based on both the recent egg and cantaloupe listeria outbreaks, Eli unwittingly becomes part of the problem when word is leaked that he is attempting to manage public relations for the firm that is under siege.
"Who leaked it," Eli asks Diane. "I'm good at my job, Diane, but I can't have leakers. It's unprofessional." At the end of the episode, we still do not really know who leaked the news of Eli's involvement, although Eli claims that only Diane and Will knew. Could Will have told his ex-girlfriend, Celeste (who, by the way, has indicated that in addition to wanting Will back, she wouldn't say no to an invitation to work for Lockhart-Gardner)?
We learn during the episode that Peter Florrick's state's attorney's office is not going to prosecute Dr. Farland for fraud after all, which gives rise to the thought that Alicia's estranged husband is going to step up what seems to be a vendetta against Alicia and her firm. Also a theme in this episode is the visit, as babysitter, of Alicia's gay brother, Owen, who bemoans the loss of romance in his life. He's home doing laundry and his boyfriend is more interested in chatting with Peter's mother, Jackie, who shows up unexpectedly, than in having sex.
By episode's end, the patent that Dr. Farland took out for his spinal cord stimulator turns out to hang the case for Celeste's firm, so Lockhart-Gardner triumphs.
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