“The Good Wife” recap (5.13): Parallel Construction, Bitches

But at this point you’re probably wondering where the hell Miss Sharma is. We first see her this episode at the bar with Cary, sipping that amber liquid that she sips so well. Although actually she doesn’t really sip it here, she downs it, which is better, and which she does because she’s annoyed. Because Cary is sitting there silent as the eye of a hurricane and not being very good company and Kalinda’s over it. When she presses him, he eventually says that he doesn’t know if he can trust her. And the sky is blue, Cary. What else is new?


When Florrick-Agos decide to do the right thing and let LG know about the wiretaps, because they assume that by association LG is being tapped, too—which they are—Diane enlists Kalinda to find out if Florrick-Agos is telling the truth or not. Which Kalinda decides to do through sex. As that delicate horseshoe necklace dangles deliciously above her clavicle when she hovers over Cary, halfway hidden in the dim lamplight, she asks about the wiretap. He says he’s telling the truth. And the next day, Kalinda goes to Diane and tells her Cary’s lying.



I’m not sure what to make of this—if Kalinda is just honestly misreading Cary, which would seem a little odd, since she’s normally good at reading people, or if she’s protecting him and Florrick-Agos for some reason. It’s been pretty clear in her actions over the last few months, though, that her loyalties with LG stand firm, and I can’t see her lying to Diane over something like this.

And what’s with Kalinda and Cary, anyway? She was the one to call him initially for drinks, before the investigating sex, implying that their interactions this episode haven’t been just all about work. And while I don’t necessarily think Kalinda is swooning over Cary or anything, I find her back and forth with him more genuine than her brief affair with the lady cop earlier this season, and obviously a huge improvement from Horrible Husband. I’m intrigued, basically, to see where Kalinda’s storyline goes from here.

Back in the courtroom, or rather directly outside the courtroom, the next day Cary finally puts down a definition to what has been happening all episode. It’s called ”parallel construction,” and it’s when the NSA hands out their surveillance knowledge to other governmental departments. The DEA, for instance, in the first half of this episode, before the NSA realizes that Florrick-Agos are onto them and cut the DEA off. Or the Office of Public Integrity, in the latter part of the episode. These agencies can’t technically build cases on this information, but they still, you know, get the information.

Now, plain old NSA surveillance for terrorism, that’s one thing. But sharing that information with other departments that haven’t made legal warrants for wiretaps, that’s a whole ‘nother shebang.

And with the wiretaps of all of our characters that the NSA are continuing to monitor, Chief Creep with the Office of Public Integrity is eventually led to Will. They’ve also already harassed Alicia at her office since getting the video from Marilyn, not just to ask her about Peter but to not-so-pleasantly remind her that she could do jail time, as well, if this all gets ugly. Because she’s the one who actually represented her husband that election night in court.

Note, once again: work and marriage really should not mix, people.

But Alicia has more experience talking to creeps than Marilyn does, and she doesn’t crack as easily, giving Chief Creep the perfect stare of half disgust, half indifference to his threats. Although as evidenced in the phone call she makes to Eli immediately after Public Integrity Guy leaves, she’s also not taking this lightly.


Interestingly, Will’s reaction to Chief Creep is almost exactly the same — half disgust, half indifference, the only difference being that he indulges in a glass of alcohol while refusing to give in. But for Will, the stakes are even higher, because Chief Creep has a subpoena for him, something he wasn’t able to produce yet for Alicia. Mr. Gardner is not fazed.

In a way, it does seem strange that Will would risk so much in defense of the man he hates most. Except, of course, for the ever-present fact of this love triangle: hurting the man he hates most would also hurt the woman he loves most. Ah, Will. I didn’t hate you as much this episode. Probably because you didn’t talk as much. But still, good job.


Overall, it was interesting and somewhat unique to see how ALL of the different storylines in this episode became connected to each other by the end, if just via a couple of nerds sitting in the offices of the NSA. Peter political drama has never been my favorite, so I don’t know how I feel about this voter fraud thing getting drawn out through the rest of the season. But it is nice to see Florrick-Agos now standing pretty firmly on their own feet. Although simultaneously, I miss spending more time in the halls of Lockhart Gardner. The only thing I really ask for is the same thing I always ask for: more Robyn, more Kalinda. (And more Diane, but I think that’s maybe just a personal obsession.)

What were your thoughts on the first episode after the long hiatus?