This episode kicks off with a focus group led by Alicia’s (Julianna Marguiles) campaign manager, Johnny Elfman (Steven Pasquale). Eli (Alan Cumming) doesn’t seem too happy with the results and tries to get Alicia to participate. Alicia on the other hand is busy working and dealing with a visit from her brother Owen (Dallas Roberts) who we last saw leaving Alicia’s oppo research meeting in a huff. Alicia wears a Grommet Jacket by Andrew GN (sold out). I found a similar Grommet Jacket from White House Black Market ($130):
Owen has come to Alicia with a case regarding a college student who was raped. She is going up in front of the university judicial board and needs an advocate. Alicia agrees to spend some time helping out with the case. In the meantime, Cary’s (Matt Czuchry) case isn’t looking so good and Diane (Christine Baranski) wants him to think about taking a plea. Diane wore the Max Mara Crusca Wool Jersey Dress (sold out). This BCBGMaxAzria Roxie Front Tuck Pleat Long-Sleeve Dress ($110.60) is similar:
Alicia has to get creative in dealing with her case and the university’s hearing process. She decides to bring a lawsuit against the school for failing to properly hear the case. No wonder most people don’t come forward in these situations, it would be awful to have to defend yourself like that. In court Alicia wore a grey and white print blazer. I found this similar Neiman Marcus Animal-Print Linen-Cotton Jacket ($96):
I’ll give you one guess as to who her opposing council is…Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) for the university. After court, Alicia meets Finn (Matthew Goode) at a food pantry which turns out to be a disaster when the press implies that she was only doing it to get a good photo.
In Cary’s camp, he is getting vetted by Viola Walsh (Rita Wilson) who is one of my favorites. She looks fabulous in a leopard print coat. I hope I look that good at 58! I found this similar Leopard Blazer ($49):
Diane advises him to get his head in the game so he breaks the rules and pays a surprise visit to Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and calls her out on sleeping with her FBI agent friend. She tells him that she wants to see other people and he tells her to go to hell. I never understand Kalinda’s character. She doesn’t seem to really care about anyone and has no personal relationships.
Back in court, Alicia’s not getting very far against Louis Canning. She wore the sold out Dan Jacket and Tweed Pencil Skirt from No. 35. I thought this Halogen One-Button Peplum Jacket ($82.80) was similar:
Kalinda has a break in the case and they try to get more time to turn the case into a class action. As she is leaving court, Kalinda is confronted by Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter) about her FBI girlfriend. He wants her to help him spy on her and Kalinda is reluctant to comply. I loved her blue trench in this scene and found a similar Ralph Lauren Double Breasted Skirted Trench Coat ($200):
She ultimately decides against helping Bishop, probably because it would be a federal offense. Lesser of two evils I suppose, she really can’t win.
Alicia’s case finally gains traction, but the university backs down and her client doesn’t want to pursue it further. Alicia ends up doing a community service photo op controlled by Eli and it is much more successful. She realizes that he knows what the voters want and finally lets him take the lead.
What do you think will happen next? Will Cary go to prison? Will Alicia win State’s Attorney? It’s really too early to tell at this point.
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