Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 4, Episode 20 of CBS' "The Good Wife," titled "Rape: A Modern Perspective."
"The Good Wife" took on several hot button issues with "Rape: A Modern Perspective." A lawsuit over rape with social media involvement wasn't the only "ripped from the headlines" aspect -- "The Good Wife" also threw in legitimate rape and had hacker group Anonymous play a key role in the story. It was like the writers looked at what they had done all season and decided they weren't topical enough, so they threw together this episode. Unlike the last few episodes, "Rape: A Modern Perspective" did manage to move several chess pieces around the ongoing story board.
The main case saw Lockhart/Gardner in civil court with a client who had accused an athlete of raping her and the case caught the attention of Dylan Stack (guest star Jason Biggs) and Anonymous. Members of Anonymous started hacking and getting Will and Alicia information that they theoretically could have used to get a ruling in their favor. However, since everything was obtained illegally and Anonymous started sharing a ton of information with the public, the judge declared a mistrial. Takeaways from this storyline: Kalinda is Anonymous, Dylan Stack is easily one of the worst recurring characters and "The Good Wife" really loves social media. The legitimate rape issue came into play after Anonymous revealed an expert witness' writings on the matter. It really wasn't the strongest of "Good Wife" episodes, especially since it's one of the final three of Season 4. What "The Good Wife" lacked in a strong main case, it made up for with interesting character moments and development of long-running stories.
"Like working with Minnie Mouse." Robyn (recurring guest star Jess Weixler) continued to be a welcome addition to the show. The layers are slowly being peeled back. Kalinda is suspicious, and for good reason. She spoke on Robyn's behalf with the partners, probably because Kalinda's a woman full of her own secrets. Those ladies got to stick together. However, it'd be criminal to write this character off by the end of the season. Robyn Burdine forever!
Diane the partner or Diane the Supreme Court candidate? Kurt McVeigh (Gary Cole) and Diane are engaged! Dale from "The Walking Dead" told Diane that the Supreme Court doesn't really care about that, but Will's the big problem. His issues last season continued to bite him in the butt. And the other partners were none too pleased that Will, Diane and Alicia have kept this whole potential Supreme Court business a secret.
"I have to stop thinking of myself." So Alicia's still not over Will. And now she's shivering a lot because of it? The conversation between Alicia and Grace about mothering was needed. Alicia really hasn't been that great of a mom and she has been selfish, but it's OK because she spent so much of her adult life supporting Peter. Alicia continues to be a fascinating character.
"You and I are the new Will and Diane." Cary's outta here! It's happening ... or so we're supposed to believe. Don't be so surprised if there's a cliffhanger involving Alicia deciding whether to go with him or stay at Lockhart/Gardner at the end of the season. If she leaves, it'll be a great status quo change. Imagine the possibilities ...
"The Good Wife" airs Sundays, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.