After The Fall - Recap

<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->
The scene opens with Will, not yet officially suspended, watching footage of Tara Anderson jumping off a bridge and taking notes for Alicia, who has taken this case over. He tells her she'll be fine in court-Judge Serena has a weakness for women. That won't help Mrs. Florrick much, because the prosecutor is the ever-flirtatious Nancy "Just a Girl from Michigan" Crozier. "Speaking from the heart," she describes the case as a wrongful death suit: The director sold his project to Anderson's parents as "an anti-suicide documentary when in fact it was intended to induce and encourage suicide." Though the director, Will advises, is an arrogant jerk who could easily do himself in during testimony, Alicia manages to keep him under control.

Back at Will's apartment, Sister #1, Aubrey, shows up to "support" him, which mainly means playing guitars together and letting bossy Sister #2, Sara, reorganize the kitchen and pry into his dating life. At the firm, Diane-in a fabulous black dress with white triangle details-tries to fend off Will's rivals with her pearl-bedecked wrist. David Lee is measuring Gardner's office while Julius Cain says frankly, "I want to replace Will on our letterhead." Even Eli-an equity partner for only a few months-joins the competition, pointing out that Obama had only briefly been a Senator when he got the presidential nomination. Eli has his own reasons to make the power grab: He's no longer sure he can run Peter's gubernatorial campaign.

At lunch with Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Gold finds out that Peter's previous backers are now bad-mouthing him. Why? "There are people who got Peter Florrick elected and he didn't return the favor," one later explains. "They call it patronage for a reason, Eli." In court, the judge continues to be distracted by Crozier's eyelash-fluttering. The director testifies that his aunt committed suicide when he was a child, he found the body, and this was his motivation for an anti-suicide movie. He also says he called 911 to report Anderson's seeming intention, but tapes of such conversations are erased after 30 days. Kalinda is dispensed to find the tape anyway. The documentary's editor, however, testifies that the director was upset that not enough people had jumped off the bridge during the time he had his cameras up; in response, he ordered a romanticized clip of one woman's suicide to be posted on YouTube. Within two months, five more people had jumped.

Facing a judge who continually rules against her, Alicia decides to pull in pretty young Caitlin to cross-examine. So what if the first year associate has never done it before-she's got the looks to undermine Crozier. In the judge's chamber, Caitlin wins her point getting Anderson's Facebook page admitted as evidence: Months before the suicide, she had posted troubling quotes and references. David Lee's niece then scores another big win when she interrogates Anderson's tutor. Three months before the suicide, she had placed this message under his photo: "Every time you leave me, you push me closer to the edge." The week before she died, they were supposed to go out; instead, he went on a trip with friends. Back at the office, Diane compliments Caitlin on her work; Alicia stands to the side with a look of "what have I done." As always, Kalinda comes to the firm's rescue. (Why isn't she an equity partner?) Checking out the suicide bridge, she sees a sign: "If you are feeling hopeless, please pick up the phone and callナ" Kalinda picks up, but the hot line is dead.

The investigator then uses her cell phone to call 911 to report a possible jumper-and it takes more than 40 minutes for police to respond. Light bulb! "We can sue the city, make them our co-defense," says Alicia. Oh, and incidentally, Kalinda, she adds, I've been assigned your court case and "the IRS says the businesses you reported don't exist." No worries, Kalinda says. She'll get proof. Loaded for bear because Eli has let her know that David Lee is working to undermine her, Alicia tells him: "Thank you for setting up my children's trust, but I won't need any more help. I've decided not to divorce." "I don't give a damn," he says, clearly pissed. After Eli tells Peter that if he doesn't get back into the patronage game, he isn't sure he can run his campaign, Florrick caves. The SA calls Cary into his office to announce that "Horton Baker will be the new head of Felony Review."

Lucky Cary gets to break the news to ASA Pine that she's being moved out. "You screw up a felony investigation and I'm getting demoted?" Pine balks. "Good thing you're not the final word around here." Back on the suicide case, Caitlin scores again when she argues that the city's negligence is responsible for the Anderson suicide. "This is just a bald attempt to get the city to hand over the 911 tapes!" Crozier objects. Ignoring her, the judge marvels, "It really takes them 48 minutes?" Now that Caitlin's wiles have proved mightier than the prosecutor's, Diane decides to make her a full litigator. "You've been a great mentor, "she tells Alicia, who realizes she has just mentored herself into a corner. "Can I ask you a favor? Do you mind sharing your assistant? Just for a few weeks." The Lockhart letterhead machinations continue, with some hilarious scenes of David Lee trying to rattle his competitors by pulling up a chair to their glassed-in offices and staring intently.

Lee then confronts Diane, telling her, "I have never shown an interest in management. I like doing, but I don't like helping others do. But I'm stepping up because I think there are people who have an eye on Will's office." "You'd hate it," she says. "You hate people." Yes, most of them, but "I'm being selfless here. Here's the thing: When Will comes back, you know I'll give up the seat. I don't want the seat so you know I'll give it up." With wonderful irony, he tells Diane he's going to use all the friends she encouraged him to make at the firm to gain enough votes to over-rule her if she won't appoint a new managing partner. "We can outvote you-me and my fostered relationships. Your choice, Diane: Either you decide, or you let the others decide for you." Will's intrigues are of another kind.

When Kalinda shows up at his apartment, his sisters assume she's his work girlfriend. To get her out of earshot, he ushers her into the bedroom, where she tells him about the trio trying to oust him and suggests it would be a good idea to show his face at the office. Kalinda also wonders if he assigned her case to Alicia to try to reconcile the two. No, he says, he's just trying to help her. Meanwhile, about those siblings-"Could you get them shot?" he wants to know. In court, the director's case is damaged when testimony indicates that he directed his crew not to call 911 until a subject actually seemed set on jumping-which would obviously be too late to prevent the suicide. Kalinda undercuts that by grilling the tutor, who has not revealed that he spoke with Anderson for 37 minutes the weekend he absconded because he didn't want to be blamed for her suicide.

But Anderson did tell him she wasn't returning to school the next year becauseナ Alicia pops up in court. She asks Mr. Anderson, "When did you tell your daughter that you would no longer be paying her college tuition?" "We had an agreement that she had to maintain a 3.8 GPA, but she failed her final exams," he says, bristling. And he dropped his non-payment bombshell "two days before she died." This forces Crozier to settle for "a disclaimer plus half the film's profits donated to a suicide prevention organization." Case over. Will drops in on Diane-"You lasted a week; I'm impressed," she says, adding that she can't promise that "everyone will be quite so pleased to see you back." Will raises his cup to Lee and Gold, hovering nearby, as Alicia watches Caitlin struggling to move a box into her bright new office. The episode ends.