sam robards good wife 'The Good Wife': Was Jarvis Bowes the best Case of the Week yet?After last week’s Kalinda-Peter bombshell, what did “The Good Wife” have in store? An incredibly interesting Case of the Week, that’s what.

Case of the Week

Jarvis Bowes, a rapist and murderer who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, has been incarcerated in a mental hospital for 30 years. But he now has a psychiatrist claiming he is all better and he gets released by a judge. The firm takes the case of Rhonda Cerone, the daughter of Bowes’ victim Mallory, who wants to stop Bowes from profiting off song lyrics he wrote describing the crime, which is …. gross. How is that even …. ugh, nevermind. Of course a rapist and murderer would write a song and it would soar up the charts. Of course that would happen nowadays.

They argue intentional infliction of emotional distress (because they can’t argue “being a disgusting human being”) and Will says the opposition will argue either 1st Amendment or that the song isn’t specific to the actual crime. Kalinda interviews the band that actually put the song out. It turns out Jarvis sent an original with different lyrics that are much more explicit than the version the band put out.

Kalinda does her investigative magic and fits a couple of the old lyrics to the exact crime, so they can’t argue that the lyrics are generic. At the trial, Jarvis says he’s a fan of Alicia’s and that he wrote a song about her standing by her man, which he’s going to send to her. Good grief.

Jarvis’ lawyer, a borderline skanky sexpot named Babette, skips the 1st Amendment argument and goes right to the “generic lyrics” argument. She wants a summary judgment. Will presents the revised lyrics and evidence of a cow guard and Christmas Tree Farm, but it turns out the CTF wasn’t there 30 years ago. But that doesn’t mean all the Christmas trees weren’t there, right?

Jarvis calls Alicia at work and asks her to be his lawyer in an action to keep people from illegally downloading his song. They get into a wacky conversation about artistry and he says he wants to remake his life like Alicia has. She snipes it would be easier if he hadn’t killed someone and he hangs up.

Rhonda makes the connection that Jarvis’ lyrics aren’t about her mom’s rape and murder. They’re about the rape and murder of Lynn Boyle, the mom from one of her survivor’s group members. Oooh, chills. And yep, the lyrics fit Lynn Boyle’s rape/murder.

Back at trial, Will nails Jarvis by getting him to mix up Mallory Cerone and Lynn Boyle’s murders. Will FTW, that was slick. The motion to dismiss is granted anyway, but then Jarvis is arrested by Cary and some policemen. Nice. 

Eli Gold, Natalie Flores and the Timmerman scandal

Congressman Timmerman, subject of a racy photo scandal, is back in the news because his “good wife” is selling her story for $1.3 million, which just draws attention back to Peter’s scandal. Meanwhile, Natalie Flores is being deported and Eli is feeling sad and guilty (as well he should). So he enlists Diane to represent Natalie in her immigration case (because he’s secretly a softie).

Natalie finds it odd that Lockhart & Gardner wants to help her, but she accepts it nonetheless.  When her dad is arrested, the firm swings into action at Eli’s behest. Turns out Papa Flores was arrested for being Hispanic in the area of a burglary by a d*** cop, which puts Papa into the system as undocumented.

The awesome female Judge Moretti, who is familiar with Diane through Emily’s List (Early Money is Like Yeast (it helps raise the dough)), a fundraising organization for female pro-choice candidates. Moretti chastises the d*** cop for his ridiculous racial profilling and releases Papa Flores on bond. Eli flexes some muscle with a cop to keep Papa from being rounded up by immigration.

Natalie stops by to thank Eli and mentions her boyfriend, as they have a what-might-have-been moment. Poor Eli.

Kalinda, Cary and Peter

We pick up right where we left off with Kalinda and Blake in the garage.
She calls Alicia after he leaves and you can tell she really wants to
tell Alicia everything, but she chickens out. So Cary gets a phone call
instead, asking him to find out which ASA Blake spoke with.

Cary pokes around the office and raises the eyebrows of Matan Brody, the
ASA who did Blake’s final interview. Matan is suspicious as to why Cary
wants to see the notes from the interview and won’t give them up. Cary
gives Kalinda Matan’s name and she tells Peter that Brody knows now. She
posits that Matan is holding on to the knowledge because he wants to
stay at the State’s Attorney’s office when Peter takes over.

Peter also tells Kalinda Alicia can never know, as he’s fallen in love
with her again. Which is sweet, but it’s also like … dude. Peter
contacts Matan and makes a thinly-veiled offer, then joins his family at
dinner like nothing is wrong. Oh, Peter.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • How great was the tension between Natalie and Eli in that final scene? What a gold mine of chemistry they hit with those two. Here’s hoping America Ferrera comes back.
  • Something tells us we aren’t done with the Timmermans …
  • Let’s play “Hey, it’s That Guy.” Did you recognize Jarvis Bowes? He was played by Sam Robards, who we know primarily as reporter Greg Brock on “The West Wing,” but whom others might recognize as Nate Archibald’s dad on “Gossip Girl.” He made an excellent psychopath, no? Also, Robards is the son of acting legends Jason Robards and Lauren Bacall. Just a bit of trivia, we’re a full service blog here at Zap2it.
  • In the second round of “Hey, it’s That Guy,” did you recognize Gaby Hoffman as Rhonda Cerone? The little girl from “Field of Dreams,” “Uncle Buck” and “Now and Then” is all grown up, huh?
  • There have been complaints that “The Good Wife” is getting too drama-centric, but honestly we think the writing and storytelling is as good as ever. The Kalinda-Peter thing actually makes a lot of sense knowing what we know about both their characters. Cary being on the other side but still helping out is a wonderful dynamic and Julianna Margulies continues to shine in her quiet way.
  • This may be our favorite Case of the Week yet. There are so many good ones, but this one was so creepy and what a cool twist. We hope they revisit Jarvis’ trial for Lynn Boyle’s murder.
  • Next week: Michael J. Fox returns! We can hardly wait.

What did you think, “Good Wife” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."