Who is excited that winter hiatus has finally reached it’s end?? Me! Me! I bet you too. I know they have to take a break from shows, but man, it seemed like it last so long. I’ve missed my favorite fictional friends. Which is why I was so glad to have The Good Wife back last night.

And this week’s episode brought back some familiar foes and added a new one (maybe) to the mix. Good times!

In lieu of a really full recap this week, let’s just take a look at how this week’s happenings are messing with Lockhart/Garnder.

First, there is the whole bankruptcy thing. That has been messed with on two fronts. First, Clarke (Nathan Lane) forced Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles) into early mediation in order to push them out from being in charge. He is just very cranky and wants to be a lawyer so he is going to be mean. This is not the real reason, but he just seemed very “stomp my feet like a two year old” in his  behavior. However, the “Empress” Serafina (the fabulous Tamara Tunie) decided that because someone bought up all the Lockhart/Gardner debt, they must be doing okay and they have the 5 weeks they were still supposed to have to work things out. I’ll get to who bought the debt, the other issue, in a second.

However, the rest of Diane’s and Will’s problems come in the form of the oh so mean Wendy Scott Carr (Anika Noni Rose). She is back as part of the DOJ investigation into Eli (Alan Cumming) which is just all sorts of conflict of interest, although that doesn’t seem to stop anyone from allowing her to lead it. Diane is acting as Eli’s lawyer… until Diane pisses off WSC so much that she decides to pull Diane and Will and the entire firm into Eli’s legal troubles. Can nothing go right for these people?

Meanwhile, Eli is also trying to fend of the Democratic Committee who has put all their backing into Peter and are worried that Eli is going to sink this ship with whatever issues he has going on. They have provided Eli with a right hand man (AKA someone to take over when they push Eli out). Jordan Karahalios (T.R. Knight!! WOO!) is a wunderkind of politics and quite the spunky kid. Eli hates him. And I’m sure at some point I will too, but I’m so excited to have him back on my TV that I don’t care.

Then there is Alicia (Juliana Margulies) – in good news, her friendship with Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) continues to thaw. In bad news – she is stuck out in the middle of nowhere with Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) trying to depose a bank president. Per usual, the case doesn’t really matter. What matters is getting to watch Alicia and Louis and their usual love/hate relationship that is now heightened by Louis’s wife, Simone (Susan Misner) telling Alicia how much Louis admires her. And to prove how much he does, well, he bought out Lockhart/Gardner. That’s right. The mysterious new owner of the L/G debt is none other than Alicia’s favorite frenemy. I can’t wait for more fireworks between these two.

And while I didn’t mention him in any of that other stuff, Cary (Matt Czuchry) was also there. And he was perfect in every way. I’ve missed him a lot, so I can’t go the entire article without mentioning him and his perfectness. (He’s perfect.)

The episode served as a wonderful set up for the drama to come in the last half of the season. I’m hoping things get better for all our favorite employees of Lockhart/Gardner, but I bet they are going to get a lot worse before they do.

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