Amy Watch: The Good Fight S1E7: Not So Grand Jury
The Good Fight is a new show on CBS' streaming service that's a spinoff of The Good Wife. It's a straight-up law drama, which wouldn't normally appeal to me but it's really good. It tackles pretty much every controversial political issue and takes place right now in this moment, meaning there's a lot of talk about number 45, police brutality, internet trolls, etc. My main draw is that one of the leads is a queer woman, Maia Rindell, who is in a completely normalized lesbian relationship with her long-time girlfriend, Amy. She's also a newly minted lawyer who, after passing the bar, promptly gets embroiled in the fallout from her family's ponzi scheme (which she did not know about, btw) and has to deal with a lot of hate as a result. Her godmother, Diane Lockhart, who I'm assuming is the crossover character from The Good Wife (never seen it, sue me... see what I did there? Sorry), on the eve of her retirement from a white-male-ass high-power law firm where she was a named partner, loses all her money because of the Rindell ponzi scheme, and gets blacklisted for her connection with the Rindells. She finagles jobs for her and Maia in a majority Black law firm that's basically the "good" and "moral" law firm, bringing lots of police brutality cases against the city of Chicago and, well, fighting the good fight.
Here's the thing though. After some fab scenes with Maia and Amy in the first 2 episodes, especially one involving a bed and the other a shower (they were very tender, ok? no explicit sex was involved), Amy all but disappeared. For that matter, Maia kind of did too, even though she's a lead. So from now on I'm going to recap every episode left in the season, with a particular eye toward spotting Amy and making sure she's still ok. Because she's kind of amazing and her absence makes her like a lesbian unicorn and I'm not down with that, despite the fact that the show is pretty great on its own too. Needless to say, spoilers ahead, do not read unless you've watched it or don't care.
So we start out episode six with Colin revealing to Lucca that Reddick Boseman took a bribe from that made-up Leonard guy and she should stay away from the firm's finances, confirming that Henry was wearing a wire when Maia told him that lie, and that he passed the false intelligence to Kresteva, which is how it got to Colin. Lucca, who is a good friend and better lawyer, immediately relays this info to Maia. Maia is upset because everything is shit for her.
Kresteva has set up a grand jury (GJ) to try Reddick Boseman for corruption because of this bribe, but finds out via Elsbeth's Alexa-Ada, which apparently records everything that happens in her office, that the bribe story Elsbeth told Maia to feed to Henry was a lie. So now he's bringing Reddick Boseman to the GJ for lying about that instead? I don't know, it's just clear that he wants to bankrupt Reddick Boseman by making them lose clients, because lest we forget, Kresteva's job is to save the city money, and his tactic is to decrease the number of police brutality cases being brought against it, and what better way to do that than to take down the firm that brings the most of them? Slimy Matthew Perry. Needless to say, Kresteva is mad at Henry that he told a lie, even though literally everyone in this show is lying all the time. Henry realizes Maia was lying to him, so he goes over to Maia and Amy's place to talk to her.
And look! Amy's alive! She's there with a rum and coke for her girlfriend as soon as she walks in the door, then breaks the news that Henry is in the bathroom.
Maia and Amy are cute for 0.379 seconds before Henry emerges and compliments Amy on the decor of the apartment (?!). The women point out that they will probably have to move out soon, since because of him they lost all their money and can't afford it anymore. Serious first world problems, but they are a great team.
Of course then Amy disappears. Henry and Maia turn off their respective recording devices and argue about whether or not Henry is recording their conversations for her sake. Henry claims his deal with Kresteva benefits her because otherwise he'd go after her personally due to her connection with the Rindell fund? Even though she had nothing to do with it? Maia calls bullshit because she's not stupid and also she has some good morals, like how it's wrong to bring down her firm to "save herself."
Next we have a scene with Elsbeth, who makes every scene she's in delightful. She is in a meeting with all of the Reddick Boseman lawyers, talking about square earrings and how they should bring up race in their answers to every single question they get asked in front of the GJ in order to expose the fact that, as Barbara says, "it is about race." All of the attorneys do that and it throws slimy Kresteva for a loop. It's almost funny but actually it's just gross. The goal is to get the AG to drop the case when they realize it's bad for PR to go on a racial witch hunt. Ugh.
Meanwhile, Marissa is learning Italian in the elevator when Jay steps in. She is quickly becoming my favorite character, besides Invisible Amy. Jay calls her an "odd child" and it's kind of cute tbh. Marissa steps out of the elevator only to be met with a subpoena (like literally everyone in this episode); apparently Kresteva is now calling all the white people at the firm to testify in front of the GJ in an attempt to avoid talk of race. Lol Marissa is like scary good at gaslighting and when she testifies she makes Kresteva & co. believe all the race talk is coming from them. It's like un-evil gaslighting? I don't know but I'm here for it.
Concurrently, Elsbeth, on behalf of Reddick Boseman, sues Kresteva for "tortious interference with contractual relations." "Tortious" means "wrongful;" I had to google it too. This seems to mean that Reddick Boseman is suing Kresteva & co for convening a GJ specifically to make them lose clients. So what we have is two sets of court proceedings happening at once, one where Reddick Boseman is prosecuting Kresteva, and one where the opposite is true. Funny!
So much back-and-forth happens in the proceedings. I won't describe all of them because this recap would be 342 pages long. (Amazing what they can fit into one fast-paced hour of TV, amirite?) The important parts are that Elsbeth makes Lucca her second chair and Colin is assigned the defend Kresteva, so they go head to head in court and of course Lucca shuts him down hard. I've wondered this once and I'll wonder it a million more times- what does Lucca see in Colin? Seriously what. She's such a badass and he's so... boring.
Anyway. As if we didn't have enough simultaneous storylines in the episode, there's another one in which Marissa and Jay (but actually just Marissa) figure out that the list of names Henry had Maia steal from Jax's computer a while back was a list of VIP Rindell clients, including everyone at Diane's old firm. I guess this is supposed to reveal that Kresteva's last weapon of choice against Reddick Boseman is to go after Diane personally. It's all very convoluted. At the same time, Kresteva gets out of some Reddick Boseman investors he called as witnesses that Diane slipped some evidence to Adrian about a case they were on opposite sides on back in E1, when Diane was still at the "Trump white house" firm, to quote Marissa. Diane gets wind of this and tells Adrian she has to resign to save to firm; Adrian gives a rousing speech about morality and fighting motherfuckers like Kresteva and convinces her to stay. I'm not sure why other than to keep her in the show. Maia overhears this coversation.
Later that night, the night before Henry is to be called in front of the GJ to testify against Diane, he and Maia have another recording-device-free talk in her apartment, where Amy is invisible again. Henry admits to Maia that Kresteva offered him a reduced sentence of 10 years instead of life without parole. This is a ridiculous plea deal for such a crazy case against a single firm that amounts to nothing more than a smear campaign. Maia tells him as much and he repeats that he's doing it for her, but really he's doing it because if she ever has kids he wants to hold his grandkids and not be in jail. Maia looks him in the face and says that if he goes through with this, if she ever has kids, she will never let him see them.
Side note, presumably Amy would be involved in raising any potential children, so she would have to be there. Where is she?
In the end, Henry is called as a witness in the Court of Elsbeth and reveals that the real reason he colluded with Kresteva was because of the reduced sentence. Maia is happy about her dad sacrificing himself for the greater good. All is calm again at Reddick Boseman, save for a threat Kresteva levels against Elsbeth that "this isn't over." More Kresteva coming right up! Can't wait.
That evening, Lucca is lacing up her running shoes for the second time this episode and headed out the door to work out, but guess who's on the other side of it? Colin, obviously. This also is the second time in this episode Lucca has been interrupted on her way to work out by a white dude. Can't a girl just go for a run when she wants to? But of course she pulls him inside for some sexual exercise. Again, Why Lucca? You deserve better.
It's the end of a long day at Reddick Boseman, and Maia and Marissa are the only ones left at the office. Marissa invites Maia out for a drink, and after hesitating, Maia agrees. I'm 99.96% sure that Marissa has no romantic interest in Maia, or vice versa, but can Amy come with them to get this drink? I'm worried about her. She deserves a drink too.
Overall episode rating: 3.5/5 exploding flower vases
Amy sitings: 1
Excellent Elsbeth moments: a lot
Marissa sleuthing factor: 3.75/5 exploding laptops
See you next week, when we'll find out if Amy is in fact a ghost and Maia and Marissa become besties.