Tonight on CBS The Good Wife starring Julianna Margulies continues with an all new Sunday May 1 season 7 episode 21 called, “Verdict” and we have your weekly recap below. On tonight’s episode, Peter’s (Chris Noth) trial begins and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) works desperately to keep him from returning to prison.
On the last episode, Alicia’s night went from bad to worse when she threw a party to celebrate Howard and Jackie’s upcoming wedding. Did you watch the last episode? If you missed it, we have a full and detailed recap right here for you.
On tonight’s episode as per the CBS synopsis, “Peter’s trial begins and Alicia works desperately to keep him from returning to prison. Meanwhile, Diane and Lucca move aggressively to expand the law firm but face serious opposition from David Lee.”
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Tonight’s episode of The Good Wife kicks off with Peter FLorrick in court – Diane is serving as his lawyer since Mike bailed at the last minute, and Alicia is at his side. Peter is being accused of accepting a bribe when he was State’s Attorney and getting Richard Locke off from a murder count. Richard Locke’s father then in turn funded the majority of Peter’s campaign for Governor.
Lloyd Garber takes the witness stand first and describes in detail his conversations with Peter FLorick during his son’s murder trial. Meanwhile, Jason and Luca are back at the office. Jason texts Alicia and asks her how the case is going. But, Alicia doesn’t text him back. Back in court, Diane lectures Alicia and Peter about “appearing closer,” she wants them to hold hands.
Diane cross examines Lloyd Garber. Lloyd tells the jury that Peter told him he had “nothing to worry about,” implying that Pete was going to “take care of.” Diane argues that Peter’s comment was just him comforting an old friend. During recess, DA Fox corners Alicia and tries to get her to make Peter accept a deal. They are offering him 8 years. Alicia scoffs that they can’t prove anything and Fox teases that they have a surprise witness that is going to win them the case. After, Alicia calls Jason and checks in with him – she tells him that she needs his help, she wants him to figure out who Fox’s surprise witness is.
In the mean time, Diane is moving forward with her “All Woman” plan at the firm. Alicia calls Diane in a huff and wants to know why Diane didn’t include her in the construction plans at the office. Diane is baffled – she didn’t order any construction. Diane and Alicia rush to the office – which has been completely destroyed and all of the walls have been torn down. It turns out the construction team has been working on the wrong floor. Diane isn’t too upset – she thinks this could be a good thing, she is hiring more female lawyers any way and they will need more room.
They head back to court and DA Brody takes the witness stand – he says that Peter “micro managed the Richard Locke case,” and he showed up at the crime scene, which no State’s Attorney has done in years and that was the only case he showed up for.
During their next recess, Alicia meets with Louis Canning, who Cary hired as his lawyer. Canning says that Cary is not the surprise witness, but Geneva Pine is, and if she testifies – Peter is going to prison. Canning warns Alicia that Geneva is the link to finding Peter guilty.
At the office, David Lee discovers that all the walls have been torn down, and he is in shock. Diane tells David that they are expanding and taking over the floor above them too. Alicia tracks down Jason, she needs his help, but she feels weird asking because it is for Peter. Jason agrees to help – Alicia says that they need to know what Geneva Pine is going to say in court. And, they need some dirt on her.
Jason gets to work on Geneva Pine – he learns that Geneva wasn’t even on the Locke case, the reason she knows what Peter did because he was sleeping with her. And, they were having an affair for years. Peter just dumped her last month – and that is why she is testifying against him in court.
In court, Geneva Pine takes the stand, she says that she questioned Locke the night that his girlfriend was killed and Locke was about to confess but Peter interrupted. During recess, Louis takes Alicia aside. He tells her that Geneva Pine is lying, she is just mad because Peter dumped her. Alicia doesn’t even blink, and seems unconcerned with Peter’s latest affair. Instead she thanks Louis for the information and rushes to tell Eli and Diane. Louis also gave them signed affidavits from Geneva’s co-workers swearing that she was sleeping with Peter.
Peter walks in to Alicia, Diane, and Eli’s meeting. Peter scoffs – he says that he wasn’t sleeping with Geneva and her co-workers are lying. Alicia tells Peter to drop the act, and use the affidavits to get himself off the hook. Peter refuses, he says he isn’t using them because they aren’t true. He insists that he wasn’t having an affair with Geneva Pine.
Diane convinces her husband Kurt to take the stand as an expert witness to discuss the bullets in the Richard Locke’s case. Lucca questions Kurt – since Diane can’t, it’s a conflict of interest. Kurt testifies that his findings were limited since the bullets went missing, but the bullets did not come from Richard Locke’s gun. He states that Richard Locke was innocent, and if the bullets weren’t lost then Richard would have been found not guilty.
Jason visits Alicia’s office – he lies and tells her that all he found on Geneva was that she liked to “bully her way on to other cases.” Alicia tells him to drop the act, she knows that Geneva was sleeping with Peter. Jason feels uncomfortable, he tells Alicia that he isn’t doing any more work on Peter’s trial.
Kurt’s protégé Holly, the one that Diane has an issue with, takes the stand next. She was working with Kurt on the Richard Locke case before the bullets went missing. Holly is the state’s witness – she says that Kurt “spun his results” and definitely made it seem more like Richard Locke was innocent than he could have known.
Cary gets dragged in to the case since he was working with Peter on the Richard Locke case at the time. Lucca argues that Cary’s testimony is bias because he and Alicia are on bad terms. Cary doesn’t help Peter’s case at all. After court, Alicia corners Cary. He insists that he told the truth – not to hurt her. Meanwhile, they are running out of options, and Peter is not doing well. His only chance at this point is if he takes the stand and wins over the jury.
Alicia spends the night up late with Peter, trying to prep him to take the stand and role playing. She warns Peter that the DA is going to throw in his face that he is a liar, he hired prostitutes, and cheated on his wife.
The next day Peter takes the stand – as predicted DA Fox reminds everyone that he had an affair and a history with prostitutes. Peter gives a moving speech, he reminds them all that he has already been to prison and was wrongfully convicted of a crime. And, he didn’t want anyone else to have to go through that – so he micromanaged the Locke case, to make sure there were no errors.
After closing arguments, Diane heads back to the office. There is a problem with the construction, apparently the crew screwed up and took out some beams that were holding up the ceiling above them. They have to evacuate, they set up a makeshift office a few floors down, and chaos ensues. Fox visits them at their mess of an office. He tells Diane and Alicia to convince Peter to take the deal before the jury comes back, this time he is offering 2 years.
Alicia and Peter have a glass of wine and he discusses his options. He doesn’t want to go to prison for 10 years, 2 years is looking really good. He’s scared he will die in prison. Alicia tells Peter to wait for the jury to come back – she thinks he may have won them over with his speech. After mulling it over – Peter announces he is going to take the deal. He’ll get out in 2 years, then he can write a book or something. Alicia promises Peter that she won’t forget about him while he is in prison and she will visit him.
Before Peter can tell Fox that he is taking the deal…Alicia gets a text, the jury is back with a verdict, it’s too late.