The Good Wife gets points for scary prescience again this week, with a timely episode about whether businesses can legally discriminate against gay customers.
“Loser Edit,” filmed weeks ago, tackles the debate that’s made headlines in the days since Indiana’s governor signed a “religious freedom” bill into law. That legislation, as well as similar proposals and laws in other states, allows businesses to deny service to LGBT customers on the grounds of religious objections.
But the laws have faced a mounting backlash from both Silicon Valley and more traditional outposts of corporate America; Apple CEO Tim Cook, Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and Wal-Mart are among those condemning the so-called religious freedom legislation.
On The Good Wife, Diane finds herself kind of helping those behind the anti-gay laws, even as she argues against them in a mock trial set up by her newest big-fish client, uber-conservative Oliver Platt. He wants to take on gay marriage, so he funds the appeal of a wedding planner who refused to work for a gay couple--and Platt's character gets Diane to show him where all of his defendant’s weaknesses are. (The case is “gay marriage. You’re the devil’s advocate,” he tells her.)
Diane wins the mock trial but fails to convince Platt to drop the case. The one thing that the episode didn’t really seem to anticipate is the greater business backlash against the religious freedom laws, so it’ll be interesting to see if Diane’s client comes back with a change of heart eventually.
Meanwhile, Alicia’s hacked emails are leaked to the reporter finishing up a 60 Minutes-style, self-proclaimed “puff piece” about the new state’s attorney. Somewhat pedantic point of professional pride here: Little of this newsroom storyline rings true to me, especially that former tabloid reporter Petra would allow herself to get played out of a scoop so neatly by Eli et al.
But it’s almost worth it to get the Florrick spouses drinking together, friendly again, joking about their roles as “the slutty wife” and “the cuckold,” as they plot to get Alicia off the hook for the damning emails about her affair with Will. Or, as Alicia puts it, perhaps they’ve now become people who “used to be married. They like each other. They forget they used to hate each other.”
The episode ends with an out-of-left field accusation from Petra that Alicia rigged the election, but I’m more concerned about poor Kalinda. It’s always bad for her when Andrew Wylie, the scary super-dad private investigator, shows up. Now he’s investigating the email evidence she forged to free Cary--and by the end of the episode, he seems to be close to ruining everything for her, once again.