Take the wrong Uber, and you just might wind up wearing an ankle monitor. Everyone’s favorite taxi industry disrupter became a pivotal plot point on this week’s episode of The Good Wife, which also took on the dangers of YouTube interviews and “farting apps.”

Uber got some heavy and not exactly glowing mentions in “Old Spice,” which briefly but pointedly reminded us how much privacy we give up to participate in the share-everything economy. In this case, using Uber gets an inebriated Cary almost sent back to prison, after his parole officer checks his iPhone and sees that he was in a car that (briefly) drove outside Illinois state lines.

Cary ends the episode still at large, but now saddled with an ankle monitor--and a ban from seeing Kalinda, who’s obviously a bad influence. (She’s at least made Cary susceptible to deeply questionable pickup lines from other wannabe sultry brunettes.)

Meanwhile, the farting apps become the basis of a government lawsuit alleging economic espionage against Alicia’s client. But the technology-heavy case of the week was mostly a vehicle to spend far more time than necessary on the return of super-creepy Kyle MacLachlan and his stalkerish romantic pursuit of Elsbeth Tascioni. (Mating habits of the deeply quirky apparently involve Old Spice, baby lotion, Anne of Green Gables blouses and outdated Carly Rae Jepsen singles.)

Elsbeth works much more for me in more limited doses, when she’s allowed to balance professional competence with her Amélie-Poulain-on-acid personal quirk. But the case had some good moments, including Alicia reminding a witness about his comment last week that her client, an ousted tech CEO, was a “bitchy” leader. “Just to be clear, I put air quotes around ‘bitchy,’” the witness snots.

Alicia also braces herself to disavow her (still strongly-held) atheism in a YouTube interview with a Jesse Jackson-esque celebrity pastor. She preps with all the seriousness of a lawyer researching opening arguments, roping in her daughter to help her--and winding up making Grace collateral damage in her carefully constructed lies about rethinking her religion.

“I don’t like pretending to be someone I’m not when I’m being interviewed,” Alicia says to Eli’s daughter, whose quick response is telling: “Really? You’re good at it.”

Other thoughts:

-No Alan Cumming this week, but I approve of him sending his daughter to be Alicia’s “body woman.” (Shades of The West Wing and Dule Hill’s relationship with Martin Sheen, though it’s fun to see this relationship play out between two women.)

-The return to the Lockhart Gardner offices was bittersweet on several fronts. Cary’s not happy about “ending up right back where we started” when he fought so hard to build a business of his own. (And that was before Diane poached the oldest, most racist, most sexist, most pantless Lockhart Gardner partner in order to win her real estate battle.)

The episode ends with Alicia and Diane having a sad, nearly-silent discussion about who gets Will’s office. It’s Alicia, of course--and the moment’s significant for more than just its poignancy. As her religion interview reminds us, Alicia’s becoming more and more like Will in regard to her willingness to bend the rules to get what she wants, even if she still feels conflicted about it.

Published on: Oct 26, 2014