When fans first met Peter Florrick in The Good Wife‘s pilot, he was a criminal. He was a liar and a (quite literal) cheater. Now, seven season later, as the show winds down, the question once again is: Is Peter guilty? We know he’s a cheater, but is he a liar? And ultimately, is he a criminal?
That is the focal point of Peter’s trial, which is where we begin, with Alicia sitting behind her husband as Connor Fox gives his opening argument. With Michael Tascioni out, Diane and Lucca have stepped in to defend Peter, and Diane quickly realizes that with Judge Cuesta at the bench, it’s not going to be an easy trial.
After Lloyd Garber takes the stand to talk about how he went to Peter about his son because Peter was his friend, the defense focuses on the words “you have nothing to worry about,” otherwise known as the thing Peter said to Lloyd when he found out that Lloyd’s son was on trial. (Later, bullets would go missing from evidence, which would lead to a mistrial.)
But by focusing on the interpretation of those words and the fact that Peter simply could’ve been commiserating with a friend — not to mention the evident deal that Lloyd has with the prosecution — the defense sort of makes it work. By the time Connor Fox shows up to Alicia, he has a new deal for Peter: eight years. And when Alicia very quickly says no, Connor promises a surprise witness. So naturally, Alicia calls Jason.
Sitting in a conference room at the law firm as two construction workers tear down a (rather flimsy) wall, Jason agrees to look into it. And when Alicia gets word of the construction, she grabs Diane — who’s busy meeting with potential (female) lawyers for the firm — and they run over to check on the damage. It seems the construction men had the floor wrong. They were supposed to be on 18, not 28. So what now? Diane thinks they should just expand to the 29th floor. After all, it’s empty and there’s a hole in their ceiling, so it really makes sense. Alicia’s in.
Next up on the stand is Matan Brody, who was the lead prosecutor on the Locke case along with Cary. Matan testifies that Peter micro-managed the case — even showing up at the crime scene — before Alicia steps out to meet with Canning. Canning assures her that so long as they don’t come after Cary, Cary won’t come after them. But the real twist is that Canning knows the identity of the prosecution’s surprise witness: Geneva Pine. And according to Canning, if she testifies, Peter will go to prison.
Once again turning to Jason, Alicia asks him to find out what Geneva knows. She then apologizes for having to finish things up with Peter, but as for what he said, she can’t wrap her head around him not wanting to get stuck and yet still wanting to be together. She says she needs time, and he seems fine with that for now. He has work to do, anyway.
And what Jason finds out will surprise no one: According to a woman at the state’s attorney’s office, Geneva and Peter had a long-term affair, and when he broke things off about a month ago, she decided to testify.
On the stand, Geneva claims that Peter stopped Richard Locke from confessing to the crime. But when Jason can’t seem to tell Alicia about what he found, Canning is there to do the dirty work. Discovering the same thing, he gives Alicia a folder full of affidavits from co-workers regarding Peter and Geneva’s affair. The best part? Alicia feeling nothing about the affair and then fake-crying to appease Canning. Yeah, she’s shed enough tears over Peter.
Alicia tells Diane to use the affair, but Peter won’t allow it. He — for some reason — swears it isn’t true. So Diane has to find another route, and she goes straight to Kurt, who performed the preliminary test on the bullets before they went missing. Diane asks her husband to testify and give his honest opinion in a manner that will help her. And that’s exactly what he does, stating that the test he performed proved the bullets did not come from Locke’s gun. And if those were the test results presented to Peter, why would he have had motive to get rid of those bullets?
Well, it’s a solid point, but it’s one that’s quickly ruined when Kurt’s favorite student gets up on the stand and all but accuses him of twisting his words to help his wife, which of course is what he did. But leave it to Lucca to save the day! Lucca simply points out that Kurt might have “oversold” his results, but if he’d done the same to Peter, the argument stands: Peter would’ve had no reason to destroy the bullets. (I don’t think Diane has ever loved anyone more than she loves Lucca in this moment.)
NEXT: Cary takes the stand