This week's episode of The Good Wife was a repeat, produced well before the program's scriptwriters decided to heat up Alicia's domestic life. Peter is still locked up, and Alicia seeks probation for a young black schoolboy who, responding to bullying, unexpectedly seriously injures a schoolmate. The case is heard by a judge who disregards an agreement with the state prosecutor for extended public service but no jail time, and sentences the boy to eight months in a juvenile detention center, where he is attacked and beaten by other inmates.
Alicia and her colleagues discern a racial pattern in the judge's sentencing behavior and eventually discover, with a bit of unusual detective work, that the judge is seriously in debt and has agreed to a kick-back arrangement with the Detention Center's Director. The judge gets the heave-ho, the boy is released, and Diane, one of the firm's senior partners, is denied a nomination for a judgeship on grounds that "a judge doesn't attack another judge."
For once, the partners and Alicia are on the same page, and feel good about it. Just wait.
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