Lana has floated around as a recurring character since the first season of The Good Wife, and now is serving as a player in the investigation into Lemond Bishop. Once Bishop realizes Kalinda is sleeping with her, he demands she put a blank card (which contains some kind of tracking chip, one assumes?) into her wallet, probably so he can keep the Feds off his trail. As far as we know, Kalinda has no particular loyalty to Lana, but she's obviously turning into a real softie, since she snaps the card in two at the end of the episode. It's a nice moment, but since Kalinda's emotions are entirely sublimated at all times, it's not a particularly effective one in the short term. Has she fallen harder for Lana? If so, it doesn't show in their chemistry. Does she have some grander plan to stay one step ahead of Bishop? More believable, but even Kalinda seemed surprised at her impulsiveness.
I appreciate that Kalinda is crucial simply from a plot perspective—she can get around the law to help our heroes in important ways—but it’s tiresome to see her used as a sexy pawn in plot after plot. She particularly doesn't work as the object of Cary's angst as he weathers his pre-trial preparation. The two are required to keep 30 feet apart at all times as part of his bail terms, and I just don't buy that this is tearing either of them up inside. Their long-running romantic tension has never risen past cute, and this week his lamenting her sleeping with other people rang particularly false. Cary knows the deal with Kalinda—even under pressure, I don't buy that this is where he'd direct his frustrations.
Much better was his sweaty fury while preparing to take the witness stand at his own trial, a particularly tricky proposition than Diane tried to advise against. Attorneys, of course, are bad witnesses since they can anticipate every move being made against them and try get ahead of whoever's cross-examining them, which no jury would appreciate. Rita Wilson as Viola Walsh (one of the show's many great recurring attorney adversaries) was deployed wonderfully as a practice examiner designed to get under Cary's skin. I still find it difficult to believe there's not one big twist left in Cary's case—it's probably not going to trial without either Bishop or the Feds pulling another crazy maneuver—but trial prep in "Red Zone" served to settle Cary and give him perspective on his case after weeks of agitation. As furious as he might be at the State's Attorney's charges, he's an attorney. He knows he can't win by ranting angrily about injustice being done.
This perspective is brought into focus by Alicia, who tells Cary that he comes off as privileged on the witness stand. There's a good reason for that—he is privileged. He's mostly scandalized by these charges and the doctored recording being used against him because it's happening to him. One of the best thing about season six of The Good Wife is that it's swinging a wrecking ball into the cloistered lives Alicia, Cary, and company enjoy as wealthy lawyers and examining both the flimsiness and the power of their status.