Between Grandma Veronica, Chumhum, the brief appearance of Patrick Edelstein and the surprise resurgence of a conniving Becca and a crying Nessa, “The Bit Bucket” spent the entire episode overflowing with story lines built atop a sticky web of personal/professional connections.
If I’m being perfectly candid, I’ll confess this episode left me thinking I need to take more notes – and build more flowcharts. Am I alone here? Did everyone else get everything that was happening? We had Chumhum looking to sue the government who, as it turned out, is tapping the phones of Alicia and Diane, only to find out that some terrorist group is calling the Florrick house 12 times a day. The terrorist group is none other than Nessa, who is actually just upset that Becca is back and stealing gavels, which makes it seem like Zack is cheating (are they even still together?), which of course he isn't – it’s the world’s most annoying sister, Grace, who is getting makeup tips from Eli’s 21 year old arch nemesis. Unfortunately, this means Peter is now being looked at for connections to terrorism and the government is more in the loop than Kalinda… which just seems wrong. Confused? This was strangely the least complex plot web of the entire episode.
So, what did we learn? Grace is undermining the government, Chumhum and the state of Illinois without even knowing it. Of all the things I didn't see coming over the last five seasons, this doesn't make the list – it’s just the cherry on top.
“The Bit Bucket:” Highlights, Lowlights and David Lee
1) The Slow Drip: I’m not one to side with David on much (especially his horrible choice of ties), however, there’s no denying his shrewd instincts when it comes to people and the firm. “The absence of bad news is not good news” he says to Diane, who seems somewhat oblivious of the soldier ants slowly moving the grains of sand from her kingdom. While Diane is worried about her seat on the Supreme Court, she’s missing what David is catching – and that’s a mutiny. It’s a slow drip that she’s not seeing between her meetings with Mandy Post, but it’s there. If only Julius were around. He and David would fight about the lack of fourth year texts and life would be grand.
2) Welcome to your Closet: The highlight of the episode for me? Watching Cary take Alicia to a closet filled with boxes and brooms and saying it was her new office. Having followed Cary through some seriously unappealing work spaces, this was especially fun to watch. The best part? He thought so, too. If ever I’m having a sad day, I think I’ll put this scene on repeat.
3) Pour a Little Sugar on Me: It’s not a full David Lee experience without his square dish of M&Ms and candy scattered across the boardroom. My questions: 1) Who eats candy off a boardroom table? 2) What does Veronica see in David? I mean, really – who knows where that candy dish has been. 3) This line: Veronica: “You’re a carnivore. You’re a jungle cat.” Me: “Ewww.”
4) The Golden Gavel: Two things about these scenes: 1) Peter has a ‘gift room?’ This seems like the best and funniest place on earth, especially with Eli lurking around and trying to sleuth items put into storage. It’s like finding out relatives are coming over and having to go into the basement to track down Great Aunt Judy’s crystal ashtray to put on display, even though you don’t smoke and it actually makes no sense you would have this out anyways. What I’ve learned here: meetings at the Governor’s office and family gatherings aren’t all that different. 2) Becca is back! Now that “Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23” is over, Becca is back as the “B” of Illinois, which is fun and surprising development. She’s just as evil as before which means we’ll get to see Eli upping his game. I guess that’s what comes with being Chief of Staff. Sometimes you have to play in the mud… and sometimes that means paying a price for your golden gavel.
5) If Jesus Says So: The only thing better than having Grandma Veronica come to visit is seeing Uncle Owen. This week, Grandma V was in fine form as she took Grace shopping and came home uttering the words, “Jesus has no problem with Grace looking her best.” Even Zack is concerned – but that probably has a bit to do with last week’s findings that Grace has made the list of hot politician’s daughters. This year, I sense, is going to be a family disaster. The best part? We haven’t even seen Owen or Jackie (or Jackie’s caregiver/lover, Cristian!) yet. Once these three resurface, anything could happen.
6) I’ve Got Your Back: Eli is backing Peter who is backing Diane who is backing Will. It’s a strange yet comfortable place for everyone, as individually, each of these characters have connections with each other. Though, when push comes to shove, I’m not sure they would if the roles were at all reversed. For now though, everything is bliss as Peter tries to get Diane elected to the Supreme Court. Well, bliss for everyone but the Chief Justice, who it now seems Peter has something on… and maybe for Diane who has avoided selling Will out for the last year, until maybe now. Okay, so it’s not bliss for anyone, except maybe Will who doesn’t seem to know anything is happening with Diane, the missing gavel, the firm or Alicia. I sense a rude awakening coming and the only good that can come of that is the hope Will’s sisters will once again surface.
Favourite Guest Star:
There’s no question for me this week: Dreama Walker as Becca. She’s just so manipulative and sly – kind of like a young Colin Sweeney. She’s one of those characters you love to hate and that’s what makes her so compelling to watch. Of course, the fact she could be the undoing of Eli’s sanity is always an entertaining plus.
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