The Good Fight - The One About the End of the World (Season Finale) - Review By Julia Krassnik (May 20, 2019, 6:45 pm)
The Good Fight
It seems the weather has become one of the main characters on The Good Fight. While in the last episode there was a thunderstorm raging, in the season finale there are balls of lightning hitting buildings and power plants around the area of Chicago. But this crazy weather phenomenon merely highlights the absolute insanity of the main characters' lives on the show and emphasizes the “end of the world” atmosphere perfectly.
Diane and Liz both left their underground resistance group after the members went rogue and resorted to extreme measures that ended up killing a man. The leader of the group makes it clear that she will be coming after Diane if she ever decides to expose or stop them. A threat that Diane probably did not take as seriously as she should have.
After getting Blum disbarred Reddick/Boseman find themselves on the very top of the fallen lawyer’s list of enemies. He wants to destroy the frim. With Maia’s help, Blum is coming after their reputation. Reddick/Boseman represented several black men that were victims of police brutality over the last few years. Blum and Maia are claiming that the firm took up to 60% of the award the Chicago PD paid the victims, ripping off their own clients. To prove that their rate is justified Reddick/Boseman bring in several expert witnesses. However, the fact the judge is a Trump appointee who apparently bought his degree at Trump University constitutes a rather big problem. Judge Toosi has no idea what he is doing and does not understand half of what the lawyers around him are saying. Blum uses the judge’s lack of knowledge to his advantage. For the first part of the trail, he and Maia seem to have the upper hand but then Diane realizes something very important: “there is strength in simplicity”. She asks Jay to draw her some cartoons which their expert witness then uses to give her statement in a manner the judge will understand.
“This is Judy Giraffe. Judy defends order in the forest. It's Judy's job to look after Paulie Possum, after he was attacked by Benny Bobcat. But Benny worries if Judy protects all the animals in the wild, he won't be able to have - his way with them.”
When they then find out the judge has an ASMR fixation, Reddick/Boseman make sure their next witness uses her best ASMR voice to deliver her statement. It works like a charm. Blum’s counter-attack is that he equips the spectator area with people who will clap and cheer at everything he and Maia say and boo whenever someone from Reddick/Boseman is talking. This also works perfectly. The judge, clueless as he is, bases his actions on the audience’s reactions. Blum though goes the extra mile to assure his win in court. He approaches Charlotte Hazlewood, the (apparently married) judge Adrian Boseman is having an affair with. He asks her to influence judge Toosi to rule in his favor. He hints at exposing her little affair with Boseman if she does not agree to have a chat with the Trump appointee.
In the meantime, Diane goes to see Maia to offer her an equity partnership at Reddick/Boseman. Since Julius is leaving to be a federal judge they need a new partner and they want it to be Maia. Actually, the partnership was supposed to go to either Lucca or Rosalyn but as the first put it so fittingly: “That makes sense. Two black girls were up for a job and they give it to the white girl.” Maia, however, declines. She will not be bought. Apart from that, she is convinced she and Blum will win the case.
Turns out though, the cartoons Jay drew to help Reddick/Boseman make a point really impressed Toosi. To everyone’s surprise, he rules in the firm's favor!
After the trail, Diane approaches Maia once more and asks if she reconsidered joining Reddick/Boseman as a partner. Maia has no interest whatsoever. She prefers sticking with Blum.
Diane: Maia, there is no future with Blum. He's disbarred.
Maia: In Illinois. Not in D.C.
With a grin on her face, Maia leaves. She gets in Blum’s car sucking on a fentanyl lollipop.
Now that the white girl declined the offer the partnership will probably go to Lucca or Rosalyn after all. Though, two of the partners clearly prefer Rosalyn as they think it is better for the firm’s image to make a black associate partner. They simply do not consider Lucca as "black enough". So, at first Lucca is not black enough and by the end of the episode, she is not white enough. Hello, hypocrisy!
In this episode, Diane’s husband Kurt is back and he is somewhat stuck on a rather important job assignment. As the Midwestern regional director, he was tasked to write a speech for Trump, to introduce him at an event in Wisconsin. He keeps it a secret from Diane. However, when she founds the notebook with the first, and only, two sentences he has written so far, she mistakenly believes it to be the beginning of a love letter to her.
“The last two years have brought me a new optimism. How can I express the difference you have made?”
Kurt clears up the misunderstanding and finally tells her that his attempt at writing a love letter is not because of her but because of Trump. I strongly believe Diane is a saint for not slapping him then and there. Instead, she actually helps him write the speech. She is far better at fake flattery than Kurt is.
Kurt: You hate him
Diane: Yes, but I love you. And you don't have the fawning gene. Just, just write this: Not since Abraham Lincoln has our great country been blessed by a leader of such wisdom and courage. Some say that President Trump is simple. But there is strength in simplicity. Complexity has only led us to joblessness and war.
Kurt delivers the speech and is then asked to stand behind Trump with the rest of his delegation. Hilariously, though Kurt is not able to display enough excitement for Trump's speech, so he is removed from stage for not being enthusiastic enough. At this moment Diane seems to fall for her husband even more. And I really can’t blame her. Whether or not Kurt's lack of excitement was intentional, the scene was one of the best of the entire episode.
The episode ends with Kurt and Diane lying in bed together. It is the exact same scene the season opened with, suggesting that everything that happened afterward was merely a flashback.
Diane: You are my hero.
Kurt: If they fired me, I'd be a hero.
Diane (laughs): I'm happy….What Am I ridiculous?
Kurt: You like narrating your life.
Diane: You know, there are psychological studies that say, when people are happy, they look desperately for things to make them unhappy. But that won't happen to us, will it? Tell me everything's gonna be all right.
Kurt: Everything's gonna be all right.
Diane: No, tell But mean it.
Kurt: Everything's gonna be all right. What could go wrong?
In exactly this very moment, we see a SWAT team that is about the enter their bedroom. It seems that the Book Club does not shy away from getting more people hurt or even killed. It looks like they have, once again, placed a fake 911 call to get the authorities to raid Diane’s home thinking they will come across a dangerous criminal.
A perfect final episode to a perfect third season. I for one hope we won’t see as much of Blum in the future (though Michael Sheen's performance is just as brilliant as the show itself) and instead get to focus more on the fabulous women at the firm: Diane, Liz, Lucca and Marissa.