Add to the mix, a new dollop of office politics as the Lockhart and Gardner law firm completes a merger with a DC law firm run by African-American lawyer, Derrick Bond, played by Michael Ealy. Who gets what office? Whose administrative policies will take precedence?
Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Will think they will be able to control things because they will always have a two-to-one majority in the new partnership, but they may find some surprises. Perhaps even more interesting, the merger brings some new competition for Emmy winner Archie Panjabi's sexually ambivalent Kalinda Sharma, with the arrival of another impressive investigator played by Scott Porter. In some respects this mirrors season one's competition between Alicia and Cary: alpha male and alpha female fighting to stake out their territories. It is a conflict that promises future sparks of one sort or another.
Alan Cumming, the slimy one, is back as Eli Gold, Peter's Machiavellian political hatchet man. His portfolio is to preserve and protect—Peter, and preserve and protect is what he does. With mid-term elections on tap for November, the State's Attorney race in Cook County should provide a convenient vehicle for fictionalizing any new scandals, in a show that took much of its impetus from the case of Eliot Spitzer in New York.
The season opener promises another fine season for The Good Wife.