The Good Fight Season 5, Episode 9 recap: And the End Was Violent…

"And the end was violent..."-- Epi# 509 -- Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold of the Paramount+ series THE GOOD FIGHT. Photo: Elizabeth Fisher©2021 Paramount+, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
"And the end was violent..."-- Epi# 509 -- Sarah Steele as Marissa Gold of the Paramount+ series THE GOOD FIGHT. Photo: Elizabeth Fisher©2021 Paramount+, Inc. All Rights Reserved. /

The Good Fight Season 5 was a bucket of laughs this week (when isn’t it, though?) as the firm had to contend with Allegra’s newest hire (Wanda Sykes). She’s proving to be quite the addition, but for a moment this week, it seemed like Diane (Christine Baranski) and Liz (Audra McDonald) were regretting their decision to bring her on.

On the other hand, I love the character of Allegra, especially since Sykes is playing her. She’s brilliant in this role and is absolutely hilarious in every single way. Sykes fits in effortlessly in the crazy world of The Good Fight, and I really hope she’ll be sticking around for the long term.

This week’s episode deals in the world of make-believe a little bit and again pushes the boundaries of reality. But that’s what the show is so darn good at and how it manages to pull us in week after week.

What other show would have a makeshift court in the back of a copy/print store where people solve their legal issues? It’s not even a real court! But somehow, it works, and bringing it to life is the incomparable Mandy Patinkin, playing Judge Wackner.

There’s a lot to break down from this week’s wacky, nonsensical episode of The Good Fight Season 5, so without further ado, let’s get right into the recap below!

The Good Fight Season 5, Episode 9 recap: Judge Wackner’s court

After learning about Wackner’s court, cops began avoiding the legal system by heading straight there. It was their way of working the system and using Wackner’s court to process criminals differently. Basically, they were imprisoning people without the proper due process they are owed.

The episode is a stark reminder that this court is truly operating on its own wavelength, and as hilarious as it is at times, it’s not always legal. But while Wackner tries to hold the criminals in a private prison, we learn about another judge operating a courtroom outside her house. And when she imprisons people, she puts them in cages. Yeah…that is taking it to the next level.

Judge Vinetta (CCH Pounder) doesn’t seem to be fazed by her decision to do such a thing, and somehow her behavior makes Wackner’s court seem legitimate–even with its weird costumes and strange penalties.

But what all of this makes me wonder about is, does this mean we can all have courts inside our homes and hand out justice as we see fit? It’s a dangerous road to tread, and I’m not sure The Good Fight Season 5 should have done this particular storyline, but then again, it’s what they’re known for–controversial stories.

The Good Fight Season 5, Episode 9 recap: Elsewhere

This week’s episode also spends time on Oscar Rivi’s (Tony Plana) storyline. I wasn’t all that interested in it, especially not his partnership with Plum Meadow Farms and the marijuana business he was trying to get into. I think they finally concluded with all the legal back and forth his character has been going through. I don’t have much to say on that front because I honestly didn’t care.

The joy and heart of this episode was Wanda Sykes, through and through. I love that her character’s big personality is taking over the firm, and everyone is struggling to resist her charm, as weird and wacky as it might be.

I could not stop laughing when Allegra joined a video call with STR Laurie’s Dubai and London office and couldn’t turn off the cat filter. She proceeded to go through the entire call while trying to seriously pitch that instead of firing employees, they should be hiring.

She may come off as someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing, but she is incredibly intelligent. In fact, she gets David Lee (Zach Grenier) to stand up to the international counterparts and demand they get what they’re asking for–more funding. Talk about a boss!

In what was a rather mediocre episode, Sykes was the shining light that made it well worth the watch–cat filter and all. I really hope she’s here for the long term (fingers crossed).

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That cat filter was life!

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