When it comes to pushing the envelope in drama series The Good Fight, the envelope doesn’t even exist. Husband-and-wife creator Robert and Michelle King are not afraid to poke the bear, so to speak, when it comes to politics in America and what is wrong and what is right. This season, the lawyers at Reddick Boseman & Lockhart are confronting new challenges within the judicial system, all of which make it harder to stay on top and fight the good fight.
S4 is now airing on Mondays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 21:00. You can also watch the new season on Catch Up, S1-3 are also available on Showmax if you want to refresh your memory and everything that’s happened until this point.
An alternate universe
Need a quick recap of S4 episode 1? Lawyer Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) wakes up from a coma and experiences an alternative universe in which Donald Trump didn’t win the presidency in 2016 but Hillary Clinton – Diane’s chosen candidate – did. It’s a relentlessly delightful episode that sets the tone for S4, centring Diane squarely in the middle of what promises to be an even more urgent political maelstrom for a series whose political sense has been its trademark from day 1. “I said to the Kings when I read it, that I have worked with them for 10 years now, and this is my favourite episode that I will ever have the pleasure of doing,” says Christine
Ignoring the rules
In episode 2, things go back to normal (relatively speaking), with Trump being president and Diane returning to work. But Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart are now part of a multimillion-dollar conglomerate called STR Laurie, run by soft-spoken, sophisticated lawyer and businessman Gary Firth (John Larroquette).
Gary is an odd duck, but he has the potential to be deadly, warns Christine. He puts Diana in charge of running the firm’s pro bono cases, which she loves, but as soon as she takes charge of her first case, everything in the courtroom goes south and all rules are ignored. Even the judges assigned to her cases mysteriously vanish after being handed the unexplained Memo 618 document.
Robert explains his and Michelle’s idea to ignore the rules this season. “Michelle and I were talking about how, when you’re growing up, you think (if you receive) a subpoena, you have to go. And one of the things I think we’ve learnt over the last few months – you really don’t have to go. Just forget it. Just stick it away, like you would a jury summons. So, this season seems to be an understanding about how some of the rules have broken down with regards to the law and how things that we always expected, like not perjuring yourself, are being bent a little bit, especially if you’re rich or powerful.”
And with this, everything Diane stands for – truth and justice – get turned upside down. But Diane will fight for what is right. “Trying to figure out what Memo 618 is will consume her for most of the season, which will have potentially dire consequences,” warns Christine.
Into the belly of the best
The rest of the 7-episode S4 (which was cut short from 10 episodes due to corona virus messing up the filming schedule) is packed with highlighting global events, such as addressing the Harvey Weinstein and Jeffery Epstein rape cases, human trafficking and sexual assault scandals and, of course, dissing The Apprentice aka President Trump.
“Our show has always just gone into the belly of the beast in terms of what we are living through, and these are characters living in as much of the real time as possible,” explains Christine. This season will also explicitly tackle racial tensions at the firm in ways it hasn’t done previously (this has been a major theme of the series but it’s about to hit a little differently) – as seen in episode 4, which will raise more than one eyebrow.
Other famous faces and characters who will make their return this season are divorce lawyer David Lee (Zach Grenier) and the sympathy-seeking lawyer Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox). Actor Hugh Dancy will also join the cast in S4 as junior lawyer Caleb Garlin, who has a photographic memory and starts a secret sexual relationship with named partner Liz Reddick (Audra McDonald). And things get steamy not just in private, but in the office as well…
Watch The Good Fight S4 Mondays on M-Net (DStv 101) at 20:00 or on Catch Up