The Good Battle Season four Episode Three Overview: The Gang Will get a Name From HR


How do energy and privilege have an effect on immediately’s society?

That seems to be certainly one of this season’s rising themes as The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 3 continues to deal with this problem.

And this installment did a significantly better job than The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 2, because it highlighted simply how a lot a disparity there may be in a number of totally different eventualities.

The primary was using the n-word.

Most of us would agree {that a} white particular person utilizing the n-word in any context, even when it is quoting a literary passage or singing alongside to a tune, is flawed. 

Adrian: HR known as Vernon Jordan investigating me for the capital crime of utilizing the n-word.
Firth: Properly, sadly, I can’t stand in the way in which of an HR investigation.
Adrian: Oh, it is a bullshit investigation.
Firth: It’s not a bullshit investigation. It’s our commonplace to totally discover any reliable worker criticism.
Adrian: This isn’t reliable. Now, I perceive it’s worthwhile to cowl your ass, however you and I each know that is removed from reliable.
Firth: Properly, what I do know is you might be conscious of the foundations. You didn’t signal your contract that lengthy away. STR Laurie and all its divisions has a zero tolerance coverage for offensive language and harassment at work.
Adrian: Harassment, wow, wow, it’s rising now.
Firth: I acquired into it with Human Sources, they usually assume that the most effective plan of action now could be for everybody at Reddick Boseman to take a category on sensitivity within the office, and we’d want if you happen to didn’t use that phrase once more on the workplace.
Adrian: You favor?
Firth: Adrian, contemplating the charged nature of that phrase, it will be greatest.
Adrian: You don’t dictate what phrases I get to make use of or when.

It is not a phrase Caucasians have a declare to, and utilizing it solely reinforces a whole bunch of years of racism.

It is simply not one thing we’re allowed to say, and that is all.

As somebody who’s white, I would remiss if I attempted to clarify why black individuals or African-Individuals are allowed that proper.

Moreover the apparent political incorrectness, there is not any approach I might ever perceive all of the emotion and complexities — whether or not or not it’s slavery or the continued institutionalized racial discrimination – which might be wrapped up in such a phrase.

As an alternative, it is best simply to make use of the present’s personal phrases, spoken by Jay, as a approach of rationalization:

“Sure, it’s a violent phrase with a violent historical past, however black individuals reckon with it every single day. It’s our phrase. If we use it, if we don’t use it, once we use it, the place we use it, you don’t get to have an opinion. Autonomy over that phrase is our reparation.”

And on paper, Jay is correct.

Nonetheless, issues can turn out to be extra difficult within the office, the place political correctness and propriety supersede anything.

Edie: You didn’t increase your hand. We’d like everybody to take part.
Jay: I don’t know Marcus. Perhaps he actually likes watermelon. Perhaps Tim was appropriate in his commentary.
Edie: Marcus doesn’t eat watermelon.
Jay: Then Tim is a racist.

What makes this an fascinating case examine, although, is the way it was used and who mentioned it.

If, for instance, a white lawyer had known as a black legal professional the n-word, then that could possibly be a firable offense, and a particular purpose for HR to get entangled, as that type of language ought to by no means be tolerated.

But, in Adrian’s case, he was merely quoting one thing a politician had mentioned. 

It was utilized by a person who had a declare to the phrase, and it was not directed at anybody particularly nor used offensively.

All Adrian was doing was utilizing a historic reference to make his level, however he was nonetheless penalized for it.

Somebody knowledgeable HR of the “incident,” so HR determined the most effective plan of action was sensitivity coaching, which is eerily just like firms implementing sexual harassment coaching when an worker comes ahead to report some type of sexual misconduct.

These responses by no means appear to handle the underlying downside or incident.

As an alternative, they are a approach for the higher-ups to guard themselves, so if something like this ever occurs sooner or later, the businesses can then level to those seminars as proof that the difficulty has been addressed earlier than.

Lucca: They want you upstairs within the convention room?
Marissa: Us, why?
Lucca: Range.

It is basically a approach for firms to say, “We’ve zero tolerance for this type of motion, and right here is all of the proof you want.”

It is a technique to “deal with” the issue with out truly making strides to resolve it.

Then there’s additionally the added layer of the phrase coming from the boss.

If a subordinate had made the identical historic reference and used the n-word in that context, that worker might have discovered himself or herself being let go from the corporate.

Nonetheless, Adrian, as a reputation associate, is held to totally different requirements.

What could also be a firable offense for an affiliate might not apply in equal measure for fairness or title associate.

Nobody would blink a watch if some low-level worker was fired, however firing a reputation associate would have wide-reaching penalties.

Diane: I went to Julius in regards to the lacking Tecates injunction, and he informed me if I wished to know the place it went to ask Adrian’s girlfriend.
Adrian: What?
Diane: He mentioned ask your girlfriend. So let me ask, ‘Who’s your girlfriend, and why does she learn about my disappearing case?’
Adrian: Julius. He’s in all probability saying one thing to cross the buck.
Diane: What buck? What’s going on? Why do I really feel like I’m listening to passwords in a secret society?
Adrian: There’s no secret society, Diane. I’m in a relationship with a choose. Now, it isn’t improper, and there may be definitely no ex parte conversations. I simply don’t like my personal life being made public. And you recognize data is energy, and also you lose data to different individuals, and also you give all of them the ability over you.

Subsequently, the superiors must contemplate the fallout versus the offense.

Carl Reddick’s repeated sexual assaults of ladies, which got here to mild on The Good Battle Season 3, would have certified on this occasion had the previous title associate not been lifeless, as there is not any approach the upper ups might have neglected such a matter.

Nonetheless, firing a reputation black associate for utilizing the n-word in a quote would not rise to that degree.

There’s actually no good technique to spin that, particularly when Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart was acquired by STR Laurie for its variety.

Ultimately, all of it comes all the way down to what’s most helpful to these in cost.

And on this occasion, it is protecting Adrian in his place as title associate whereas seemingly condemning such conduct.

Elsewhere, the thriller of Memo 618 continued as Diane realized extra in regards to the deep-seated conspiracy.

Not solely do these behind Memo 618 have the power to coerce judges into ruling of their favor, however additionally they have the power to make whole court docket instances disappear and stall attorneys’ efforts to additional examine the matter.

Diane: What’s Memo 618?
Canning: Objection, Your Honor.
Charlotte: Counsellor, you might be completed.
Diane: Why? I’m simply asking what Memo 618 is. That’s all.
Charlotte: It’s not related to this case.
Diane: Properly, the final time a choose was confronted with Memo 618, my case disappeared, and I see you had been simply handed a doc with Memo 618 on it, and that’s why it’s related.
Charlotte: Counsellor you might be in contempt.
Diane: Why? If Memo 618 means nothing, why ought to I be held in contempt?
Charlotte: Courtroom is adjourned.
Diane: Till when?
Charlotte: Till I fucking resolve.

It looks like these in energy within the judicial system and at top-tier legislation companies have cast some type of collective cabal to guard the privileged.

She’s witnessed firsthand how a lot energy these behind Memo 618 yield, and nearly as good as she is at gaming the system, the mysterious “they” are higher.

This group has extra clout than anticipated, which is able to make it all of the harder for Diane in her seek for solutions.

Nonetheless, Diane isn’t one to surrender a battle, and she or he will not relaxation till justice prevails.

That perseverance and dedication is why viewers love her, however she additionally wants to recollect what occurred final time she dove headfirst right into a trigger.

She was fairly banged up after the swatting incident on The Good Fight Season 4 Episode 1, and that incident required her to take a nine-month sabbatical from work per physician’s orders.

And who’s ever behind Memo 618 has extra energy and sources at their disposal than her “e book membership” ever did.

Diane: Julius, are you fucking critical?
Julius: Don’t swear in my chambers.
Diane: You already know what, I by no means used to swear, ever, however now I discover it helpful. Folks have a look at me and assume I might by no means swear, so after I say, ‘That is fucking nuts,’ it has added that means, and that is motherfucking nuts.

If they will strain judges into ruling their approach, there is not any telling what they will or will do to an legal professional attempting to cease them.

These fears of the potential repercussions should not precisely dissuade her in trying to find solutions, however she ought to preserve that in thoughts as she goes ahead.

Some stray ideas:

  • What’s it with Firth and people cryptic philosophical monologues? Is he simply actually into historic philosophical proverbs, or is he attempting to get at one thing else with out explicitly saying it? Perhaps, he simply likes driving individuals loopy. Who is aware of?

  • Despite the fact that Caleb was simply launched, I like him lots as a personality. Moreover being performed by Hugh Dancy, he simply has a likable allure and high quality to him. In fact, it might all be a ploy to realize everybody’s belief, however let’s not assume that approach. 

  • Marissa happening off DNC Chairman Frank Landau was every little thing I wanted. She is such a gem.

So what did you assume The Good Battle Fanatics?

Did HR overreact to the “incident”?

What’s your viewpoint on the matter?

Ought to Diane be extra nervous about herself than the pursuit of the reality?

Hit the feedback beneath to let me know your ideas. When you occurred to overlook the most recent episode, keep in mind you may watch The Good Fight online at TV Fanatic.

Jessica Lerner is a employees author for TV Fanatic. Comply with her on Twitter.

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