Originally Posted by grubadub
and i thought it was odd that alicia and cary didn't see right through the partners divide and conquer strategy.
Of course they did. Alicia's weak rationalization, and Cary's grudging assent, made it clear.
This is not a show about heroic, altruistic lawyers fighting for the disenfranchised and downtrodden. There may be room for heroics and personal ethics, but only within the narrow confines of a profit-making law firm with a clear priority to win at any cost that doesn't threaten their continued existence as a company. Alicia and Cary have both bought into this ethos, and that last scene between them beautifully encapsulated their full understanding that getting ahead is everyone's first priority.
The idea of the fourth-years banding together was not some sort of class struggle for justice. It was a way for them to maximize the effect of what power they had. At that point they thought they could all become equity partners. They weren't fighting for each other; they were fighting for themselves, together. "All or none" was never on the table.