I've developed a theory, which goes like this. This episode was substantially recut and re-edited to accommodate an earlier exit for Nick than was originally planned. The stills from the episode show that there was going to be a Kalinda/Nick bedroom scene (probably a pretty racy one) that we never saw, and I personally believe that the Cary beatdown was supposed to take place in a later episode than this one, possibly as the fall finale cliffhanger.
I think you're absolutely correct about this. In additional evidence that supports it: Archie Panjabi gave a tease on the Emmy red carpet about upcoming scenes. She mentioned the ice cream scene and also one between Kalinda and Nick that involves a letter opener. Another interview included a quote where she described Nick as being attracted to Kalinda's danger (also something we haven't really seen.) One of the stills is of Nick only and he has a cut above his eye. I think they cut a sex scene that included knife play where Kalinda cuts Nick. This would also tie into the episode with Grace's plot about cutting.
It makes sense that they would chop this out given the outrage over the sexcapades shown so far. Although personally Kalinda's inability to quit Nick would make more sense to me if there is something out-of-the-ordinary about their sexual relationship that she feels she needs/deserves than her being inexplicably lovey-dovey as she gazes at him on her bed after a night of spousal snuggling.
I remain concerned about the level of collective stupidity shown by characters and plot contrivances required by the retooling to get Cary beaten up in this episode. And I also wonder if they were going to depict something pretty interesting about Kalinda and her relationship to sex that might also have been abandoned. I'll probably never know of course.
Really interesting theory! Though I'd find Grace talking about cutting juxtaposed with Kalinda cutting Nick in bed a little too direct a comparison and blunt. Guess the show's IQ has dropped...
I don't think I could make a call on whether the cutting comparison would be blunt (good pun btw!) given we're talking about a scene that I'm only speculating may have existed and we never saw.
Edited by Sydneyside, Nov 24, 2012 @ 8:48 PM.