But the show is not without its pet projects and recurring motifs, some of which work better than others. During the COTW we had our typically eccentric judge, Flamm, but several interesting comments on race relations. "The Good Wife" loves to play with race and bias. In the season opener we learned that the supposed hate crime perpetrated by a Muslim student to a Jewish one was in fact a crime of passion - the two were gay lovers. Last night, the AUSA assigned to prevent racial injustice in plea bargaining ends up pulling a race card of her own to win Judge Flamm over to the prosecution's side. Alicia also brought up in court one of the show's most often stated issues: racial misidentification. Over and over again we have been shown, sometimes through example and mention of scientific study, that people cannot easily identify distinguishing features of other races. It's an interesting discussion point, and another one of the things that makes "The Good Wife" such an intellectually engaging show.
Still, there are missteps like the entirety of the Celeste subplot, where Will is ~tempted to the dark side. The only interesting thing to come out of this entire folly is that Celeste may be setting up a firm that will rival Lockhart Gardner. I presume, unfortunately, we have not seen the last of her. On the flip side, the show needs a regular villain, and now that Glenn Childs seems to be neutralized, Celeste would make a worthy candidate (even though I'd love to see more Eddie Izzard). In the end, "Feed the Rat" was about moving around the pieces of Lockhart Gardner, and introducing a newer and higher moral code for Will and Diane, both who made conscious decisions this week to do the right thing (it's not easy for them!)
Next Week: A wife killer looks for a deal, and presumably challenges everyone's moral code.
Musings and Miscellanea:
— Like a lot of fans, Eli Gold is my favorite character. I like him teaming up with Kalinda because I'm pretty sure they could rule the world. Also, I am a much bigger fan of Kalinda when we see less of her personal life. I prefer her to be a badass, if robotic, woman of mystery.
— Where was security camera footage from the convenience store? Even if the killer couldn't be seen, surely the innocent man would have been?
— How nightmarish would it be to be arrested for a first degree murder you didn't commit?
— "[While you're looking around], an espresso machine would be nice" - Eli to Diane.
— I really liked the Legal Aid storyline this week. Diane is another Top 3 character to me, and I love seeing these nuances. Can't wait to see how the chaos of Legal Aid will work within Lockhart Gardner, and how Eli will handle it. I think it will bring some much-needed spark to that office!
— Peter and Will together with someone who knows Will's secret? Yeesh. In a way I've been disappointed by the lack of development with Peter's character. In Season One, Chris Noth was in a Broadway production that left filming for "The Good Wife" as a side-project he sometimes showed up on set for. As such, I think he's kind of unfairly portrayed. Team Peter! (hah)
— So per usual I'm ignoring the love triangle - Will said "I love you" distractedly. But he does love her, doesn't he? But does she love him back? Is Alicia pleased because for once she has the upper hand?
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