After a fantastic episode last week, "The Good Wife" went back to its earlier issues from this season of having a scattered plot with questionable micro stories that don't turn out to be particularly interesting or, in some cases, even plausible. As a Cary supporter (one of the few), I was particularly offended by the Cary / Kalinda storyline. I gave up on Kalinda's character after Season One, when the writers turned her from a mysterious and gifted investigator into a bisexual terminator. Worse still, her story with Cary feels like it was stolen from Gigli: a tough lesbian is only into women until she meets the right man to show her the error of her ways! Let's not go there, please. Besides, Cary already has a curious relationship with Dana to handle without needing this vague shadow of a threesome hovering over all of the proceedings. And speaking of Cary's work crushes, where has Geneva been? I prefer her, and the actress, over Dana. With so many characters and with flickering focus, "The Good Wife" sometimes creates and dismisses stories too quickly, especially regarding relationships. Geneva has disappeared (one), Will's girlfriend with whom he seemingly made a huge commitment just vanished after he slept with Alicia (two), and how about Zach's girlfriend (three)? Is a Good Wife (or a Good Woman) someone who blessedly releases her partner from any emotional commitment as soon as they lay eyes on someone else? When did this become a fantasy show?
I had hoped for more political plot lines from the show, and this week delivered a little on that. I found the core question to be an interesting and relevant one - in the "Facebook generation," is anyone safe from their past? A good man with political aspirations is forced to admit phantom issues and drop out of running because of a silly college picture that was released. It's outrageous, yet this obsession with documenting our every moments is already having implications (documenting our body parts has, anyway. It hasn't gotten as silly as the pictures in this episode yet, I don't think, but it's surely just a matter of time). And what do we actually want or expect from our public officials? A lot of deep questions, but they weren't given much time or lip service. At least seeing Mickey Gunn (Michael Kelly, a favorite character actor of mine) and Eli working together is always a treat, especially when they are scheming or watching their schemes fail. Hopefully their alliance will remain over the course of the show. The potential return of Parker Posey as Eli's ex-wife running for State Senate would just take it to the next level. These are the kind of threesomes I want! Wait, let me retract that … Chris Matthews I don't know what you think you heard or read but I can assure you that that is the only mention I made of it. Except that time in the first paragraph. … Oops?
As for the COTW, was anyone else expecting a twist? For some reason I was convinced throughout the entire episode that Ricky was somehow covering up for his brother, or was somehow falsely imprisoned. Of course I didn't really think it through, I was too distracted by wishing away the Cary/Kalinda storyline, but I was still a little let down by the fact that Ricky was really just a nasty guy who grew up in a lovely family. These things happen I suppose. At least he was able to give the name of the real killer of the other case, even though that case was more or less ignored throughout most of the episode. When you have 22-episode seasons, I guess not every week can be a winner! Last week made me very excited for the future of "The Good Wife" this season, but it would appear that the kinks of piloting a season that wasn't a part of the original conception for the show are not quite over with.
The preview for next week at least does look like it will amp up some of the Alicia/Will drama. This week we learned that the State's Attorneys office is investigating Will, Jackie is investigating Alicia through her clothes hamper, and Diane is investigating both of them. Might the jig be up? It may instead force their hand, with Alicia making a decision about what (and who) she wants for her future.
Musings and Miscellanea:
— Did anyone else find the music that played over the opening scenes distracting? I watched online, and I thought that a pop up ad or my iTunes had suddenly started playing.
— Will: "It's like a Rube Goldberg defense."
— Archie Panjabi's English accent was really out to play in this episode.
— Dana: "His a.k.a. is A.K.A. … yeah, that makes it hard."
— Hector from "Breaking Bad" made an appearance as the priest, surprising me by speaking and not just using a bell!
— Eli: "TMZ will start it, FOX will report it and Jon Stewart will finish it - Here. Comes. Santa."
— It's always a bit of a risk to "date" a show. In this case we find out that Ricky will be executed on November 14th, the day after the episode airs. I guess it was meant to give a real-life feel urgency to the proceedings, but it didn't (for me, anyway). I think Diane saying "we have 36 hours" was sufficient.
— Jackie and the computer! I laughed, I have definitely had that same issue in the past, I cannot tell a lie. Again, "The Good Wife" integrates technology into all of the proceedings. The kids are each in their rooms playing on their computers, while Jackie tries to break into one!
— The show needs to stop having cold opens with Cary standing at a crime scene. Mix it up, some!
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