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The Good Wife Review: Who is Wendy Scott-Carr?!?

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If season one of The Good Wife was all about the show's characters, season two has been focused on intricate storylines involving these characters.

On "Cleaning House," viewers were treated to a major pay-off, as various early season set-ups (Peter's campaign, Cary's vengeance and Kalinda's feud) came together to give us a tense hour.

Filled with developments bound to have far-reaching consequences, the episode gave every character plenty to do and plenty to worry about. Let's go over everything we learned this week...

Will Kicks It

Peter and Childs have a new foe. I had a feeling we'd see more of Wendy Scott-Carr because she's played by Broadway star Anika Noni Rose. But I certainly didn't see her role as a third candidate coming. This could go in any number of directions, but let's hope one of them is more interactions between Peter and Childs. I love it when foes are forced to become reluctant friends, at least temporarily.

Also gotta love Wendy immediately mentioning her parents' middle class occupation in her opening remarks. Candidates painting themselves as regular folks, in order to appeal to those sick of politics, is reflective of real life elections, especially this year. Nice, subtle touch.

Will has dirt on Childs... or does he? Were viewers supposed to know what Will was referring to when he threatened Cary and his boss at the deposition? Nothing comes to my mind, which just adds another level of intrigue. I'm glad the show has pushed the Will/Alicia romance way off to the side for a bit, but still gives us little nuggets such as him sticking up for her in this scene.

The Good Wife has great guest stars. They were out in full force this week, as Corbin Bleu portrayed Alicia's client; Mamie Gummer returned as Nancy Crozier (felt like there should have been one more scene between her and Alicia after their case was settled, didn't it?); Kate Burton returned as Judge Adler; and Elizabeth Reaser made her first appearance as a love interest for Will.

Kalinda has a major temper. This was by far my least favorite storyline. It made Kalinda look crazy, not tough. I'm all for some kind of feud with a rival private investigator - but he calls her by the wrong name? She smashes the windows of his car with a baseball bat? Carrie Underwood might be proud of Kalinda for the latter, but I'm disappointed in these middle school-like actions.

All around, though, a solid episode that planted a number of seeds for the season. Will Peter and Childs team up to take down Wendy? How far will Cary go in his quest for revenge? Will Diane get more involved with her mentor/rival, Judge Adler? Props to the show for bringing that feud back to the forefront, as Diane speaks well on women's rights and issues.

What did you think of "Cleaning House?"

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I'm quite surprised that you would think Kalinda's reaction to Blake is due to a reason as superficial as "he called her by the wrong name". Given the depth of mystery around Kalinda right from episode 1 of season 1, it's as clear as day that Kalinda has a past. And it must be a dark, dark one because it she takes off the gloves when Blake drops repeatedly drops the "Leila" hints to Alicia. Do you think those little "slips of the tongue" were innocent? Even Alicia picked up the undercurrents. There's a reason for Kalinda's reaction and she means business. So why not let the story play out before you hastily conclude that her response to Blake's antics was "middle-school".

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I am not from the US, so maybe someone could help me with this: Alicia and the lawyer, who was then represented by Nancy Crozier, had some kind of agreement signed between them? How are these agreements called?

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Love the show... but kalinda didn't go crazy cuz he called her the wrong name. Get your facts right please. She went crazy because he dug into her background and found out, she's not who she say she is and her real name isn't kalinda.. I love that whole scene I want more romance with her and will although I kno its not going anywhere because the title of the show is called The Good Wife, so there romance probably won't go anywhere...

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I loved the addition of Wendy! My favorite moment was probably Will's threat. I loved the Cary smackdown, I loved that he was doing it for Alicia (everything related to Will/Alicia this episode was a win IMO), and I loved the smart, touch way of showing he'd had enough and was willing to play hardball to win. The Kalinda/Blake scenes felt over the top to me. I didn't like it much either. I get that they were proving a point to each other but I didn't like how far both of them went to show it. Not my thing. And I agree, it made Kalinda look more crazy than badass to me.

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Wendy mentions that her mother and grandmother were house cleaners. That's middle-class?

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A great hour. One of the best, if not the best episode yet. Such good writing and acting. I continue to plea for Alicia and the firm to lose a few legal battles though. It would only make L-G-B & Co. more likeable. And Cary---the best yet. This guy is going to go far and I can't wait to see it happen.

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Kalinda with temper? No..I think the rival PI needs that for disrespecting a woman and calling her Leela just because she looks Indian. Imagine if someone calls you names all the time. You would be mad too

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@Nick: Great point. That just made me even more curious for next week!

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Love..This..Show. I love that most of the characters are "above" Alicia - they are partners, politicians, judges and she's "just" a secong year associate.She just wants to do her job as a lawyer and be a good mom, but she has to walk on eggshells around everyone and is constantly being put in between a rock and a hard place. She handles it quietly and with class. But all the while she knows what she's doing...planning for her future.

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I don't think it is as simple as him calling Kalinda by the wrong name. It was made obvious last night that Kalinda is hiding her past, and more than likely Leela is her real name. There is a lot more to come here...

The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 4 Quotes

Glenn Childs: Peter, you know your mistake-- never show your opponent your weak flank.
Peter: Well, we both have weak flanks; and the person that leaked your depo was trying to weaken us both.
Glenn Childs: Your mysterious third candidate?
Peter: Presiding Judge Adler.
Glenn Childs: That might prove a bit difficult.
Peter: Not after she retires. Now, when I was in office, I investigated her for judicial bribes.
Glenn Childs: So use it, Peter. Why do you need me?
Peter: Well, my guess is that you have more.

Cary: (to Alicia and Will, before taking Alicia's deposition) This is funny, isn't it? All these connections. My old workplace, my old boss, my old coworker... and my new boss competing with your husband. And then there's you two and... your thing.
Will: Chicago. Shall we start?

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