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The Good Wife Review: "Poisoned Pill"

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It's pretty much impossible to dislike any episode of any TV show that guest stars Michael J. Fox.

Aside from being a solid actor, and having anchored one of the most beloved film franchises in history, the celebrity's fight against Parkinson's Disease has been nothing short of incredible to watch.

For his appearance alone, "Poisoned Pill" was a winner. But the installment was especially unique, creative and interesting for actually giving Fox's character a neurological disorder and having him exploit that in court. I can't recall any scenario remotely similar to this on any other series.

Michael J. Fox on The Good Wife

I enjoyed everything about the case of the week, from Fox's attorney, to the way the firm reacted by making medicine "sexy," to the ending that was both happy and sad: the financial windfall from the settlement has made the company solvent... but it could have apparently been so much more.

So, kudos to the plot A. As for plots B and C? I have complaints:

Kalinda worked great as a supporting character on season one. She was mysterious and tough and used sporadically, typically on the sidelines, doing investigative work; but occasionally in the spotlight, as viewers were left wandering about aspects of her character.

But now the show is playing up her mystery, relying on this as a major source of intrigue every week. I'll reserve judgment until we learn just what Kalinda is hiding, but it will be a major letdown if the big reveal is simply that she's a lesbian and keeps this quiet because flirting with men is beneficial in her line of work.

Conversely, it will feel unnecessarily dramatic and contrived if there really is some major piece of information missing about Kalinda. As Donna put it last night, can't self-preservation simply be her top objective? We don't need a juicy past associated with that.

I'm also unsure if I like that the show is making Blake out to be truly devious. He had connections to a meth gang back in the day and Bond bailed him out of jail?!? The Good Wife excels at painting grey characters and situations. Let's hope the result of this discovery isn't some black-and-white reveal that makes both Blake and Bond out to be excessively corrupt.

My second complaint was the lack of Chris Noth. At its core, I'd still like to think of this series as a family drama. I enjoy peeks into Peter's campaign, which we've gotten many more of this season - but I'd prefer if Peter was actually involved in said peeks.

I assume Noth was absent due to budgetary reasons (it's cheaper to not have every series regular appear in every episode), but then I would have preferred to see the election storyline also absent for a week. I love Eli, but I'm not invested enough in him to see him scheming without Peter around to react.

What did everyone else think of the episode?

Review

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Anna-maria

great episode. @xoxodanielle, I thoight the same thing..he probably beat this guy up. Too bad, I think he's cute and I wanted him and Kalinda to have hate sex. She is bisexual after all isn't she? What happened to that cop of hers from last season? I liked him..and the FBI agent.. It's weird because they say she was with this woman three month ago, but in the show she wasn't. hmm.. Oh, I loved Michael J. Fox, he was great!

Xoxodanielle

I get that alicias kids are important but I would have preferred the patriach more than grace. She annoys me.
But since she does like wsc it will be interesting to see how peter reacts.

Xoxodanielle

Blake does seem shady. What that guy incidentally gets hospitalized ??! Coincidence much.

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The problem with Blake is that they cast a bad actor. Or at least he's not good enough to convey anything in that show, among that cast. He's trying too hard so they have him tone it down and he just comes off as bland. But he's supposed to be a threat to Kalinda. So they resort to all kinds of thug-like plot devices to make him appear dangerous without having to act it. And of course it's too much because they need a good unhealthy dose to make him look like anything but a college student out playing a prank, especially compared with the intimidating Kalinda and the incredibly subtle complex take Panjabi has on her. Kpb, good riddance. You can tune into the reruns of Gilligan's Island, I'm sure.

Nicky79

michael j fox was amazing. and i think kalinda's storyline is a bit more complex that try to hide she's lesbian, maybe some secret past...

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a good wife review without saying Alicia's name? just kidding.
I felt this episode was not as interesting for the general plot developments as some other episodes do, but it's alright once in a while. Anyway, are we close to solve the mystery about Kalinda's sexuality, I still think she is bisexual!
@kpb: I don't get your problem,is it seeing lesbian kiss? I mean we see that everyday in the streets, so showing it on TV is absolutely normal

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Only reason I tuned in was to see Fox. Even with his health battles he is still a good actor. That said, the only reason I will watch the slow no action show again is if they bring him back.

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Am I the only one who thinks Scott Porter is miscast as Blake? He can make Blake douchy but he is not menacing enough to make the character as seem as potentially dangerous as he should be.

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KPB your quitting the show over one kiss? I don't have any problem with homosexuality but even if if did I can't imagine quitting a great show over such a small part of it. Its not like Kalinda will be kissing people every episode. She's just one character in a big cast.

Whipped-by-damon

I just adore Michael J Fox, he is immense! Did like the episode though although me too am left wondering if Kalinda´s only secret is that she´s lesbian! That´s really not a big deal in my book!

The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 6 Quotes

Kalinda: Your office is... small.
Cary: Yes. Small, but pure.
Kalinda: So, in the third year, do you get a window?

Donna: (to Kalinda) Everything's fine. I didn't talk to anybody. I didn't tell anybody your secrets. And if this guy approaches me...
Kalinda: Blake.
Donna: I won't tell him how heartless you can be, how insensitive, how self-preservation is your number one concern, and after four months, you can barely say hello. I won't tell him any of that, okay?

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