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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?

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I really liked this episode. Michael J. Fox was terrific as were all the cast. I think the Kalinda storyline is a natural progression to her character. It would seem unreal to have her remain as mysterious as last year without the audience ever learning more about her. Even if Blake and Bond do turn out to be black/white crooks what is the real harm? This show is great at having characters in the gray area but eventually the sun usually does break through the overcast to reveal the true colors of people with a hidden agenda. This may not happen but since the characters are not series regulars I think it will. And that's just fine, they are guest characters. Really liked Cary & Kalinda last night. They have great chemistry and work well together. Once again it showed that Cary may be the least morally ambiguous of all the characters on the show and it really works. Will and Diane continue to look very ethically challenged, especially about money. Love how Diane won't comprimise herf politcal beliefs but will twist anything for money for her firm. And Will seems to have lots of ethical issues as well. It all makes the show great. Loved this episode.

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Watching Michael J Fox was amazing. I'm just saddened they had to shove the gay/lesbian scene down our throats. As faithful weekly viewers, it will be the last episode we watch.

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?