The Good Wife Review: "Two Courts"

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The Good Wife made like a circus performer this week. But it may have been trying to juggle too many balls at once.

Just consider all the developments that took place on "Two Courts." There was a face-reading jury consultant; a new money man on Peter's campaign; hints about Will and Alicia's relationship; Kalinda's unease at work; Will and Diane plotting against Bond; Diane offering Cary a job.

Even for a show as intelligent as The Good Wife, it was too much to handle in a single hour. With so much packed into one episode, there wasn't enough time given to each storyline.

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Did we really need The Jury Whisperer? Or the brief power play at Peter's campaign? Forget B plot. These felt more like D and E plots on an installment already jammed full of details and manipulations.

While intriguing in the big picture, the Will/Diane/Bond feud feels rushed. A week ago, Will was barring Diane from the office in anger (and protection of his clients). Then, just halfway into the very next episode, he's discovering Bond's true plans and striking a deal with his original partner.

Again, I'm excited to see where this goes, but my neck is a bit sore from the plot changing direction so quickly. My head spun a lot last night.

It also feels hard to believe that Bond could be so sloppy. Did he really think no problem would arise out of Blake working as Kalinda's supervisor? Or that no one would find out about his background checks?

If anyone out there works at a large law firm, I'm simply curious: is there typically the kind of transparency Diane is after? Can so much really go on behind the backs of various partners?

To the show's credit, it seemed to acknowledge in the last scene that an awful lot had been going on during the previous 58 minutes. Following so much misdirection and so much scheming, Alicia asked the jury foreman why he and his peers had arrived at such a speedy verdict.

Easy, he said. The guy was just... guilty. In that moment, it's hard to believe Alicia didn't flash to Peter. She's spent so many months analyzing this, or reasoning that. She told her brother last week that marriage isn't always about the heart; the head comes into play, as well.

In the end, though, might all the angles, excuses and logic Alicia has used to justify sticking with Peter be for naught? Might it really be that simple? The guy is just... guilty.

I'll leave readers with one final question: do you wanna see Cary back at Lockhart/Gardner? I'll take more of this great character any way I can get him, but it's been a lot of fun with him on the opposing side, hasn't it?


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Too much going on. Just as I was getting into one sub-plot, there was an abrupt switch to another. I think abrupt is the best description. I understand that the ending was a plot maneuver, but I found it unsettling. That being said, I loved the Kalinda plot line. And I like Cary where he is -- as Alicia's overt adversary. He's a snake, but we expect it as an ADA.


I didn't feel the episode was too crowded with subplots; in fact, it kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole hour. I am tired of the Kalinda/Blake dynamic, though. It seems too forced. If Cary comes back to Lockhart Gardner he will do everything in his power to undermine Alecia. He made that obvious in this episode by demanding twice her salary. I don't want him back. And, am I the only one who is hoping that Alecia will stay with Peter? I don't trust Will to not break her heart again. I'm waiting for a moment when Peter shows her he's truly reformed.


I enjoy this episode, Josh Charles' performance in particular. It's not an easy time for Will, who is no stranger to schemes and tactics in court but loyal as a friend/work partner. Charles' eyes and subtle body movements tell so much when he ran between Alicia/Kalinda/Diane/Derrick and handled his case. Then...I don't know... the client doesn't look guilty to me.


I really enjoyed the episode. I don't agree that it was too crowded. I do agree that the Bond-Blake part was the least well done of the episode. Blake was a little cartoonish with his "I'm your supervisor" scene. The best part of night was Cary. Wow, is this a great character! As Diane said he has realy grown up at the S.A.'s office. He has that intelligent look and sound to him that is so perfect for this role. I don't know about Cary going back to Lockhart-Gardner. That could be fun but Cary is just terrific where he is. Either way give us more Cary please.


I found it to be an exciting episode. Amazing. I love the Eli Gold storyline, Kalinda's storyline, the Bond storyline, Carry's story. All the powerplays going on between almost every player.

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The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Will: I've got your back, Kalinda. Just make sure you got mine.
Kalinda: I always have... and I always will.

Will: Kalinda is to be given a salary bump over Blake's. He is not her supervisor.
Bond: No.
Will: Then we got a problem, because this is the deal. Either we bump Kalinda's salary above Blake's, or the waters won't be calmed.