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The Good Wife Review: "Real Deal"

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The Good Wife is adept at strong, intelligent, well-paced storytelling. For all of its positive traits, though, an ability to surprise the viewer with a twist or turn is not typically among them.

But my jaw is still a bit sore from hitting the ground, following the events on "Real Deal." I never doubted the lengths Bond would go to in order to secure his takeover of the firm, but I still found myself shocked by the revelation that he was the spy behind Alicia's computer tapping.

Take him down, Diane and Will. And then come up with a cooler way to celebrate than that behind-the-back high-five.

Canning, Will and Diane

This was a very tight episode.

With storylines flying all around on season two - Kalinda vs. Blake, Bond vs. the firm, Alicia vs. Will's voicemail/her feelings, Peter vs. Wendy and Childs, Cary vs. his old company - viewers were treated to a focused hour that gave us a satisfying B plot (Will and Tammy's burgeoning relationship) and a main story that nicely combined the case of the week with the overall tension at Lockhart & Gardner.

The installment also provided a great platform for two entertaining guest stars. It's impossible to say enough good things about Michael J. Fox and the unique way in which The Good Wife is utilizing his acting ability/disease.

I did prefer his initial appearance on the show more than this one, however, only because it was the first time we got to see cagey Louis Canning exploit his disability and make Alicia question a job supposedly well done on her end. His role on "Real Deal" wasn't a far departure from what we saw from him on "Poisoned Pill."

The same can maybe be said about Denis O'Hare, who appeared again as a light-hearted, activist judge. But I still couldn't get enough of his character. Providing comic relief without going over the top or distracting from the storyline, O'Hare also winked a bit at his role on season three of True Blood. In that instance, he was draining humans; in this one, he's trying to get everyone in his courtroom to help replenish them.

No Cary this week, but a cameo by Method Man. Can't say I saw that one coming.

I'll conclude this review with a question: does anyone else wish to shake the hand of the writer who decided to abandon the Will/Alicia/Peter love triangle for a majority of season two? Placing that dilemma on the backburner has allowed the show to make great use of its overall cast and to feature a number of intriguing storylines, all of which intersect and all of which capture my interest on a weekly basis.

I'm sure we'll hear more about Alicia and Will in the future, but as long as The Good Wife continues to feature fascinating cases and layered feuds, I'm happy to wait.

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Love this show but I am so sorry, but probably a three million dollar home and no one painted the closet?! I do rentals and we aren't even a million and I know better than this!

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Get rid of Alicia's brother. He's annoying at the very least.

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I've just started to watch the Good wife, and I'm hooked! I haven't seen every episode yet, but I just love the triangle between Alicia/Will/Peter, it gives the show more emotion.

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excellent writing! I agree that the triangle is not the best part, but as Tilly said it gives characters some personal moments. And of course I really don't like the peter/alicia thing. I mean I know they are married but I just can't imagine how can she let herself to be used like that?

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Agree that the Will/Alicia/Peter plot is not missed this season - it ends up being sad for everyone. Don't like Will's girlfriend. They should put him with someone who seems like real competition for Alicia -- not this whiney, annoying lady. Loved seeing Michael J. Fox again. Too many good characters to name but love the show

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@Karen i agree, sooo excellent! n yes its true this will and alicia rubbish can definitely be forgotten!!

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I can only say that only in The Good Wife, such a great tv show, they could have Michael Fox and not make a big joke out of it, but a great character I'm expecting to suddenly appear.

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Can't say enough good things about this show! It is the most well crafted show on TV, and I can't wait for each Tuesday to come around. There is never a dull moment. I agree about putting the Will/Alecia/Peter triangle on the back burner. It can be left there as far as I'm concerned, along with the Kalinda/Blake subplot.

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To me, I did not like the episodes with Michael Fox, the character he portrays is a very nasty,greedy Lawyer. I am glad though, that the other characters do not have a "feel sorry" for him attitude and he does not win in court.

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This show justs gets better. I was mildly surprised at the ending. Peter and Alicia in bed!!!