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The Good Wife Review: Red Cups Runneth Over

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The Good Wife can sometimes try to be too hip for its own good. Such was the case on "Affairs of State."

I have no idea if stoplight parties, a site like After Death Space or rape apps exist (I'm guessing some form of them do) but trying to shove them all into one episode made the show come across like Amy Poehler's character in Mean Girls. You know, the mother who thinks she can still hang with her teenage kids.

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Granted, I've often praised The Good Wife for being one of the few programs whose characters talk like actual people, often by referencing current events, but there's a fine line. I draw it when those references take place in the course of conversation - e.g. Eli throwing "Rahm" into a point about running for office in Chicago - as opposed to building an entire case around the technological advancement du jour.

Or an entire storyline out of an attempt to shock. Seriously, Eli's ex-wife slept with a Bin Laden?!? Again, I see what the series is trying to do here (as it was trying to do with Will as MLB Commissioner, or Peter giving the DNC speech); it's simply trying to drop these characters into the real world, where the Presidential election is certainly a hot topic and where, well, Osama Bin Laden has second cousins.

But it's distracting. I enjoyed this look into Eli's past, and I've always been a fan of Parker Posey, but I laughed out loud when Vanessa's fling was named. I doubt that was the emotion the show was aiming for in this attempt to shed light on Eli's romantic history.

On a sidenote, one we'll likely tackle in this week's The Good Wife Round Table: should Kalinda have told Eli the truth? Absolutely. It's her job and it's true to her character as a straight-shooting professional.

Finally, two more complaints about an episode that didn't do very much for me:

  1. Setting up Caitlin to crush on Will just seems below The Good Wife. The young office blonde has a thing for her boss? It's not original and there are only a few ways for this to end: they hook up (ridiculous), Caitlin stalks him somehow (ridiculous), Caitlin outs Will and Alicia to the firm (my guess).
  2. Too much time was spent this week on characters we didn't know very well. Caitlin. Dana. Matan. I didn't feel invested in most of the hour's developments.

So, yes, a bad grade for The Good Wife for a change. It had its moments - Will awkwardly meeting Zach and Alicia not wanting Will to meet her kids, out of fear or a lack of love, it's unclear - and I'm proud of Cary both for his promotion and his bedding of his beautiful co-worker, but I'll be happy to never attend a spotlight party again.

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Rating: 3.7 / 5.0 (115 Votes)

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Its about time to get this show off the ground and put the Alicia/Will BS to rest, we all know this is a sexual game she is playing trying to find out what went wrong in her marriage. This is the big reason there hasn't been any divorce, she is still in love with Peter.
The biggest problem right now is what would happen if the cat gets out of the bag and the world comes tumbling down, who is going to be her friend then she has none.
What has been going on since the start of season 3 has brought the ratings down and keep on going, this is a sign of being dropped at the end of 3.

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I like Cary, I do not mind he was the center of this episode. But too many Catilin let me down and annoyed. Why give us so little Diane, Kalinda, Peter? Case is weak, it is said there is an error, which made me disappointed. Where is Diane's new man? Kalinda's husband and his girlfriend, where? Peter, where the FBI investigation? Where Will's dark past? The role of annoying wasted too much time.

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this episode was a real lowdown for me. nothing interesting,new characters that don't appeal,Alicia being a bitch to Will,who seems to be really in for her .did she turn out to be only looking for sex? You know what? It's a shame,but TGW is spiraling down ,and fast.And it looked to be so exciting at the beginning ,what a pity

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wilicia is a huge mistake, they have no chemistry and it destroys the whole "the good wife" premise. Just when you were feeling good about the show at the end, things were coming together for peter and alicia they go off on that one tangent about him and kalinda, which was all about the same time as the hooker and he was really helping her more than anything. Stupid plot line and these writers are better than that. really like will and his hot GF from last year. THAT made perfect sense and was a great subplot. now they are all over the map and in moving to sunday night where they are constantly pushed back you can't even dvr them easily. Shame best show on regular tv easily for many years and cbs is trying to get rid of them in this time slot.

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"The Good Wife" at 9:30 tied with last week's season low, drawing a 2.0/5 in the demo and 10.1 million total viewers. If they keep this up this will be their last season.

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After watching for 2 plus seasons I am totally pissed that the writers have gone this way with a storyline that makes no sense about being a GOOD WIFE. All they have put forward is a husband who strayed over 2 yrs ago and stopped, then she takes up the pace and starts acting like a whore with her boss keeping it under wraps but thinks nobody knows.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out something is up and her kids are getting vibes of why she seems happy but tells them she has friends that they know she doesn't,
The best part will come when she gets broadsided by good old Will and stands alone again, when is she going to realize that the freedom she has is going to be her downfall.

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It was a terrible Dutch accent, it was more like German (or Deutch in German, maybe they made a mistake there..).

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When are the writers going to stop all this BS and put together a storyline that makes sense about THE GOOD WIFE.
Why don't they write about what she has been doing for the last 2 yrs and how Peter has been very straight forward and she can't see it. Then bring out what the story is about Peter and Kalinda which seems to be more of what he did to help her and not a one night stand as people think it was.
Alicia has crossed her own line about sex and will regret it in the end when the secret gets out and the family shames her and self-esteem will fall totally apart, now we will have a story that puts her in the outside looking for a place to go.

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gOOD TO SEE HOW OTHER PEOPLE SEE THE SHOW, AS IT IS RATHER DIFFICULT TO GET SUCH GOOD TV MATERIAL IN UK, I HAVE ENJOYED IT, I CAN SEE FAULTS BUT WILL OVERLOOK THEM BECAUSE THE SHOW HAS BEEN QUITE SUBTLE IN THE RELATIONSHIPS AND IT WILL BE DIFFICULT TO SUSTAIN, ALSO THE CASES AND THE LEGALSIDE IS INTERESTING AND A COUNTERPOINT TO THE PERSONAL, I THINK THIS COULD BE SLOWER
AND DEVELOPED MORE AS I AM SURE THAT THESE CASES WOULD REALISTICALLY TAKE MUCH LONGER. HOWEVER I ENJOY THE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE PUT INTO THE SERIES, PLEASE DO NOT UNDERESTIMAT THE POTENTIAL,(ESPECIALLY KALINDA AND ALICIA) GREAT TO HAVE OLDER BEAUTIFUL WOMEN. THANKS FOR THE STIMULATION AND ENJOYMENT.

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The Signature on the credit card receipt actually had his surname "Chen" at the beginning. Then Cary looked at it and said that Chen is Taiwanese and he WOULD HAVE signed his surname first. But he did!! Or who ever signed it did... This is a huge mistake and if this is how Cary planned to prosecute, he would have had no case... Not to mention a lot of Taiwanses people or Asia. People in general sign their surname at the end once they are
Icing in the US.

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