The Good Wife Round Table: "Marthas and Caitlins"
Alicia received some disturbing news this week on The Good Wife, while Eli plotted Peter's political future and Dylan Baker reprised his role as a wife killer.
In the following edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal is joined by staff writers Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando as they react to various aspects of "Marthas and Caitlins." Please, join them...
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Alicia and Celeste sharing a drink, no doubt. Just two strong, confident women, each with her own agenda, each aware of the other's agenda and each trying to come out on top in the end. I think Celeste won.
Carissa: When, for the briefest moment, Celeste was almost human while having a drink with Alicia. They are a lot alike, but Alicia could never be as cold as Celeste. It was good to see Alicia interact with someone outside the office again, making me long for her friendship with Kalinda even more.
Christine: When Will told Alicia the truth about why she was hired. I was proud of him for being honest with her about why he backed David Lee on this one. Will's always felt something for her and that's how she got her foot in the door, whether she knew it or not. Loved the look on Alicia's face as it sunk in.
So, Alicia was a "Caitlin" and only got hired because Will squeezed a favor out of David Lee. Worth her getting angry over?
Matt: Not really. At least not for longer than 30 seconds. Alicia was out of the legal game for years, married to the state's attorney and had a previous relationship with Will. Did she really think those weren't major factors in her hiring?
Carissa: Yes and no. In the long run, no. But that she was used so they could prove in a court of law that nepotism wasn't how they hired their associates was backhanded and dirty. It made her feel used, and that would make anyone angry.
Christine: Not angry but perhaps disappointed. It's lousy to know you didn't get the job on your own merits and that others know it, too, but that's reality. Many people get the job based on who they know. Of course she's kept the job because she's damn good at it. We'll see if we can say the same for Caitlin. The one I really feel for is Martha.
Will Peter get the keynote address?
Matt: I hope so. I hope the show just goes all out in this odd combining of fiction and non-fiction. The only question: who would play Obama at the DNC? I don't like Fred Armisen's impression. We can come up with someone better, TV Fanatics...
Carissa: Yes. No matter what he does, Peter seems to get everything he wants. Except Alicia.
Christine: If he doesn't do something stupid to mess it up, yes. Eli will do everything in his power to get it for him but I'm not sure that will be enough.
Should Alicia have told Grace's tutor to stick to the studying?
Matt: She could have handled it better. Maybe just have a serious chat with Grace first? Warn her of the dangers of dancing it up with strangers on the subway? Alicia should have been aware that Grace doesn't have any friends and understood why she may have been drawn to the tutor's shenanigans.
Carissa: Yes. I don't know if anyone else was as shocked as I was to learn the tutor was 22, but I thought she was a peer of Grace's! Completely inappropriate for her to be hanging out with a 14-year old girl like that, and really, putting her in harm's way. Her stunts seem like they're not a big deal, but people could easily get annoyed. I would.
Christine: Yes. It hadn't sunk in before this that the girl is 22 and Grace is only 14. That's a heck of an age difference. And I know her videos have been all in fun but accost the wrong person on the street at the wrong time and these girls could be in for an unpleasant or even dangerous surprise.