The Good Wife Review: Blowing an Election

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This was one of the more uneven episodes of The Good Wife. None of the storylines really came together for me.

Considering the title ("Death Row Trip"), let's start with Alicia and her questioning of the death penalty. Definitely an interesting subject, definitely worth exploring the idea of Alicia having to deal with a client she despises... but it was all a bit heavy-handed and predictable.

It was obvious the killer would essentially spit on his relatives near the end, while we barely spent any time with the actual client or case. It all felt like the show just wanted to touch on the controversial question of state executions without really giving us anything of substance.

A Concerned Eli

Similarly, Eli's excursion into the world of oral Santa sex didn't really go anywhere. We got a cameo by Chris Matthews, and the risque use of a "Here comes Santa" pun, but why, exactly, did Eli say he liked that candidate? Guy seemed like a lying tool to me. 

I'm also not buying that Eli's ex-wife would still enter the State Senate race. It's not a major plot point, I know, but she slept with a bin Laden family member?!? While married, no less? Pretty sure any aspiring office holder would understand why these facts would preclude her from entering the political realm. Not even a PR guru such as Eli Gold could spin them in her favor.

So, what did work? We've often debated the use of Alicia's kids in our Good Wife Round Tables, but I could get behind a Zach/Marissa pairing, if only to keep watching how panicked Eli grows over the possibility of his daughter dating. This potential young couple certainly has more promise than Grace's foray into religion or her continued friendship with Weird Tutor Girl. Jackie had the proper reaction when opening the door and staring at... that.

Is the show actually going someplace with her snooping? I doubt it. It's not new for Jackie to disagree with Alicia's parenting methods, and even if she found evidence of an affair with Will, would that even mean anything at this point? Peter may not have wanted to say it last week, but the guy knows. This mini storyline just felt like an attempt at humor - and it worked I suppose. I did laugh at Jackie's computer ignorance.

Finally, we arrive at Kary. Calinda? See, I already have a problem with this pairing: no sustainable couple nickname!

Simply put, I don't want to see these two together. I actually think Cary has far more chemistry with Dana and I also don't want The Good Wife to become overly lovey-dovey. It's done a solid job of not focusing too much on Will and Alicia (that was another scene I enjoyed this week, their brief discussion and acknowledgement that there's no point in pausing; they're still gonna find time for the occasional quickie) and/or of tying in this secret relationship with broader firm storylines.

But Cary and Kalinda? I don't see it. They both flirt, they both use almost any means to achieve their ends, but are there really true feelings here? Kalinda really was just talking to Dana about the case. Why would Cary think the two of them pairing up would have anything to do with him? Talk about narcissistic! And just random, in my view. If Kalinda engages anyone aside from him at the State's Attorney's office, she's just using that individual to get to Cary? This came across like a stretch, like a contrived way to push these characters together.

Do you want Cary and Kalinda to date? Chime in now:


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The writers on this show do a fantastic job of conveying tension between the characters. For example, the love triangle among Kalinda, Cary, and Dana was a huge focus of this episode. Anything happening between any of them not only affects their personal lives, but also will affect the States Attorneys Office an/d Lockhart Gardner because of the conflicts of interest. In the end, I don't think we know whether Cary walked out on Kalinda or went to lock the door. With some of the other story lines (e.g., Will, Alicia, Jackie), the writers gave us just enough to keep them in the back of our minds. Can't wait until next week!


It starts to look like the writers are getting desperate to attract more horndog straight guys to watch, since they're all bloody bonkers over phony "lesbians". As a horndog straight guy, I take exception to your description of me as a horndog straight guy. When D checked K's label, I really thought that's where it was headed, and I'm disappointed nothing developed. Yes, it would be a cynical ploy to grab the over 40 male demographic, but it beats debates over capital punishment.


Cary and Kalinda have always used each other. It's just a game they play. If Kalinda can play with Cary's head to help Will, like she said she'd do, I'd say do it. As for Cary and Kalinda as a couple (Carinda? Kalary?), Kalinda has already said they'd be like combining spaghetti with hydrogen. But I do NOT want to see Kalinda and Dana as a couple, and I shake my head at anybody who does. It's really getting boring the way they seem to pair up Kalinda unrealistically with every "pretty woman" who comes along. It starts to look like the writers are getting desperate to attract more horndog straight guys to watch, since they're all bloody bonkers over phony "lesbians". (Haven't these guys figured out yet that that would mean they'd be getting even LESS sex than they do now?)


I actually enjoyed this episode, but I admit, I have enjoyed them all. Liked that Kalinda came to Will about Peter's investigation. (Or is it Dana's? She's very interested in getting something on Will.) They've always had each others backs. She will use Carey, Dana, and Peter, too, if need be to help Will. Funny that Alicia thinks that Peter doesn't care if she has a thing with Will. When he asked her if Peter knew about them she said he wouldn't care. He loves her, albeit too late, and he's not about losing her to Will He thinly veiled investigation into Lockhardt/Gardner is evidence of that.


This episode seems to be a rehash of many previous story lines without much advancement. When I saw The Old Snoop appear at Alicia's door, I thought, "Here we go again." I don't think there is any chemistry between the 2 C's.and this episode had not enough Eli or Will or Diane which made the whole show, IMHO, pretty bland.


I like Cary and Kalinda together, as friends. I think there is a chemistry there, but, sometimes the flirting and the teasing is the best part of a friendship such as theirs. I love seeing these two together but making them a couple would stifle the energy between them. Eli is always a delight to watch. I enjoy the entire cast and the show is on my 'have to watch' list.


No, I want Kalinda and Dana to be an item.


I thought this was a good episode, definitely deserved more than 3 stars. I don't care one way or the other about Kalinda/Cary. I doubt they would have a relationship though. I think both are too untrusting of the other's intentions at this point. I think Kalinda does like Cary but wouldn't put it past her to use him to help Will either. Definitely agree that the Zach/Marissa storyline has at least some potential. And as usual, loved the Will/Alicia conversation.


I've already seen three females in the past month that have had better chemistry with Cary and Kalinda. I like both characters a lot, but they really don't work as a couple. I wish the writers would give up on that. I would actually buy a Kalinda/Dana relationship far more than a Kalinda/Cary one.


I don't know why so many dislike Cary and Kalinda. I actually prefer Cary and Kalinda since the beginning. I kind of believe Kalinda cares about Cary and the kiss wasnt about messing with his head. I think they had a moment and she kissed him. But at same time she doesn't know what she wants so she told him 'idk' which made Cary leave.

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The Good Wife Season 3 Episode 8 Quotes

You fellating Santa. I have to be blunt, sir, because that's how TMZ is gonna report it, Fox is gonna repeat it, and Jon Stewart is gonna finish it. 'Here. Comes. Santa.'


Dana: I am not a lesbian.
Cary: I know a lot of people who weren't anything until they met Kalinda.