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The Good Wife Review: Welcome to Bizarro World

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The Good Wife entered Bizarro World on "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot," as Eli was not the smartest lobbyist around; Kalinda was not the sexy, smooth operator getting close to Cary; and Alicia was not the one standing atop the moral high ground when the hour concluded.

It was fun to watch an episode that placed various characters outside their comfort zones, and especially fun to watch Diane simply own the installment with a pair of speeches.

Diane vs. Will

First, she laid it out as clearly as possible to Will: stop sleeping with Alicia. Why? Hmmm, let me think: her husband is the State's Attorney. You are her boss. It's wrong and, perhaps even more cutting to her partner, it's simply not smart.

Game, set, match, Diane. Will was left with no counter to this demand - because there is no counter to this demand. It's obviously a terrible idea for Will and Alicia to be carrying on. At the very least, she has to divorce Peter and, even then, all the hot hallway sex in the world won't make up for the awkward, unprofessional fact of the matter at work: Will is Alicia's boss.

Meanwhile, how certain are we that Will is innocent? The show does an unparalleled job at setting up morally grey individuals and it would be naive to simply dismiss the notion that there could some truth to the bribery allegation. Will does love his basketball, his gambling and his relationship with judges.

Diane then set her straightforward sights on Eli. If only we all had someone this level-headed to talk us down (okay, tell us off, really) every time we felt an urge to wallow. Take a few hours, get drunk, get over it and then get even. Diane managed to simultaneously mock, praise and inspire Eli, all while setting the stage for an upcoming showdown with Stacie Hall (played by Amy Sedaris, awesome as always) that already has me smiling in anticipation.

We've never seen a defeated Eli before. It was enjoyable for a week. But it will be even more enjoyable to see a vengeful Eli.

Elsewhere, has Kalinda finally met her playful match? Dana might be a bit taken with Kalinda (she did purchase a matching jacket, after all), but not to the extent as most of those who Kalinda can manipulate. Our favorite leather-wearing bisexual investigator is at a loss for once, unable to seduce her way to the information she needs and failing Will in her mission to either prevent an investigation or, at least, keep him one step ahead of it.

Just like Eli, this is new territory for Kalinda, and props must be given to The Good Wife for aligning its characters in settings that force them to scramble and react. Lockhart/Gardner can't win or be in control all the time, which was also proven in the Case of the Week.

It was an odd one. Alicia and Will defended a client who really was just... guilty. The officer in question may not have been a bad person and mistakes do happen, but the verdict simply had to come back against her. Based on the evidence, she committed a crime. It was a bit far-fetched to have Alicia wait for the judge, as if the show really needed to hit us over the head with a message about scape-goating.

Whether or not her client was singled out for her gender, that doesn't change the facts of what happened. I was with the judge all the way in dressing down an unusually unprofessional and immature Alicia. Was this speech meant to reflect something more than the case at hand? Is Alicia now worried that she's treating Jackie as a scape goat, for instance? I don't see how. That nosy grandmother really was snooping around her computer and deserved to be locked out.

Perhaps I'm reading too much into the scene. It's just uncommon - albeit welcome - for the firm to lose a case and, like everyone else on The Good Wife this week, I'm not sure how to handle the result. We all have two weeks to let it sink in, however. The show returns on December 4 with a new, extra personal episode. Enjoy your holiday weekend and ponder the following question:

DO YOU THINK WILL IS GUILTY OF JUDICIAL BRIBERY?

 

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Editor Rating: 4.4 / 5.0
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    @martinelli
    What show are you watching, since the beginning I haven't seen Alicia do anything that would depict her as taking care of the kids, doing the housework, playing the Good Wife. We have seen nothing but the office BS in every episode and no good mother or housekeeper, Peter isn't playing any old games. He has made the committment to Alicia and has stuck by it, I don't see that coming from her side.
    Its a shame she can't put her head on straight before she totally destroys the one thing she loves, her kids.

    Martinelli

    a normal life again with the whole family (Peter,Zach,Grace&granny)

    What is normal? Alicia taking care of the kids, doing the housework, playing the Good Wife while Peter is playing his old games like he did before (political games, parties, hookers etc.)? Granny trying to control everybody and everything? Is that normal? No way!!!!

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    Anyone else notice that the 3rd pyramid proposed by Eli had a 5th food group - Sweets - and that it took up an entire arm? Hilarious! Yes, I agree also that Diane rocked this episode. Will may desire Alicia. But, the woman he REALLY trusts when the chips are down is Diane. Will & Diane are AWESOME together! It's the best depiction of a successful work relationship since Denny Crane & Alan Shore in BOSTON LEGAL.

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    I'm having a hard time believing Peter would hire Wendy Scott Carr to lead an investigation on Will Gardner. Actually, it's difficult to believe she would agree to the assignment because of how vicious & personal the campaign became. If this takes the plot arc I think it will, WSC will find out she's being used to exact revenge on Will (who I don't recall her having any problems with previously) and will ultimately stick it to Peter. I really like her character, and hope she becomes top dog.

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    Don't think so-Reality check

    Keep thinking that way I'LL have the last laugh in the end. The big surprise is coming around the bend shortly.

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    Peter is the same rat he always was. People just have short memories. But Alicia remembers what he did to her. Never again.

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    a normal life again with the whole family (Peter,Zach,Grace&granny)You thought that was normal? It's never going back to that. Peter's idea of "normal" was spending a whole lot of his family's money to bang hookers, while his good wife waited faithfully for him at home.

    He did that at least eighteen different times, which shows a clear pattern of behavior. It's just amazing how quickly people forget all about that.

    Alicia is moving ON with her life now, with the man she really should be with, instead of the cheating sleazeball she made the mistake of marrying.

    And if you've seen the way Jackie behaves, do you seriously think Alicia is going to want to have her back in the family? Granny and Peter are BOTH history.

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    My husband and I watch the show every week, in the beggining he was for Peter and I for Alicia but since we have come together on who the one is making all the wrong moves and causing total downfall.

    The seasom 1 started with Peter going to jail and Alicia going back to work, from that point is where she has started her infidelity with the boss after telling Peter she still loved him. When she shared the Kiss with Will and returned for more that sealed her intentions and deceit towards her family thinking to get away with it and nobody would find out.

    As a mother I know what it means to be available to the kids and not keep putting late night work first, we know several lawyers and they tell us that there isn't that much late night work as this show has.

    To make things short we see down the road that Alicia will get caught in a big lie and won't know how to get out of it and will rely on Peter for help, this will be the end of her secret life and the begining of a normal life again with the whole family (Peter,Zach,Grace&granny) also a new job with a better firm. Peter will not run for anymore offices and start his own firm.

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    What I meant was - true that Baxter owed Will money vs. the other way around. Will will need to show how he loaned the money and how little of it was paid back. Also, if an audit happens he used his AMEX card to pay for the hotel room and that may open that event up to more scrutiny. Cameras anywhere??? Eager to see how this plays out but hope there is some dialogue and a few extended scenes like the one in last season's finale to get them covered more fully than they have been including Alicia's ideas/thoughts about Peter Florrick.

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    The fall of Judge Baxter was not the result of the State's Attorney's office as claimed by ASA Dana but was the work of Will Gardner when he discovered Baxter was sending kids to Palgrave for a kickback. Chief judge Adler found out as well so there are plenty of folks who know why Baxter was in trouble. True Will owed him money but also true that he confronted him about the kickbacks. Interesting to see how that develops - and Matan is in the know about Kalinda and Peter Florrick as is Cary and Alicia. So, it may be interesting to see how that information is used once Alicia finds out what Peter is up to - she has some definite leverage there including the information she has about the real estate developer and loans in the form of expensive jewelry. I look forward to her confronting her husband about all of these facts and the power that she has in that regard. He is reckless with his power and bound to run afoul as a result. And, being that Cary got the spot of deputy over Matan that could prove to be very unfortunate for Peter Florrick as well.




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