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:



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@denise - I like Alicia sleeping with Will. She deserves a bit of happiness too, after all she went through. Besides, Will really loves her. @Redeye - She doesn't lie to her children. She is not telling them because she is not ready to go public about the relationship. I don't think she can ever go public about that. Look what has happened to Will. I think her sun knows, he is smart enough to put the pieces together. On the other hand, Jackie will fill Peter's head with all kind of things I think. I hate her!!!!!


Looking forward to seeing what Alicia thinks of Peter putting the pressure on Will it will be great. How can Alicia continue to work for L/G.her loyalty would have to be with her husband not her boss, don't worry Diane will be firing her anyway.
Kalinda/Alicia will not rekindle their friendship those days are over and she knows it.
She will go back to Peter but not for the kids sake it will be for what her heart says.


The old adage [It's fine for the gander but how dare the goose] seems to be alive and well. Question I would like answered- Say Alicia crawls back to Peter for the sake of the kids and some fans would like to see happen. Peter is trying to put Will in jail so how can Alicia continue to work for L/G.Her loyalty would have to be with her husband not her boss.They would give her the boot.On that alone I think Alicia will realize her true feelings for Will and in the process Kalinda/Alicia will rekindle their friendship in aiding him.Hope thats the way they go as it would make riveting viewing.Want to see Will/Alicia find a way to make their relationship work.Also looking forward to seeing what Alicia thinks of Peter putting the pressure on Will.


@denise---I totally agree with you, for someone who says her kids are everything to her she doesn't show it.


Idont like Alicia sleeping with Will he is sneaky and makes her no better then Peter I feel for the kids


It might be 2011 but that still doesn't give her the right to lie to her children, how can she be smarter by getting some and hiding the fact. She has a lot of growing up to do before she can be smarter and saner one of the parents, what we have seen lately is Peter doing all the kid watching while she lies about working late just for a roll in the hay. Wouldn't be a blast if the writers put in a plot where she ends up a big belly and a bout of HIV that good old Will can't explain.


Ahhh hello it was a webcam not a CD disk that Zack mentioned a CD wouldn't do much for you when it comes to finding out who has been snooping on your computer. And why shouldn't Alicaia tell that beatch of a granny off she is beyond annoying and always sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong. Also get a grip it is 2011 not 1956 where the wife has to stand by the cheating dog of a man for the kids sake. Clearly her kids are savvy enough to figure out that their mother is the saner, smarter one of their parents!! I say more power to Alicia and Will for getting some while the gettins good because the hot sex scenes this year (sadly missing from the last 2 eps) have been fantastic for the show and viewers alike


How can you not comment about the whole food pyramid story with Eli? I thought that was hilarious! (right down to the music they played every time one of those scenes came up!) I thought it was a great way to show just how ridiculous so much of the lobbying and political maneuvering tends to be today. I mean seriously, trying to get corn on your side as either a vegetable or a grain...! I know this episode was written and filmed before certain recent events, but it sure tied in well with the whole pizza is a vegetable thing...


The writers are getting sloppy. Waziristan is in Pakistan.


"He the one who interduced them making him a involved to a crime and subjects to the same punishment 10 to 15 yrs." The name used is different every time, but what never changes is the misspelled and nonsensical rantings of someone who can't even manage to quote properly, so they post a garbled mess of ideas, some of which are repetitions of intelligent opinions expressed by John, and the rest are nearly unintelligible ravings of someone with a very tenuous grip on reality. The mind boggles. Judges are presumed to have a bit of common sense (that's why they get to become judges, you know) -- and if they're going to get over their heads in gambling debts to a bookie, then that's THEIR fault, not Will's.

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