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The Good Wife Review: Who's Poking the Bear?

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On an episode that saw Will and Peter go toe to toe and Diane figure out Alicia and Will may be more than colleagues, who would have guessed that the guest stars would steal the show? That's what happened on "Executive Order 13224."

Treasury Official Gordon Higgs had a love of cupcakes and a talent for being oddly intense. How could someone appear so innocuous yet come across so intimidating? Perhaps it was the threat of an eight-year prison term. 

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I was surprised that Alicia didn't take Will and Diane's offer of a high priced attorney. Instead, she found her own counsel in the form of Peter's former lawyer, Elsbeth Tascioni, someone for whom the term quirky is an understatement.

I was flummoxed as to why Alicia would choose this strange, scatterbrained woman to represent her. Then I finally caught on when Elsbeth used that ditzy demeanor to keep her opponent off balance... while she went in for the kill. Elsbeth turned out to be the perfect foil for Higgs and I was delighted with every scene that pitted these extraordinarily eccentric characters against one another.

Heck, even the judge was entertaining, poking fun at the attorneys whenever appropriate. He recognized how ridiculous this entire case was from start to finish but still respected that this was the law and played it out until the end.

Back on the family front, I'm not thrilled that we were revisiting Grace's interest in bible study. Didn't we wander down this road before? I'm not sure which storyline involving Grace I've found more tiresome, this one or her dance crazed tutor. 

An unconventional high point was that Jackie came back to over step her boundaries and attempt to stir up trouble. I do love to hate that woman.

Then we wandered back to the heavy hitting story lines. Peter's got his sights set on Will. The possibility of Will stealing $45,000 from a client fifteen years ago was like blood in the water for Peter, it didn't matter whose jurisdiction it was.

Peter's pissed. Will's treading all over his former territory and he's hunting for a way to take him down. Now that he's found a weapon, Peter's not about to let it go but he's smart enough not to say it out loud. Will's response?

 You're pitiful. Get a pair of balls and throw a punch. | permalink

Oh, wouldn't we all like to see that?!?

Cut to Lockhart Gardner where Will's afraid Diane's poking the bear in their court case and Diane's worried that Will's poking…well, you get the picture. The only thing better than the look on her face when she heard Alicia's ringtone over that phone was the look she leveled on Will when she asked about needing to up their insurance. Subtle? Not really but message delivered.

I loved the end with the staff watching the Sexual Harassment video. I'd swear I've sat through that video at work and it was just as eye rolling as it was here. Unfortunately, the only person who will be harassing Will or Alicia is her ex and these two need to find their own weapons, quick.

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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Good episode overall. I think one of The Good Wife's greatest strengths is their ability to utilize guest stars in ways that always make them interesting, never blending into the background. I loved Elsbeth's character especially. I agree on the Grace storyline. Can't they come up with something more interesting for her to do? And the showdown between Peter and Will was awesome as expected. They always play off each other so well. Thought the same thing though about the "stolen money leading to other abuse" thing. It seemed like a device to create a storyline about Peter getting back at Will. I guess my only gripe lately has been that I want to see Alicia more empathetic. I like her not being perfect but she has always made you like her despite her emotional quietness. I feel the last few episodes have seen her looking like she doesn't love Peter OR Will and is just using Will for sex. What happened to the past 2 seasons where she struggled with her feelings for both? I hope the writers have something up their sleeve cause I feel she has been too cold lately. But really, still 100% the best show that I have ever watched.

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I love this episode! It's great!

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Very good episode overall. Only had issue with one thing - Will's 15 year old gambling secret points to a pattern of abuse at Lockhart-Gardner?? C'mon writers, work a little harder next time.

The Good Wife Season 3 Episode 7 Quotes

Will: You poked the bear. I asked you not to poke the bear.
Diane: Would you stop with the bear talk.

I thought you Feds were on some sort of a budget crunch. I get two of you?

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