The Good Wife Review: Currencies, Commodities and Confusion

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One thing I love about The Good Wife is how it treats its audience like a group of intelligent adults.

This is not a show that dumbs anything down, firing off quick dialogue, technical terms and current event references without stopping to catch us up or explain any nuances. I appreciate the respect the show affords its viewers in this way.

But it was a detriment on "Finding Mr. Bitcoin."

Jason Biggs on The Good Wife

This may have been an all-time episode for computer geeks, but despite my use of this machine for approximately 12 hours per day, I am not one of them.

There was simply too much talk about programming this, binary code that. I understood the general idea of Bitcoin and the case, but I was lost when it came to the details and simply bored by the back and forth between Kalinda and her pair of suspected programmers.

He did it! No, she did it! No, see this line of code, he did it, I swear! This went on for far too long - and it led to a predictable ending.

Of course, Jason Biggs' lawyer played a role in the creation of this commodity. Sorry, judge, I mean this currency. It would have been a rather lame conclusion for the American Pie star's Mr. Stack to just thank Alicia, hand over a cashier check (his use of cash at the outset was also overly foreshadowing) and be on his way.

Elsewhere, Zach is still dating Nisa. These two totally love each other and Zach is using his mother's feud against his grandmother to see more of her and... oh, sorry. I fell asleep there for a second. Look, I absolutely understand that we need to see glimpses of Alicia at home. We need to be reminded that she's a mostly single mother and she often struggles with the burden of her job versus her children.

But can we come up with a more interesting, ongoing storyline for the kids? There might as well be a neon sign flashing the word "FILLER" at this point every time Zach or Grace is on screen.

Finally, there was serious movement in the case against Will. My favorite scene of the hour, by far, was Elsbeth once again doing her quirky thing in her under-reconstruction office. I laughed out loud when those two workers wandered in.

Moreover, it was nice to see some continuity, as the major angle from last week's terrific episode came into play again here, placing Kalinda in an impossible situation. Did she tamper with that case file? What exactly is so damaging about it in the first place? Are we to believe that Will actually did bribe a judge?

I doubt the answer is that simple, but I also doubt Will is completely innocent. Heck, this episode started by reminding us that Diane and Will are all about money, as the former comforted the latter about the Bitcoin case by saying it wasn't mere charity... there was major cash on the table! I can't think of another drama that would so blatantly paint main characters in this sort of greedy light. It's great, as is the fact that Kalinda called Diane out for wanting to be kept in the loop regarding Will so, in Kalinda's estimation, she can know when to cut ties.

Or is it when to help, as Diane insisted? I really don't know, and, despite my complaints about this episode in particular, that's what makes The Good Wife so intriguing.

** The Good Wife takes next Sunday off and returns on January 29 with an episode that, as depicted in this preview, seriously raises the stakes.


Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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Love this ssoean!! Best scene so far Peter/Will confrontation! Can’t wait for Kalinda to get more air time! She is amazing!


Love this ssoean!! Best scene so far Peter/Will confrontation! Can’t wait for Kalinda to get more air time! She is amazing!


It was a good episode. Jason Biggs did a good job. It was good to see him in a role other than as a hormonal teenager. I am also enjoying Alicia and Kalinda as friends much more than as enemies. Will's lawyer Tascioni is great. I enjoy the humour she brings to the show. Well thought out episode, the writers never cease to intrigue, educate and entertain!


Wheres the round table on this episode?


Although the Bitcoin tech stuff was a little dry, I liked the episode. The one item that rang false though was Kalinda's reaction to Dana threatening Alicia's reputation. I'll repeat that. *Threatening* Alicia's reputation. Kalinda should have laughed in her face. Dana is threatening to expose the WIFE of the current D.A., the mother of his children, who stood by him during his incarceration and subsequent reelection. Shyeah...right. Peter may have appointed Wendy Scott Carr. But, roping Alicia into the trial & besmirching her reputation would have the OPPOSITE effect that WSC wants. It would throw all the attention on the wrong person (Alicia), make the public sympathize even more w/Peter, confuse the entire bribing issue w/sex in the office (which have nothing to do with each other), and leave the prosecutor looking like an employee of the National Enquirer. Bad plan, WSC.


For once, I don't agree with the review. I didn't find the episode so boring, and I liked the way Zac manipulated his mum...
I despise Dana, she is smarmy, I hate her way of relating with Kalinda,threating her .But Kalinda would never betray Will, and I think she must have changed something in that folder.(let's hope)
And Wendy???what a fake smile...she totally makes me wanna punch her in the face whenever she smiles!Love funny,and clever!


I almost believe that Kalinda is willing to sacrifice Will to safe Alicia. I hope I am wrong, although I am certainly not a fan of Will as he totally turns me off. As for Dana and Wendy, I hate back-stabbing villians and that goes double for them. I realize they bring necessary drama to the show, but they make me physically ill. As for not dumbing down for the audience, I almost wish they would -- ha ha! This show really keeps me on my toes and I almost get a stress headache watching it, but I relish the challenge. Looking forward to the next episode!!


I'm not sure why Matt thinks everything is predictable (the Dexter twist, this episode). Suddenly I feel so dumb. What he finds predictable, I don't! Anyway, I loved this episode. Maybe it was the geek in me, but I really liked how the code thing wasn't just forced. The writers know their stuff! Can't wait for the next episode. Two weeks seem so long!


I am dissappointed with this episode too. It is pretty boring and I don't like Dana from day one. This Dana - Kalinda thing is weird. Drop Dana please. Love how Kalinda is loyal to Will though. I love seeing connections and emotions in the show.


Anybody who thinks there will be more passion better change the channel, those days are over. Now we get down to the real nitty gritty and the downfall of Lockhart&Garginer, all the dirty secrets of the past and how they defrauded their clients over the years will be coming to light. Then we can see how manny tears Will can spill again (boo-hoo).

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