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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.

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Editor Rating: 3.2 / 5.0
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But, where they going now? After the last funny episode, I expected more passion, again. But everything is on a sort of stand by : The case was very boring; and the only interesting things are as usual, the love between Alicia and Will, if it still exists, And the troubles about the dark side of L&G. The rest is nothing..and of course, Tascioni for ever..
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Given the coming attractions show Alicia on the stand, I doubt what Kalinda gave was worthwhile. And though I know Wendy is probably trying to extract some revenge against Peter, why do I doubt that Peter would ever let her get involved with a case if it meant painting Alicia in a bad light.

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Over all the show was very boring including the kookie lawyer Will has, the best part was when the crybaby started his boo hoo in the garage with Kalinda about he didn't want to go to jail (now we know).
The part where Kalinda gives Dana the files could be a ploy or she is protecting Alicia on the paper Dana showed her where Alicia would lose and possiblity of hit with a fraud charge.

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I have loved The Good Wife from the beginning, but I am disappointed in the direction this show is seemingly heading. I like it as a drama, not as a "Boston Legal" or one of those other funny, ha ha shows. I don't like CSI when it has gone off in that direction either. Please keep this show a drama--it does not need to be a comedy too. I don't like the ditsy lawyer either for the same reason. No sane person would hire her.

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Not a bad episode but I agree that it was sorta boring. Nothing to complain about per se but nothing very exciting either. I tend to like the criminal cases better because the civil ones tend to get bogged down in terminology exactly like this one did.
My prediction with the file that Kalinda gave Dana is that it is a trick. I highly doubt she really gave the prosecution anything of value. I think she gave them something she thinks they want and then Elsbeth will prove it wrong at the grand jury and embarrass them. She is too loyal to Will to hurt him like that.

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I sure didn't like that last scene where Kalinda handed over Will's file to Dana. I HOPE Kalinda is just cleverly playing her and didn't just push Will off a cliff. There are characters we all just love to hate. Dana, though, I just hate -- as in "run over by a bus" hate.

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