The Good Wife Review: They Got Served

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The Good Wife got right down to business on "Alienation of Affection." All business, all the time.

Indeed, this was my kind of episode, delivering a compelling case, a tight narrative, worthy screen time for all main characters and an absence of some of the silly, soap opera-ish moments that occasionally bogged down the first half of season three. We also got to see David Lee show up at the office like this:

David Lee on The Good Wife

Gone, for this week at least, were any office secrets or prolonged stares between Will and Alicia.

In their place, we had an interesting lawsuit that gathered all the equity partners in one room, allowing for a few fun scenes and arguments, none better than the first-ever meeting between Lee and Eli Gold. Is this a get-to-know you visit or a confrontation, the latter hilarious asked the former, as the two most abrasive personalities at the firm clashed for what I hope won't be the final time.

It was refreshing to be reminded that Lockhart/Gardner is a multi-million dollar law firm. It employs countless individuals and there's an enormous amount at stake in their professional lives each week. It's a fact that is sometimes ignored when Alicia's love life grows into too much of an emphasis.

Here, though, the personal lives and developments of various characters were woven perfectly into the overall case. We had another moment of ice thawing between Alicia and Kalinda as they worked together to figure out the fate of the missing rider; we witnessed Diane at her exasperated best, trying to juggle some semblance of romance with her role as boss/mother to misbehaving underlings; we were even treated to a quick dose of Cary back at the firm, spewing the sort of smarmy honesty we've grown to love, but this time on behalf of his former co-workers.

Without bashing viewers over the head with it, the show also made it clear that Alicia is unsure if she's capable of balancing life as a responsible mother with that of a major law firm player. She almost cost each partner $1.2 million, after all, because she was in a rush to make it to Grace's PTA meeting - and she was only saved by the kind of behavior that has become all-too familiar to her in this corporate world. Does she really have what it takes to advance? Does she want to have what it takes?

Aside from the ever-evolving fraud dilemma, ample time was given to Will and his hiring of Elsbeth Tascioni, easily the most entertaining lawyer on television.

An engrossing storyline that takes Will's occasionally shady side into account - while also weaving in his relationships with Diane, Alicia and even Peter - will be more intriguing to watch going forward, now that the red-haired woman who can't even locate her office phone is on the case. Best of luck underestimating this savvy loon, Wendy Scott-Carr.

And best of luck on the back half of season three, The Good Wife. You're off to an intelligent, fun, fast-paced start, one with an increased focus on the professional universe and the multi-layered character that comprise Lockhart/Gardner. Keep it up.


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I think it was the best episode of the season so far. Very dynamic and with a very good story. I laughed a lot, and I loved every moment of it. Keep doing episodes like that, because they make this show above average and of superior quality.


Loved this episode as well! Kalinda and Alicia working more together, Eli being Eli, David being a jerk and Diane holding it all together. Loved the museum scene and all of the "server" drama. Only criticism - the writers needed to include Will telling Alicia about his case when he solicited her help in finding an attorney. That would have have been, perhaps, less suspenseful, but it would put a correction on her softening position towards Peter Florrick. She is on to what is going on knowing Wendy Scott Carr is involved but still...Loved seeing Cary, loved, absolutely love Lisbeth Tacioni and know that the face off with her and Wendy Scott Carr will prove to be very exciting. No more Grace and religion, please. And, what happened with the plot points around Zack and Nisa that I read about....


I've loved "The Good Wife" from its beginning. Kudos to the writers-they are truly amazing. Just love the characters, the ones you love and the ones you just can't stand... and then Cary does something nice. Bryan Brown, as someone else has said, Yumm!!! Really good choice. Love this show - Smart, sassy, and totally engrossing.


I love Will Alicia being together. It was good to see them being comfortable with each other even after the sad & all-too-sudden break-up. Wld like Will & Alicia to hook up again at some point in time but with Alicia being involved emotionally & being able to acknowledge it & not forcefully restricting herself only to the physical side of it. That was what was irksome in the initial episodes of S3 where it felt like Alicia was using Will for just a purely physical relationship while not allowing him access to any other part of her world. Because of this the interactions between them, which used to be great in S1 and S2, seemed detached and somehow restricted in the 1st half of S3. Coming back to today's episode, everybody seemed to hit the ball out of the park & the episode truly rocked. Highlights - Diane having Will's back, Will & Alicia being concerned for each other, David Lee at his bitchy but hilarious best, Eli being irritatingly combative, Elsbeth being at her zanny, funny best


loving that Eslbeth Tascioni is finding work outside of "True Blood"...this actress is remarkable and i always look forward to her interactions on screen! Kudo's to Good Wife for casting her! and i will look for her in True Blood come this June again!


Fabulous episode. The Will/Alicia thing has been a little overplayed and a tad tedious recently - but this episode was a gem.


One of the best - and showing how venal, corrupt and unpleasant lawyering is.
But where is the pro bono team? Love Will's Counsel. She is the absolute best. This is the greatest show. i look forward to each episode and will be devastated when the season ends.


the episode was fantastic. nothing to criticize.They finally gave Diane some long overdue screentime and she rocked as per usual.They brought back one of my favorite characters Elsbeth. The case was gripping and interesting. Eli and David were hysterical..which shows you can pair Eli Gold with any character and it's bound to be Gold. Just enough of the Florrick kids. Kalicia friendships is improving and Cary swooped in and was awesome. Seeing as I personally go back and forth between loving him and disliking him it was a fantastic moment.


Fantastic episode. Flawless and engaging writing and acting. Loved that the episode focused on the firm. Welcome back!

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