The Good Wife Review: Losing Their Will

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So, following events on "Live From Damascus," where there's a Will, there's no longer a way to practice law on The Good Wife. At least not for the next six months.

Aside from allowing me to use that incredibly witty pun, though, there's something missing from this Will storyline. It should be a major deal, right? It was treated that way last night, certainly, with Will's future at the firm up in the air, despite Diane's assurance that there will be a place for him again in half a year.

Rita Wilson on The Good Wife

But the punishment hinges on an incident from 15 years ago. We've heard plenty of references to this $45,000 heist and its eventual replacement, but we weren't there for it. We didn't know Will when it went down.

As a result, I can't say I feel particularly invested in the crime or subsequent suspension. There's a feeling of detachment here. We're just being told about something Will did and, moreover, we're being told about how he was ratted out... by Wendy Scott-Carr, a character no longer on the show.

For such a significant development, a great deal has taken place off camera. Viewers haven't really been part of any of these actions. Sure, I'm curious where this is all going and what will happen now with Will out of the Lockart/Gardner - sorry, Lockhart & Associates - picture, but I'm disappointed at the way The Good Wife arrived here. It was just thrust upon us.

Similarly, the case of the week wasn't especially engrossing, even if it did involve a couple welcome guest stars in Jonathan Groff and John Benjamin Hickey.

Sometimes, The Good Wife focuses more on being relevant than being engaging - and this felt like one of those times. The Syrian revolution and the role a tech company played in it felt like too obvious of an attempt to mirror real life events from last year and how Facebook shaped them in countries such as Egypt.

This was especially trye when it came to Judge Abernathy and his Occupy Wall Street references. Those were all just really odd and really forced. We all love the use of big names behind the gavel - and who has ever not loved Denis O'Hare in anything?!? - but it can be distracting and simply unrealistic when these judges dominate a trial due to odd personality quirks.

But what saved "Live From Damascus?" Eli, as always. He's now working with two women who both irritate and attract him, giving him plenty of chances to be his lovable, bombastic, awkward, annoyed self.

What did everyone else think? Did Will's suspension feel sudden or well-earned? Is it just an excuse by the show to let Alicia take over that tax case involving Kalinda? What could that possibly be about? Once again, due to the Oscars, the show takes another break next Sunday, so we'll find out more on March 4.


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I miss Will, and hope that you bring him back some how. If he got Big Headed and felt that he could not be replaced, well shame on him. Maybe he's a twin, and the twin shows up and has the same problems experiencing the same chemistry with Alicia as Will (not a bad story line). I just like the 2 of them together.


I am mad ! I wanted will to stay!,,


I am afraid this show is going in too many directions at once. They now have a huge cast list which must cost a fortune. I had no idea where that 45k thing came from, out of the blue? Or I feel asleep somewhere. I thought it was for bribing judges at their basketball games. Then they drop the best villianess of all. Maybe they took Will out to save on his salary or because he is demanding more per ep in contract negotiations..only reason I can think of for this sudden turn of events. It needs to slow down and spend more time on cases and character development..I loved the Chris Noth and Juliana first season stuff. They are trying to bring in the football crowd now by moving it and Tuesday's was perfect for it. I bet we see it go downhill now. Also think Will will appear in eps from time to time as a friend to Alicia.


I love this show and I think the bond between Alicia and Will is fantastic! I hope they find a way to bring the two together. Will is a decent person at heart, but his competitive nature casts him in a bad light. Whereas, Peter is just down right evil at heart and his "redeeming" good acts are all on the surface.


I hope it hit him in the butt.


I am surprised by those who did not like this episode and the bashing of Will - it was a great episode - the guest characters played their roles perfectly - the little side stories were entertaining - and I hated seeing Will walking out of the door - love this show and nothing can change that.


Hooray for the ugly husband, its better than a sneaking backstabbing oneway boss.


The name of the show is : The Good wife.She is, she will be the good wife for ever until the end of the series.
The personage of Alicia grew up a little in the beginning of the season, and now she is like a women of the sixties. She is regressed.
I don't know where the writters want to go ..... they built a story around Will & and Alicia and they killed them .
But it's still a very, very good show, and these actors are greats, sublime .the very best cast I have never seen.
I love the couple of Will & Alicia ( in my dream). But I'm sure at the end of the serie ,she'll be back with his ugly husband !!!!!!!!!!!!!.


I hope that Will never returns. He is the most annoying character on the show. It would be great to see some new blood.


My fear is that Will won't be back.Is that possible?He's my favourite actor in the show.Not sure I'll watch it if he doesn't return.I thought Alisha was going to have to defend him in a trail and that would have been great TV

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