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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