The Good Wife Round Table: "Live from Damascus"

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So long, Will Gardner?

Not really, of course, we'll be seeing plenty of this character on the weeks ahead. But The Good Wife aired a significant episode on Sunday, one that changed the life of both firm partners. Below, Round Table correspondents Matt Richenthal, Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando take on "Live from Damascus."


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I can narrow it down to an exact moment: Eli's face upon Stacie saying she could still taste him. He was clearly repulsed, but we all know he was also turned on. And probably a bit confused.

Carissa: The opening scene when Cary called Will. I thought the way Cary delivered the message knowing it was right, and yet knowing Will wasn't off the hook, was very well acted. Plus, I have a crush on Matt Czuchry.

Christine: I don't think I had a favorite scene this week. Will's story lacked the dramatic punch I expected. Stacy and Eli's ex irritated me so much that I didn't enjoy his story at all. Even the judge I normally like was annoying. I didn't hate the episode it but there wasn't anything I loved about it either.

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Did Will make the right choice in accepting his suspension?
Matt: I guess. My problem is how little we know about the crime. Is there evidence he took the money? That he put it back? For such a major issue, the show expects us to just go along with what we've been told about something that happened 15 years ago. I wish we'd been given more.

Carissa: Yes. At some point you just have to stop fighting against someone who won't ever let it go. Wendy Scott-Carr clearly wouldn't let it go.

Christine: Absolutely.  Like he said, he was guilty.  He could pay with six months or risk paying with his entire career.

Would you vote for a candidate who used a lot of green in his or her campaign?
Matt: Yech, no way! I'm offended you even asked the question.

Carissa: Green is my favorite color, but also one of my least favorite causes, so I'd be torn between the color green and the "cause" green. But the color would catch my eye. Add a little bit of purple flair and I'm in for life.

Christine: Can you really blame a color choice for losing an election? I did like when Eli said that sometime being "on the nose" was a good thing. Sometimes you can really over think something that's very silly.

Grade this week's case.
Matt: D. What can I say? I was bored and felt it was too blatant of an attempt by The Good Wife to capture a current event and remind viewers of how hip it can be.

Carissa: C. Which isn't based on the case itself, but my overwhelming dislike of Rita Wilson's character. She is cringe-worthy and one note and any case she is involved with will always get a poor grade from me.

Christine: C. The drama of the Syrian case was lacking because we barely met those characters. I prefer seeing Kalinda interact with actual people and not a video screen.

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This show is about life after and how people react yes or no, it is not about how to get laid by your boss and think it is the right move from a married woman. The storyline has to do with working and raising a family all in one, to manny people don't see the big picture which comes out of this show.


I'm so less engaged with GW story development now. I'm frustrated and disappointed with the writers having Alicia prioritizing Will so out of her emotional needs. I just don't believe she would based on her story character value system and his. I don't think most women in like kind experiences and values would react thusly. So my glow for this show has undergone a dousing. Not to say my interest in the Alicia character is diminished, it's just less a real today's woman with heart as well as skills feel. For me Will/Alicia together is of more intrigue with development complications than just Alicia's self growth reacting and experiencing with others in her path. I'll just be on and off now. My intense interest in lag state although I'll check back to see if the writers regain a reality of heart as well as mind focus.


1. My favorite scene was when Cary demoted Dana. The look on both their faces foreshadows trouble ahead.
2. I think Will probably made the right choice since he hasn't denied taking the money even though he paid it back.
3. Unfortunately these nitpicky details are the reason someone hires a strategist like Eli. I think that he is a distraction at the law firm and I still don't understand why he has an office there. He demands Kalinda drop everything and serve him. Who does he think he is???
4. "C" I agree with Carissa. Rita Wilson's character reminds me of Jean Smart on "Harry's Law" and both of them are annoying to watch in their respective roles.


1. Probably the scene where Stacie leaves the room saying she forgot her sock. Eli's character has been somewhat over the top this season for my taste, but he was great this episode. On the other hand somewhat disappointed that there wasn't more emotion with the scenes of Will leaving. 2. Yes. Better to be without the law for 6 months than life. He admits he did it so there is really no defense for him to argue during the disbarment proceedings. 3. If you really are swayed to vote for someone based on a color they used, that pretty much explains what is wrong with our country. 4. C. It wasn't horrible but didn't move me. I thought Jonathan Groff was too sappy and I loved him on Glee, when he was more mischievous.


yes...I totally agree that the case in this episode is blatantly ridicoulous.
I mean come on, people..get a right story for a right story itself not cornering the audience with issue of the week. Some e-mistake happened in damascus?? bleh


1. Doesn't help that I forgot most of the episode. Will and Diane their friendship and partnership is so fun to watch.
2.definitely. his hands were tied and there was no way of arguing it.
3. Never pay attention to the cheap tricks.
4. C. Because most of the time my mind wandered.


1.- None
2.- Yes
3.- Sure
4.- F Frost said, " Nature's first green is gold." However this season has reminded me," Nothing gold can stay."


Carissa, I love that Will and Cary scene me too. And I also have a crush on Matt Czuchry. He's an handsome and talented underused actor. I hope they'll use more him and give Cary something more to do.

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