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The Good Wife Review: Courting Blondes

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Who would have guessed that Will's suspension would be the best thing to happen to season three of The Good Wife?

Just consider all the ways this development had an impact "After the Fall," easily my favorite episode in weeks:

Return of Mamie Gummer

It elevated Alicia who, in turn and by accident, elevated Caitlin. The former has actually played a background role for most of the season, but she was at the forefront of this week's intriguing courtroom battle. Can you really blame a filmmaker for a suicide? It seems like a crazy notion, considering all that tragically goes into pushing one toward this act...

... but shouldn't someone pay when he chooses to encourage a jump (the editing and YouTube advertisement really got me) instead of prevent it?

It was an interesting back-and-forth, helped along by another terrific appearance by Mamie Gummer as Nancy Crozier and a judge whose quirks fit perfectly into the episode, as opposed to distracting from it, which occasionally happens on the show; although my one complaint is that I wish we didn't hear the defendant's 911 call or learn about the father's tuition cut-off.

What would the jury have decided without these two clear pieces of evidence?

It created tension at Lockhart/Gardner. Or Lockhart & Associates I should say. Or maybe Lockhart/Gold? Lockhart/Lee? Lockhart/WhateverJulius'LastNameIs?

The Good Wife is at its best when we see how professionals run their asylum. The law firm is successful - $38 million worth of success, as Will told his pestering siblings - but we all know it's also a pretty big mess. It's endlessly entertaining to watch the inner maneuverings and posturings of Eli, Julius and David Lee, especially when they involve two of these men plotting and the third plopping himself in a chair outside one's office.

Would you care for a magazine while you wait, David? Perhaps a copy of Schemer's Digest?

It pushed Alicia in the direction of Peter. Sort of. Subtly, Alicia felt farther away from Will than ever, calling to check in on her ex, only to overhear him talking to... a new woman? She may have figured as much, resigning their conversation to nothing but work. Did this play a role in her calling off the divorce? Was she simply angry at David Lee for leaking his role in it? Was she actually turned on by the notion of Peter giving the keynote address at the Democratic Nation Convention? It seemed that way when she first heard the possibility.

It's unclear where Alicia's heart or heart is at the moment, but I appreciated the nuanced suggestions this week. Too often, The Good Wife thrusts romance and love triangles in our face. Here, though, the machinations of a political campaign and the shake-up at work came first. Those storylines simply spawned small instances of romantic considerations.

We also witnessed Cary struggle with how he would be affected by Peter's run; learned a bit more about Kalinda's tax case; and met Will's sisters. They were hilarious.

It was a great episode overall, moving many stories forward while giving us a look at characters in various new states - Will at home, Caitlin in court, Alicia on the defensive. Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to think of a name for Will and his sister's singing group. On Gardner maybe? We can do better than that, right?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Did NOT care for Will's annoying sisters. They don't even look like they came from the same parents!! But
liked Will playing the guitar.....And still wanting to see more of Will/Alicia....

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We have yet to see Caitlyn's dark side but she's David Lee's niece. There has to be one. Also, she moved up the ladder pretty fast. I wanted to slap Alicia a bit, she was totally turned on by Peter being the Keynote Speaker. I understand her reasons for not wanting to publicly damage Peter with a divorce but the guy's bad news. Although I did feel a little bad for him, he had to make a tough call this episode. Will's sisters are HILARIOUS. I loved how they went after Kalinda as Will's girlfriend. If they had guessed it was Alicia, that would have been awkward but with Kalinda, it was super funny. Diane is the best. I love her.

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Peter has a new girlfriend...Caitlin is pregnant...

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Has anybody been watching the TV Ratings lately, if this 1 new and 2 reruns every other week is starting to lose viewership. The 4th season if there is one will end up on the short side and a cancelation, people are not interested in reruns all the time with 1 new or 2 shows thrown in they are watching another station with better interest to them.

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Anyone know the original source of the classical music played during the suicide from the bridge?

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She is not putting off the divorce there has never been one, just checking the opions. When it is all said and done at the end we will see what this storyline has been all about from the start and it won't be what manny people think it will be (think Eliot Spitzer) does that give you all a big wake up.

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Alicia is wary of Caitlin because she is David Lee's niece and because she seems to be getting Will and Diane's attention perhaps at Alicia's expense. Diane needs David Lee on her side and Alicia knows this. Alicia needs Eli on her side and David Lee and Eli know this. So, by dumping David Lee she does what Eli wants even if it means putting off her divorce. By being nice to Caitlin and by promoting her in the most recent trial she tees her up to get Diane's attention and Will's for that matter. Caitlin will end up working on one of Will's cases I bet and will need to "consult" with him. Something will happen there and Kalinda will be all over it. Lots more to come.

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Petula & Karla, are you serious? Would you take back your husbands if they slept with hookers a thousand times? And NOT just hooker. He was with other people too. Peter did not take his marriage seriously. He does not deserve to be with his wife.

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Karla I 100% WITH YOU ON THE ALICIA/PETER TOGETHER, YOUR RIGHT I THINK WILL HAS A WHOLE LOT OF HIDDEN DIRT THAT WOULD PULL HER DOWN IN THE GUTTER AND LEFT TO TAKE THE FALL.

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David/ Donna Brazile who is a political analyst for CNN and served as interim Chair person of the DNC for a bit so it would have been quite realistic for her to have made the offer.... I want Alicia back with Peter and not with Will I do believe that Will is not the angel many think of him as. I think that Peter truly loves her and more importantly he knows her and gets her. The new improved version of Alicia would work well with Peter they are far more alike than many give them credit for/the way she called on him for the kids school more than showed that to me.
While the young one has had her moments they have been coached along and when she messes up and she will Alicia more than likely does not want the blow back.
The sisters were ok I would like more Kalinda as she is by far my fav on there every week no matter what.......

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