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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?

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Who played the representative that was going to offer Peter a chance to speak at the convention?

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It was great to see Alicia get some backbone and decided not to seriously divorce Peter, she can hear all she wants over the phone Will isn't a baby and she stopped the bed hopping BS. I think she called off the divorce as a way to get rid of David Lee as her divorce attorney, which she had asked for some advise and her kids college funds not to be her attorney to move ahead with.
Its about time the writers put together a real story like the one coming up called the gloves come off, I hope Alicia takes the offer and moves on to a new firm and puts her life on track and get away from the old school crap that didn't happen at Georgetown Law School.

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Someone please clear up for me why Alicia is threatened by Caitlin? Does Alicia have a 6th sense that tells her not to trust Caitlin? Alicia seems to have been the one pushing Caitlin along and mentoring her. What gives with that one?

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There were some scenes from the promo left out though: Where was the scene where the Disciplinary board guy warns Will about what he is allowed to do under suspension? Where was the scene where Kalinda warns Alicia about Caitlin when she likens her to a pyrhanna. There was one other one, can't recall it right now... Looking forward to next week with our favorite wife-killer, Colin Sweeney back. He's great! Love the 'silence of the lambs' vibe between he and Alicia. Also Morena Baccarin is in the episode! I love her!

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Great episode. Loved seeing casual Will at home and he played guitar! Loved the sisters annoying him to death, mostly because they drove him out of the house and back to the office, which is what needed to happen with Lee/Gold and Cain acting like vultures. Loved Diane taking charge. Her scenes with Will are always great. Loved the Will/Kalinda scenes. They have great chemistry together in a protective, brother/sister type of way. Loved that Mamie Gummer's character was out-cuted by Caitlin. She didn't like that too much. Also it was great to see Alicia make an executive decision without having to run it by anyone (Will or Diane). It was a great idea to use Caitlin like that. I hope to God Alicia and Peter aren't reconciling. I think she called off the divorce as a way to get rid of David Lee as her divorce attorney. All in all a great episode.

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I agree I loved this episode and the best one in a long time!! All the characters were at the top of their game. The Eli/David/Julius storyline is great. David Lee is so funny, he is the type of person you would hate in real life but is great entertainment on tv. I hope Alicia isn't serious about not divorcing Peter.
I thought Will's sisters were awesome. yes they were annoying but that is the point of them. I found it amusing they assumed Kalinda was who Will was using his "nice" voice with. I assume they will eventually figure it out. And I loved seeing the conflict on Cary's face when Peter told him to demote whatever-her-name-is. And I agree, no Florrick kids=awesome show.

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I love when they show all the lawyers in the episode and get away from the soap opera romance and away from her kids.......boring.
Love Kalinda and Carey...we want more from these complex characters.

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Kalinda saved the case as usual.

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And no more Alicia and Peter please!

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There are too many people I don't care about. Like the sisters. They were soooo annoying.
I want more Kalinda with Alicia. More Cary and Kalinda or Cary and Peter. The case was stupid. I am curious how Caitlin is going to become a pain in the ass. Alicia feels threatened by her younger colleague which feels very real. And Will seems to still care for Alicia and vice versa. Why are they not together?