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The Good Wife Round Table: "Blue Ribbon Panel"

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Matthew Perry made his shady presence very much felt on last Sunday's new episode of The Good Wife, which also featured a partnership decision at Lockhart/Gardner and a salvo in the ever-burgeoning Alicia vs. Jackie feud.

How did our Round Table team of Matt Richenthal, Carissa Pavlica and Christine Hinton feel about "Blue Ribbon Panel?" So glad you asked! Read on for their latest take and then chime in with your own...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Probably Cary giving testimony at the panel. We haven't seen a great deal from him recently, so it was refreshing to see his lovable smugness on full display. Did your boss not pursue this case for racial reason? I can't answer that, but I can be offended by it.

Carissa: It wasn't my favorite moment, but perhaps the most frightening: the look on Jackie's face when she got up out of that salon chair to talk to Alicia. I felt as if I was watching the Devil incarnate dressed in granny clothing. She truly scares the crap out of me.

Christine: Diane referring to Will's seat as a toy that David Lee, Julius and Eli were all fighting over but if they got it, they'd only break it. Great analogy. Will was concerned she wasn't being smart, but he needn't have been. I love Diane a little more with every episode.

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Do you want to see Peter run for Governor?
Matt: Absolutely. For a show that lives in the morally grey, what better suited area is there than politics? The pull of what good one can do in office, versus the push of what bad actions one must sometimes take to get there, always fascinates me.

Carissa: I guess it will make the show more interesting if he does, but as a character, I don't care one way or another. In other words, maybe he NEEDS to run for Governor in order for me to give a hoot about his character's place on the show, because as of right now, he bores me. It would also take Eli away from the bickering in Lockhart/Gardner, and that has to happen, too.

Christine: Heck yeah. Whether Peter and Alicia are together or apart, that type of campaign will add all types of stress and complications and should make for good TV.

Do you want to see Matthew Perry return?
Matt: Yes. I sometimes fear The Good Wife is in danger of getting overrun by guest stars... but then Michael J. Fox, Mamie Gummer and now Perry put a smile on my face and who am I to argue? Could they be any more entertaining?

Carissa: No.He was a grade A horse's arse. I hate when they portray members of the justice system not caring about actual justice. I know it's true, but can't they at least try to make us think it works differently?

Christine: Sure, he was annoyingly complicated but I enjoyed him. After so many years as Chandler Bing it's hard to see him as anything but a lovable goofball, yet I still thought this role worked for him.

Grade this week's Case of the Week.
Matt: B. It went a little far is painting Alicia as the only legal mind on the panel who cared about actual justice, but the simple answer is that I was intrigued and enjoyed both Perry and Charles S. Dutton as the pastor. I'm also thankful I took a week off from playing the "Drop Gun Drinking Game" because, man, I wouldn't have made it through the first commercial break.

Carissa: What WAS the case of the week? Was it the shooting of the man's father at the train station or the FBI agent who wanted to date Kalinda? If it was the former, I find it odd that two weeks in a row the cases so closely match what is happening in the real world, i.e., a race-baited shooting. I love that Alicia never lets things just stand as is.

Christine: B+ The world is full of shades of gray and The Good Wife is at its best when it doesn't give us easy answers. I didn't even mind that we'll never really know what exactly happened on that train platform. It was still fun to watch the politics that make up the blue ribbon panel.

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    Sorry to tell all you A/W fans it ain't going to happen those days are over and Willy boy will have a new broad in his bed next season. Plus you all are not going to like the ending but I will.

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    In my opinion Will's absence leaves such a big hole of story interest in Alicia's development and in the firm's force and direction. His character neglect of 6 months home story has so far gone off the grid. My respect lies with the Alicia/Will relationship and @ each of their personal growth stories there-in. I care nada about Peter and his doings. I have lost too much interest in the GW and its future due to the personal core Alicia/Will interruption treatment. The legal cases have lost their zing. Only the 3 gals, Alicia, Diane, and Kalinda characters have my attention due to these supreme actors. Today's conflicted world needs an A/W love and goodness to hold to and work with and dream with.

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    I find this episode a bit boring. I dont understand Alicia's rationale for wanting back her old house. She is too calm and forgiving or maybe just plain dumb for allowing Peter to use her in so many ways. For one, she did not appear to be upset after finding out Peter was behind Will's possible indictment. Two, she did not see or could not see that Peter is using h for his own personal agenda, to become Govenor. Sigh...

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    I loved it! This epsode put Alicia squarely in "the gray". Jackie was the wicked witch personified. Alicia can get back at her by threatening to go through with a divorce, but on the other hand, Jackie may be trying to blackmail her by agreeing to sell her the house if she will agree NOT to get a divorce utill he's governor (like her hair stylist was saying). Next season, Alicia needs some lovin', and they need a new story line for Cary (who is great). Hate Jackie, love Kalinda, love Peter, love Cary, Love Diane, Love Will, love love love Alicia!

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    I have watched this show from the start and still see a happy ending and it won't be what most people will like.

    PS--Nadg i agree with you about who bought the house.

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    Julianna Margulies was on form all the way. Scene stealers were Archie Panjabi and Jill Flint as network televisions hottest most entertaining couple. Cute gay Glee kids have nothing on those two! Someone should give them their own tv series already. But the Blue Ribbon goes to Mary Beth Pail as Jackie Florrick. Is there any character on the Good Wife that scares the hell out viewers more than the original Mrs. Florrick?

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    I think a " Florrick" who bought a house is not Jacky.
    Maybe another Florick we dont know yet.

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    Buy the house already or don't, that's beside the point.
    Peter is already running for Governor, he's smart enough not to push A., but there it is. All his recent choices go in that direction.
    Last but not least, it is irritating to see that no matter how much one strives and develops in work, you are still linked to your husband.
    For Alicia to really grow, that would have to be over.
    And I didn't think she did a good job on the panel: one thing is watching Diane walk back in a room saying : "Bruce did you just lie to me?"
    Charisma at top and self sufficient, the other is an equally good lawyer hooked to a dead relationship and not knowing there are oh so many ways to bring your point across with men, without flirting but also non necessarily being the pain in the ass. All that, just to let go in in end.
    I'd like a closure.Rather she is becoming her own self or we see the contradictions of a corporate wife, let the authors decide, for me.. this kind of morally gray is getting old.
    My two cents, don't banish me!

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    I guess I'm the only one who thinks this week was average.
    The panel was a bit boring. Peter not answering the phone: he has done everything for his wife/family around the law, and now all of a sudden he's strict. Cary: seems like these days he is a filler under contract.
    And the FBI agent pushing on Kalinda, again? Really? Even fights at the firm are stale. I hope they will progress with personal story lines soon enough, I have a feeling we have been stalling for a long time now. I know most people see a soap every time there is a kiss, but TGW is special because it'a perfect mix between law, politics and personal life and even with the flash backs, there's only so much attention you can get on buying or not buying a house.
    This said I think this show is remarkable.. but, with the way it's programmed
    it's difficult for viewers not to expect a cliffhanger every week: we get unreasonable. Confrontation between Alicia an jackie will be fun, but really, does it matter? Buy the house already or don't, that's beside the point.
    Peter is running for Governor, he's smart enough not to push A., but all his recent choices go in that direction.
    Last but not least, it's irritating to see that no matter how much one strives and develops in work, you are still linked to your husband.
    For Alicia to really grow, that would have to be over.
    And I didn't think she did a good job on the panel: one thing is watching Diane walk back in a room saying : "Bruce did you just lie to me?"
    Charisma at top and self sufficient, the other is an equally good lawyer hooked to a dead relationship and not knowing there are oh so many ways to bring your point across with men, without flirting but also non necessarily being the pain in the ass. All that, just to let go in in end.
    I'd like a closure.Rather she is becoming her own self or we see the contradictions of a corporate wife, let the authors decide, for me.. this kind of morally gray is getting old. My two cents, don't banish me!

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    1. My favorite scene: Diane explaining to Will that David Lee, Julius and Ely are children who've been told they can't have a toy ... that was really great.
    2. Maybe I do but this time he has to do it alone, without Alicia's help. Someone said earlier that without Alicia he's a Joe paying for prostitutes, with Alicia he's Kennedy and that's actually true. So this time let's see what he can do on his own.
    3. I'm not sure yet. I guess 1 episode was enough.
    4. B.




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