The Good Wife Review: Cockroaches

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Quite a few TV Fanatic commenters must have been thrilled with tonight's The Good Wife, "Don't Haze Me, Bro."

Nick was nowhere to be seen and Cary was at least featured. It wasn't much, but there's bound to be more Cary in our future now that he is working in the same office as Alicia, right?

Alicia in Red

Despite those two positives, the episode was brought down by a lackluster case. The issue of the hazed college student didn't hold my attention. The opposing counsel's moving targets didn't really work for me, either. especially with the focus on the effeminate judge. I came away just hoping Alicia would win because I hated the university's counsel so much. The testimony of the students and coach wasn't putting me on the edge of my seat wondering what they would say, as often happens on this show.

If a case as good as last Sunday's search engine one had been paired with the supplemental stories, it would have worked much better. The Peter cheating story just won't go away, will it? I'm not surprised, it's politics. As much as Kalinda and Eli convinced the publication that the accusations were false and I believed them, I'm not convinced that Peter didn't cheat. The girl was not credible at all, but there's something about Eli and Peter's statements that just rub me the wrong way.

Perhaps, it really is a cover-up of a non-story. Though, that is making Peter look guilty ... of something.

The reporter may have lost her story, but she decided not to go down without a fight. In the day of the Internet, anything goes. The blog may not have the credibility of the reporter's publication, but it will open up a new line of questioning by the press and the public. Do you think Peter cheated? Or is it all a big lie to bring him down? The results of the straw poll will be telling about where Peter's campaign is going, though the controversy will certainly bring his numbers down. 

In addition to trouble with the campaign, Peter will have to deal with his mother's illness. What was wrong with her? Her cockroach hallucinations are not the sign of a healthy recovery. I hope that Peter, Eli or someone realizes that something is wrong before she commits a faux pas that will seriously hurt his campaign. Not only because it would hurt Peter, but that's something that Jackie would forever blame herself for if it happens.

The campaign situation may be worsening, but the firm is starting to recover. If it continues to win these large settlements, it will be out of bankruptcy in no time. It was refreshing to see Diane and Will hold their ground with the Trustee. Even more telling was their determination to not only recover but to take down Louis Canning and to expand into New York City and Washington, D.C. If anyone can do it, I believe Diane and Will can. They have the drive and determination to follow through, though it won't be an easy ride.

Do you think there is any truth to the reporter's story about Peter cheating with a campaign worker?


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I think Jackie is so funny and sad at the same time. Love the way the writers re-showed her leaving the hospital.


thanks, it's fun to go past the willicia, peter talk and go over other issues that IMO make the show interesting.
IMO this is the difference (in public opinion) between public and private career, thanks for reminding background stories. @Clemens, thankGOD you are not an author!!! ^_° Fun to read alle the comments:@Marzy Dotes
LOL I agree!! + More cockroaches for Jackie!


Is TGW losing its way? Haven't we been here before in every respect - cheating with the intern; Jackie being an interfering nuisance; Eli fighting with journalists over 'the truth'; boring court cases with obscene damages being awarded; self-congratulatory lawyers thinking they are oh so clever and !important. Was the prospect being dangled this week of TGW DC, TGW NY - tv franchise heaven. I hope not.
Much as I love TGW, this season the writers are struggling to find a storyline that will retain viewers. I can hear people switching off in their thousands. Shut down the firm and let Alicia and Cary set up on their own in a small downtown office with Kalinda helping out for old times' sake. Now THAT would be interesting.


I may be wrong but I think this Peter cheating thing has nothing to do with him but I agree that Alicia is standing by Peter in the traditional sense. And I think it will be the nail in the coffin if it is revealed that Alicia cheated and blows the lid off the campaign.
I think the other party is looking for dirt on Alicia and not Peter, so don't be surprised if the $700 room comes up down the road.


I have a feeling that you suspect Peter is cheating because you are a member of the "Peter Will Always Be A Scumbag" club or "PWABAS." Alicia can do no wrong and Peter can do no right - ever. While other character on TGW can grow and evolve, Peter will always be the exception for fans such as yourself. It is really getting annoyi8ng.


I don't really care about cary I don't care if he is in an episode for a minute or not at all I liked this episode I can't wait for next week episode lamond is back.


Keep Nick missing, more airtime for Cary and Jackie seeing cockroaches is just fine with me.


The case didn't excite me - nearly as much as Team Diane and Alicia winning the case against that arrogant lawyer. Although, his character was annoyingly well played. What's up with Alicia? She meets w/Mattie and she tells her that I'm not very interesting?! Really? Alicia is quite a different person in her personal life as opposed to the strong, confident, smart woman we see in court. We all have different aspects of our personality,however it really disappointed me to see Alicia appear so weak and unsure of herself. Count me in- I didn't miss Kalinda's husband. I think she is a kick-butt part of the show on her own.


I don't think Peter cheated again - I think something else questionable might have happened at that hotel OR one of Peter's rivals paid off the ditzy blonde to create a new cheating scandal.
Hazing story was so-so. Maybe I wasn't paying close enough attention but I didn't think the judge appeared THAT effeminate so I found the uncomfortableness of the attorneys using the word to be kind of lame.
Always LOVE to see more Cary, Nathan Lane and Alan Cumming!! Now we need a ballistics issue so Gary Cole can reappear as the object of Diane's lust... The bar scene with Maddie was REALLY forced and so uncomfortable - I hope it's revealed SOON what Maddie's game plan is. And Jackie, well, she's a total sh*t and deserves to hallucinate bugs! I don't envy Eli having to take Alicia's advice to make Jackie feel important again - GAG!


I found the case of the week to be a very good one. Diane in court and in action is terrific. Liked having "NoNick"....too much time is spent on that character. It was great to see Cary! His facial expressions to Hayden and then in the shared office were priceless. More Cary please.

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