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The Good Wife Review: Careful What You Say

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With Laura working at the State Attorney's office, she was eventually going to face off against Lockhart/Gardner. And The Good Wife didn't waste any time in making that showdown happen.

"Here Comes the Judge" featured the season's first criminal case, unless you count Zach's skirmish in another county. With Cary back at the firm, it's nice to have a familiar face for them to face off against at the State Attorney's office. And Laura has shown herself to be formidable. When Amanda Peet showed up as Alicia's client, I hoped she'd be back. She's a pleasant addition to the cast.

Could she be a possible love interest for Will? They seemed to have a spark!

Laura Questions Will

Not that Will needs to complicate his life any further. His suspension may be over, but the repercussions from it are continuing. Judge Creary was inappropriate in his comments to Will at the restaurant, but he may very well have been accurate regarding Will and Will's client. Regardless, that didn't make his words acceptable and he should have been removed from the case. 

At first, I thought he didn't recuse himself because he was too proud and thought he could bully Alicia and Will into continuing under his purview. I never even considered that he didn't remember the exchange with Will. That was unexpected and actually made me a bit sad for Judge Creary. His life was in such a horrible place that he risked what he had left with his drinking.

Judge Dunaway didn't like it, but he had no choice but to rule in favor of moving the case to a new judge. One positive that came out of this situation was that Will proved he wasn't ruthless. His decision to not subpoena Giada showed a softer side. However, he really didn't know if she would tell the truth on the stand or not. Could Will and Giada work out this time? She's no longer his law student...

The case of murdered husband was not interesting. Been there, done that. But The Good Wife did right by presenting a new angle of the law. The trial to substitute the judge for cause held my interest. Despite knowing the judge should be removed, it was never a sure deal. With the new evidence that Laura found with Judge Creary's help, Will's going to most likely take the deal. With their client in jail, will the firm still be hired to oversee her finances? Tough call.

Outside of the courtroom, there was quite a bit going on. Perhaps too much. Grace befriended the dead Grace's ex-boyfriend, Connor, which was just weird from a story perspective. Though, I guess it makes sense in a way. Grace is a caring person and saw that Connor was being ostracized by the other classmates. It just seemed like the writers thought they needed a story for Grace and pulled this one out. I hope it has a good payoff.

While Grace was skipping class with the smoker, Zach was helping out at his father's campaign under an alias. I find this hard to believe. No one at Peter's campaign recognized Zach? He never ran into Peter, Eli or any campaign workers who would know him? With Eli's manipulation, it looks like Alicia will let him help out. It will be good for Zach, though will he end up in a relationship with another campaign worker. Both of Peter's kids are ultimately going to be pulled into the campaign. I don't think there's anything that Peter or Alicia can do to stop it. 

Lastly, we have the dreaded Nick-Kalinda story. As soon as Nick and Cary had a confrontation in the office, I knew trouble was coming. Will Cary's attack be enough for Kalinda to finally cut Nick loose? I hope so. He really needs to go. I miss the old Kalinda and once he is gone, we can have her back!

Are you enjoying the addition of Amanda Peet's Laura to the show? Ready for Nick to leave? What about the kids' storylines? Are they adding to the overall story or just confusing?

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Editor Rating: 4.2 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (107 Votes)

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Yes, I too am sick of the Kalinda storyline but I don't see how the show can get out of developing it; weren't the episodes we're seeing now filmed this summer? The show couldn't know everyone would hate it, I think that by the time the shows aired and this story got negative reviews half the season must have been shot and ready. Even if the writers re-worked things to go along with viewers' opinions we can't see this new direction until at least the second half of the season starting sometime in January when episodes shot more recently start to air.
It was an OK episode but frankly, if I never saw those kids again(Grace and Zack)it would improve the show a lot. They're not the greatest young actors I've seen by a long shot so they add nothing but they sure eat up limited airtime for interesting supporting actors like the one playing Carey.

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isn't the character in last episode the woman that carey was dating, not
Will? the woman Will dated was in the Twiligh Series, unless they both were dating her.

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Puhleeze, let's have the old Kalinda back! She needs to drop that guy like a hot potato before he does more than beat somebody up...for no reason I might add. So tired of him and though I'm happy to see Amanda Peet, I'm not so sure I want her to be able to get the best of Alicia...ever!Yeah sure, let the kids help their dad out-that's what they're supposed to do but let's get this campaign over and done with before it starts to feel like the long slog of our most recent presidential election! Hopefully the outcome will be just as good, and Peter will take office as he should. I also want to see more of the Peter/Alicia flirtation as it seems that Will is now a foregone conclusion. I know it's called "the good wife," but one would have to be a little naive to think that both kids are going to fall in line as well? More power to Grace and the good looking Connor, but really...what's up with the smoking? A big fat NO to that, period!

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Anyone else want to see Geneva Pine developed more instead of bringing in yet another NEW lawyer. No wonder she didn't want the SA's office to hire another lawyer she knew she would get shoved aside. Peter just jumped at hiring this woman was it just please Alicia or is he interested in her? What happened to Mataan(not sure of the spelling) or the lawyer played by Nicole Beharie last year.

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Sick of Kalinda, she is one of the top features of the show, but give Nick the boot. Folks, be patient, one show doesn't determine the entire year. Yes, I too am tired of Alicia telling Grace she's a good girl, when she really doesn't want to be (her hormones are kicking in (or maybe they have already kicked). All in all, let's just take one Sunday at a time, so far the writers are pretty on target and leaving one somewhat awed.

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I am losing all respect for Kalinda. Please, please have her kick Nick out once and for all. And soon. Or TGW's viewer will finally say "enough" and leave the show. And, no, Vee, most of us don't want Will and Alicia to reunite. Nor do I want to see Laura have an affair with Will. She has just gotten over a rape incident in the army; she doesn't need a slick guy like Will. I was glad to see more attention on the courtroom in this latest episode. I'm tired of the firm's financial problems, although I do really like their "minder."

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For weeks posters have been hoping for Will and Alicia to reconnect. I hope, from viewing this week's episode, that those who desire this have come to their senses and realize that all Will wants to do is (I'll say this politely) have a lady friend.

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Pretty insulting again of the writers to think that Eli wouldn't notice Zach working as a volunteer; doesn't Alicia know what he is doing; and the story line with Grace is weak; pretty tired of Alicia telling Grace, she is a "good girl" and she loves her- think Alicia needs to tap into her attorney skills and pay attention to signals her daughter is giving her; Was Connor at their house? How could her daughter smell of smoke if it was late in the evening? Kalinda needs to prove that she can be loyal and honest to her friends and appreciate how valuable "friends" can be like Carry. Does Carry even know that Nick is her husband? Was Kalinda going to hit on the bartender in the scene with Will? Can we get on with developing her character and not just focusing on her sex life? This last episode was all over the board. Is it really true that legally someone who attends AA can be made to testify?

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I again so agree with what the majority of people have written. Ok "Good Wife" writers, you will start losing viewers if you don't listen to us. Get over the Kalinda/Nick story line. If Kalinda doesn't take some responsibility to ending her relationship with Nick, especially after Carry gets beaten,which of course I knew would happen,she becomes more and more like Nick, evil and unethical, in total denial of the kind of person Nick is and the person she has become. Really, Diane & Will just ignore her not showing up at work or being available!! Working with teens in teen dating abuse, I can tell you that Jealousy is destructive, not loving and that a person who is always Jealous, just wants Power and Control, is manipulative and will never change, unless they want to and get help. Will's lack of understanding of Jealousy and Love, just emphasized his lack of depth. Perhaps Alicia brings out the positive in him, but he will never been faithful. Of course he will hook up with Amanda Peet-Really how stupid do you think the audience is that

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I really like The Good Wife and used to like Kalinda but I am sick of the Kalinda/Nick storyline. I don't know why Lockhart/Gardner doesn't call her on her behavior. I don't want Kalinda getting involved with Carey, she is a user and will sleep with whomever she needs at the moment.
I don't like the kids in the episodes, Grace and Zach are both such whiny brats. The Grace storyline seemed very unnecessary. I want the focus on Alicia/Peter, Will and Diane, the campaign to some degree. I really like the trial episodes best, seeing the firm maneuvering and preparing for trial. This used to be where Kalinda shined but not now.
Very disappointed in last night's episode.

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