The Good Wife Review: The Comedian, Breasts and Brazil

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"Anatomy of a Joke" introduced us to a woman (Christina Ricci), who used humor not only to make a living, but to get through the rough parts of life.

I really identified with her and couldn't help but giggle with her foot-in-mouth moments. She was a wonderful guest star with an interesting message.

Christina Ricci as Therese Dodd

Two weeks in a row and the focus was on women and their place in the world. I wonder if the power struggle between men and women and male bits and women's bits will ever be concluded.

There were two stories talking about penises. One about breast cancer. I don't know what slang words for penises are allowed to be used on prime time, but apparently none for breasts are permitted, as even on The Good Wife they managed to attempt a humorous way to mask any of them instead of really saying them out loud. It's ludicrous.

I found it fascinating how they compared the types of programming and that it made a direct difference in a network's decision to display nudity. Schindler's List was alright because of the subject matter, but because a comedian took on the subject of breast cancer in a less than serious way, it was offensive.

As Maddie Hayward continued running with the story about Peter's penis and a birthmark of Brazil, the joke found its way into Therese's comedy routine by the end of the episode. I couldn't tell if that was good or bad for Peter's campaign, but Alicia got a solid laugh. I'm glad they figured out Maddie had been planning her move for over a month, and I can't wait to see how they use it against her. Eli will surely have a fantastic scheme.

It has been long overdue, but so welcome to see Alicia and Cary sharing time together. Not only were they working the comedian case, but after running into Cary's dad, Alicia decided to knock on Cary's door and they sat on hotel room beds drinking, remembering how they were when they met and how far they've come.

We need a lot more of that on The Good Wife. With Alicia and Cary in particular, as they walked into the doors of Lockhart/Gardner at the same time. Their history is so interconnected, as even when Cary was forced out, he worked closely with Peter. There is so much material to mine between an Alicia and Cary partnership. When they work cases together, they could be unstoppable. 

The story between Cary and his dad was absolutely heartbreaking. When he told Cary he needed to talk, I was certain he was going to say was dying. His tone had a life or death aspect to it, and Cary heard it as well. Imagine his surprise when he found out dear old dad who hadn't spoken to him in years was asking for a handout. The audacity of some people is overwhelming.

Was I the only person who was confused about the actions of Mr. Prescott (Murray Abraham) and the role he played in the network vs. Therese case? One second he was standing with them and the next he was against them. His comments on their behalf with one of the FCC chairmen resulted in the dismissal of the case. I was so happy he didn't end up purchasing Lockhart/Gardner.

I wish Therese could have said something to make Mr. Hayden take a hike. His story has run its course, as has the entire "the firm is out of money" bit that has been on the front burner since The Good Wife began. I've lost track from from what their money challenges stem at this point. Swindling? Poor management? They've lost so many lawyers they can't possibly be paying too much in salary. 

The two most boring stories are Peter's cheating and Lockhart/Gardner's inability to stay afloat. The interpersonal stories are so much more interesting: Cary and Alicia, as was noted above, and Alicia helping Laura Hellinger find a job after she quit the Navy. What made that stand out was not so much her assistance, but Peter's complete faith in her recommendation. It's time to reintroduce the good wife of The Good Wife.

Where are Peter and Alicia in their marriage? There are little hints of them getting along much better, but taking the time to fill in the dots wouldn't be painful, at least to this viewer.


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Way too many plot errors to ignore. The writers obviously wanted to skewer the FCC and the network. But she was on a late night talk show. Late night talk shows haven't been live since Jack Paar. There was a football overrun(good inside joke}. This happens only on Sunday no talk shows on Sunday.Why is this trial in Chicago?Shouldn't it be in LA or New York?


Coco 14
I agree 100% with you! alicia and will are meant to be!!!Alicia is more happy when she is with will,and i dont think that she will be that happy with peter!


I predict the possibility of Peter and the JAG lawyer having an affair next season.


Null, I am a romantic who is also a cynic - once a cheat, always a cheat (Peter) so he should be given the boot; Will and Alicia are meant to be together. The show becomes less interesting for me if this doesn't happen. I know, I know - it would also be the end of the show if it does happen!


What?! No comments from the peanut gallery about there being MORE Carey this week????? I'm shocked......... I agree with whoever said this week was a filler episode......I do agree it was great to see Alicia and Carey work together again......I'm positive we have not seen the last of Carey's father........they cast that role for a reason......... I can't wait to see what Eli pulls out of his hat for Maddie.........


Can't get over Dree XOXO & coco 14 still hanging on to the premise that Will/Alcia is a good thing. Get over it; they have had their fling and it'time Alicia start working on restoring her marriage. Forgiveness isn't a bad thing and her actions with Will wasn't very lady like. Will is for Will and Diane should find out why he is against Cary getting more work and his favoring Alicia. Why shouldn't their affair come to light? Wouldn't it be interesting to see how that's handled?


Did anyone catch the phone call to Alicia at the very beginning asking her about "Brazil"? It was from an "unknown number." There may have even been two of them. What was that about, and who was making the call(s)?


"...and Alicia helping Laura Hellinger find a job after she quit the Navy." I believe she was Army not Navy.


As I understand it, Mr. Prescott was representing the network...they expected to get fined by the FCC. If Prescott could help Theresa (the UNfunny comedienne) change the FCC position, then the network had no reason to sue her because they would not be fined. She could have done much much more to help her case, but just wouldn't.
I was more interested in learning so much more about Cary's family/childhood....he's more likeable as a result, and the friendship between Cary & Alicia is wonderful.


Really enjoyed this episode. It was interesting as usual but the interactions between Cary and Alicia and Cary and his father were great. I have always liked Cary but never so much as now. It was heartbreaking to see his reaction when his awful father asked him for a favor after being AWOL for years. Cary has gotten through Harvard and has become a success without any help from dear old dad. And great job Matt Czuchry. He looked so crushed when he found out what "dad" really wanted. Let's have more of this personal insight to the characters. Alicia and Cary are great together!

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 7 Quotes

Therese: Nice paperweight. First effort in metal shop or something?
Commissioner Bicks: That's from 9/11.
Therese: Damn those terrorists and their paperweights.

People aren't mean. They're just polite liars.