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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I liked the episode. It was nice to see Cary and Alicia together, working together and when they weren't, they were hanging out in his room drinking together. I thought for sure that his dad was going to say he was dying too. I felt bad for him since all his dad wanted was a handout. (And in my personal opinion, John Shea in a father role is great but he's better as Blair's dad on Gossip Girl than this show; at least he's more compassionate on that one)

Drea xoxo

i also like how the show isn't always serious and how the characters are allowed a time out to just laugh and reflect on life...
overall it merited a 5/5 and hope they keep this form and happy at the mention of MP character! ps maddie is a right dirty player isn't she! thought she was dodgy from the beginning and it seems she may have more tricks up her sleeve. i just hope will/alicia affair doesn't come out.....


I have problems with this episode. There were good and bad moments. Let me start saying that I'm tired of Brazil always being painted negativelly or as part of a joke on american tv shows. A Brazil shaped birthmark on Peter's penis? Really?? Was that really necessary?
Despite that, I enjoyed Alicia and Cary's moments together. They should do that more often.

Drea xoxo

I found it an entertaining episode and i liked how the writers have subtly lined up all the storylines to the same point so that viewers are up to date on situations. i found it interesting how the reporter asked eli does he know about this 'birthmark' is there something we need to be told about this night in room 15.......
alicia and cary moments i can't get enough off! his father on the other hand, i didn't understand his deal. is he really dying? in money troubles? secretly jealous of cary...i have a feeling this is only the beginning of this character.
the trustee is too invested in LG and glad david lee is on board with LG. the captain storyline however will have consequences later down the line and also shows the viewers how the corporate world is no different to other sectors. its about who you know not what you know..


I enjoyed it a lot - the funny parts were a welcomed relief from the Kalinda ongoing dark story - I am curious about the Amanda Peete storyline - it all seems a tad too coincidental - I liked the Cary/Alicia parts - I still want Alicia and Will to get together though -


This was a filler episode for me. Totally unnecessary. High points: meeting Cary's dad, getting to learn their relationship, and in spite of it all, seeing what a great person Cary has turned out to be - he should be proud. That's not "gushing" as he said. I also actually like Clarke Haydens role in this - Diane, who was always the voice of reason - is so paranoid about him that she doesn't see he's trying to "save" them. I don't know what it will take to save them, but am sort of breathless with all the storylines...wish at least one of them will wrap up soon and not wait till the finale. Feel as I am running a marathon here waiting for the finish line!


I think it was an amazing ep. Really love Julianna's laugh. Its so infectious. Seriously. Great episode but we seriously need to see positive steps towards Lockhart Gardner getting out from under their debt! That's the most painful part for me.
I know that the end game is that Alicia and Peter will come back together. Eventually. The road to recovery and perhaps reconciliation for them is going to be long especially when he realizes that she and Will had an affair just after their split. That will put a wrench in the works, not that he can exactly be all high and mighty. I'm happy where they are now.

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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.