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The Good Wife Review: One Murder, Two Convictions

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I have to ask: were the trials happening in "Battle Of The Proxies" actually permitted in real life?

Can two separate people be on trial for the same murder in neighboring counties? It seems most places can barely eek out one suspect, but Illinois somehow managed to find two with enough evidence to put on trial. There should be a law against that. I'm not kidding. There should be one. 

Keeping a suspect on the list is just groovy, but arresting two people for the same crime seems silly, especially trying them at the same time and then inter-evidencing within their trials. I just made that word up, but it fits, right? Inter-evidence. Evidence used at two trials, at one to claim guilt and the other to prove innocence. Inter-evidence. 

Cary Asks For Help

Generally, the trials seemed like a three-ring circus. I didn't like the defense attorney in the case outside of Cook County and I've come to the conclusion that I do not like Laura Hellinger, who was the prosecutor in the Cook County case. She is being utilized so much that I'm starting to wonder if she is going to get married so Juliana Margulies can leave the show and Amanda Peet can take on the role of The Good Wife. I daresay I liked Mamie Gummer's Nancy Crozier a lot more.

The kicker here is, and this is only speculation, but I am thinking they're ramping up the witty repartee between Laura and Will because they will engage in a romance. If someone thinks we are interested in such a thing, I can only hope they read this and take heed. We do not want Will dating Laura Hellinger. She was interesting when first introduced, but has become a pain in the arse since joining the State's Attorney's office.  

With every case, Will and Laura get a little closer. It's something to keep an eye on.

With the addition of Laura, we also got a loss for Lockhart/Gardner. It was convenient that Alicia was working with the secondary case and learned that man was innocent and Will's client was guilty so viewers wouldn't feel cheated when the almighty Lockhart/Gardner went down. The most confusing part of the episode and the greatest miscarriage of justice? Both suspects were found guilty. Of the same murder. Someone please tell me that can't happen. If Will and Laura being friendly helps the innocent guy in his appeal, then everything about their friendship isn't bad.

Thank you, Alicia, for finally telling Nick that Lockhart/Gardner can no longer represent him. Of course the idiot would threaten her. The State's Attorney's wife. He was such a sleaze bag and I was cheering out loud when Kalinda took matters into her own hands, ran down Nick's partner and found drugs in the trunk of the cars, just where Cary said they would be.

It was a pity that Kalinda felt she had to pay Nick off to leave her. The question is: did he take the money and run? Or did Kalinda have to bury something else in the walls that will come back to haunt her? Would you put it past her to kill someone, especially someone like Nick who was an imminent threat to her and all of those around her? I wouldn't. While I hope that wasn't her last resort, I do have to say: welcome back, Kalinda.

A few things of note:

  • I had the same phones they used at Lockhart/Gardner at my office, and I can tell you they were not plugged in. The lights on the console were amber, indicating there was no power. Details are important!
  • I thought that Grace's continued to use ChumHum to research her sex life indicated to me that she was definitely too young to be participating in the act. Except for the fact it was JACKIE searching for condoms. Um...yuck!
  • I guess we learned who was being investigated, and it wasn't Kalinda. It's Eli? For offering discount crisis management services in return for political donations? I tried to think of him doing that, and either he never did it on screen or he's innocent.

What did everyone else think of the midseason finale?

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This show really sucks now!!! Why can't Kalinda and The FBI lady get together?

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1) The Cary and Andrew Wiley photo - it's on TGW website and now here - and that scene never played out. Maybe in Jan?
2) Glad about Will and Laura - they have chemistry. I always saw Alicia as older than Will, maybe cause she's married and a mom. I see Will and Laura together - and we have to remember that Laura knows nothing about Will-Licia.
3) Was very hopeful when Marc Warren was cast as Kalinda's husband - he was awesome, but hated the storyline. And we know very little more about her than we did two seasons ago - except that she valued Alicia's friendship enough to help her find her missing daughter which slowly united them back together in Season 3. Dont know if she killed Nick, but if she did - I can see an awesome legal battle coming up for her.
4)I will be glad when football is over - sick of the overruns.
5)I wish the Kings go easy on the guest stars and focus on the sterling regular cast and storyline. Guest stars are fine in small doses - a judge, a guest attorney, a guest client.

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This was just a "meh" episode. My main complaint with "The Good Wife" is too many guest stars resulting in too many characters and too many subplots.
How about focusing on interesting cases and the main characters, which is how the show started and won a big fan base. It seems to me, the writers of the Good Wife are out-of-control. Although you can't blame the writers if the producers are signing up boatloads of guest stars.

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Finally... as a mid season finale for me it dropped short.
As a season for me it's dropping short... hope to se all these input make sense before the end of the season.
But... still, this is my favorite show. I wont' even take into account cancellation.
I think viewers are treated poorly by networks.
I hope they ponder a lot before signing a contract, sudden cancellation has become common
but so is our power to stop following your programing.
Let shows find a decent closure or meet our absence in engaging in whatever they offer in the future.

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The woman has loads of time on her hands, she has an email account, so she (realistically) owns a computer. Why would she feel the need to check her email on thanksgiving night with her family and the man she is supposedly interested in having sex with present... is beyond me. Why she would search for condoms in a full house is too much.
This is the type of woman that would close the curtains before typing condom even if it wasn't for her use. Come on. I must say, I hope that the show has become sloppy for forced reasons (end a story arc sooner than expected) and will pick up after this hiatus.
For now, as a precedent fan am still engaged, but perplexed.

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Eli storyline, just confusing.
Does it add drama to the campaign? I thought that was Maddie & the presumed one night stand (took forever to develop). This is an add on I don't understand.
The one thing I see is that for someone considered the best at his job, this year it seems like he's letting a lot of things slip trough. I don't understand it since there are no personal arcs (like kalinda)
to justify sudden sloppiness.
Jackie... come on. I will brag and add that I thought of her from the first scene, to be honest, from last episode where it was very clear that the show "aged" her male nurse for no apparent reason.
take a look if you don't believe... compare the first interview with the Thanksgiving dinner. They aged him. The condom research on internet may be hilarious to some but it was plain stupid to me.
The woman has loads of time on her hands, she has an email account, so she (realistically) owns a computer. Why would she feel the need to check her email on thanksgiving night with her family and the man she is supposedly interested in having sex with present... is beyond me. Why she would search for condoms in a full house is too much.
This is the type of woman that would close the curtains before typing condom even if it wasn't for her use. Come on.

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this is going to be a long comment, sorry! first of all.. I am confused. I read about the cutting short of K&N story line... and was wondering
(since the show is "partially done" when they air it, I hope) how they could do it. I tend to think that the beating of Cary
was badly handled because of post editing. Maybe the it's development made the story longer... and viewers weren't up to it.
Will and.. Amanda Peet. Kudos for those who saw it coming, I didn't. Yet I too felt (from previous episodes) that she was getting too good too soon.
Now I see why, but I understand why most are already fed up with the character. I like her, but prefer the original cast, so, to much of her for me too.
Cary: you all are right. It has nothing to do with a preference... right now it seems silly. That's it.
As someone pointed out: you engage us with a good character and then you drop him/her for no apparent reason.
People are pissed and they are right.

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Now onto LAURA--
Im also having a problem with Laura--- I think it's the acress I might be having problems with, Amanda peet. She's okay but I find her a little annohying.. But I have a similar problem with Will, so.. It's a lawyer thing. They're whole "zealously defend" thing gets annoying- I mean, he is a little too good at his job and it makes him not a very moral person to me... He crosses lines. But then again the judges are there to keep sides in check, but still. Well, the way he pushes it can be clever and funny. But with Laura- her snark seems fake... And it's like the character doesn't fit right. Like with the actress playing Alicia- Amazing breadth to the character! Amazing nuance! The actress gets tiny things right. Amanda Peet.. not this character.

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KALINDA-
I hate how fickle everyone seems.. Kalinda was the same Kalinda when she was nick. We all knew Kalinda had secrets and skeletons in her closet cuz she never tells anybody about them! ANyway... Nick was one of them.. A weakness. Dude, she's always so strong, so of course she has some extreme weakness.. She's a woman of extremes. ANYWAY, I just thought we got to see her vulnerable side... It's the whole abused women syndrome... or Battered woman syndrome.. Just as a character might have a problem with drug addiction it seems Kalinda had a problem with abusive and dangerous men. With all we know it added depth to her character. That's the point of some of these storylines.. Even if they are annoying.

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I agree that Laura has become a smart-a##. I liked her and felt sorry for when she was a military lawyer. Now she comes off as a jerk. Hard to imagine getting annoyed with her character so quickly. Seems to me the writers blew that one since the majority of comments here are similar. Glad to see Nick gone (at least I hope he is) and I don't care if Kalinda "offed" him. The guy was a creep and deserved anything that befell him.
Agree that the kids don't add much to the show. The less they are involved, the better. Still too many soap opera sub plots. No way new viewers can get into the show without great difficulty. This is a prescription for ultimate demise of the show. Need more focus on good court cases that any viewer can enjoy.

The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 10 Quotes

Judge: How do you know this Miss Hellinger?
Will: Yes, how do you know this?
Laura: I don't your Honor. But I've caught onto Mr. Gardner's tricks.

I'm sorry, do you want to talk more about accordions?

Diane
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