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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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@terry, I said exactly this: that everybody here complained about Nick/Kalinda storyline JUST after 3 episodes of that storyline and nobody said that people shouldn't complain because Kalinda is not intrinsic to the show's goodness. Now I'd like if people would apply the same rule to fans who complain about Cary's storyline. And everyone knows that show is about Alicia but that never prevented those writers to give to all the characters their story arc. Will is getting a love interest. Kalinda got his husband storylne (which sucked ok, but I don't think it was their plan) Eli got the campaign, Diane the firm and...wha they did with Cary? They weren't even able to show him in court again. Not a single case. It's not matter to deny that show is about Alicia. It's matter that after four years they didn't find a way to give Cary what other supporting character already got. And it's not something they couldn't do easily this year. That's all.

Terrie

@Lucy Quote "People complained about Kalinda's character being ruined after 3 episodes of Nick and nobody complained about it." You must be NEW to these boards because EVERYBODY complained about the Kalinda/Nick story. At least here anyway....... As to Carey, with the introduction of his father a few episodes ago, I think we'll be getting more of Carey in the future......might not be this season but it will happen. This is, after all, THE GOOD WIFE. And Alicia is the main central character.........

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Dear no Cary fans,it's not a big deal for you. If Cary's character is not "intrinsic" to the show's goodness (which is pretty dead and goone as for me after that Nick/Kalinda disaster) they shouldn't have keept him in the show for so long. They shouldn't have involved his character in Kalinda's stoyline without doing nothing with it. And they shouldn't have hired Cary as litigator when they didn't intend to give him one single criminal case. The character has been wasted for 2 years. People complained about Kalinda's character being ruined after 3 episodes of Nick and nobody complained about it. Indeed writers cut off that storyline beacause fans complain. And we can't complain after 2 year of Cary's underusde because he's not intrinsic to show's goodnees? Come on!

Terrie

Carissa you bring up a good point about two people being convicted of the same crime. Can it happen? I really do not think so but I'm no law expert.... I, too, am tired of the crying about Carey not being used. They don't have the right story for him to be used properly and yes, they screwed up with the beat down story. The bigger issue is this show being on Sunday nights and getting preempted every freaking week for stupid football....rumors are running rampant that this show is facing cancellation......and CBS has no one to blame but their greedy selves. I, too, am left wondering if Kalinda did kill Nick..... Jackie searching on the computer about condoms?.......ewwwww, funny, but ewwwww. What's the investigation into Eli going to cause Peter????? No I'm not liking Laura either but I think it's inevitable that she will have a fling with Will.......

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I don't want anyone with Will but Felicia..........Don't like Amanda Peet anymore either. Acting like a smart ass all of a sudden! Kalinda is awesome! Cary did get a shafting with the story line where he got beat up. Kept waiting for someone to say something about it more than what they did. Can't wait till it starts back up again.........Thanks for your insight Carissa. Good job! We think an awful lot alike!

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Sarah I am with you. I am loving the will and Laura dynamic. Ultimately I want Alicia with Will buy I am sick of Will just sitting around while Alicia plays the Good Wife. So let the man have some. I also like Amanda Peet. Great addition. Mamie gumer was forgettable as a guest star. As for Cary, I am also tired of the outcry of more Matt like his story is intrinsic to the goodness of the show. It isn't. Sure they could and should use him more but it's no big deal.

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@DW it's clear that Matt Czuchry became too good for that show. He needs to go because those writers never did with him what they could easily do and they'll never do because THEY DON'T CARE!.

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no Will and Laura! Please! Yuck! Laura has no class in comparison with Alicia! Will should have a better taste in women!

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I am hoping Kalinda got rid of Nick. I am not for violence, but I think that would be the only way Kalinda could protect herself and Cary and Alicia. I could see it in her eyes that she had to do something that even she felt frightened to do. Shoot Nick. And I think down deep, Kalinda still loves Nick, but realizes he has to go. The easy way or the hard way. Also, please do not have a romance between Will and Laura. She has become quite full of herself in a very short time. I don't think it really happens that way. I would rather see Will date a woman who is at least as elegant and dignified as Alicia.

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Unbelievably poor treatment of Cary and his beating. Even the photo you show in the review above was not part of this episode. CBS can't even get the photos and episodes lined up correctly. I will not believe anything the Kings say again about this show. They are going to have to show more of Cary than tonight's 10 second scene to keep me as viewer. I have given the Kings and the writers every benefit of the doubt for years now yet they continue to do the same things they profess to be correcting. Enough is enough.