The Good Wife Review: Ping Pong

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I felt like I was watching an Olympic ping-pong match during tonight's The Good Wife

On "Boom De Ya Da," whether it was the West Nile/foreclosure story, the mediation or the Justice Department investigation, whenever it appeared the situation was going in Lockhart/Gardner's favor, something would occur to shift it back to their opponents. 

T.R. Knight as Jordan Karahalios

The main case of the girl getting West Nile disease due to poorly maintained pools at foreclosed properties was quite a timely one. I've seen plenty of bank-owned homes that have fallen into disrepair over the last few years.

Instead of court, the story covered the depositions, negotiations and gamesmanship that occurs before the suit ever hits a courtroom. The back and forth was both exhilarating and exhausting to watch play out. Just when one side seemed to have a winning card to play, the other side would counter with their own move. Did the mosquito come from the foreclosed property's pools? No. Yes. But how did the girl get infected?

Oh, what? She was responsible for the disease because she entered the property illegally? Uh oh. With that one, I thought Lockhart/Gardner's case was done and over. I was impressed by Will's move that the bank was still responsible despite his client's trespassing.

Ultimately, what was happening in Chicago didn't matter at all. It was Alicia's diligence in Minnesota that paid off and a reveal entirely unrelated to the case that settled it. I'm not sure I could ever be as patient as she was with the continually late, postponed, and canceled depositions of the CEO.

Was Alicia wrong to basically blackmail the CEO into a settlement? Given his delay tactics and dishonesty, she did what had to be done for her client. The bank did not maintain the properties they owned and were responsible for the conditions that lead to the victim's illness. Though, if the situation were reversed, would it be a different story? Probably.

While this case was going on, Will and Diane had to deal with an upset Clarke. He wanted to remove the named partners from their leadership roles due to the stealth move to prevent the merger. They all had to argue their position before a mediator.

This wasn't all that interesting, but it provided an update on where the firm was regarding their financial condition, timing and options. And, most importantly, revealed that a new creditor bought the firm's outstanding debt.

The mediator decided that Will and Diane could keep their positions, but they have earned only $23 million of the $60 million they need with only five weeks left. They are counting on the new creditor having faith in the firm's ability to recoup the debt and giving them an extension.

Then the bomb dropped! Louis Canning is the firm's new creditor. That is quite a wrinkle for Will and Diane. But it seems to me that they should have done better research into the company buying their debt. Wouldn't it have been a conflict of interest for Canning to represent a client against a firm he has an interest in? I'm intrigued to find out all the details behind what Canning did and how he was able to do it without Will and Diane finding out.

Lastly, the firm is dealing with the Justice Department investigation into Eli's political campaigns. I hate this storyline. I miss the old, snarky Eli and his brilliant political manipulations. His role this season has been lackluster and/or annoying.

The addition of Wendy Scott-Carr to the case just makes it worse. Is she out for revenge? Or is this really about justice? If the investigation is a political move -- ugh! Though, that doesn't mean I want Eli to be guilty either. 

The only positive to come out of it is the addition of T.R. Knight, as Jordan Karahalios, a new political advisor. He brought out some of the Eli of old. I'm looking forward to seeing how these two brilliant, but very different campaign managers are able to work together.

From bad to worse! Even though Lockhart/Gardner won a $12 million settlement and the mediation, the overall viability of the firm is deteriorating. Canning has made his next move to take them out with the Justice Department piling on. With only five weeks left, the financial status of the firm will be questioned again. How will Diane and Will get out of this mess?


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Cannot believe Wendy Scott Carr came back. I hated her in previous episodes, hate her now. There's something about the actress that bothers me. The only way I can put it is: she does not sound educated. She just does not sound like someone who's been through higher education.


This was a boring episode. I am wondering if there are new writers on this show as the plotting has become much weaker. Where are the interesting court cases which allow the firm to truly show it's expertise. Frankly, this episode showed no reason for them to continue--- blackmail to win a case? Also they are wasting Cary as a strong character. We can only hope that the formerly smart aggressive Cary returns. Also, isn't it odd that Alicia's family conveniently comes and goes. Who was watching the kids when she was out of town for an undetermined and prolonged period? Did she not even speak to them?
Bottom line: very sloppy episode and almost unwatchable.


I am fed up with this show also. There are so many sub-plots and sneakiness going on, it's become worse than a soap opera. Nobody can be trusted anymore and I've come to dislike most of the characters that I used to like. The only sleazy thing left for the show is to have Alicia's daughter become pregnant. Good by, Good Wife!


I. Don't. Like. Wendy Scott-Carr. She brings out the same feeling of disgust in me that Kalinda's husband does whenever he's onscreen. I think this is bad plotting by the writers because it all feels like are throwing in one too many hurdles for Lockhart Gardner to jump over at the same time. First, they have a deadline to earn $60 million to pay creditors & satisfy Clarke. Then, Kalinda's husband stakes out his territory right in Alicia's office like some kind of wild dog. Then, there's an attack in Eli's corner. Then, there's a mediator to please. Then, there's the case of the week they need to win. Then, slimy Louis Canning pops up again and is now trying to take over the firm again! ENOUGH ALREADY! GEEZ!


The worst. Done with this ridiculous show. Kings took a good thing and flushed it down the toilet.


Wendy is dragging down whatever realism is left in this show. She is playing the role with maniacal glee of revenge but I guess the writers figure, the best way to garner viewership is to let the nastiest characters get their just deserts.


What happened to Jackie and her shopping for condoms or was it Viagra? Anyway . . . ! I was glad to see we're back to Kalinda doing great work w/o the distraction of her horrible husband. As to Eli, I'm tired of him. He's so, so British; just seems out-of-place as an American political consultant. Canning is a fun and worthy opponent, unlike Wendy Scott-Carr who is just too snarly and smug to be believable.


this was a very good episode. can't wait for the next.


The look at Alicia's face...... priceless....


this is the best episode to date, lots of jaw dropping moments especially when Canning told Alicia he bought the firm's debt Lockhart/Gardner is really screwed, there is no way in hell Canning will give them an extension. I was really glad to see TR back on the small screen.

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