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The Good Wife Review: Getting Back to Normal

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It felt a lot like normal on The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 7, despite the fact that half of the staff has departed Lockhart/Gardner and formed their own firm.

People are still annoying me no end, but we got a break from the more detrimental behavior and had an interesting case to investigate.

In a really nice turn of events, Will was acting admirably and fully focused on his firm instead of his midlife crisis. He was the man we all understood Alicia to fall for and the voice of reason among people still running amok.

Is There a Spy?

All over the two firms, things were not at all what they seemed. I'll just get my disappointment out of the way right up front. Lockhart/Gardner was being sued for an adoption case in which the child was returned to the birth parents and they needed Alicia's testimony to help them win. 

Somehow, instead of the case being about the couple who lost a child, it was all about covering their asses - even when it became clear that one of the negligent fourth years was involved in a bribery scheme to keep one of the parties related to the birth parents silent from exercising their rights to stop the adoption. 

That it came down to that fourth year being so crooked that he lied under oath during a deposition to say that Alicia had given him the order to make the bribe on behalf of Lockhart/Gardner, and that they subsequently went on and rewarded him with a partnership was completely disheartening. Diane was right in the middle of that fiasco, obviously still aching from what was done to her by Peter, and being driven by the always poor decisions of David Lee.

The best thing to come out of all of that was that Clarke Hayden, who Alicia and Cary called in to help them get a grasp on their financial situation, was impressed enough with their firm and what they are trying to do that he offered his services as an attorney free of charge until they are in the black. Coming from that man, that's pretty impressive. He'll be a very formidable opponent to Lockhart/Gardner, which Florrick/Agos needs with all of their proprietary information heading out the door with Edelman.

Meanwhile, Will had his hands full with a young man who was pulled over for a bogus DUI charge in the hopes of getting a DNA swab for a completely unrelated murder case. Jeffrey was a client of Alicia's, and I don't know if that's why Will felt so compelled to help him or if he just needed to wrap his head around something other than all the gossipy dirt about the firms for a while, but it was great to see him doing what he does best.

Kalinda was on the case and her first instinct was that he was the killer. Will thought differently. After Kalinda ruled out Jeffrey's transgendered uncle and an unknown half brother as familial DNA matches, Will learned that the DA's office had Jeffrey's match at 100% with the victim. The kid seemed so genuine in his appeals to Will that he did not know the girl, so there will be more to the story. I'm wondering if Will might appeal to Alicia for help on the case given her personal knowledge of the client.

In the course of tracking down information on the possible suspects, Will ran into Owen and after talking with Alicia, Owen's eventual course of action was to tell Will Alicia only started her own firm to get away from him. We all knew that, and I think Will did, too. I just wonder what state of mind he was in after hearing it. The episode when Alicia and Will finally talk will be amazing. Season finale?

Cary was far more impressive this week, as well, and Florrick/Agos finally felt real when they all stood behind Alicia after she learned she may be responsible for the entire $6 million Lockhart/Gardner was being sued for if they determined she was the Partner of Record on the case. That's what a firm does. They don't do what Edelman did.

It wouldn't surprise me if somewhere down the line Lockhart/Gardner didn't decide to drop the dead weight they have with the David Lees and the Howard Laymans of the world and the two firms rejoined to be like a bionic firm. Lockhart/Gardner/Florrick/Agos & Associates. That's a firm that would rule Illinois. I think the two of them apart will do fine, but the two of them together - leaner, meaner, having trimmed the fat - would be a true force to be reckoned with. 

The other story of the evening was slightly disappointing in that Zach decided a fist fight would take care of getting naked videos of his underage sister off of the Internet. At least some of the computers in the house were being hacked to spy on Grace and her new status as the hot Governor's daughter.

That's great. There are videos of her that you can buy access to, probably download, and then re-upload somewhere. Zach and Grace just kept it to themselves because they're cool like that, and so computer savvy. A few punches to the gut of the ratter and it's all good. It doesn't actually work that way. What's out there is out there and not bringing in the authorities just lets pedophiles have access to Grace in very compromising positions.

I thought Alicia and Peter's kids were smarter than that. Did that shock anyone else? Sure, they want to pretend they're adults and can handle situations on their own, but surely they know pornography is a much bigger deal than they made it out to be.

Finally, where has Peter been? He went all Rambo for his family on The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 5 and then he just disappeared into the night. How many commitments does Chris Noth have that he can't even make an appearance after a bombshell episode like that one? What is the state of Alicia and Peter's marriage? Owen said it's not set in stone. It's not set at all.

Will was definitely the hero of the week, and rocketed to the top of the list after a horrible display of behavior. It appears he'll be bringing that back into the office again, but he gets recognition when it's due.

Chat about this week's return to normalcy in the comments. Was it welcome? What surprised you the most? 

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Thank goodness can't wait for him to leave!!!

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More and more I feel the Will/Alicia storyline slipping away - foreshadowing an exit for Josh Charles. Darn it all.

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a friend told me about Owen's re-appearance so I watched this episode. wow. I wouldn't have believed the writers had enough of a soft-spot for the Will/Alicia storyline/fans to write that elevator scene ! all I can say is, thanks ! I still dunno if I can watch, any more: I realized it's because Alicia Florrick was the 'moral compass' of the show, for me. watching her find her way between the constant, tensile strength of ethical/non-ethical choices was important, to me. once she crossed the line- not only betraying herself and Will on a 'personal' level, but being deceitful, grasping, ruthless in a professional capacity.. I lost interest. one more show about the hollow, corrupt, greedy machinations of the modern world ? I can just read the newspaper ! I don't understand why the tv shows that 'dare' to portray characters who wrestle with conscience are relegated to The Distant Past (Downton Abbey, Ripper Street, Sherlock) whereas good 'In The Present' shows (The Good Wife, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, The Blacklist?..) are mired in.. moral quagmire! ugh.

Ganesha33

Thankfully Nathan Lane as Hayden is back, the voice of reason amongst all the pettiness. Also a welcome return appearance by Owen, a favourite of mine, what he said to Will summed it up so well.

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So what is the score 2-1, Lockhart & Gardner. Nathan Lane, thank goodness you are back. So many of the prior guest stars that we loved are doing other things, they don't have time for the Good Wife anymore, i.e. Michael Fox. Once again we see through the lens of Will and I like it. I could feel his inner conflict with every person he came into contact with. The client who may be guilty or not or the brother of the woman he loves. You could see the debate going through his head. Will does not want to be the guy he was before, the one who believed that Alicia would choose him or the one who believes the client is innocent because he says he is. The truth of the matter is, Will should not have to wait for Alicia to make up her mind on what life to live. From his viewpoint, despite her brother's and mother's entreaties on her behalf, the choice has always been Alicia's to make. She has made it. He needs to move on.
The child pornography issue is a double edged sword. I of course believe the kid should go to jail and yes if you are 17 and under, they can prosecute you for distributing child pornography even if you are the one in the video. This generation of kids need to understand that there are consequences to the things they publish, good or bad. However, Grace being the new governor's daughter would have been put on display and unfortunately when it comes to viral videos, ANY kind of attention brought to videos would have caused more finger traffic increasing the amount of people who would see it. She would have been the subject of ridicule or righteous indignation with thousands maybe millions watching the video. If he wants to protect Grace's honor and keep her reputation intact, the way he handled it will keep it contained without the uproar.

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@ Aykme

You summed up the Will/Alicia issue perfectly Aykme :) Alicia's self-denial knows no bounds, she may regret it one day when she has a moment to think. I was always a fan of Will/Alicia however I think I'm a Will kicking butt fan more :)

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Am I the only one who is disgusted at the GW's treatment of child pornography and peeping? Alicia's first response to finding out the webcam that is directly in front of her bed was to wonder what legal information was overheard? She changes there, has sex in that bed! I would freak out...I think anyone would! And similarly, the kids' nonchalant treatment of the fact that there are named pics of Grace on the Internet? They know that those images will be there forever, and that someone is out there making money on them. They have been set up to be smart enough to know what to do here. I hope the GW redeems itself in the next episode, because the casual treatment of child pornography and sexual exploitation is completely unacceptable.

Ariana-guzman

Edelman had screwed up before and I knew he would again. What a snake! Peter fell down the rabbit hole I guess. I found it unbelievable that the kids never told their parents who include the governor and a prominent attorney about a crime taking place in their own home!!! I hope that comes back to bite them in the ass so they can learn a lesson. It was crazy. Great episode. Loved the return of Nathan Lane's character. He's good in just about anything he's in.

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I actually think how the kids handled the situation with the webcam makes sense. First, they know where Alicia's mind is right now and how she is struggling to make her new firm work out of their apartment. She is crazy busy and is stressed beyond belief. They want to handle it on their own and not have her involved. Second, both Grace and Zach know how Alicia will react. She will do everything in her power to get to the bottom of this. She will probably remove all of the computers, phones and any other form or technology from the house and will most likely interrogate anyone who even looks at her kids. Clearly they aren't considering the ramifications of this but they are trying to handle it the best way they know how.

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But they could have at least told Alicia that it was something school related; even if they didn't tell her everything. At least then Alicia and Cary wouldn't continue to think that Lockhart-Gardner was behind it, since they aren't.

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Well, it's probably good that they think it's Lockhart/Gardner....that way they'll be more protective of what they talk about and do. On the other hand, with the NSA monitoring Alicia, it could bite Alicia in the ass.........I have a feeling the NSA thing will be a season long story coming to head with the season finale..............

Terrie

This episode was better than last weeks. Zach and Grace should have told Alicia what they found. Zach shouldn't have lied to his mother about his black eye. Plain and simple..........David Lee is an ass......and I love it when karma kicks him in the ass! I want to take that phone glued to his ear and ram it down his ear................ Will be interesting to see where this case goes next .................

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I just want to add that for the show's sake I understad Diane not being a judge. But Peter turns out incompetent. Nothing would have worked better for his family than to deprive Will of a great ally. Now Diane is not only an ally but also an enemy. That does not sound smart. Sorry folks, my 2 cents.

The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 7 Quotes

Diane: You know sometimes I look at you and I wonder if you've changed or if you were always this way.
Alicia: I had some of the best teachers in the world. I couldn't help but change.

Clarke Hayden: This is Florrick/Agos?
Grace: It's cool, huh?
Hayden: Yes. That's the word.

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