The Good Wife Review: How Low Can You Go?

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It's the first episode of the new year and already we're faced with small time tricks and games to get ahead.

Yes, things have really been invigorated in The Good Wife Season 5, but it's not always pleasant to watch.

On The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 11, we had Will taking a case simply because it gave him a chance to go up against Alicia - AGAIN - and then he used every dirty tactic he knew to throw her off of her game. He must know he can't win against her.

Because she was so tussled, she changed midday into the outfit she was in when he banged her the first time to volley the confusion back his way.

To titillate everyone tuning in for a dose of Will and Alicia lovin', the former couldn't even keep his mouth open while he attempted to question his witness because he was thrown back to the time he was removing that suit from Alicia's lovely frame.

Alicia and Cary in Court

But it wasn't all about low blows between Will and Alicia. As Will's plans to grow Lockhart/Gardner (even he can't call the firm by it's new name, LG) at leaps and bounds, he's using mob attorney and general jackass Damian Boyle to threaten partners into voting with Will and against Diane -- because that's what things have come to -- Will versus Diane.

It's lovely that everyone is enjoying the new energy, but what I'm missing are the personal relationships. They are virtually missing. If it weren't for the animosity, there would hardly be any interaction at all. Diane is getting more disengaged every week, and if her final words with Will weren't foreboding I'll be surprised. It's not like her to do whatever he wants, and I don't think she'll keep it up for long. 

She had barely a moment to let him know that they have come to a psychological breaking point not just in the firm, but with their partnership. They are not who or what they once were and she's concerned. His answer was for her to support him. For Will, it's always about Will. He's lost focus of anything or anybody that doesn't immediately answer his commands and that's not a good place to be.

Cary had a great moment with Alicia where he told her not to let Will get the best of her, and from his strong words she took away from it to tempt Will sexually. She didn't get pumped to prove that she was a better attorney, or to find a fantastic angle to win the case, but to send him into a sexual frenzy. It's disappointing.

Can we believe that Marilyn's baby daddy is really Peter Bogdanovich? Other than the fact that is was one of the most ridiculous cameos in history, her stories don't add up. He was in town doing a film that week. But when Kalinda was asking about whether her baby daddy would be in her life, she said she saw him every day. Does Bogdanovich live in Chicago? 

Another disappointment with the Damian Boyle line is what it did to Kalinda. She is tough as nails, but she can fall for people as she did Jenna. She likes to think that her rough exterior makes it impossible to ruffle her feathers, but there aren't many people who wouldn't be bothered by someone like Boyle.

Matthew Lillard's guest spot was incredibly enjoyable, and the catchy tune Rowby sang was fun. I was thankful for the break from all nasty behavior that we got with his one-liners. They were undoubtedly the highlight of the hour for me. I'm well aware I'm in the minority.

The hour ended with the video about the election boxes. That's already been addressed in some capacity in The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 22, so it's not a surprise that it's coming back again. If one box was in question, the odds are pretty good there was foul play with others. Whether Peter was behind it? I honestly doubt it. I don't think he's keen on going back to prison. That won't stop the drama from playing out, however.

Bless Eli for not having had a stroke for putting up with all the garbage that comes from being Peter's Chief of Staff. If he's not dealing with Jackie Florrick, tracking down Marilyn's baby daddy or discovering who stole a gift to the Governor on Craig's list, he's dealing with real issues like the supreme court nominee and now this business with election fraud. He needs another visit from Natalie Flores and for things to go right for a change!

There isn't a question that the acting on The Good Wife is top notch. The building blocks are all here. My belief is that the series is above cheap shots, childish behavior and who's the daddy storylines. There is a lot of drama that can be mined from these incredible characters, their history and their damn smart legal tactics. Let's have more Boston Legal and less Ally McBeal.

Before you hit the comments to have your say about what's gone down, let me know your thoughts on this question. I'll tell you my hope -- NO. What's your answer?

Do you think Diane will stay with Lockhart/Gardner?


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.. the decision to uproot the show/turn everything on its head worked briefly- lots of excitement generated for a few episodes- but the fallout? talk about "upsetting pace" ! that is what has happened to all the carefully built relationships and rhythms of the show, pre-Florrick & Agos ! where are the wonderful characters.. (Carrie Preston, Michael J Fox, etc) visiting the well-developed, relationship-rich, 'chamber music' foundation that was Lockhart Gardner ? Diane is right. there is a frenetic quality to Will.
and to the show. I'm not fond of either.
and the ugly, raw edge to a less morally questioning Alicia is not the character I'd followed, before 'the break', either.


I think the show left the rails about 4 episodes ago. Maybe it makes good soap opera but I want good drama along with any soap thrown in. These are, or were, intelligent characters in good stories. What's happened?

@ Patti

Carey and Robin seem to be the only intelligent characters left and that's probably because they don't get much air time. If we have one more episode devoted to the Will/Alicia competition, I don't think I can stand it and I have watched every episode in this series from the beginning. Some new plots, please!

@ Patti

We are starting to see the beginning to the end.


Interesting how CBS / The Good Wife took a direct but unnamed jab at Fox / Glee tonight! Talk about a "ripped from the headlines" situation with the music theft! If you are not familiar, do a search on Glee, theft, and "Baby Got Back". Interesting story.


I personally think Alicia's tactic of fighting fire with fire was authentic because we all know it's true what they say about lawyers. They are tricky, underhanded, liars, and slick. They pull dirty tricks all the time to win cases. We all knew Alicia was naive, but they taught her how to be ruthless and it's their fault they created a monster. In my opinion I though she rocked it.

@ perfecto13gurll

I thought she was cheap and fell right in with Will's dirty tricks. My how the Good Wife has fallen. Their rivalry is totally sophomoric and lacking humor.

@ Infoplease+

If lawyers think bringing their personal lives to a case will win a case they will do it with no hesitation. The good wife hasn't fallen it's risen to reality

@ perfecto13gurll

She has still a long way to go, other people still have to teach her.


WOW! is all I can say about tonight's episode. I thought for sure that Peter was going to turn out to be Marilyn's baby daddy............ I do agree that I don't think Peter had anything to do with the vote tampering............he wouldn't be too keen on going back to jail. Will should have figured out by now that he won't beat Alicia because he always lets his ego get in the way just like he did here..........He needs to accept that she moved on and that he should move on........ I don't think Diane will set idly by and let Will run things for long. It would be a zinger if she went to work with Alicia and Carey.............. I'm glad Kalinda blew off that girl........that gal is in Damian's pocket.......and to me so far Damian really isn't adding anything to the dynamic of the show...............can't wait to see what happens next....

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The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 11 Quotes

Alicia: You should get over it.
Will: Get over what?
Alicia: Me.
Will: You have an odd view of me, Alicia.
Alicia: It's just coincidence that we keep opposing each other on cases.
Will: Yes, Burl came to me think you were still working at Lockhart/Gardner and I just...

The enemy of my enemy is my friend.