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The Good Wife Review: Just Making a Point

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Did anyone else scream out loud at their television set while watching The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 12

It was sometime during musical juries when the two sets were being rotated in and out about every three minutes, just before the opposing counsel objected. When Judge Spencer asked why, counsel hung his head and said, "I don't know, sir. Because?"

I was right beside him the entire way. 

I can only hope that we reached the end of the theatrical farces that have come to be known as trials on The Good Wife with the disgrace that befell one poor couple represented duly by Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner.

Even when sharing information was in the best interest of both of their clients, and the prosecution rested their elbows on the other side of the aisle, there was still very little in the way of reciprocity and too much arguing.

Visiting Peter

When Will and Alicia witnessed two jury members -- one from each jury -- speaking in the hallway and Alicia brought it to the attention of the judge, Will flat out lied about seeing it with her.

Kalinda made an overture of friendship toward Cary shortly after Will asked her to get anything she could on the Florrick/Agos client. Cary set Kalinda up in the way I set up my nosy neighbor as a pre-teen, and Kalinda took the bait, painting the firm in an embarrassing light. I was proud of Cary for not trusting Kalinda, but not so sure he was later right to do it a second time. Perhaps they both have their guards up now. Not the best case for friendship.

There is nothing fun, cute or remotely interesting about who these people have become. Nobody trusts anyone. People are lying and covering up lies with even bigger ones, sometimes for unknown reasons. Whatever was left between Alicia and Will is gone. 

Somehow, and this is beyond me, Marilyn became the only character making any sense and worthy of understanding. She was honestly trying to bring the ballot box case to a close, but there was so much garbage she had to wade through to get to the truth and so many barriers being put up in front of her that she was unable to to do her job.

Eli was working with Marilyn, although the way he treated his underling wasn't all that admirable. Everybody is always looking out for number one. Even Eli admitted that his rather straightforward manner could possibly be misconstrued by someone in the heat of the moment. And that's how it went. But, his man has his back. That's admirable.

It looked as if Peter might have known about the video and what was on it, and he did have more information than he let on. Will told Peter that he had video evidence that he could lose the election, but Peter refused to see the video. Will also said he would testify that 30,000 votes were fraudulent. It was a flat out lie. When Peter asked why he would say that, Will asked how he remembered taking back Diane's judgeship.

(*Update: thanks to Guest below, I know it was not a lie. It was worse. Will did tell Peter about the votes and Peter also told Will to own the decision. Whatever decision he made was made by Will alone and therefore Peter's hands were as clean as they could be in the situation. Will wanted Peter to win and kept the secret. Which was better? Much like the attorney said to the judge, I don't know. If it looks like crap and it smells like crap, it's still crap, no matter whose hands it's on.)

Will told Peter he was just making a point, but Peter knew the point was that Will wouldn't hesitate to bring it up should he try to use Will's testimony in conjunction with the ethics case about the ballot box. Peter was unable to relinquish attorney/client privilege and Marilyn couldn't come to a conclusion. They are very close to being investigated by the feds, and that means Zach testifying to what he saw with the other box. Alicia will be very unhappy, and the irony is that both of her lovers are at fault.

One thing is for certain, Alicia has a type. Unethical. Alicia needs to get a new type. She needs to kick the trash to the curb and start hanging with a new crowd before she is lost forever, if it's not already too later after learning so much from such great mentors.

This episode featured the music of Bruce Springsteen from his new album, "High Hopes." Did anyone hear inspirational music? Perhaps it wasn't the best showcase to release his new songs, because I will forever remember them in conjunction with this:

It doesn't matter. Peter is in real trouble, Eli. He's in trouble for one reason. Will Gardner.

Marilyn

What character came off shining brightly on "We, The Juries?"

 

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I didn't see Peter see the video so I guess I missed that. I thought that Will had just told him that he found something that could damage him. I wanted to see Peter and Alicia finally get back together.and Peter to run a clean office It's becoming too soap opera like. I'm also upset that Peter chose Diane in the first place against advice but I wish that he had kept her even though there was a problem at the office. Business is business. I'm also disappointed in Kalinda. I thought that she was loyal but she is only loyal to the highest bidder. Cary is the only one I like of the five. I thought Kalinda was a lesbian. Is she bi confused a prostitute what? I hope that Cary sees the light and moves away from her.

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I believe that the story of the The Good Wife is not about who is good and bad. Besides her staying with the husband, even that is convoluted. There are no sides. The writers are trying to portray politics and law and the majority some lawyers who make up this world. Most of us have no idea what happens behind the curtains or should I say cameras. There are thousands upon thousands of cases a day, we the public only hear about the most publicized ones. I say publicized instead of controversial because crisis management teams do a good job at keeping things contained from public scrutiny. If you are watching the Good Wife to see the good guys win and the bad guys lose. I fear you will be disappointed, the show is a soap opera but instead of killing off characters. They tend to kill off character flaws or traits. We honestly don't know who these people are, they are not one dimensional, nor should they be. It keeps us watching. The showdown between Will and Peter has been a long time coming. I would say all the way back from the time they were in law school together. I am fascinated to see them work this situation of the ballot box out. I find their interactions keep me on the edge of my seat. I cheered when Peter refused to relinquish attorney/client privilege. Will shall remain his lawyer. I LOVE their conversations. The truth is despite Alicia, Peter and Will have each others back, if rather reluctantly.They always have. Don't forget that the NSA has a wire tap into the governors office by way of Alicia. I wonder how they will use that bit of info.

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@ Aykme

They have one on her phones too/

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This is a good critical review of a frustrating episode in a largely frustrating season. Will has repeatedly crossed the line of decency and why he remains the male lead is a function of habit. Get rid of Will and let Alicia and Cary grow.

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I've watched every episode of The Good Wife, Seasons 1-4, but this season is starting to get on my nerves between the constant power plays of Alicia and Will and the Gov. Florrick scandals. I used to like Kalinda and now she is turning out to be very unlikable. As a matter of fact, I don't think I like any of the characters at this point, except for the Kalinda's counterpart investigator at Florrick and Agos. I have lost interest.

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Why does Kalinda only wear boots. It is stupid. Doesn't she own another kind of shoes. We have nicknamed her "Boots". Show some variety!!

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@ Jackie

I think that question was asked way back in season 1 or 2 and we never got an answer.

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Peter is trash. I hate him. He is a coward, treacherous bastard.
Will is so hurt... so real... so damn passionate! I love him!
Josh Charles is magnificent! He deserves an Emmy.

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@ Tissy

He sucks, as a women I would not trust his as far as cross eyed jackass. What has Peter done since the start? Compared to what underhanded Will has done with Alicia and crossed the line which if I were a man there would be a written contract put out on him.

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"Theatrical farces known as trials in the GW". How right you are: I thought of the last one, with two juries, as a long-winded bad joke that never ends. And, rightly so, many viewers here comment on how unlikeable, mean-spirited and morally challenged most characters have become. So I keep wondering what the saving features of this show are. For sure it is becoming less and less "entertaining": time to retire it?

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@ GMF

I'm with you, this soap opera has run the gambit.

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Will is a very realistic character that's why I like him. we were warned that Season five's about everyone have to be careful with what they want. I'm man as same age as Will, and I know, If I were in Will Position I'd do the same. Women fans dont like Will because he's very dislikeable person now and I undertand that. the thing is, no matter what's going to happen with Will's character, I'll be on his side because I cant simply go to Peter. I cant trust and forgive someone who betrays his good wife and kids with a hooker. Did Peter tell us what's reason his action to Alicia? is because Alicia's not good at sex, not pretty, old or something? Season one was like 5 years ago, I thought I'd forget about it, but no. in this season, Peter did betray woman again, Diane. Tell you girls a very simple rule, dont go with a man who cant keeps his promise or betray your trust because it'll end with disappointment and screw your life.

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@ JS

Don't forget the roll in the hay Will pulled on Peters wife, he crossed the line and she is no saint either.

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@ LACY

WHAT HAS PETER DONE SINCE SEASON 1 (NOTHING) THATS WHY THE WRITERS KEEP THROWING HIM UNDER THE BUS. THEY NEED TO THROW ALICIA UNDER A FEW TIMES TO EVEN THE SCORE.

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I loved Cary...the way he played Kalinda, she so deserved it!!!! Alicia move to ask Peter to fix this mess is kind of pathetic...I mean...he lied to her, saying he never knew about the video...
seriously? that is how he wants to play this with his wife? I hope she finally divorces him! and take care of her new firm with Cary's great advice. I like Marilyn too, the scene when she walks to Peter office with Will...oh...scary, it reminded me of Alias and her character! way to go Marilyn!

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@ Fra

He didn't lie to her, he did not know what the video was about at the time she came busting in other than what Eli had told him. He had not talked to the lying SOB Will yet.

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@ Sill

He did know what the video was about as Will came to him in a prior season to show him.

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I can't believe we have to wait till March the 9th for episode 13, what are trying to do see how many fans they can loses so the show can be canceled for low ratings.

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@ Fetup

http://hwhills.com/new-good-wi... DANG IT...........looks like your right. I guess they are trying to kill what little fan base they have. Fans are already fed up with it getting pre-empted every week for stupid football!!!!!!! Now this!!!!!!! I guess they didn't want to compete with NBC and the Olympics...........