The Good Wife Review: Love Has Got to Do with It...

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Only because The Good Wife has set the bar so exceptionally high can I complain about the following developments from "Breaking Up."

While a tense episode overall, and one that moved at least one key plot forward, the installment did feel forced at times. The entire Derrick Rose storyline, for example, served as nothing but a way for Will to find out about Diane's plans.

It seems a little hard to believe that a random representative for the Bulls point guard would be privy to information that someone as well-connected as Will would not, especially when it so prominently affects him.

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The show is also making things a bit too easy for Kalinda. We don't even get to watch her work her manipulative magic anymore; she just walks into a crime scene and both the police and state's attorney's office have no problem letting her act like she possesses actual, legal authority.

These are small complaints, of course, and they're mostly lodged because The Good Wife is such a well-written, well-acted drama that I expect it to be perfect week after week.

That may not have been the case here, but I was still glued to every action and word. You've gotta admire any show that puts characters such as Cary and Will front and center. The latter, in particular, is meant to be a protagonist, the man most fans want Alicia to choose... yet the series has no problem taking him to the legal limit.

All Will cares about is winning a case and protecting his firm, even if it means making up lies to tell his client that would play as seriously unethical in any other situation. It's a credit to Josh Charles that we still root for Will, as he sells small moments - such as the hesitation when learning that Alicia kept Diane's secret from him - so well that Will never comes across as too cold or calculating.

Many humorous moments from the episode, as well, including: Cary snarkily stating "Hey, it's a reunion!" at the police station; Jackie wearing the tribal wig; and Owen (the fantastic Dallas Roberts) jokingly criticizing his sister for her lack of profound relationship advice.

The Good Wife has established such strong characters, rhythm and storytelling that one barely even cares when its main character is relegated to the sidelines, as Alicia was for the most part this week. I have a feeling that will change in the near future, though, now that the Diane/Will feud is out in the open and Alicia finds herself right in the middle of it.

Which side will she choose? Will the split really take place? I can't wait to tune in and find out.

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