The Good Wife Review: "Net Worth"

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The Good Wife got personal this week, but it was forced to contrive a couple storylines to do so.

For such an intelligent show, events didn't naturally flow on "Net Worth," highlighted by Alicia's road trip with Owen.

How and why, exactly, did this take place? She flew to Oregon, only to jump in the car and drive to Chicago with her brother... and then not even help move his stuff in? The situation was a clear set-up by the writers to force Alicia into a situation where she could be alone with the one person to whom she could speak frankly about Will.

Will They or Won't They?

Trust me: I'll take all the Dallas Roberts I can get. And I laughed out loud at Alicia lying in bed like a teenager, wondering about Will, commenting on his sports talk with Tammy. The set-up just felt more manufactured than most developments on the show.

Fortunately, I loved the pay-off. After preparing for the worst - the episode concluding with Will shutting his office door, forcing us to wait another week to learn the outcome of this conversation - I was thrilled to actually have this issue resolved. At least for now.

Will lied about the voicemail. Alicia believed him, and both felt sufficiently awkward. It's interesting to note that Alicia didn't say a word about Peter when listing the reasons why she kept her feelings for Will bottled up. She went on about work, but uttered nary a thought about her marriage.

As for Will: would he have responded differently if Tammy wasn't in the picture and/or if he didn't have the issue of Bond and his planned takeover hanging over his head? One day, I'm guessing, we'll find out.

Elsewhere, I've said in past reviews that I'm not on board with the Kalinda/Blake storyline, and their scarcely-clothed confrontation here only exacerbated my frustration with it. Last season, Kalinda was a mysterious investigator who freely oozed sex appeal to get what she needed. It was intriguing and I'd have been happy never learning she had an actual secret to hide.

But this season has upped the Kalinda ante, in an unnecessary, soap opera-like manner. It feels like a completely different show when we go from fascinating courtroom or deposition drama, filled with sharp dialogue, multil-layered characters and interesting cases... to Alicia stripping down for Blake and teasing sex in such an overt manner. Was it hot? Yes. Do I care about Kalinda's husband and what happened with him? Not really.

My favorite aspect of this episode was the drama with the Mark Zuckerberg clone. I just love watching Will and Diane in action, two smart people who excel at their jobs (although the use of Rita Wilson as the client's original attorney was odd, wasn't it? From her scenes to the drawn-out dinner with Kalinda's FBI agent pal, it seemed like the show simply needed a lot of filler this week.) It says something very positive about The Good Wife when it has me so fascinated by a simple legal case.

The clever reference to Aaron Sorkin also helped. He wrote The Social Network. He wrote A Few Good Men. Will told Diane he wanted to lead the screenwriter exactly where he was dying to go anyway: to an admission that he's responsible for the portrayal of Patrick Edelstein in the movie, that he's the guy in charge. Hmmm... sound to anyone else like a certain, iconic, Jack Nicholson-based scene, based on Tom Cruise's similar reasoning, in that marine-based classic?

For at least one week, I was hooked on the professional, but found the personal storylines of the show lacking in both realism and drama. What did everyone else think?

Net Worth Review

Editor Rating: 3.7 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (86 Votes)

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