Welcome to the latest edition of The Good Wife Round Table, as panelists Lisa Palmer, Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica have gathered to discuss "Executive Order 13224," an episode that featured the return of Carrie Preston, a confrontation between Peter and Will... and terrorism fears.
Won't you join them?
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Lisa: So many to pick from! The sexual harassment video at the end; "Mom, pick up the phone;" and the scene with Alicia, her red-headed attorney and the cupcake man. All the dramatic tension throughout the hour made this episode the best yet this season.
Christine: The sexual harassment video at the end made me laugh because I've sat through them before and they are just that cringe worthy. Having Will and Alicia sit there and watch it together was brilliant.
Carissa: Agreed. The sexual harassment video. I found it to be funny and was surprised that the entire room wasn't cracking up. They make it look so juvenile. The things they call harassment are more annoyances that can be stopped by telling the person to go away.
Does Peter have a real case against Will or is he just being vindictive?
Lisa: I think it's too soon to tell, and the ambiguity is part of what makes the tension so great. But yes, he does seem to have every excuse to pick on Alicia's firm. And him recusing himself means that he knows he has bias ties to the case. .
Christine: It was 15 years ago and Will gave the money back. This is a fishing expedition just as when he asked LG to be his attorneys and asked for a full audit of their books but didn't ask it of the other law firms in the running. Peter's searching for an angle to take Will and LG down.
Carissa: He's being vindictive. Absolutely no amount of spin will make it otherwise. Even Cary was uncomfortable with it, and he's always out for revenge. I find it disappointing that Peter has decided to focus so much of his time on Lockhart Gardner. He was just asking them to be his attorney, and now this?
Grace and the wacky tutor? Grace searches for God? Zach bypasses the proprietary software on his Mom's computer? Name your least favorite Florrick kid storyline.
Lisa: The tutor because I just don't feel like the point of having her around was worthwhile time spent. I know the show strives to remain topical, but I couldn't see the point in having her around.
Christine: The Florrick kids are painful to watch. I was most annoyed with Zach removing the proprietary shareware from Alicia's computer and snarking that they shouldn't have to pay for that stuff. A freebie is fine if your a kid but if your a high priced law firm sending confidential information you just might want professional software for that. I wanted to smack both Zach and Alicia in that scene.
Carissa: I find the Florrick children to be horrid little beasts, and have enjoyed none of their storylines. However, the tutor story was so out there that it will win for now. I can't even believe that tutor was 22. It's so embarrassing to think about.
Should Diane actually confront Will about her suspicions about his relationship with Alicia?
Lisa: She did! In The Good Wife way: completely subtly.
Christine: Well, if they never have the conversation and this all blows up she can at least say she never knew but that won't protect the firm. There are so many ways for this to blow up both personally and professionally for Alicia and Will. It's only a matter of time.
Carissa: Yes. The sexual harassment bit was hilarious, but doesn't address real life adult situations. And, when you spend so much time at work, what better place to meet someone? I think they're keeping it quiet more for Alicia's involvement with Peter and her family, and there new proximity to Eli rather than because it's a bad decision for the firm.
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, conversing with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone who will listen. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.