The Good Wife Review: No Mr. Sunshine

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I must disagree with you, Mike Kresteva. I can think of something even simpler than Candy Land: handing out praise for this episode of The Good Wife.

With the exception of one small aspect - Alicia penning a letter to her former home's owner, and then flashing back to scenes from that residence, was a tad heavy-handed -  "Blue Ribbon Panel" deserves a blue ribbon all its own. It was another strong installment of the CBS drama.

Matthew Perry as Mike Kresteva

Perry was especially terrific as the morally grey attorney in charge of reviewing a police shooting. He's one of the most likable actors out there, really. Anyone remotely familiar with Friends is simply conditioned to adore the guy.

So it was both fun and jarring to watch his character ooze such sliminess. He was condescending, smug, dismissive. But in the tradition of The Good Wife, of course, he was not entirely evil, either. He would have filed the "forthcoming" report, I think, if Alicia had given the word.

Throwing the testimony of the victim's father back in her face? Cruel... but inaccurate? Should Alicia really have recused herself simply to protect a husband she doesn't live with? Every time Alicia thinks she can hang in this cutthroat world - trying to strong arm Diane into a raise on last Sunday's "Gloves Come Off," for example - she gets reminded that there are complications and dangers everywhere.

And the issue of race and Peter may be the next one. It's been broached multiple times over the last few weeks. Is he actually racist? That's not what the series is implying. But is he navigating his political career at times over doing what's actually right? I'm sure. The political universe is ripe for all sorts of conflicts of interest, making it hard to believe that Peter won't actually run for Governor.

Which I also look forward to because it will get Eli back to doing what he does best. Yes, his role in this competition for Will's job has been entertaining at times (What's a point of interest?!?), but I'm glad it now appears to be over. The squabbling between Eli, Julius and David Lee was getting old.

As for Kalinda and Agent Delaney, I'll take any excuse to get Jill Flint from Royal Pains on my television (she's one of my favorite interview subjects), but are we meant to understand what's going on yet? Lana is angry because Kalinda dissed her job offer? And/or her personal advances? So she's simply making life difficult, tax-wise, for her former storage compartment make out mate? That isn't very mature of you, Agent Delaney.

But it did lead to Kalinda once again using her sexuality to get the upper hand in a situation, albeit in the opposite way from his this tactic usually goes.

Overall, another enjoyable hour. I say it every week, but The Good Wife is at its best when the personal is integrated into the professional. All of this home-buying business comes across too forced, like the show trying to shove Alicia's dilemma down our throat in an inorganic manner. But the panel, the tie-in to Peter's campaign and any struggle Alicia has between doing what is best for herself, her family and her profession - all of which were well-documented here - is always welcome.

All that, and Perry will return as Kresteva, too. Bing!

Blue Ribbon Panel Review

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