Good Wife – Good, but is there plenty to go around?

The episode “Heart” was one of the best in this standout series so far. Martha Plimpton’s turn as the hissable Patti Nyholm should indeed be remembered at Emmy/Golden Globe time. Will put being a lawyer into perspective in this episode – one is locked into legal battles that often impact the lives of others in very profound and unalterable ways. In this case, the life of a baby with a heart defect was at stake.

I’ve read some great summaries of the last episode, but I’m kind of wondering about the unseen and unspoken parts. Diane and Cary had very little screen time this episode.  Are  they going to do anything interesting in the last few episodes of this season?  According to, we will see Diane flirt some more with Kurt McVeigh (played by Gary Cole), but I’m not sure about Cary. Why can’t Cary and Diane have some sexual tension or at least work on a case together, isn’t he supposed to be her protege??  And I also miss Grandma Jackie!  And when is Kalinda going to have a love life?? Grace is also underdeveloped as a character, I feel, since she doesn’t seem to have any friends or boyfriends or much screen time with her parents. I hope the writers will at least add a line or two here and there to explain where people have been and what they’ve been up to since we last saw them…

One reviewer suggested (I think rightly) that Alicia doesn’t want to get involved with Will in part because of her children – their father just cheated and it caused so much pain for the entire family – how would it make them feel if their mother does the same thing? However; we must get more interplay with the kids to learn what kind of conflicts she has with them and which child she favors or with whom she has a more difficult relationship.

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Big Love – Season Finale…

Well, that’s all folks. At least until January of 2011, rumor has it…This was some horse and pony show…here are my random thoughts:

One of the things bothered me about the finale – how the hell could Bill have Tom & Jerry removed just like that when they’re equal partners???

Other things that bothered me? Let’s see – JJ managed to steal eggs from his sister, his daughter, and use them to impregnate his ex-mother-in law and tried to impregnate his ex-wife. His son Roquet and his sister Wanda knew about it and neither of them said anything until Wanda miraculously regained the power of speech in the last episode.

One of the most positive things about this episode was Barb telling Bill that she wanted a different life and that she didn’t think she needed him anymore.

I guess Margene now has ANOTHER polygamous family to live with, eh? Will another guy be invited to join?

I sure hope the writers don’t figure a way to keep JJ & his creepy wife Malinda alive- that would totally suck. Who in their right mind would get on the wrong side of Adaleen or Nicki?   I do wonder; however, who it was that intercepted JJ when Adaleen was chasing after him, and helped her to tie him and Malinda up.

When Marilyn Densham was in Bill’s office about to break down into tears – saying “you can’t do this to me…” I really felt like we lost a moment of disclosure – WHY is Marilyn Densham so emotionally invested in Bill’s future???  She can’t seem to stay out of his face and we weren’t given a reason why that is…

“I thought when people saw you, they really saw you, they couldn’t help but love you.” Remember what happened to Jesus Christ when he was loved by Judas Iscariot, Bill? Loving someone doesn’t guarantee good decisions or treatment – just ask your wives…

Although this season has definitely been entertaining to put it mildly, overall, I have to agree with the assessment of the Star-Ledger’s Alan Sepinwall:

Big Love Season 4 Finale Review

Mary McNamara from the L.A. Times has an interesting theory about why this season seemed so wild and wacky: the shows producers like all the cast members so much they wanted to give each character something interesting to do. You know what they say about too many cooks spoiling the broth?

Big Love Season 4 -Mary McNamara’s Analysis

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The Good Wife – will she be bad?

Ok. By now, you know I love this show immensely, but this week’s episode gave more examples of why. It’s an incredibly smooth ensemble production with fine acting all around. The way the Broussard murder trial was cracked – Will suggested probing the immigrant status of the wife as a reason for the marriage to a key witness, in order to secure her testimony. Naturally, it was tenacious and lovely Kalinda who suggested that they look into the disappearance of the $50,000 in order to crack the case.  The wife of the key witness happened to make a charitable donation of exactly $50,000 right after the murder, thereby acting as an agent to conspiracy. This situation supersedes the spousal privilege that prevents one spouse being forced to testify against another…

Peter and house arrest. We could see he was going stir crazy. He has now hired Eli Gold  (hilariously played by Alan Cumming) to help him uncover who and how he was set up on corruption charges.  Gold promptly informs him that he’s under investigation by the FBI after glancing at a picture saved by junior detective Zach.

Given the previews for tonight’s episode the Good Wife may very well be bad…her flirtation with Will Gardner could jeopardize her potential partnership with the firm as well as her job in general, not to mention her marriage. I’m rather disappointed with the decision to move the show in this direction, since I’d rather see her reunited with her husband and have them fighting crime together – a Remington Steel/Thin Man for the 2010 generation.

Another Summary of “Bang” episode of The Good Wife.

Big Love goes back to Family Values…

Although this was another episode that was all over the map- one moment Nicki slaps Bill in the face for not telling her that his brother Joey’s the one who killed her father, Roman- then she’s in the bedroom with him professing she loves him and doesn’t want to share him? (which reels were spliced together to come up with that sequence?) – overall; however, it was more cohesive than the previous entry.

The focus was on Bill Hendrickson and his family dealing with threats to their interests and safety. There was a great scene with Ben, Tancy and Sarah in which they each revealed their feelings about Bill’s political campaign.

Marilyn’s true colors were forcefully revealed in a lovely dressing down scene with Bill. Marilyn’s intense dislike and vested interested in destroying Bill may become clear in the next season. Marilyn continually makes allusions to the past, as she did in her telephone conversation with Barb, which make me believe there’s some kind of prior connection to Bill or to his brethren. In any case, Ms. Spacek makes this show far more watchable for me than would otherwise be the case. (I must confess a passing morbid interest in the meltdowns of Nicki and Alby, but they’re somewhat predictable and a little played out…).

It ended with the core Hendricksons – Bill and Barb (his only legal wife) and their three children enjoying Tancy’s birthday celebration.

There will undoubtedly be countless loose ends at the end of next week’s episode, but I seriously hope the writing/storylines improve next season. These folks can’t hold a candle to the writing of In Treatment, Damages, Nurse Jackie, or even The Good Wife.