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.


Good Wife – impossibly good!

I don’t know how the writers and actors pull out such incredible material and performances week after week, but this show needs to be on DVD and hopefully made into a feature film some day.

Why is it so good? Intricacy, on-screen chemistry, and unpredictability. In the episode “Hi“, we kind of thought Kalinda was on Peter Florrick’s side, but couldn’t be 100% sure, and we couldn’t be sure how she’d testify, but when she did, in a rather oblique, obfuscatory fashion, and beamed back at Mr. Childs after the judge granted a new trial, who could not help basking in the glow of triumph?

The legal reasoning behind Peter’s conviction seems increasingly murky – he slept with a call-girl 18 times. Fine, but how do specific sex acts tie in to specific cases which he’s accused of failing to prosecute?

Aside from the drama surrounding Peter’s trial, there the little matter of a murdered babysitter, and unemployed husband Jason (James Waterston), and a suspicious, breadwinning wife, Sonya (Sonja Sohn). The husband is the immediate suspect, Alicia and Cary are hauled in to help defend him at the behest of Diane and Will, respectively, and lovely Kalinda is assigned to try to uncover anything and everything they can use to point the police in a direction away from their client, regardless of his guilt or innocence. In the midst of this moral ambiguity, Alicia pilfers potentially incriminating evidence from a very soon to be declared crime scene (so hilariously soon after she arrives that she has to hide to escape the building undetected). Oh, and did I mention that Cary’s high as a kite for much of the proceedings?

The apparent emergence of gender loyalty over political correctness is interesting; Alicia has turned to Diane for advice more often than Will when given a choice – once because she was opposing a personal friend of his, but I think Diane is someone she not only respects, but trusts a bit more and now Alicia has earned Diane’s grudging respect. It almost seems like Diane and Will went out of their way to find opposite-gender proteges to compete for a position in the interests of political correctness, but inherent differences are winning out; Diane felt obliged to protect Sonya’s interests in this episode, and suggested that Will protect Jason’s. Just another thing to make me go “hmmm…” 😉

Who else thinks the judge who granted the new trial might have been the one Kalinda was talking about?


See? Who says TV can’t be educational?

Summary 1

“Bad” in re The Good Wife

Although there’s forward movement in Peter’s trial, I found it rather dull, despite the “Amber Madison” cross-examination – I quite agree with Peter’s lawyer who said’ “we’ve had quite enough of Ms. Madison.” Glenn Childs’ offer to Peter was interesting, inasmuch as it revealed a certain vulnerability on Childs’ part. It almost seems like Mr. Childs want the entire matter to disappear, which begs the question of why. I can only think it has to do with the cases that were not prosecuted in the wake of Peter’s absence. I have long wondered whether someone else – other than Mr. Childs has been pulling the strings all along…hmmm…

I couldn’t believe Peter asked Alicia whether she ever wanted them to be together again. WAIT A FEW MONTHS AFTER YOU’VE BEEN LIVING WITH HER BEFORE ASKING THAT! Duh!

Alicia’s reluctant involvement with the murder case of  Colin Sweeney (smarmily played by Dylan Baker-who reminded me of William H. Macy in Edmond) was interesting, but it seemed clear from the beginning that the amoral, flippant, and dissolute Mr. Sweeney lacked the focus to execute a carefully calculated scheme like murdering someone, disposing of the remains and cleverly framing someone else.

Diane’s plotline disappointed me when there was just a cat behind the door. Having her shoot someone or have a struggle would have brought this episode to life -(BIG HINT to screenwriters).  Underusing Josh Charles and Christine Baranski was one of the bad things about “Bad.”

Summary 1 of “Bad.”

Summary 2 of “Bad.”

Summary 3 of “Bad.”

New York Magazine interview with Archie Panjabi (Kalinda).

I wish someone would explain to me why Alicia hasn’t asked Peter why he fired Kalinda. It doesn’t make sense that no one has expressed any interest in this…

What do you wish would happen on this show? Please leave a comment.

Good Wife-another dynamite episode…

Family really is often the best to look after family. Molly, a nanny hired by Alicia to look after young teens Zach and Grace is initially competent -she informs Alicia that Zach and Becca, his older, oversexed girlfriend are in the living room at Molly’s insistence. Good move, but then later in the episode, Zach and Becca are in his bedroom and oversexed Becca is desperately trying to seduce Zach-younger sister Grace reports this to Molly who replies “He just needs some privacy. I don’t want to infantalize him.” SAY WHAT??? Grandma Jackie has a stroke almost on cue, but her reservations about Molly are indeed proven correct when Alicia learns that Molly has suggested to Grace that she get a shot to protect her against a sexually transmitted disease. Grandma sometimes DOES know best…

Zach and Grace aren’t toddlers or young children, so it’s really a bit unreasonable to expect that a stranger off the street is going to command their respect right away (although Grandma Jackie didn’t do that well at quelling their computer argument). Why can’t Alicia find a nice chess club for Zach and/or some project for Grace? Keeping them cooped up in that apartment is no good. Supervised activities would be better.

Another question that came to mind when Alicia visited Peter in prison; where is Alicia’s family? She mentioned having informed Peter’s sister of Jackie’s stroke, but what about Alicia’s own mother and father and/or siblings? We haven’t heard a peep about them and we should considering all the strain Alicia’s been under.

Ah, the lovely Kalinda (superbly played by Archie Panjabi). Whose side is she really on and why did Peter fire her? It was wonderful to see her in action this episode and these and other unanswered questions should keep people wanting to see more of Kalinda.

This of course, leads to Peter’s appeal. When will he, Alicia, and company blow the lid or Glenn Child’s machinations (if indeed he’s the master puppeteer…) ? When will Peter return home? Will he and Alicia stay married? Stay tuned folks…

Watch the Good Wife online.

What are your thoughts?

Good Wife-one of the best TV shows around…

Despite the ripped from the headlines set-up ( à la Eliot Spitzer), the Good Wife , a Chicago-oriented legal drama which debuted last fall, has dynamite, original writing and great acting. One of the things I love most about this show is that it’s multidimensional. Each episode peels away another level of the onion to reveal personalities, politics, motivations, allegiances and the crosscurrents thereof.

The episode of 1/5/10 made it clear how Will Gardner is a womanizing manipulator who sees the fairer sex as pawns in a game. Alicia’s value to him? She’s someone he could potentially manipulate and use to undercut Diane, maybe even potentially replace Diane if the opportunity arises… Alicia’s value to the firm? She handles the public well. But make no mistake, this episode made it clear just how much of a chess game the entire legal process is – for example, if the wife of your political enemy is pissed off at him, maybe the advantage will go to your side at trial…Want to win in court? Know which judge has which political leanings and push his/her buttons accordingly…

Here are some great links about the show:

  • Cary’s Corner-Played by Matt Czuchry, this is a blog detailing cases related to the most recent episode – sharpen your pencils legal eagles!
  • New York Times blog-Great articles/analyses from the New York Times.
  • Money Watch– interesting economic perspective on this show.