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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Good Wife- Double Jeopardy review and recap

The case of the week involved an active army reservist who was accused of stabbing his wife 38 times (geez) and killing her (obviously). At the beginning of the episode, Will and Alicia got the client off, beating opposing counsel Carey. Carey, intent on winning, got an army friend to re-try the case. Double jeopardy did not apply, because the client was an active reservist and could be court marshaled. So Will and Alicia were off to military court, because the client trusted and wanted to retain them. The military judge was a piece of work, but we ended up liking her, and we loved seeing her spar with Will. Can she come back? Will and Alicia won, cleverly employing tactics to get around the military court’s bias against them. Their client was innocent, and he got off. But then he had to go to Afghanistan. Sad. Despite working well together on a case, Will and Alicia did not move forward romantically in this episode. Will slept with a forward, ballsy girl from the Chicago Law Review, but we don’t think it’s serious.

The drama at the firm this week is that Diane and Derrik were fighting over whose client to keep. Will promised Diane that he would vote to keep her client, but he changed his mind, angering Diane and turning her against him. So we guess Diane and Will won’t be teaming up against Derrik during voting times now. Good. That’s more interesting and better for business. Diane had Kalinda dig up information on Will and Derrick’s relationship, but the episode ended before Kalinda divulged it. Derrick’s client met with Diane, because he doubted that the firm could back him with Diane disagreeing with his conservative antics. Diane was straight with him, assuring him that she could represent him, but she would not betray her political beliefs. The client admired her bluntness and asked that she be his lawyer rather than Derrik.

Eli Gold panics when does a parody of Peter’s career and sex life, featuring Peter’s former call girl. Think “the Obama girl” video, only ruder. We loved Eli Gold’s hilarious reaction when he saw the video. We love this character.

Becca, Zach’s teenage ex, set about trying to win Zach back by volunteering to help with his father Peter’s campaign. When Eli Gold threw her out, she got with Zach and created a pretend, unflattering Facebook page for Glenn Childs’ son. The reason for the page is so that Zach and Becca can post status updates bashing Glenn Childs senior.

We thought the case was engaging, and we like seeing Carey act as Alicia and Will’s enemy. But we hope he can go back to being at least a little sympathetic so the excellent character won’t end up being one-sided. We hope the season doesn’t drag out the “Alicia doesn’t know about Will’s love message” plot too long. If she finds out in the finale, we are going to be ticked. It was nice to have a little break from Alicia’s love troubles, but we want them back sooner rather than later. This was a solid episode. Easy to watch and more interesting than the premiere.

Episode grade- B+

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  1. I tried to get into this show because I miss Logan Huntzberger but Cary is just not as attractive and I've never made it through more than one episode. am I really missing out?


  2. It depends on whether you like legal shows and procedurals. There are definitely overarching stories, but the show relies on a different case every week. If a legal procedural sounds good to you, then know that it's the best one around, especially right now. We started from the beginning, and we really like it. Carey is kind of a butt now, but he was sympathetic first season.