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Monday, November 21, 2011

The Good Wife - Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Last week’s episode, “Death Row Tip,” bored us a little, except for the Santa thing and the shootout in front of Cary and Kalinda. Cary has never been hotter. This week, Peter brings Wendy Scott-Carr in to investigate and prosecute Will Gardner. This storyline is super realistic. What man wouldn’t want to go after the man who stole his wife? Peter deserves his wife stolen though, as most of us can agree. Wendy is just as hate-able as we remember. Wendy goes to Diane for information and pretty much threatens Diane in order to get Diane on Peter/WSC’s side in this whole thing. Diane doesn’t back down.

Diane is a character it’s taken us a long time to like. It’s mostly because she’s so dang liberal. We don’t dig political extremism in either direction. It’s lines like, "Do men really have that much success in their life that the first setback that comes along they get all weepy?" that really annoy us. Do feminists have to demean men in order to get their points across? Diane is like one of those elitist, self righteous liberal crusaders one of our Texas daddies reared us to hate. However, Diane is smart as a whip and she’s also pretty fearless. She went directly to Will, told him what was up (he’s being investigated for bribing judges), and demanded that he stop sleeping with Alicia.

The charges are BS, but the investigation could bring down the firm and everything that Diane has worked for. Later, when Eli loses a client, Diane bonds with Eli and helps him drink his sorrows away, commiserating with him. Apparently, Eli doesn’t sleep, because his job is so tiring. Sidenote: Stacie Hall is so much fun. These little side characters who are full of so much personality are part of why The Good Wife is such a colorful, interesting show. Most shows don’t waste time making guests and side characters memorable. This one does.

Jackie Florrick is still driving Alicia’s kids around, at Peter’s request. Jackie goes snooping in Alicia’s computer files, looking for dirt in order to get Peter sole custody. Jackie accidentally turns on Alicia’s webcam while snooping. Alicia is mighty offended, but she still tries to keep the full story from her kids. They figure it out quickly and jump on their mom’s side. Alicia changes the locks and tells Jackie to stay out of her house/go pound sand. Then Alicia takes Zach car shopping so that Jackie doesn’t have to drive them around anymore. This was amazing. Jackie crossed a major line there.

Dana and Kalinda flirt, but then Dana just sleeps with Cary. Dana also buys a jacket just like Kalinda’s so that Cary will love Dana as much as he loves Kalinda. Fat chance. We know that we are the only people on earth who are not enthralled by Kalinda. We just don't find her interesting, even though she is one of the few bisexual characters on TV. We’re eternally annoyed by Kalinda’s wardrobe. Is she really good enough at her job that no one complains about her knee-high, sex worker boots, short skirts, slutty tights, and leather jackets? At least she’s not wearing a red suit to court like Alicia. Eesh.

Meanwhile, Will and Alicia go back to military court with same attorney and judge from last time they were in military court. A young woman was charged with 12 counts of murder because she disobeyed an order and pushed a button, sending drones into a civilian area. She claims that the order was delayed, but the evidence is stacked against her. The client is found guilty and Alicia is upset, because she thinks the young woman was a scapegoat. The judge talks to Alicia after the verdict is read, and drops some truth bombs on her. The verdict was totally just. We agree. Alicia and Will’s defense was total whining.

Episode grade: A-


  1. Thanks for the updates on 3 of my favorite shows. Great reviews. I check daily for more. ;)