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Monday, January 28, 2013

The Good Wife- Season 4, episodes 11-13

Boom-De-Yah-Da- This was the episode where Louis Canning made Alicia stay at a hotel for a really long time and tried to have his client avoid her. The case was the one where the teen girl got bit by a mosquito. TR Knight showed up for the first time that week. Where has he been? We love him. Not loving his character so far though. He reminds us of Ryan on The Office. Total wunderkind douche.

We love that Louis Canning bought up the debt, because that means we'll be seeing more of another guest starring actor we adore, Michael J. Fox. We love his wife too. But that's not all. Martha is back and just as aggressive as ever (she was the girl who lost out to Caitlin when Alicia had to hire a newbie). This show is great with bringing back the past.

We felt bad for Hayden when Cary stood by his employers, stating that he felt like he had to help Hayden study for the bar. Just buy Kaplan, dude. We know you've got two grand. Kalinda and Alicia's makeup is the longest coming thing ever. Just when we think they are already friends again, they have another makeup scene. Just love each other and move on.

We're not that enthralled with Peter's campaign, Eli's current situation, or anything to do with Wendy Scott Carr. The cases of the week are more interesting than that mess, and so is the bankruptcy drama.
Episode grade: B+

Je Ne Sais What?- In this episode, an athlete was almost kicked out of sports for doping (a sad attempt at timeliness because of Lance), but she was really just trying to hide an abortion from her parents. Sad. We're glad the dream team won without her having to give up that personal detail that she had every right to hide. It turned out to be an interesting case. It's fun to see Will struggle, especially with people who are more pretentious than he is.

We got Elsbeth back! And she's going to be Eli's lawyer. Happy happy joy joy. She is such a great addition to this show. We love when the media includes eccentric, but competent female characters. Elsbeth is adorable without being that good looking. A rare feat. This one was entertaining the whole way through, in large part because of her. The more we watch this show, the more we love Diane. There is hardly a female character on here that we don't love.

We loved the line: "Race is a scab. Don't pick at it." It really is. Nearly everything someone says on the topic is either wrong, incomplete, offensive, or can be taken the wrong way. Leave it alone and stand up for injustice when you see it, situationally, rather than talking about it generally, unless you have the best PR guy in the world writing your speeches about it.
Episode grade: A-

The Seven Day Rule- This week, Alicia got a promotion, but not for the right reason. At first, we were as angry as she was, but Diane's speech about not questioning opportunity and just walking right through that door really got to us. We've turned things down because we thought it was unfair of us to have them, or we've avoided favors and scoffed at any undeserved help. But Diane actually taught us something this week.

In the adult world, bosses hardly ever treat employees fairly. They do what is best for their business. They promote who helps them, like with Diane being a token woman. They give favors to the people they like. This show tackles ethical staples of the business world. Just like Caitlyn got the job over Martha, some people are offered jobs because of timing and connections.

The best you can do, especially as a woman, is run through that door, take the opportunity, and do your best with it. After all, if someone else gets it, they might not do a good job. If you get it, you can make sure you were the right pick, retroactively. Alicia humbling herself after being taken down a notch by Diane and coming out to the party made us love her even more.

We weren't into the religion controversy at first. It's annoying to us that atheists are distrusted in politics and people name check God to gain power. We don't like to think about it. We also don't like that every extremely intelligent person on TV is an atheist. Yes, many atheists are intelligent, but many intelligent people are also religious. Sure, few intelligent people are fundamentalists, but faith has nothing to do with IQ. We did love that both Maddie and Alicia were true to themselves under pressure. It really is a shame that they can't be friends now.

What David Lee and Carey were doing were doing, getting Dina to push back and get more money so that she would have enough capital to be a big and rich client in the future, was selfish and completely against ethical rules for lawyers. Lawyers have to act in the best interests of their client, do what they want, and respect their wishes. They twisted facts thinking, "I'm out to get my client more money, so it's really for her." Dina didn't really want more money; she wanted to get married and be treated fairly. They were acting in their own interests. Bad.

Overall though, this show is full of so many role models that we are going to start recommending it to law students. We need more Alicias, Careys, and Dianes.

Episode grade: B+

The Good Wife will have a hiatus and returns February 17th.

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