Sunday, November 20, 2011

'The Good Wife' Review - 3.09 Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

        A new episode of CBS' The Good Wife aired tonight. In it, we saw Diane confront Will and comfort Eli with the best material she's received all season and Alicia decided to take some action to protect herself and her loved ones.
        In this episode, tensions are high at Lockhart/Gardner as Alicia and Will argue in front of a mercurial military judge. Eli's confidence is shaken after meeting his match and Diane issues an ultimatum to Will to protect the firm, after Wendy Scott-Carr returns to assist on the States Attorney's investigation into Will.

        This episode saw Alicia and Will revisiting their ordeals in military court. Last season featured an episode similar in appeal to this one and it was among the best from that season. So I guess the producers were trying to replicate that success. It worked somewhat. This was the first case this season that I got into but not quite to the extent of past seasons. The best cases include a defendant that relates to the audience or makes the viewers sympathize for them. In this episode, a woman was put on trial for accidentally killing twelve civilians. Her aura of trepidation underneath the cover of the strict, precise military facade was artistically portrayed but it just didn't go anywhere. The interactions between the judge, who was the same as the one from the previous episode, and Will & Alicia were witty and enjoyable. Is it just me or has Lockhart/Gardner been sort of on a losing streak of sorts lately? It just feels that the show has yet to create a memorable case in which the firm succeeds so far this season.
        Meanwhile, Diane, Eli and Kalinda were back to working with the cheese people from a few weeks ago but now they are arguing that the new food table doesn't satisfy their clients. This discussion sounds a little unbelievable but this story does allow us to meet Stacie who is a fellow crisis manager who is able to stay ahead of even Eli. Both of them put on a happy face and tried to manipulate the other but it was Stacie who came out on top this week. This allowed us to see Eli wallow in self-pity for the first time. I thought his final diagram of the body as a food pyramid was very clever despite the ridiculousness of calling corn a grain. Diane's pick me up speech was the exact thing that Eli needed at that moment and truly allowed for Christine Baranski to shine in that scene.
        The relationship between Kalinda and Dana is so unique. Both of them are really playing with the other and it seems that the other one knows it as well. However, Dana may be edging out our favorite investigator as it may seem that Kalinda may be getting a little too attached while Dana is focused on the investigation and on Cary. Speaking of the investigation, Dana and Cary got a new co-worker in Wendy Scott-Carr, who Peter hired because he knows she would understand the reasoning around everything. This was a very clever way to reintroduce this compelling opponent from last season. She has proved to be a formidable challenger in the past and her presence only means more trouble for Will - I mean she already changed the objective to take down Will and the firm instead of just the drug bust.
        Jackie is such a stereotypical grandma but she doesn't read as boring. Her concern for her grandchildren is only growing as Alicia continues to push her out of their lives. She's convinced that both Zach and Grace are doing troubling acts and something needs to be done but Alicia has much more confidence in her children and their choices. It was great to see the show refocus the concept of Zach asking for a car from a few episodes ago to a way to further block Jackie out. It makes me confident that the producers know where they're going with all of these small plot points that don't quite make sense right now. That's what makes this show so interesting. I'm always left guessing what every little subtle detail means.