Sunday, February 19, 2012

'The Good Wife' Review - 3.15 Live From Damascus

        In the newest episode of CBS' The Good Wife, Lockhart & Gardner leads a class action suit against a software company that allowed the Syrian government to "disappear" American citizens. Also, Will has to face a hard decision in the wake of the Grand Jury proceedings.

        It was guest star city on the newest episode of The Good Wife, with many recognizable and important recurring stars popping up sometime in the hour. The firm once again faced off against Rita Wilson's attorney and John Benjamin Hickey's computer CEO in a class action suit in front Denis O'Hare's memorable Judge Abernathy. The case was a little lackluster compared to the larger scope of drama in the episode but it was one of the better ones of the season thanks to the people involved. I didn't really care whether or not the firm won but the death of Kalinda's contact was foreseeable due to his paranoid portrayal.
        The Eli subplot was more enjoyable and intricate - and it should be great to see Eli working on a political campaign again - but it felt too separate from the rest of the hour. Cast interaction usually alleviates how blatantly obvious this problem has been for Eli all season long. However, in this episode, Eli only crossed paths with one other main cast member (Diane) and it was just a quick pass by at the elevators. Yes, Amy Sedaris' Stacie Hall does know exactly how to rile our favorite campaign consultant and has had a few funny lines but I'm hoping that Eli will soon oust her from the top spot on Vanessa's campaign so we do not have to see him constantly having to take orders from her.
        The rest of the episode did a wonderful job of setting up addictive stories that will drive the remaining the third of this season to a strong finish. Instead of facing disbarment, Will received a six month suspension from law and the firm will temporarily be renamed "Lockhart & Associates." All of his current cases will be distributed evenly amongst all of the partners with Alicia being given an IRS case concerning Kalinda! Also, in the wake of the grand jury acquittal, shake ups were in the air at the States' Attorney's Office as well with Cary forcing Dana to step back from her main duties at the office.

Side Notes:
  • Don't you love how this show flawless weaves in subtle allusions to previous episodes (i.e. the plot of "Great Firewall" last season, the pro bono department) and trusts its audience to be smart and connect all of the dots.
  • Who else is anxiously awaiting for the final episodes of the season where Alicia and Kalinda are once again having shots together?