Sunday, April 15, 2012

'The Good Wife' Review - 3.20 Pants on Fire

        In the newest episode of CBS' The Good Wife, Alicia tries to counsel a client on whether to accept a strict plea deal while also being distracted by Peter's newest political rival, whose actions force her back into the public spotlight.

        Oh, Matthew Perry I really hope that you return for season four! This political storyline is just so flawlessly executed and entertaining that it would be such a complete disappointment if the show tried wrapping it up in the last two episodes of this season.
        If you thought Perry's Mike Kresteva was so despicable in the last hour, than you honestly didn't see this one. As he became much more integral to the overall stories of the show (he's running for governor now), he proves to be such an epic foil to Alicia that the banter back and forth between is so fun to watch and see who comes out on top. Like I said, I'm really hoping for more of these fantastic moments from Perry and the entire ensemble.
        To the excitement of every fan, this episode picked up right where the last one finished so we got to see the full on confrontation between Alicia and Jackie concerning the old Florrick house. Jackie has always been perceived as an antagonist to Alicia so it was wonderfully to see that angle so played up in this episode. However, the show was also able to keep her as a three-dimensional character with her later beatdown by Peter and subsequent stroke.
        The case-of-the-week was probably the weakest aspect of this episode. However, unlike the rest of the hit-or-miss cases this season, this one was compelling and had many intriguing details/facets that the show (briefly) delved into. It's biggest flaw was the fact that it was overshadowed by all of the big serial stories that came together in this episode.
        At the end of the episode, Peter finally decided to run for governor of Illinois with Alicia shockingly standing by his side (which made a fantastic stylistic nod to the first moments of the pilot.) Some fans may be overly critical/upset with this development since the entire series has been built on the fact that Alicia is a powerful and independent women who doesn't need someone like Peter in order to succeed. Those people see this reveal as a slap to the face of the loyal viewers as it "goes" against almost three seasons worth of character development. However, I do not see it that way. I find this twist to be refreshing and even more influential and true to Alicia's future character development. Peter's past indiscretions really did hurt Alicia as he betrayed the love and trust of their marriage. But the show has always made it a clear point that Alicia still respects him as a person and will not let her personal feelings towards him ruin his political ambitions. So, if her appearance beside him balances the perception in favor of Peter she will, as she told Eli, "do whatever it takes."

Side Notes:
  • If you don't smile at the sight of Eli's post-sex hair, then you have no soul. Hopefully, this is not the last we have seen of Parker Posey as Eli' ex-wife.
  • Will Will's little romp with the other attorney have a greater impact in the future? If not, it felt a little strange to be seeing it here.
  • Is anyone else so glad that this show didn't try to pull such a TV cliche by having Jackie have the stroke immediately after Peter's confrontation and in front him. It's so much more realistic the way it was actually done. Also, "I forgive you," so cryptic and could mean so many different things.
  • Nice small nod to Cary (maybe) leaving the State's Attorney's Office.