Sunday, January 6, 2013

'The Good Wife' Review - 4.11 Boom De Yah Da

        On the newest episode of CBS' The Good Wife, Will's latest case - which could net the firm millions - hangs in the balance as Alicia navigates Louis Canning's attempts to delay a deposition crucial to Will's argument; Will and Diane make a stand against Clarke; and an old foe complicates things for Eli.

        Michael J. Fox has proven to be one of the best guest actors that The Good Wife currently has in its arsenal. It seems that every time that he appears on the program, the episode is bound to be a pure delight to watch. His playfulness with the character as well as his intense chemistry with frequent sparing partner Julianna Margulies have proven to be a winning combination. The episodes that feature him as the main opposing legal counsel follow a very similar pattern of both Louis and Alicia battling to try and one-up each other left-and-right. And yet, here, when he is frequently helping his client dodge his deposition, it never comes across as too overworked or done before. Sure, I didn't really care about the details or the main people of the case but the material from Fox and Margulies made it enjoyable and entertaining. And then came that fantastic final moment twist of Canning being revealed as the new creditor of the firm's debt. This twist will change his role on the program from an adversary to a more intricate component of the firm's logistics and should be quite interesting to see what happens - seeing as how he was the one who got the firm into debt in the first place.
        The stakes were being raised elsewhere in the hour as well as Will and Diane had to fend off both Hayden Clarke and Wendy Scott-Carr. Both of these stories have been quite forthcoming in previous entries but both come to a turning point in this episode. Perhaps the strongest impact that these two made together was the fact that the firm emerged victorious when dealing with Clarke (for now at least) but was less-than-triumphant in holding off Wendy. That parallel was quite strong as I'm certain that the show is moving on from this debt story with Clarke and onto the investigation with Wendy for the second half of the season. Individually both stories had their equal strong material and scenes - Eli's reaction to Wendy, Cary's testimony, etc. However, I can't help but thinking that perhaps the show could have gotten a much stronger and grander episodic story from each of them if only one had been featured this week and the other the next?
        Finally, although it proved to be yet another Kalinda-lite episode (at least we got rid of her husband), one of the hour's most powerful scenes was her discussion with Alicia in the hotel room. Much like their environment, that sequence was the perfect balance of nuance and quietness and really highlighted the journey and progression these two characters have made both as individuals and as friends.

So what did everyone think of the episode? What is T.R. Knight's character up to? Who will be Eli's new lawyer? Share your thoughts in the comments.