Sunday, October 17, 2010

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 2, Episode 3 “Breaking Fast” (B+)

Is there anyone as entertaining as Alan Cumming? His choking episode when he was watching the YouTube clip and fluster-prone nature whenever someone laughed it off is absolutely hilarious, and I’m so glad that his presence works perfectly with the semi-serious tone of this show. I was also very pleased to see Dallas Roberts, currently starring on AMC’s “Rubicon,” as Alicia’s brother Owen. After playing the only straight person in the middle seasons of “The L Word,” Roberts is back to playing a gay man, which he did marvelously (though very differently) in a little-seen earlier work of his, “A Home at the End of the World,” opposite Colin Farrell. Roberts’ flamboyant presence is great fuel for other events to transpire, most notably the break-fast organized by Eli to smooth things over with both the gay and Jewish communities. It was interesting to hear Grace’s take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to hear response from other people at the table, and of course Jackie’s attempts at understanding keeping kosher were humorous. Childs questioning Alicia’s immersion in the case was interesting, and I liked how she was kept on in a minimal capacity. It’s also good that Bond isn’t opposed to keeping her involved since you’d think he might be. Kalinda did a spectacular job as always, and I’m loving the feud between her and Blake (who insists on calling her Lila every time he sees her!). I found Alicia’s comment to Blake not to get her involved very, very amusing, and I’m so glad that we, the audience, are so involved.

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