Thursday, May 12, 2011

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 2, Episode 21 “Getting Off” (B+)

After that whopper of a beginning with Alicia finally confronting Kalinda head-on about sleeping with her husband, I want to commend this show for doing something right that many other shows (I’m talking to you, “No Ordinary Family”) do not: changing its opening credits music to fit better with the action immediately preceding it. Cutting from Kalinda bursting into tears and sobbing is a powerful transition, and this show handled it with grace. Julianna Marguiles and Archie Panjabi need to look no further than this episode for Emmy consideration. Alicia did a magnificent job of taking a stand in all areas of her life, chewing out Kalinda, researching her options with David, and screaming at Jackie for trying to poison her kids’ minds. This was a fascinating episode for Kalinda as well, as she promptly decided that she needed to leave the firm and approached Sophia, played by Kelli Giddish of “Chase” and “Past Life” history, who is infinitely more interesting and dynamic on this show than either of those duds. She would be a great long-term addition to the cast, though it seems that Kalinda, after laughing out loud when the ultimate irony presented itself in her potential career switch to working directly for Peter, will be starting at Lockhart Gardner. I’m eager to see a new relationship develop between Alicia and Will now that they’re both in different places in their lives. This episode’s Sarah Silverman-centric case was a bit lewder than usual, but, in typical form, the guest stars on this show, no matter how famous or loud they may be, don’t steal it, which is truly impressive and enviable.

1 comment:

Andrew K. said...

Archie Panjabi is just excellent. Kalinda just might be my favourite character on TV right now. The hysteria in that laugh at the end was SO well played.

(I do wish Baranski would get more arcs, though. Diane is always good when given the chance.)