Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 3, Episode 20 “Pants on Fire” (B+)

It looks like Matthew Perry’s Mike Kresteva is going to become a bigger part of this show than just an unfriendly foreman of a blue ribbon panel. Launching an investigation into the state attorney’s office and fingering Alicia as a corrupt element determined to get him to back down on her husband so that he can convince Peter to stay out of the race didn’t work, namely since threatening someone almost always encourages them to do exactly what you told them not to do in the first place. Alicia’s frustration was just as palpable as Eli’s agony over her not listening to him, and Eli being forced to drop his ex-wife’s campaign to support Peter was rather harsh, evoking sympathy for a man who usually doesn’t muster up such endearing emotion. Alicia’s fury over Jackie’s actions took a backseat to her anger towards Mike, but her determination to stop her was matched by Peter’s stern conversation about butting out of his relationship with Alicia. Her stroke means complicates things, but seeing Alicia standing by Peter’s side once again means that they’ll likely return to being a strong political team, even if doesn’t mean the reconciliation of their relationship. Kalinda’s investigative abilities continue to be unrivaled, even by a disgruntled Cary, and I like that Alicia hired her to look into her mother-in-law as well. I’m a big fan of Julianne Nicholson, and I enjoyed her appearance as a lawyer who could well understand Will’s state of mind during his period of suspension.

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