Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 3 “Two Girls, One Code” (B+)

Is there any show on network television that handles so many plotlines in one episode this well? I don’t think so. It’s obvious that it’s respected in the industry since so many actors – in this episode, John Benjamin Hickey, Rita Wilson, and Jill Flint – return again to recur on the show. Hickey’s Gross and Wilson’s Walsh are particularly fantastic since they hate Will and the rest of the firm so much, to the point that Gross optimized his search engine to highlight Will’s suspension and Walsh tried to go behind Will’s back to negotiate a settlement directly with the trustee. It’s good to see Clarke sticking by his new partners, especially after Diane gave him a piece of her mind when Cary reported his meeting with Walsh. Dominic Chianese was a fun guest as the hard-of-hearing judge who knew more than enough about search engine optimization and wasn’t particularly interested in being pandered to like a jury. Miriam Shor was the perfect choice to play Mandy Post, and I hope to see more of her as cheating scandals die down and other obstacles emerge. Kalinda talking to the staffer and hearing her make up lies about speaking directly to Alicia was very satisfying since Will and Alicia’s scandal emerging would have been disastrous. Kalinda’s home life situation continues to worsen, and egging Nick on to try and hurt Lana by telling him that she’s a federal agent may not have been the smartest move. She clearly can’t handle this by herself, and should really enlist the help of someone like Alicia or Eli.

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