Wednesday, November 28, 2012

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife (Thanksgiving Episode #6)

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 9 “A Defense of Marriage” (B+)

This show certainly loves to tackle hot-button issues, and the subject of marriage equality is definitely that. This case was especially intriguing because of Jeremy Breslow’s determination to turn it into something more than an issue of innocence or guilt and to make an important stride in the fight for gay marriage to be recognized as equal to opposite-sex marriage. Having Owen be present during the trial added a layer of importance to the case, especially as he faced, and succumbed to, the prospect of perjuring himself in defense of his mother. While Dallas Roberts is pulling double duty on “The Walking Dead” in this hour, it was nice to see Bruce McGill from “Rizzoli and Isles” with a questionable accent as Breslow. Stockard Channing was the obvious choice to play a mother even nuttier than Peter’s, and I loved watching them interact in the kitchen and trade insults. Her flirtation with David Lee was superb as well. Peter’s response to Veronica’s passive-aggressive comments was particularly fantastic, as was Alicia’s subsequent move, to do something both to piss her mother off and to make herself feel good. I do wish that Kalinda would have seen Cary’s face and gone immediately to Nick to tell him that things were over for good, but I guess that would have been too simple. Having Cary go and have a conversation with him about he has friends in the State’s Attorney’s office was probably more effective, and it was refreshing to see him stick up for himself.

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