Thursday, January 17, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episode 12 “Je Ne Sais What?” (B+)

The level of commitment from guest stars that this show seems to elicit continues to astound me. Carrie Preston is a welcome recurring guest, and this was one of the best appearances by Elsbeth Tascioni we’ve seen so far. Alicia training her, unsuccessfully, for the psych test that she was forced to endure was extremely entertaining, and I like that she still managed to figure out what was going on even amid that. Will’s reaction to the realization that the trial was going to be conducted in French was priceless, and it was good to see Diane brought in to help and charm the judge, something which Will was clearly not capable of doing. Peter offering to help Alicia by trying to get Elsbeth released was unexpectedly kind, and it was refreshing to see the two of them exchange in some well-earned recreational activities, much to Eli’s bewilderment. Scoring their sex scene with Edith Piaf’s “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” was fantastic. Maddie’s role as Peter’s opponent is becoming increasingly irksome, mainly because she doesn’t resort to the same kind of blatant lying that Krusteva did but still poses a great threat to his campaign because of her cunning and manipulative ways. Jordan did seem awfully stubborn when it came to the idea of Peter addressing the alleged racial bias in his office, which, as we well know, was entirely circumstantial and based only on the characters that we’ve come to know and not necessarily love, and it was nice to see Eli actually score what seems like a victory. His future may not look so bright, however, though I think that his choice of Elsbeth as his lawyer is an entirely brilliant one.

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