Friday, March 15, 2013

What I’m Watching: The Good Wife

The Good Wife: Season 4, Episodes 15 and 16 “Going for the Gold” and “Runnin’ with the Devil” (B+)

These two episodes were both very engaging, but so different. I loved the focus on Elsbeth and Josh in the first hour, with her repeatedly denying his advances and his constant introduction of a brand-new witness. I loved that Jackie negated her testimony on the stand, and Diane blaming Clarke when she was implicated was extremely smart. It’s terrific that Peter called Eli during the debate and got great advice from him, which then prompted him to hire Eli back and give him a hug. Maddie is becoming less and less relevant as the working parts of Peter’s campaign take center stage, and I have a strong feeling that Peter is going to win. After experiencing difficulty exerting her newfound authority over the associates in the first episode, Alicia had equal trouble in the second hour dealing with the other partners. Kalinda was rightfully furious to find out about the firm’s decision to hire a second investigator, though it seems that her working relationship with Robin will be much more successful than her previous history with Blake. Looking out for Cary was nice, and it was a treat to see them flirt at the bar, with her expressing potential interest. As always, this show likes to bring back past cases, and Lemond Bishop is good for a number of storylines. Wallace Shawn’s Charles Lester was a peculiar character, and it was devastating to see his intimidation serve as the reason for the case’s dismissal rather than Alicia’s carefully-prepared legal remedy. Will and Diane’s relationship is among the best elements of this show, and it’s always great to see them celebrate their friendship in the process.

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