In a departure for The Good Wife, “Waiting for the Knock” didn’t take place in a courtroom at all. The entirety of the episode was one day, starting at the exact moment we left off last week, and yet those 16 or so hours navigated a lot of twists and turns.
Or, if you are Kalinda and Nick, just followed the exact same path. But we’ll get to that.
One thing I love about this show is their tendency to call back previous clients/opposing counsel. Law firms clients, often need help repeatedly, especially if that someone is Lemond Bishop (Mike Colter). Bishop is one of my favorite clients because even though he is really scary (remember when he threatened Kalinda?) he is also, deep down, a good man. He loves his son, Dylan, and just wants the child to have the best possible life. If I’ve learned anything about kingpins from TV, it’s that they can still at least want to be good fathers. As Bishop tries to figure out why his accountant was arrested and what the Feds are eventually going to come after him for, his constant worry about his son is, frankly, heartwarming.
Which brings me to Alicia (Juliana Margulies). Man, was she great this episode. I think, if it hadn’t been clear already, the best part about this character is her fine balance of upholding the law and being a good person. As she stands in the room and weighs back and forth the pros and cons of telling Bishop the Feds are coming with a search warrant, you can see her work it out in her head. She likes Bishop – sure, he scares her and is a bad man in many respects, but he’s a good dad – so she works out how can she protect him, and more importantly, his son, without breaking the law.
And as Diane (Christine Baranksi), Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Bishop’s “other stuff” lawyer (aka his non-legit stuff), Lesli (Anbabella Sciorra) argue over whether or not to call the cops about finding the body of a missing CI who may or may not have already told the Feds about Bishop’s dealings in HGH, Alicia only has one thing on her mind. How is Bishop handling this? She is the only one to see that he is worried – and not about himself. About Dylan. Bishop is a smart man, and while he may have used Alicia to be the babysitter when the Feds were coming because she is the State’s Attorney’s wife (one of the many things she previously would have been annoyed by in this episode and is now resigned to) he also saw that she was the one with… let’s go with ‘feelings.’ Not that Diane doesn’t. She just a bit more jaded.
Alicia is a changed woman, I think, and it’s become more obvious with every episode. She let’s this whole Indira Starr nonsense just roll off her back when Eli (Alan Cumming) and Will (Josh Charles) can’t stop it from coming out. She doesn’t get snippy when Maddie (Maura Tierney) says she isn’t going to support Peter (Chris Noth) anymore . She has a very blase attitude about it all. Will that continue? Probably not. I mean, everyone has their point where they need to just get mad. But she isn’t being defeatist either. I kind of like this Alicia.
Meanwhile, Clarke Hayden (Nathan Lane) seems to have a new outlook on life at Lockhart/Gardner, as well. Thanks to some pushing from Cary (Matt Czuchry, who, holy crap, had honest to goodness lines this week) Clarke got a little more involved in the case this week. As much as I gripe about Cary not having a lot to say as of late, I will admit that he says more with a sideways glance than most people, and that didn’t stop this week. Knowing the power Clarke holds, he was smart to get him involved. Using his superpower of accounting, Clarke was able to make a break in the Bishop case. And it turns out – he kind of liked it. I love the scene where he lets Cary know he liked it and Cary suggests he goes and helps family law. The character so easily can be the villain – the guy out to ruin Lockhart/Gardner – but it’s fun to see that even he is infected by the do-gooder nature of the firm. They are good at what they do, have good morals (mostly….) and it’s hard not to be swept up in that high.
But then there are the lows, like dealing with Nick (Mark Warren). Oh, this story line. For those of you who haven’t heard, the writers are wrapping this whole thing up sooner rather than later due to the vitriolic reaction that it has received from most fans and critics alike. I don’t necessarily like that the fandom can be given that much control (a topic I won’t get into now – it’s its own post), and I’m hoping if the writers had a specific plan to take this somewhere, they still manage to get there. I’m by no means enjoying this story. I find Nick grating at best. I don’t like what Kalinda has turned in to. I find the story to be repetitive. But if it had a purpose, I hope they get to it, otherwise it was all for nothing, and that would just be a shame.
I’m intrigued by the idea that Lana (Jill Flint) is using Kalinda for some other purpose that may have to do with the Peter campaign because the picture Nick found was with Eli. But, I’m not even sure if we can believe that is true and something Nick actually found in Lana’s apartment – he’s not exactly the most trust worthy fellow, now is he? The whole thing is just kind of a cluster, and I wish we could just get to the point so Alicia and Kalinda can go have shots of tequila and discuss how everyone else in their life is a pain in the ass.
As for the Peter story line – I don’t even know what to do with that. Again, it seems repetitive, so I’m hoping there is a point. I mean, we all know he is a philandering, lying ass. Is the point that we don’t know if he was this time? Because that seems silly. But I was intrigued by how mad he was about Will helping – I mean, I know why he wouldn’t want him too. But Peter seemed especially adamant about making sure it didn’t happen again, right?
Next week – More Nick! Wooo. Just kidding. About the Woooo. Not about the Nick. Also, ALL THE GUEST STARS. I’m excited about that and apologize in advance for my fangirling over each and every one of them.
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