With The Good Wife’s season hitting its stride for in this third episode, “Two Girls, One Code,” I can start to see where certain story lines are going. Issues with Peter’s campaign. The firm trying to dig their way out of debt. I’m good with those. But there are some issues, which have started to become glaringly obvious these past few weeks.
“Excuse me, Will, I know I give great faces, but could I, you know, maybe say something? Just let me object to something. Anything? That would be swell.” Sigh.
The case this week was fun as always due in no small part to the great guest cast. I love Dominic Chianese as the hard of hearing, but apparently technically savvy, Judge Marx. He is one of the judges that I feel is actually fair without having a weird “David E. Kelley-esque” quirk that the lawyers have to weave around. Not that I mind the quirks, but sometimes I think more effort is put into that than anything else. I also enjoyed having the smarmy Neil Gross (John Benjamin Hickey) and his equally smarmy lawyer Viola Walsh (Rita Wilson) back in the fold. Although, once again I was upset that JBH and Alan Cumming didn’t have a scene together. I demand a “Original Broadway Cast of the Revival of Cabaret” reunion, darn it!
Besides the cast, the case this week was actually easy to follow and interesting. I like the twists and turns and it was a nice distraction/through line for the show. And unlike a lot of the cases that are fairly inconsequential and just exist because these people are, in fact, lawyers, this case had a greater purpose to the series. It showed that Trustee Hayden (Nathan Lane) may be on the side of Lockhart/Gardner more than we suspected since he helped them out with the case by allowing Viola to think she was playing him. Or at least we hope so and he isn’t just playing poor Diane (Christine Baranski).
Then there is the whole fake-out from the previews about an article coming out regarding Will (Josh Charles) and Alicia’s (Juliana Margulies) affair. Turns out it wasn’t about that… it was about a supposed affair between Peter (Chris Noth) and some pretty young campaign worker. The thing I found the most amusing about this whole story was actually that the reporter was played by Miriam Shor who co-starred with Kristin Chenoweth on GCB. Shor took on the role of reporter Mandy Post, which was originally still supposed to be Chenoweth’s Peggy Byrne, after Cheno was hurt. Anyway, I liked the back and forth it caused in a bunch of relationships. Will and Alicia having to have an awkward conversation about their defunct relationship. Alicia and Peter having a fight about whether or not it was true. But most of all there were two thing that really pleased me about this story.
One, it wasn’t true. I love Kalinda’s face as the blonde bimbo went on and on about how Alicia told them it’s totally cool if they have sex, just not in her house, blah blah. Kalinda’s eye roll was classic because she knows her friend better than that. And while I’m still not sure about Alicia/Peter, I liked how relieved and happy she was to find out it wasn’t true. The other thing I loved – Eli and Alicia’s conversation about her and Will. Eli respects, and just plain likes, Alicia so much that you could tell it killed him to ask her these things. Not just because it was awkward, but because it was hurtful. And then when he tried to protect her from finding out about Peter and the blonde… also just sweet. I’m excited for next week because it seems these two have even more fun scenes together. It’s one of my favorite dynamics on the show.
Okay, so now the stuff I’m not loving. First of all, I adore Kalinda/Archie Panjabi. I think both the actress and the character are great. And I enjoy the idea of Nick (Marc Warren) because it offers insight into who Kalinda really is and why she has been the character she has been during the first 3 seasons. I was also intrigued by her play to essentially use and unknowing Lana (Jill Flint) for protection. My biggest issue is – what is the point of all of this? I’m not saying that the fine writers and creators don’t have one. I’m very hopeful that they do. I just hope they get to it, because it seems to be taking a long time, which isn’t good because we are only 3 episodes into the season! It shouldn’t feel like longer for just this one story.
It is also cutting into a lot of other things. Like my favorite character, Cary (Matt Czuchry), who gets minimal screen time and when he is on screen he is just making faces. Don’t get me wrong – Czuchry can do more with a smirk or a glare than most actors I’ve seen. I love his face. But, you know, I’d like the guy to say a few things too. He’s really good with the words too. (See. He actually said more in this 4 minute clip from Gilmore Girls than the entirety of this episode. By at least double.) The show worked SO HARD to work the story line to get him back into the firm, where he belongs, the least they could do is let him sit second chair in a case every once and awhile. Hell, just let him and Alicia take a case on their own. I know Will’s excited to be back in the courtroom, but Alicia and Cary are amazing together. Let them have scenes! Let him do anything.
And while I’m asking for things, bring Diane’s two boyfriends back. I like when Diane get flirty and flustered.
What did you think of the episode? I really liked it, I’m just hoping the trajectory of the season rights itself in a few ways.
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