The Good Wife Recap: Whatsoever You Do to the Lease of My Brothers...

An hour of TV built around the lyrics of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” and the sexual fetishization of baby lotion isn’t supposed to end with the tugging of the heartstrings/the dabbing of one’s eyes with Kleenex.

But this isn’t just TV, it’s The Good Wife. And the beauty of CBS’ legal drama is that no single act happens in a vacuum.

Showrunners Robert and Michelle King possess an institutional knowledge of plot lines and characters that ensures the death of a beloved hero (Josh Charles’ Will Gardner, in this instance) still resonates with his friends and lovers some seven months after the fact; that casual, on-the-record comments about religion from years ago can come back to haunt a woman now considering a political career; and that nobody ever really outruns their pasts (especially if it involves being the subject of a grand jury investigation).

Let’s cut to the heart of the action from Season 6, Episode 6 (“Old Spice”) and the key questions it raises:

105363_0077b“DAMN YOU, OLD SPICE!” | The case of the week — a carryover from last week’s “Shiny Objects” — finds Alicia and Elsbeth Tascioni no longer duking it out in court, but rather teaming up against Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Perotti (Kyle MacLachlan), who’s coming after Elsbeth’s client J-Serve and its former CEO (who’s hired Alicia to sue her former employer for gender discrimination) on economic espionage charges. The case itself is fairly juicy — J-Serve’s essentially been accused of surreptitiously selling defense-contractor code to the Chinese government — but it’s mostly just an excuse to continue exploring the strange attraction between Elsbeth and Josh. Turns out she wears baby lotion and is afraid of sidewalk grates; he smells of Old Spice and can’t get her out of his head. And they wind up atop her desk in a lusty display of intermittent insecurities, ripped bodices, and errant buttons that get matted into his coiff the morning after. Nevertheless, Elsbeth and Josh are lawyers first, lovers second. So while Elsbeth gets her win in a duel of treacheries, she doesn’t necessarily get her man… not yet, anyway. He heads back to D.C., she tells him to “call me, maybe” and after a farewell handshake, each one sniffs a hand to pick up the mate’s signature scent. These two are delightfully loopy, to be sure, but given the heightened seriousness of the show since last spring, I’m OK if their rom-com hijinks aren’t seen again ’til spring 2015.

ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME, YOUR WANNABE STATE’S ATTORNEY | In the week’s deepest, most intriguing arc, Alicia learns one of her major campaign pit stops includes “kissing the ring” of local religious leader and talk-show host Pastor Jeremiah Easton — while somehow quashing the idea of her being an atheist (a point she expressly made back during Peter’s gubernatorial run.) “They deserve to know who you are,” campaign manager Johnny insists. “I’m an atheist,” Alicia practically whispers. “They deserve to know who you want them to think you are,” shoots back the politico, finally being honest.

Alicia rules out using Will’s courtroom shooting as the basis for publicly reconsidering her spirituality, and finally turns to her fervently Christian daughter Grace for some advice. I love that the show’s writers refuse to make mother or daughter so staunchly dogmatic that their conversations ever turn testy. Grace, who on one level is so sweetly pure in her belief system that it’s never occurred to her to be judgmental, is still shrewd enough to know her mother isn’t necessarily looking for God — but rather, a way to make her lack of belief palatable to the voting public. “I can’t believe in God, Grace,” Alicia says, knowing her daughter can handle (or at least deserves) the truth. “I don’t feel the need.” But here’s where it gets interesting. When Grace finally asks her mother, “What’s the struggle?,” Alicia’s answer is one that’s brutally cynical: “Politics.”

Alicia passes her “God test” with Pastor Easton — she hates when people don’t listen, she tells him, and then, after Easton mention’s Grace’s Christianity, adds a vague but believable, “I’m listening.” But on her way home with Eli’s daughter Marissa, who’s been hired as her new “body woman”/right hand/monitor, our protagonist comes clean: “I don’t like pretending to be something I’m not.” Marissa’s answer, however, sums up exactly why Alicia shouldn’t (or maybe should?) be running for office: “You’re good at it.” It’s an amazing juxtaposition with Grace’s subsequent prayer circle with her friends – where they congratulate her for opening a door to religion for her mom that she knows, deep down, remains locked. So Alicia is feeling guilty for pretending to be open to religion — and for using her daughter’s religiousness as a way to mask her own unpalatable stance from the public; Grace, meanwhile, is trying to be open to her mother’s lack of faith, and yet we see how her own purest of intentions have been tainted in the political discourse. Alas, I’m not sure anyone living in Casa Florrick comes out a winner this week.

A PAROLE VIOLATION BY ANY OTHER NAME… | Cary spends most of the episode at a Harvard Law mixer — drunkenly flirting with a hot blonde who can barely believe he’s the in-trouble law partner of Illinois’ first lady, then drinking some more and taking home a buxom brunette who, when he says he wasn’t gang-raped during his incarceration, comes back with a deeply unfortunate attempt at sexytalk: “That’s too bad — it would’ve been a turn-on.” Cary doesn’t run in the opposite direction, though, and it’s just the first of his bad decisions this week. When he and his new conquest get back to his apartment, he finds Joy Grubick (the incredible Linda Lavin), his pre-trial services officer, outside his door and ready for a spot check. “You’re obviously severely inebriated,” she says plainly, her intent never quite clear. But when she checks his Uber account to verify he didn’t drive home drunk, she learns he’d crossed the border into Indiana for his event. And she’s not from the camp that thinks that because it was a Harvard mixer and he’s white that there shouldn’t be consequences. (Fair enough, really.)

As the court considers revoking bail, Joy meets with Kalinda — probably a rare equal in enigmatic intentions. Kalinda’s sure of one thing, though: Cary’s the most honest person she knows — and his being in trouble speaks more to the inadequacies of the Cook County system than to the man in question. Joy, though, has done her research, and quietly probes Kalinda about all of her publicly documented run-ins with the law. Did I actually see Kalinda look uneasy for a moment under questioning? It all comes full circle when Joy recommends to the judge that Cary be saddled with an ankle monitor, a 9pm curfew and a new rule whereby all contact with Kalinda is strictly verboten. I dunno, folks: Can these two resist any future installments of the vertical sexytimes we saw them engaged in a few weeks back? Maybe if Kalinda vows to wear nothing but flats, and Cary swears off his upper-body workout regimen?

In other Cary news, he tries to take a leave of absence from the firm with his name on the masthead — “I’m an anvil here,” he argues – but Alicia won’t hear of it. “No, we do this together.” All I can say is this was a missed opportunity to discuss Alicia’s run for public office, what it means to the future of Florrick-Agos, and how she’s been running roughshod over his initial vision for creating their own kind of law firm free of the Lockhart-Gardner vibe/philosophy/personnel/office space. That conversation has to be coming up before Thanksgiving, yes?

BEHIND ENEMY LINES | Diane decides to exercise her hold on the Lockhart-Gardner lease — wouldn’t you, if you had a chance to torture David Lee? — and it ends with a standoff between the two parties, each threatening to pursue pricey OSHA violations against one another.

Louis Canning and David Lee, though, get out ahead by finding a clause that requires Diane to have been physically present at LG HQ to maintain her power. It looks like checkmate, until Kalinda goes all Queen-to-Rook and figures out Diane is allowed a proxy in her absence. They meet with the Partner Most Unlikely to Be Poached — Howard Lyman — and sweet-talk him into joining Florrick-Agos. “Well, when one is pursuing excellence, does timing matter?” Diane coos so soothingly, you almost believe her. When she guarantees the guy who’s been put out to pasture for years will have a chance to be saddled up and argue in court, he joins Team Florrick-Agos — and Canning, Lee and their ilk are forced to flee the premesis (while taking the ‘F,’ ‘A’ and ‘L’ buttons off their phones as a parting shot).

It’s comically delicious — that is until Diane and Alicia return to their old digs to choose their offices. Cary (who I wish had been in the scene) has already claimed David Lee’s space, so the two ladies have to choose between Diane’s old space and Will’s former office.

“I could use a fresh start,” Lockhart says, understanding how hard it will be for Alicia to sit behind the desk of her late lover. But Alicia insists Diane’s perch is Diane’s perch — and so the women take their places, slowly soaking up the ambiance, the memories of the lives they’ve left behind, the people and partnerships they’ve lost, the exciting yet unsettling prospect of what’s to come. It’s a beautiful, wordless moment — one that Christine Baranski and Julianna Margulies infuse with so much palpable emotion that it’s hard to imagine two other actors on TV right now who could do this work better — if at all.

One wonders, as Alicia takes her place in Will’s kingdom, if the lure of the firm will prove so powerful that it’ll unrail her political aspirations — or if Florrick-Agos-Lockhart’s new space is just a pit stop as she pursues even greater goals.

Heaven help her – or forsake her — it’ll be an interesting road ahead.

What did you think of this week’s Good Wife? Did Alicia’s discussions of religion make you skittish? Is Cary coming undone — or was this just a momentary lapse? Is Lavin in the race for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series? And did you tear up when Diane and Alicia took their desks? Sound off in the comments!

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  1. Pam says:

    I’m not liking at all what they are doing with Diane/Cary/Alicia and with the firm.
    I’m not liking that Diane and Alicia are doing everything against Cary’s opinions. There’s nothing to look forward to when you always know how things end. The dynamics between Cary, Diane and Alicia could have been more interesting that this predictable Diane and Alicia teaming against Cary everytime he doesn’t agree with them. It’s a shame.
    And I don’t like that they are at L/G offices again. Cary is right. They left to start something new and now they’re back to the past with that move. Imo it’s not a progress.
    I don’t have a clue about what they are doing with Cary that season. Will he spend all the time being marginalized at his firm while trying to save his dignity from being completely destroyed by the Cook County System?And is Matt Czuchry leaving? Because I see a lot of “screwing over the character” potential in that storyline.

    • DW says:

      I have to admit that the thought of Matt Czuchry leaving the show like Archie Panjabi has crossed my mind with this current storyline. But I believe it is just great story telling here. You are right on target about Alicia and Diane ganging up on Cary. Diane got her “merger” anyway and we know from Ep. 1 that she sees the firm being run by women. All of this makes for great drama and I look forward to every ep more each week.

      • Lucy says:

        Matt Czuchry is really good. But I’m not so sure where that storyline is leading to. Also that plot about Cary being at the bar and trying to hook up with everyone was willing to do it comes ouf the blue and it was out of character. And I’m already tired of Diane and Alicia ganging up on him to form the “biggest firm run by women”. If they need to screw Cary over to do this I don’t give a damn about it. And I loved the new firm’s office space. I really didn’t appreciate that Cary was left ouf of that last scene, because once again we were remembered he doesn’t matter in that storyline.

    • Someone says:

      I think it makes the most sense financially for the show to move the main firm back to the L/G premises. You have a standing set for 5 years, it’s expensive to keep maintaining it if you’re not going to use it.

    • I also noticed the disregard for Cary, which was epitomized by his absence in the last scene.

    • They want it to be an “all woman” law firm now. They have to write Cary out of the show. The only white male they will allow to be a partner with him is the elderly senile-ish retired powerless Harold who they had to use to keep the lease in play.

  2. nikki says:

    Will is dead. Can’t the show move on? Josh Charles quit. Can’t the writers quit his character?

    • bar says:

      Art should imitate life, so pretending as if these characters don’t think about Will all the time would be absurd. My grandparents have been dead for ten years and my cousin lives in their old house. Sometimes I have to go over and let his dog out and it still gives me chills after all that time. It makes sense for Alicia and Diane to feel weird about Will’s office.

    • Mike R. says:

      Would you really rather it be like every other show, where someone really important to a character’s life dies and they just forget about five episodes later. I’m not going to say TGW is the best show ever, it is my favorite however, but I think the way they handled Will’s death has been excellent. Will was and always will be a very important part of Diane and Alicia’s lives, and to have him just be forgotten would be a disrespect to all of their characters.

    • Luis says:

      A person’s death reverberates through the lives of the people who were close to the deceased. It would be odd if TGW didn’t explore the continuing effect of Will’s death on Alicia and Co. That being said, I’m sure as the season progresses, the memory of Will Gardner will continue to fade into the background

  3. MattySi says:

    I don’t understand how we haven’t seen reactions from anyone at FAL about Alicia running for States Attorney. I mean if she won it would hugely impact the firm. I’m really interested in seeing how her partners feel about her running. Won’t she have to leave the firm if she wins?

    • bar says:

      I don’t get why everyone seems to think the impact would be huge. Diane and Cary would still be there and they’re more than able to run a firm. Alicia’s move would change things, but look at how much change the firms underwent last season alone. They’ve learned that they’ll survive and even thrive no matter what.

      • Mike R. says:

        Heck, there has been more changes to the firm in just 6 episodes, Cary may not love everything the firm is doing, but he has shown he can work with Diane, I’m sure they are supporters of Alicia, hopefully they’ll have that conversation soon.

      • cuius says:

        Agree – people forgetting the title of the show – it’s not The Good Firm

      • Hayes says:

        Because they built up the whole “starting her own firm” for like a season and a half, only for her to possibly bolt 6 months after the firm was created.

      • This plot line is implausible: Alicia, who represents a dangerous psychopathic drug lord (although on the money-laundering side of the business) and whose husband is the Governor, is now running for State’s Attorney office. It is ludicrous to think that any person would have the time to take care of her current clients and cases, be a managing partner of a new start-up firm, and participate in a political campaign. And she still makes appearances as the Governor’s wife. And she has two teenage kids. They have stretched my ability to conceive of all this on one person’s life.

  4. Shiloh says:

    This is an excellent recap. You make so many good points and hit on a lot of the same things I felt while watching it, that it feels redundant to even say anything here. But I will say I liked this episode, I agree very much about the lack of dogmatism between the two, the use of Lyman was great, as is the use of Linda Lavin. I feel sorry for poor Cary—he’s having an incredibly rough time of it this season. And the end was definitely tear inducing. Especially Alicia sitting in Will’s chair. Very poignant.

    • DW says:

      Agree with you. Especially about Linda Lavin and Cary. Wow, their scenes together are perfect. I feel really sorry for Cary. What Kalinda said was true. He is the most honest lawyer on this show and he makes the viewer feel his pain.

      • Lucy says:

        And it’s really sad the most honest lawyer in that show is always the one who ends up with the short end of the stick (and with David Lee office). Apparently the Kings are trying to sell the idea that honesty doesn’t pay off. And probably they’re right.

  5. bar says:

    The Call Me Maybe bits were hilarious and very nice in a slower-paced episode. Elsbeth is amazing!

  6. DW says:

    Another very excellent episode. The religion part was a little overdone but done well. Every week I am amazed at how magnificent the acting is on this show. Matt Czuchry absolutely killed it again. He is a terrific actor and has my total sympathy with everything that is happening to him. It was sad, once again, to see Alicia blindly following Diane back to the old offices completely negating everything that Cary and Alicia left for in the first place. I much prefer the Florrick-Agos offices to the LGC offices. Alicia was good to stick with Cary there when he wanted to take a leave but she is just blind to Diane’s moves. Diane wants her old position and this has become the “merger” that Cary fought against. Pulling for Cary all the way on every front here. Can’t wait for the next episode.

    • rowan77 says:

      But its not the merger she wanted. She took a handful of department heads, but none of the associates, paralegals or assistants (trust me these folks do most if not all of the heavy lifting on cases) and other than her own clients, she doesn’t have the rest of the LGC client base. She is, however back in impressive offices and in a power position if/when Alicia becomes State’s Attorney. She has run a large film before- Cary hasn’t, and if you think he gets over-ruled now…

    • Stefanie says:

      I disagree about the religion part being done well. This is the second time Alicia has used her daughter for coaching help on how she, Alicia, can “use” religious language and concepts to further her career goals. In doing so, Alicia is reversing the mother-daughter role in a very dysfunctional way, and minimalizing her daughter’s spiritual development . It is disrespectful to her daughter to discuss her daughter’s spirituality in a business context. Alicia is the mother. Alicia should turn to a peer her age who is religious (like her new male law partner who once studied to be a priest) to “strategize” on how to use religion as a tool for her career. Alicia should be wondering why her daughter “Has The Need” (that Alicia does not have), to turn to religion. Does Grace need “solace” about the broken home she has been raised in? Does Grace need higher authorities other than her mother and father to help her sort out what is right and wrong behavior and to develop a moral code? That would be understandable: what a mess it would make in a teenager’s mind to have to make sense of a father who cheated on her mother with prostitutes & went to jail, and a mother who stayed in this abusive relationship with her abuser father, and has a legal client who is a dangerous psychopathic murdering drug lord–who showed up at their family’s Christmas party? Another one of Grace’s role models for a moral code is her mom’s brother–an Uncle who is in a relationship with a person who is a pornographer and does not practice safe sex. Grace’s mother, father, and uncle show blatant disrespect and disregard for other people, most especially for Grace and her brother Zach who these people are suppose to be role models for.

  7. rowan77 says:

    I usually love this show – and Linda Lavin just killed in the episode, but the way the King’s just won’t have Alicia, Cary and Diane talk about the run for State’s Attorney just rings completely false and, frankly, manipulative. It’s unrealistic that no one is concerned about what her run means to the company that bears her name.

  8. Saabgirlatx says:

    I didn’t get to see the second half of the ep due to my Dvr cutting off (thanks again cbs) but I have a logistical issue with Cary’s bail infraction. To go a half mile into Indiana from Chicago would either be on a bridge or in Gary/Hammond Indiana. I’m sorry but Chicago area Ivy League alums are NOT having their happy hour mixer there, ever. Poor choice unless this location was further explained in the rest of the episode.

    • Milag64 says:

      That bothered the bejesus out of me too!!! Trying to breathe and remember artistic license. Also white bread yuppie Cary would not be living 0.5 mile from Indiana – they mention later that he was half a mile from his apt.

      • sheba says:

        Rather than an exercise of artistic licence, all I could think is that they needed a plot point but no one in the writers’ room knows Chicago geography well enough to realize their excuse for persecuting Cary wouldn’t make sense to anyone who lives here. The only reasons I can imagine driving 1/2 mi into Indiana would be to buy fireworks or cheap gasoline.

  9. Coal says:

    And I quote “This was a supreme waste of time”.

  10. TDXI says:

    Where is Robin?

    • Bee says:

      Thank heavens I’m not the only one wondering this, especially when they said Cary couldn’t have contact with Kalinda, I was like, “well he could still use Robin”, then I thought, wait where’s she again?

  11. floridagirl88 says:

    The missing keys were from the keyboards, not phones.

  12. H.Houston says:

    A note for clarity:

    “(while taking the ‘F,’ ‘A’ and ‘L’ buttons off their phones as a parting shot)”

    The letters were taken off the computer keyboards – not the phones.

  13. Luli101 says:

    Just a theory…but is it possible that Lavin’s character thought that Kalinda and the girl from the bar were the same person? There were some similarities, but it seems like she is smarter than to confuse the two.

  14. Shar says:

    The Elsbeth/Josh love/lust scene was perfect… self-doubt, panic, humour, lust and a great sound track. It’s the best scene like this I’ve seen so far this season and I wish that Castle and Bones would take note.

    • I thought it was the worst scene this season. Juvenile, unrealistic, insult to the viewers who thought this was an intellectual show depicting believable lawyers in their every day life. Big waste of Elsbeth character.

  15. Asta says:

    I must be living on another planet, but I think the show is going downhill. No mention of her running with her partners? Howard Lyman. Seriously. Doesn’t he make a ton of money, how can they afford him. Cary would not be so stupid to not know he has crossed into another state. And if he is that stupid, he deserves an ankle monitor. The only bright spot for me was Eli’s daughter. And for the first time I missed Will in so many ways.

    • abz says:

      I don’t see why it’s so unbelievable that Cary would do that. It’s one thing to not like that he did, but it’s not that unbelievable. Cary’s life is a mess right now. He was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, jailed, released on bail that was extremely high. He is now being monitored constantly by some woman. He is in a twisted relationship (if you can call it that) with Kalinda where he finds out just last episode that she might be sleeping with another woman. He probably also feels like he’s losing power at the firm he helped start. His employees are probably not too happy that they had to contribute to his bail money (even though no one other than Carey Zepps voiced it out loud), he was outvoted on both the merger decision with Diane as well as the decision to move back to their old offices. It’s understandable that he’d be a little reckless or depressed in some way. Smart people can do stupid things sometimes.
      With regards to Howard Lyman, when he asked for the raise, they sort of buttered him up a bit so I don’t think that was an issue. Also, Diane brought $38 million when she merged with Florrick Agos didn’t she?

  16. Betty says:

    Love the episode and the show. I keep thinking that something is going to happen that will make Alicia pull out of the SA race and that is why they haven’t really had a conversation about it yet. Also, she may not even win the Primary, presuming that Illinois is like other states and has them. Her being SA would also hinder any possible romance with Finn as it could be deemed sexual harrassment if she was his boss.

  17. Luis says:

    The odd dance between Alicia and Grace surrounding Grace’s embrace of religion has been one of the more fascinating back stories in the show for me. Teenage rebellion takes many different forms – Zack’s knocking up his girlfriend and covering up the abortion from his mom being relatively conventional for t.v. Grace’s reaction to her parents’ failures, embracing Christianity as a way of making sense of her bizarre family life is kind of ground-breaking for television, and a sign of how intelligent and sophisticated the writing on TGW has been

    • Stefanie says:

      What I don’t like is that Alicia doesn’t appear to care about her children’s behaviors during their precious formative teenage years. Her two kids need alot of strong guidance from parents who are present to them emotionally. Alicia does not take her role as mother seriously. Her daughter Grace is reflecting something back to Alicia –showing Alicia what her parents lack and “need”: moral codes and integrity. Her son Zach is sexually active and is a young man in the formation stage of how he will relate to women for the rest of his life….if I were Alicia I would be jumping in and talking to Zach about the impact his father Peter’s awful treatment of women might have on him as his son. Instead all Alicia could do with Zach is think of herself and rail at him for lying to her about it (covering up).

      • abz says:

        “Instead all Alicia could do with Zach is think of herself and rail at him for lying to her about it (covering up).”
        I did not see it that way. Finding out from a stranger that your son knocked up his girlfriend and she got an abortion and the fact that she was pretty much one of the last to know and the other girl’s parents knew before her is not something she can get over just like that. She was very hurt. She thought she and her kids had an open relationship where they can talk to her about anything. To find out he lied about something this big, caused her to question so many other things possibly such as what else has he lied to her about, was she being a poor mother, was she not around enough for her kids? Her reaction was perfectly natural. She was extremely hurt and turned the situation about her campaign because she still didn’t fully process it yet and tried to avoid it. It’s human.
        I do agree with you that we should definitely see more of her parenting and interactions with Zack specifically as this issue should not be left unresolved or never heard of again. Now that he is away at college it’s understandable that it is less interaction than before, but I hope the show explores it more come Thanksgiving and Christmas time when he returns.

      • Wow, usually I think you have very cogent points, Stefanie, but you are swinging and missing today, for me.
        * * *
        Grace: Alicia was VERY dismissive of Grace’s born-again lunacy back in Season 2, because that’s exactly what it seemed like: lunacy, and dumb hormonal rebellion. But … then Grace actually read the whole damn bible when challenged by her mother to do so (remember, Alicia gave her that). And she went above and beyond to understand her newfound religion’s holy texts and history and ways. It’s clearly not “just a phase” anymore … and Alicia has definitely, absolutely stopped treating it that way. Alicia coming to Grace for help and really getting a view of just how much Grace has grown and how seriously she takes religion was a formative moment for them both, I think. Grace has to have been flattered that the woman she most looks up to came to HER for guidance.
        * * *
        Zach: Yeah, I dunno. He’s a liar and a horndog, just like his father. I actually wish Alicia had pointed out how very much his father’s son Zach has turned out to be with this whole abortion incident. And yes, Zach HAS had input on how he should relate to women: from Peter Florrick. Shall we review?
        — knocks up local girl, then dumps her and keeps the abortion secret from Mom. Has anyone NOT recalled Zach was suddenly over Nisa so abruptly?
        — has sex with psycho blonde who SAVAGED his mother on the internet, repeatedly. Even after knowing Becca is conniving, soulless borderline sociopath who attacked Alicia for sport … he still gave up the nookie to her. Yuck.
        — regularly lies to both parents, sometimes for what he feels are good reasons, sometimes without any lofty motives whatsoever. Regardless, very little remorse over it.
        I think Alicia was right to be pissed beyond hell — and feel totally betrayed. Not to mention be horrified that her son would so callously shrug off impregnating his (ex-)girlfriend as if it were a mere annoyance.
        Zach is seriously bad news. But he’s the person he’s gonna be — daddy’s boy.

  18. abz says:

    Can we talk about how Alicia and Kalinda finally had contact again? (Yay!!) I know it was just over a case and firm drama but here’s to hoping for some actual face-to-face before Kalinda leaves.
    Also, when Cary’s case worker said to Kalinda “you are the firm’s investigator” and Kalinda didn’t reply “one of them”, I was a little worried about Robin. Hope they didn’t let her go.

  19. Jan says:

    That final scene was killer! So much said in their expressions … especially JM’s. I do think Cary seems to be unraveling. Linda Lavin IS really good; I always forget it’s her!

  20. John Moshier says:

    been watching this show from the beging with all its quirky charecters this show has turned into ally mcbeal weird judges weird lawyers there was ally mcbeal then the practies then boston legeal no the good wife

  21. HAP says:

    I think this is the best drama on the networks. So, why do a full 2 million people switch away from CBS when the show starts?

    • Why do you think this is “the best drama on the networks”. You should watch “Suits”. It is so much better than The Good Wife..that if you watched it you might become one of the 2 million who switch a way from CBS when the show starts. This was the last Good Wife episode I am watching.

      • abz says:

        LOOOOOOOL Please tell me you’re joking? You cannot possibly think that Suits is a better show than The Good Wife. What a ridiculous comment. Regardless of its few flaws (what show doesn’t have them?), the writing, acting, direction, plot, and overall production of The Good Wife is INFINITELY better than Suits. Suits is garbage compared TGW (and I say that as someone who was a fan of the first two seasons of Suits and continues to keep up with it out of habit). They’re not even on the same playing field.

        • Suit’s legal plot lines are more sophisticated and intellectually challenging to follow. That is why I think it is better than TGW.

          • abz says:

            Even if that were true for (which I personally don’t think it is), in terms of overall quality of the show, Suits does’t even compare.
            Anyway, let’s just agree to disagree.

      • I watched an episode of Suits long ago, Stefanie. Zero likeable characters.

        Um … and this show has Gina Torres AND Gabriel Macht. GOD I wanted to like that show … but I absolutely can’t. TGW is better.

  22. L says:

    What happened to Robin? Did they fire her off camera or something?

  23. Everything from the guest stars and plots were too slow for me considering that they ended up back where they started.

    • Also, I don’t think the “guest stars” (Broadway actors as judges) is the big deal other people do. Most viewers do not know who these people are–you’d have to live in NYC and be a frequent theater-goer to know these Broadway stage actors .

  24. Sean P says:

    Somebody needs to walk into the writers’ room and punch every one of them in the face. First there was the sick storyline of Kalinda and her husband. Now you’ve taken one of the most entertaining and interesting characters, Elsbeth, in a show filled with entertaining, interesting characters and turned her from a wonderfully brilliant eccentric into a paranoid schizophrenic with a tenuous grip on reality, entering into a relationship with her stalker.

    Look, I’m a regular guy. I drink beer, I eat Coney Island hot dogs, and I fart. My normal favorite TV shows have black Trans Ams, assault weapons, or strippers in them; preferably all three. And then there’s The Good Wife, my favorite show of all. In my opinion (get it?) it’s the best-written show on TV, with a cast of incredible characters,moving at a breakneck pace.

    Do you have any idea how much crap I take sitting at the poker table with a bunch of other men who dip, drive F-150s with a four-inch lift, and wear Roper boots and REAL rodeo belt buckles and tell them they should switch away from the AR-15 Channel or The Spice Channel and check out The Good Wife?

    I like it that you guys take chances, and mix things up, but when you swing and miss, YOU REALLY SWING AND MISS!!! How does anyone think this is a good idea?

    Why does someone who is different than the norm, who is unique and individual have to be crazy?

    Y’all really suck right now.

  25. Greig says:

    Does it not seem as though all this Cary drama, has the smell of the current states attorney pulling the strings, especially Linda Lavin’s character, to block Alicia’s run for office and by proxy damage Peters change for a reelection?