The Good Wife
"What the hell was that? We've suddenly got Columbo on the jury?” --Will
So much is going on in The Good Wife universe, I don't even know where to begin. This second episode of the season was packed with all sorts of drama and revelations -- it's like the season premiere is the first day of school where you get your books and lesson plans, but it's episode two when you really have to start paying attention. Will is finally a practicing lawyer again and he nailed a tricky case that involved a pesky inquisitive jury, while Nathan Lane's trustee character is still poking in and out of Lockhart/Gardner's underbelly trying to trim the fat, aka employees. Alicia seemed to have no idea what was going on throughout the episode and kind of kept bouncing around trying to figure out what people wanted from her. But the screwiest of all would have to be Kalinda who is doing a dangerously weird dance with her psycho husband, and the weirdest part is...I think she likes it.
A- Alicia is being pulled in a thousand different directions. No one seems to care that she's a good lawyer, they just want something from her. It's kind of a shitty position to be in. First Diane sends her to beg their new landlord for a break in the rent, then she finds out that said new landlord (Maura Tierney's Maddie Hayward) has other things in mind for Alicia. But Alicia is tough and strong and one of the few people at L/G who stands up for herself -- her response to Hayden's question about why she should stay with the firm was simply "I'm good." Damn straight.
"Yup, I'm exhausted. And it's not even noon.”
A Will is one ballsy lawyer and I'm pretty sure his ballsiness has been amped up since being reinstated to practice law. He turned down an $800,000 settlement from the state on this case involving a kid who was tasered to death at a protest, only to end up practically losing the case and then coming back for the win (thanks to Kalinda) and a cool $3.5 mil. Not too shabby. Sadly, this big win barely puts a dent in the Lockhart/Gardner mountain of debt. His rapport with Diane is stronger than ever, but it still feels like he's avoiding Alicia. But that can't last for long, judging by next week's promos...
B+ Diane has been extremely confident throughout this money crisis she and Will are dealing with. She's confident and knows how to handle just about any situation -- like when she sends Alicia to help Will because Will does better when he has someone to impress. Genius. However, she likes to have control of the issues so when Maddie Hayward, the building's new landlord, decides to give money to Peter's campaign rather than renegotiate the terms of their lease after meeting with Alicia, she takes it out on Alicia. So not cool, Diane. We ladies have to stick together.
C+ Kalinda has not been her usual tough-as-nails self since her psycho husband Nick resurfaced. But now she's letting it affect the firm and her relationship with Will. She and Will always had such a great understanding, but she completely spaced out in front of him after a creepy meeting with her hubs, and Will was none too pleased. If you're as tight-lipped about your personal life as Kalinda, you can't expect people to have any idea what you're going through and cut you some slack. No one's going to say, "Oh, did your psychopath husband just show up and try to finger you in an ice cream parlor? That's rough." She finally admits to Alicia that the crazy tow truck client is her husband but doesn't offer many details beyond that. Then she proceeds to have a tender makeout sesh with Nick back at her apartment. She is totally losing me. But even when she's completely thrown, Kalinda still manages to work her detective magic and solve the case for the firm.
"I don't remember you being such a bitch.” –Nick "You have a bad memory.” –Kalinda
D What is your deal, Nick? Why are you here? And have you no respect for fro yo? The Kalinda husband plot line is proving to be confusing and not all that interesting. They need to make some strides toward explaining what he wants from Kalinda and why she's willing to tolerate it. Does he really love her? I find that hard to believe, but I have no idea what he's doing here all of a sudden. Besides having a fearsome temper and an uncanny ability to aggressively drink sparkling water in a menacing fashion, he hasn't brought much to the show. Kalinda was way more interesting before he showed up.
A- Peter's campaign for governor seems to be going strong, especially now that he has all of this money from feminist supporter Maddie Hayward thanks to Alicia...who has no idea how she secured it. And neither do we frankly. Peter and Eli are a pretty adorable two-man show... out there on the road traveling around on Peter's campaign bus. Plus, Peter and Alicia seem to be getting along quite well. I think it's a major indicator of how much Peter's grown that he openly admits that he and Alicia are separated while Eli of course tries to make them sound like a happy couple. Peter seems responsive to Alicia's requests and the two of them kicking back and laughing on the tour bus was quite a sight to be seen. Peter was gazing at Alicia in a very fond way, and I surprisingly (considering how much I love Willicia) didn't have a problem with it.
"I don't believe people can change.” –Maddie "You know what, I didn't either. And then of course I went to prison.” –Peter
A There was not nearly enough of Mr. Gold in this episode. Granted, a little bit of Gold goes a long way, but come on, he's one of the best parts of the show! I miss him working at L/G because at least we got to see him more. And there was so much more irrational yelling. Eli and Alicia are also great when paired together and it will be interesting to see how things go now that he 'owes her' for hooking them up with Maddie's campaign contribution. I did love when Peter shook Eli's hand and told him he was doing a great job, to which Eli responded that Peter was "road drunk." Oh those guys.
"That's right, King Lear's fool. That's me.”
A I submit Maura Tierney's role as exhibit A, proof that this show continues to kill it with the guest stars. Tiereny just about stole the show with her portrayal of a Chicago feminist figure who is fascinated by the Florricks and also serves as Will and Diane's stubborn new landlord. Naturally, she chooses to give money to Peter's campaign while completely hosing the L/G team on the floor space in their shared building -- all seemingly because she wants to be BFFs with Alicia. Come on, we all thought she was hitting on Alicia, right? Right? I'm still not quite sure if she just wants a real gal pal to gab with over cosmos or if she's dead set on wooing Alicia. But I am definitely intrigued to find out.
B As the lawyer who most recently returned to the Lockhart/Gardner fold, Cary was the first to be grilled by the trustee about whether he's worthy of keeping his job. Cary's been flying under the radar lately and there's so much more to him than he's been allowed to show lately. For the first time in quite some time, he and Kalinda were assigned to work together -- I feel like he's still pining for her, but with her crazy husband in town, Cary doesn't even register on her brain.
B- This is the most mellow and reserved I have ever seen Nathan Lane. They better have something big in store for his stuffy trustee character, because Lane's chops are wasted on this. I'm over the Office Space-style "what exactly is it thatcha do here?" meetings.
"And the Law Won”
A- The tale of Kalinda and her creepy husband needs to wrap up, stat. It is so not as exciting as they built it up to be and he annoys me. I'm loving the addition of Maura Tierney, though, and she is likely to bring a lot of good twists to the plot -- does she have the hots for Alicia? Or is she trying to get in good with the future governor? She pulls off the mystery thing way better than Nick, and she's not even trying. Next week's ep looks to offer a crushing reveal when Alicia and Will's affair seemingly goes public. Will it force them to address their feelings for each other or just give Eli a coronary?
- Gilmore Girls legal-style: First we have Cary aka Rory's boyf, Logan, now we have Rory's grandfather questioning Rory's old headmaster on the stand. Is an appearance from the Gilmore Girl herself too far behind?
- Feisty new character Maddie Hayward bringing up the prostitute issue to Peter -- a subject that Alicia is fond of raising as well.
- The "Imperial March" from Star Wars playing immediately after Kalinda kisses Nick.
- I will never look at soft serve the same way again.
- Nick and Kalinda. Over it.