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'The Good Wife' Season 2, Episode 22 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted May 11th 2011 12:30AM
The Good Wife, Getting Off Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Getting Off']

Who do I have to pay to get Mamie Gummer a series regular role on this show? Whenever her character, Nancy Crozier, pops up, it's a pure entertainment. Guest Emmy, please?

Crozier's client sued Lockhart/Gardner's client, Stephanie Engler (played expertly by Sarah Silverman), for her AshleyMadison.com-esque website's role in a gruesome murder. With Crozier involved you knew there would be deception. This time, Cary got in on the action. Quite the duo those two would make. Hint, hint, executive producers Robert and Michelle King.

'Getting Off' balanced the talents of both Gummer and Silverman better than expected. The two guest stars didn't take away from the main drama -- the implosion of Kalicia, yes the relationship between Kalinda and Alicia -- which continued to sizzle all episode long.

Via looks, awkward pauses and two very powerful scenes, the Kalinda and Alicia friendship ended. As I mentioned last week, the all-new, all-different Alicia Florrick is a force to be reckoned with. She's in take no prisoners mode, protecting herself and her kids at a 100 percent level.

The two Alicia/Kalinda scenes moved me to tears -- yep, I'm admitting it in print! -- and gave me chills. The first scene at the start of the episode was heartbreaking. And you know what? Over the last few weeks it's become a weekly tradition for Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick to break my heart. If you haven't come to terms with that, well 'The Good Wife' isn't the show for you. Seeing Kalinda crumble in the elevator was just as powerful as Alicia's hallway walk a few episodes ago.

Alicia's venomous tongue-lashing almost sent Kalinda packing. For a split second, I could see it happening, Kalinda back at the State's Attorney office. But, she isn't going anywhere, much to Alicia's chagrin.

In other Alicia being fierce/terrifying/breathtaking scenes, how about her words with Jackie? It's been in the pipeline for two years and bound to happen. Everything about the way Margulies delivered those lines to her fictional mother-in-law was perfect.

What was Jackie referring to happening at Alicia's house? Perhaps a secret viewers weren't privy too? When this all-new, all-different Alicia feels threatened, it's best to get out of her way. The custody battle could turn pretty nasty, but also become a very tired story in season 3. I'm kind of hoping they skip over it -- have it happen while the show's on break -- or just keep it to two episodes or so.

Back to Sarah Silverman as Stephanie, is it safe to say we're all universally impressed with her performance? Kudos to the writers for not making her character too over the top. The character was subdued, with a little flair for good measure and Silverman nailed it.

Comics often turn in great dramatic performances, just look at Richard Belzer and Robin Williams. Turns out her website wasn't responsible for the murder and neither was she as Nancy Crozier and Cary wanted the jury to think. It was Stephanie's husband, jealous about her affairs ... and that got Stephanie pretty excited. True love, people. True love.

Will knows about Alicia's separation, but will he act on it? Will Alicia? I was hoping he'd find out Kalinda slept with Peter, because his reaction could go various directions.

Total gasp count: I lost count. A truly breathtaking episode.

Some other things:

More Diane in season 3! Starting a campaign for that to happen right now.

So there's a porno about Alicia?

Do you think Kalinda and Alicia can ever get back on track? What do you think Jackie thinks happened at Alicia's house?

'The Good Wife' airs Tuesdays at 10PM ET on CBS.

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Nancy Martin

This has to be one of the best shows on TV. Every single week it just gets better and better. And I agree with everyone else.....Gummer is a great addition. I just hope they don't bring Michael J. Fox back. The Alicia/Kalinda thing makes me sad. I loved their relationship and will miss it if it doesn't get fixed.

May 11 2011 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brooklyn Doog

This was one of the best and most dramatic episodes of this amazing series. I don't understand why it has not been renewed and some of the press I see indicates it is still "on the fence" for cancellation. If this show does not come back for another season, something is definitely wrong in the universe.

As mentioned in the review, the performances by Sarah Silverman and Mamie Gummer were great. Hopefully the writers will find a way to work Gummer into future episodes as well as more time for Martha Plimpton. They definitely enhance a truly remarkable ensemble cast. This is positively the best written drama on TV at the moment.

May 11 2011 at 9:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christina Draper

This episode was great! Alicia telling off Jackie would have elevated this episode, but when she confronted Kalinda...the look on Kalinda's face....

I think Alicia and Kalinda will come to some sort of agreement, they like each other too much. They might not be close, but I think they will learn to work with one another, but I HOPE she is done with Peter. Bring on Alicia and Will...sorry, couldn't think of a witty moniker there.

May 11 2011 at 9:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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