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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 5 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 24th 2011 12:15AM
The Good Wife Season 3 Episode 5 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Marthas and Caitlins']

Donna Brazile is worried about Alicia Florrick? Aren't we all, Donna, aren't we all.

The real-life political strategist guest starred as herself on 'The Good Wife' to let Eli Gold know he's got the bring the Florricks back together if Peter wants more of a political career. Plus, Dylan Baker returned and was awesome, the cast got even bigger with the addition of Anna Camp and I finally understand why people are obsessed with Lisa Edelstein.

This episode was far more enjoyable than the previous four episodes. Why? Because the emphasis was NOT on the case of the week. Rather, it was about the interconnecting relationships of the characters. In fact, there hardly was a case of the week. Diane and Celeste teamed up to bring a suit against an airline for the victims of a plane crash and to get what they needed for a slam dunk case, Lockhart/Gardner needed the help of Colin Sweeney. They got it and in return Colin is free to kill more stalkers and what not.

Who would've thought all 'The Good Wife' needed was a shot in the arm of Colin Sweeney to liven things up? I was genuinely nervous when he had the wire on, but now that he's free, I hope he's back again at the end of the season. His interest in Alicia is fascinating and her feelings toward him remind me of a mom and a bad kid. You know, when a kid is being bad, but that's just his behavior and the mom loves him anyway and the child goes out of his way to cause some mischief that might benefit the mom ... or something. His preoccupation with the tension between Celeste and Alicia and Celeste's subsequent joke about their secret relationship will probably cause at least two fan fiction stories to be written by the end of this sentence.

Celeste, Celeste, Celeste. For the first time in a few episodes I actually wasn't turned off by her smugness. In fact, she endeared herself to me right in the opening moments when she made the remark about the witness' death being a good thing for her case with Diane. Things like that really humanize characters on the show. Her drinking scene with Alicia (I bet Kalinda was jealous) was a nice moment to really round out both of their characters and give fans something to question about Will. "Will is like me," Celeste said. "He'll always disappoint you."

Alicia really doesn't have any friends and Celeste hates women ... what does that say about these modern ladies in 'The Good Wife' world? To me, it makes them seem like more real.

Kalinda ... The scenes with Eli are good, but I don't think I'm alone in hoping she has some scenes with Alicia and/or Peter soon. Give her more to do! Her refusal to help Peter not only shows she still cares about Alicia, but it's hopefully a spark that will ignite some juicy drama this season.

"You were the Caitlin." That's one way to take Alicia's smugness down a peg! Lockhart/Gardner didn't want her at first, it was all Will's string-pulling. I can't wait for some resentment to start to rear its ugly head! Owen, come save your sister. Hoping Anna Camp's character won't disappoint as a new associate.

Willicia on the back burner. The lack of emphasis on the physical aspect of Will and Alicia's relationship made this episode at least five times better than Season 3's previous outings. Instead of heating things up, I find it does the opposite for me and slows down an episode, although not as much as an appearance by one of the Florrick children!

Grace and her tutor. Does anybody even care about this storyline? Grace and her tutor make viral videos. OK. Grace feels neglected. OK. Where is this going?

Gasp count: 2

What did you think of the episode? Why do you think Alicia won't actually go through with the divorce?

'The Good Wife' airs Sundays, 9PM ET on CBS

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Great article- again. I agree with the "who cares about the tutor" thing. Hard to care about the tutor when I don't even care for the kid BEING tutored.

There were so many layers this week. Good point about it being about the characters and less about the court case- me like! Oh, and the thing at the end with Will & how he owed a vote... I thought it was not only a huge surprise (because they set us up with the "disappoint" comment) but shows how far Will is willing to go for Alicia. This ain't no schoolyard crush- it's a man willing to put his whole life on the line. Gotta love it.

When Colin had the wire on- I literally had to FF with my DVR. I can't watch stuff like that live. It's too stressful- LOL. Glad he was OK and hope to see him back too. I'm also hoping "Heart of Dixie" tanks & Blake returns as well.

October 24 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well done except for the will and alicia thing.. i just wish it would go away... will is so about himself ..

October 24 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Crazy For Lisa Э.

I love this ----> and I finally understand why people are obsessed with Lisa Edelstein.

October 24 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Grace and her tutor storyline is probably headed toward some lame teenage angst blowout that will bring Alicia and Peter together for a little TV parenting magic.

By the way, if the people behind this series are smart, they'll find a way to get Lisa Edelstein in for more episodes.

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