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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 7 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 7th 2011 12:05AM
The Good Wife Season 3, Episode 7 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Executive Order 13224']

Dear Carrie Preston:

Thank you. Thank you for returning to 'The Good Wife' and making me laugh harder than I ever have during an episode of this fantastic drama. Please return soon.

This recap could easily turn into a love letter to Preston, but I'll try and keep that to a minimum. Her character, Elsbeth Tascioni, returned to help Alicia out of a potential prison sentence and in doing so became the most entertaining guest star this show has seen in a long while, maybe ever.

Lockhart/Gardner's case started out normal, until the Justice Department brought charges against their client as a suspected terrorist. Honestly, the case is the least important part of this episode -- as it is every week. Plus, the performances of the ensemble cast in this episode truly eclipsed everything else.

In addition to Elsbeth, this episode also brought Glenn Childs back into the fold ... seemingly to just sit at a table and look devious. Sure he was just there to intimidate Diane in court, but don't you wish the writers had come up with more for him to do?

Regardless, this was a perfectly paced episode of the show, probably one of my favorites out of the three seasons. I laughed -- and actually clapped -- during the scene between Alicia, Elsbeth and guest star Bob Balaban's Gordon Higgs at the Treasury Department. "Look at all this paper ..."

Please let Carrie Preston get some Emmy love for her performance!

"Mom, pick up the phone!" Diane knows about Will and Alicia and she is NOT happy. I loved everything about Diane in this episode. I'm glad I got to write that sentence because she's been such a background character lately. Loved the sexual harassment scene at the end as much as the scene between Diane and Will where she brought up the insurance bit. Awkward!

It's back. Just when we thought we were safe, Grace's religion story suddenly returned! Sort of. Will we ever find out why it's necessary? I hope not.

Where there's a Will ... there's a scandal! Blake's hints are finally coming to light. What will Alicia do when she gets wind of that $45,000 scandal? This can only mean the return of Celeste.

Kalinda, come back to us. I mean, really.

I laughed, I gasped and I clapped. All this episode needed was to make me cry. It's a wonder what an episode without a lot of Will/Alicia drama can do for Season 3 of 'The Good Wife.' And on another note, Cary is looking extra sharp since getting the promotion to Deputy State's Attorney.

Gasp count: I lost count. At least 4, and I clapped twice. Yup, twice.

What did you think of the episode?

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

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Dear Chris Harnick,

Please grow a pair. If crap like this gets you excited then you are indeed a cheap date. This show is not as good as I think it is or ever was. The ratings prove it. Better enjoy it now because it will NOT be back next season.


November 07 2011 at 8:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to codemanz4's comment

Dear codemanz4,

What an ass.

I clapped too. It was great.

November 07 2011 at 10:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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