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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 8 Recap

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 12:01AM
The Good Wife, Season 3 Episode 8 Recap['The Good Wife' - 'Death Row Tip']

Some of the best episodes of 'The Good Wife' have been when Lockhart/Gardner is racing against the clock to achieve a goal, think 'Nine Hours,' a standout of Season 2. However, that wasn't the case with 'Death Row Tip.'

Alicia and Justin (Romany Malco) rushed to get a stay of execution for a man guilty of some vicious crimes. He had info, the name of a man who committed murders one of their clients was accused of, but that came at a price.

Meanwhile in Eli's corner of the office, Chris Matthews loudly guest starred as himself. A former congressman being groomed for office had some interesting drunken photos and Eli went to Matthews to try and squash the scandal. I liked that the show brought up the Facebook generation because it's something I've been thinking about a lot lately. Social media will ruin so many future political careers if the business of politics doesn't change with technology.

Maybe I still had Carrie Preston on the mind, but I found the performances a bit underwhelming this week. Oh, for more on Preston and her 'Good Wife' future, check out my interview with her posting later this week.

"It's getting a bit complicated." Jeez, Alicia, do ya think so? Jackie is bound to find something out with all of her snooping. Loved her brief battle with the computer. The Florricks and technology, always a struggle. Enjoyed the lack of relationship drama between Will and Alicia. Is Will's glasshouse about to shatter all because of his relationship with Alicia?

The kids are all right. Actually didn't mind Zach and Grace this episode. We can thank Marissa Gold for that. I'm interested to see where the writers take Zach and Marissa.

Alicia unnerved. We've seen Alicia get thrown off by cases, but it's been a little while since one truly got under her skin. Usually she just feels bad for the client, however Ricky really unsettled her. Exceptional acting (as usual) from Julianna Margulies during those scene. Her job as a crisis counselor with Eli sure gives her the chance to be the sassy St. Alicia we all love. By the way, you guys notice Margulies' producer credit? It's new, right?

"Still pining for your lesbian?" I've been asking for it for weeks and I finally got it: More Kalinda! LOVED her flirting with Dana and the fact that Dana totally called her out on EVERYTHING. I knew there were Kalinda fans everywhere squealing with delight because my roommate is a big Kalinda fan and she was very into that scene.

Kalinda and Cary's scene at the end kind of broke my heart. She's just looking to normalize her life, but for Kalinda, what does that mean?

Not the worst episode, but definitely not the best.

I don't normally do this because some people consider it spoilery, but that preview for next week. DIANE! I can't wait. Her broach during the first few scenes was fabulous. Christine Baranski needs more to do, that's just simple fact. It's impossible not to be charmed by Baranski's effortless performance as Diane Lockhart.

Gasp count: 2. Dana's scene with Kalinda and Jackie rifling through Alicia's laundry. Can't wait for Alicia and confront her again. Maybe we'll get resolution

What did you think of the episode? Are you a fan of Kalinda/Cary?

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

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Give Kalinda her own show!

November 15 2011 at 9:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

And all of you were crazy when I said this show is in bed with the Democratic Party. That was Chris Matthews on the show last night, who I liked once but has now become the very thing he railed against. "Good Wife" is suffering from its deal with the devil. Will and Alicia should have never gotten together....I never asked for that....along with Obamacare and higher taxes.


November 14 2011 at 8:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i love the good wife!!!! i thougt it was a pretty good episode i kinda felt short... OMG DID U SEE NEXT WEEKS PROMO!!!! will + alicia screen time yessss!

November 14 2011 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uninteresting episode. With the uncertainty over the show's renewal, why haven't the writers move forward with the backstory of Kalinda or the potential explosive confrontation between Kalinda and Alicia or Alicia and Peter or Peter and Will? Unless the case of the week is fresh and interesting, most fans don't really care how it is finally resolved.

November 14 2011 at 2:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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