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'The Good Wife' Season 3, Episode 9 Recap (VIDEO)

by Maureen Ryan, posted Nov 21st 2011 2:45AM
['The Good Wife' - 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot']

It was old home week on 'The Good Wife' last night. I don't know about you, but I did a little jig of glee when I saw that Patrick Breen and Linda Emond were back as Capt. Terrence Hicks and Judge Loera Kuhn. When they appeared in a crackling season 2 episode, I wrote at the time that I'd happily watch a military-law spin-off starring those two characters.

(By the way, I just want to say hello to all our 'Good Wife' regulars. I'm filling in as Lockhart Gardner recapper for my co-worker Chris Harnick, who will be back on the case next week. I hope I do as good a job as Chris does at chronicling the weekly 'Good Wife' maneuvers, legal and otherwise).

I woudn't say that 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot's' case was quite as gripping as the firm's last military trial -- there was so much going on in this week's episode that the main case felt a little undercooked, as it were, and we barely got to know the young woman at the center of it.

Still, the episode offered a lot of good confrontations and moments, well before Judge Kuhn set Alicia straight on her client's harsh-seeming sentence. Eli battled the world's perkiest lobbyist, we moved a few steps forward on the Will Gardner investigation front (speaking of old frenemies, hello Wendy Scott Carr), and Alicia finally confronted her mother-in-law in a scene that was every bit as juicy as we could have hoped.



The Jackie-Alicia showdown was a long time coming -- three seasons, in fact. That woman has been all up in Alicia's business for far too long, so much so that I was delighted to see that Alicia had finally called a locksmith and made Jackie extremely aware of the fact that she was no longer welcome in her home. It was good to see that Alicia didn't fall for any of Jackie's passive-aggressive, "I'm just helping" tricks: Alicia's kids weren't doing the naughty things Jackie accused them of doing, and all her efforts to undermine Alicia as a woman and a mother were for naught (though we saw at the end of the scene that, behind her closed and locked door, Alicia was a bit more rattled than she let on). You have to wonder if a Jackie scorned will be even more dangerous. Still, there are two very big upsides to the confrontation: Alicia won't have to worry about Jackie snooping through her undies, and Zack got a car. I call that a win-win.

(Sidebar on the Alicia's Kids front: Like Chris, I find the whole tutor story line tedious this season. 'The Good Wife' has been praised for loading the show with topical trends and tech-savvy issues, which often is a good thing, but the viral-video story line feels contrived; it feels, frankly, like a really obvious attempt to be hip, and it doesn't help that the dancer-tutor just can't act. Grace storylines tend to be hit or miss at best, and in my humble opinion, this one is a miss and is best dropped. Though, speaking of the kids, Zach dating Eli's daughter could make for a fair amount of hilarity on the home front. I'd be amused if they pretended to date simply to weird out their elders, but maybe that's just me.)

Diane finally confronted Will about Alicia, but will those two really "pause" their relationship? After all, Will and Alicia admitted to each other recently that even if they tried to take a break, they'd probably be back in bed with each other before too long. Still, with Peter Florrick and the D.A.'s office breathing down the firm's neck, the Willicia situation is becoming a serious liability. Christine Baranski was on fire in the scene in which she told Will in no uncertain terms to back off. But the question remains: Even if Will and Alicia weren't sleeping together, would Peter have it in for the lawyers of Lockhart Gardner? Possibly. Even if Willicia break up, Peter may be ticked off by the way his mother was treated (she may be down, but never count Jackie Florrick out).

(Sidebar on the ADA front: The strange dance among Cary, Monica and Kalinda continued this week, and while it was the usual good, sexy fun, I do wonder how long these three can continue to play games without the situation starting to go stale or seem a little repetitive. Why is Monica feeding information to Kalinda? Is there really an attraction there? Where is the Monica-Cary situation going? Are they together because they really care about each other or are they merely ambitious people having a fling? So far the ambiguity among all three is fine, but on occasion this subplot leaves me wanting more or less. What I mean is, though it's not a bad little detour, at times I wish the writers would either delve deep into the Monica-Cary-Kalinda triangle or leave it alone until they were ready to take it on in a more substantial fashion.)

It was really a full plate this week. Yes, that's my lame attempt to be funny about the whole FDA-food lobby plot. Amy Sedaris is always a welcome face on my TV screen; the 'Strangers with Candy' star brings an edge of kooky energy to whatever she does, and her scenes with Eli were pure gold. (Can you stand how funny I am? Okay, I'll stop with the corny jokes. I know, you're counting the days until Chris is back on the 'Good Wife' beat, aren't you?) Again, I would have been happy if we'd seen a few more scenes of Eli and Stacie competing for business (and her using her brightest "call waiting" voice), but with any luck, we'll see the perky but deadly lobbyist again one of these days. And again, I have to sing Christine Baranski's praises; her scene of commiserating with a disappointed Eli was an excellent moment for both characters, and it's nice to see the rapport that Eli is building with employees not named Kalinda or Alicia.

All right, that does it for me as guest 'Good Wife' recapper. Anybody else is hungry for a slice of cheese?

Gasp count: 1

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Peter's likely to back off on Will Gardner? Do you think Willicia will really take a break?


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

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lockeyj858

The best episodes are when Peter (Chris Noth) are featured. He was a big part of season one, and was a reason the show became an instant hit. This big Alicia/Will thing is becoming boring, and pulling the show down. I like Will Gardener, but the real chemistry is between Peter and Alicia.

November 21 2011 at 4:46 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Louise

I caught up with TGW this summer and fall on DVD in one swell foop and loved every minute of it. Sadly, the season thus far feels like a serious creative slump. Eli, while entertaining, seems to be in his own, separate series that’s been shoe-horned into the offices of Lockhart/Gardner. Kalinda has been largely MIA, and when she does appear it’s usually to deliver increasingly laughable come-hither type lines to anyone who will listen. That Alicia needed to be schooled in last night’s coda by the judge on why her client was guilty was ridiculous; Alicia’s that uninformed? Really? And the Will-might-have-a-gambling-bribery problem has not been set up effectively enough via those basketball games of last season; feels like a writer’s room Hail Mary pass to me. The Alicia/Kalinda conflict of last season was so powerful and interesting yet it’s basically disappeared, as has the question of Kalinda’s background and Peter’s role in all of that. I do like Alicia finally telling her mother-in-law to take a hike, but one scene does not a fine series make. To me, the strongest storyline is the Will/Alicia relationship if only because Alicia is far more ambivalent emotionally than Will. Baranski is still a force and I wish there were more of her. The actors are strong, the premise is still sound – but this show seems to have lost its way. Here’s hoping they can right the ship and have a strong second half of the season.

November 21 2011 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jana

I adored the part when Alicia asked Zach about his grandmother driving them to their father's house and she just says, ok get your coat, let's go get you a car!!!! I howled with laughter at Zach's face, who knew enough not to question the decision, just get up and go with it. Too freakin' funny!!!! The show is good and it's one I never want to miss. The showdown with Jackie was priceless as well, and Eli griping about losing was funny too!! The whole show was good this week, except the conviction of the soldier. That sucked and seemed totally unfair. I agree with Alicia on that and the judge didn't change my mind. So all soldiers should wait to perform an order until they see if a change comes thru??? WTH???? Not right and if that is going on then are military people are giving more of themselves then I already thought!

November 21 2011 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hollandcl

Unless you are a lobbyist, it's impossible to follow the food lobbying debate going on in this episdoe; I have no clue what happened between the cheese, and the fruit, and the vegetable. Unless it has something to do with politics, Eli shouldn't touch anything else; otherwise, who cares?

I'm hating the games that Monica-Cary-Kalinda are playing. Every second of Kalinda on screen is a blessing but I can't see how her triangle storyline can end up making sense,. Is she trying to seduce Monica and Cary at the same time? Is Cary seducing Monica while at the same time, has a hangup with Kalinda? Does Monica even care or is she just using all of them as a stepping stone to her career?

November 21 2011 at 3:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sveskas

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November 21 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
codemanz4

You can tell this show is on its last legs. And I wonder why Chris didn't write the review this week. I think he's scared of me because I kick him and his show's ass every week.

THIS SHOW MUST DIE!!!!

November 21 2011 at 10:49 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
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sveskas

um no. shutup.

November 21 2011 at 1:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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November 21 2011 at 9:54 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

I love Kalinda, but the rest of this show is just getting too hard to follow. Eli not in politics is boring.

November 21 2011 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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