The Good Wife

The Good Wife 4×21 – A More Perfect Union

"Do you love my daughter? Because if you do, it's time to stop being polite about it."

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For another straight week, the case of the week wasn’t particularly strong, but The Good Wife more than made up for it with some excellent developments in Alicia’s personal life.

I love it when Alicia’s family rolls back into town. Both Veronica and Owen are consistently amusing in their appearances and bring out the best (or worst) in our heroine. I especially love the fact that Owen so clearly encourages Alicia to get with Will, and the final blowout between the three just felt very relatable.

Another iconic Good Wife guest star, Nancy Crozier, made a return this week. Mamie Gummer is simply too good in the role. I genuinely felt like punching her through the screen which conveys just how effective she is in capturing her character’s nuances. I also somewhat enjoyed the final twist in the case with Michelle technically being a board director thus nullifying her vote. Pretty brilliant catch on Alicia’s part.

The salary machinations this week were also much more compelling than the legal side. Not only was a mutiny brewing in Lockhart/Gardner, sneaky ol’ Kalinda began playing both Carey and Will for a higher pay-bump. Suffice to say, I can’t wait for Carey to leave and I do hope he takes Kalinda and Alicia with him.

But the most important development of all? Alicia agreed to renew her vows with Peter! I didn’t really see that coming but color me extremely intrigued. This development is made all the more exciting with the knowledge that Veronica approached Will (in an excellent scene) and urged him to fight for her daughter. Next week’s finale is bound to be explosive as I have absolutely no idea where the writers plan on taking things going forward.

Cases & Bits

– David Lee continues to be a reliable source of comedy on the show. First he tells Alicia to say “hi” to Veronica, and then he insists on firing all of the assistants like an evil overlord. A bit too mean-spirited but undoubtedly entertaining.

– Kalinda’s jealousy over Robin’s healthcare was hilarious.

– If you didn’t already know it, Mamie Gummer is Meryl Streep’s daughter. Yep.

– How great was Alicia’s TV interview? Seriously Margulies is the epitome of class and grace (not to mention uber-hotness).

Good Lines

Owen: (to Alicia) Oh my God you are one of those Oprah woman. I am going to take you outside for a spanking.

Diane: We don’t have the money for across-the-board raises.
Alicia: We do if we don’t take increases this year.
David: We do if you don’t take a salary this year.

Conclusion
While the case of the week wasn’t particularly riveting, this hour had enough developments to make the episode worthwhile.

 Nad Rating
B

3 comments

  1. What was so great about this episode was showing us Alicia's disillusionment at being part of “management.” She's pissed at Will for using the inside information and she's pissed at all the partners for “buying out the ringleaders.” I truly hope that this is the catalyst for her to join Carey at the new firm.

    Stockard Channing is a rock star. She's always good, but the scene with Will was a tour de force. The look in her eyes and the way she addressed him was fantastic. I'm not sure which of the two men I want Alicia to end up with at this point. Neither of them is a particularly nice guy and, I'm sorry, but I don't see Peter keeping that promise.

  2. You hit the nail on the head Chris. I really don't know which of the two men I want Alicia to be with (if any). And that's a fascinating predicament to have at the center of the show 🙂

  3. “Seriously Margulies is the epitome of class and grace (not to mention uber-hotness)” This pretty much sums up everything I feel about the actress! Amazing.

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