The Good Wife 5×13 – Parallel Construction, Bitches

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There’s nothing quite like a fresh episode of The Good Wife. And now that the show’s been renewed for a sixth season, we can bask in the fact that we’ll be getting another year’s worth of Alicia Florrick hijinks. Sure feels like Christmas doesn’t it?

The thing that impressed me most about this week’s hour (besides the hysterical title), is the fact that there are genuine stakes where Alicia is concerned. The introduction of the bizarrely creepy Nelson Dubeck and his investigation culminated with a very real threat against our lovable Alicia and the terrifying notion that she could end up going to jail thanks to Peter’s scandal. It’s such an unsettling development, and it has me suitably pumped for the rest of the year. Something tells me The Governor is in for one heck of a scolding next week.

Interestingly enough, Dubeck ultimately lands at Will’s office, and threatens to take him down with the whole conspiracy. Surprisingly, Will does not budge and throw Peter under the bus. Perhaps he realizes how dastardly it would be to shatter Alicia’s life into a million pieces? Here’s hoping this whole debacle brings him and Alicia back together (or not, I much prefer the rift).

Further conveying The Good Wife‘s immaculately-realized world, Parallel Construction, Bitches, featured the return of a number of familiar faces including Lemond Bishop and Charles Lester. I can’t stress enough how marvelous it is that the show keeps reusing its diverse array of guest-stars. It’s that stunning attention to detail that cements The Good Wife as a force to be reckoned with. That is why the show still manages to keep its audience immersed five seasons in. Kudos.

Cases & Bits

– I genuinely thought that I was watching the wrong show when this episode began with the fake “previously on” segment. God I love how this show fools me.

– Charles Lester visiting Alicia’s house made me laugh. Seriously how brilliant is Wallace Shaw? He just owns the role. Also, I would totally watch a spinoff starring Charles Lester and Robin because their chemistry is off the charts.

– Now that Marilyn basically gave Dubeck everything he needs to take Peter down, I think I’m ready for Melissa George to leave the show and never come back.

– The pancake batter fake-out was quite amusing.

– The NSA guys were awesome and so very meta. They vocalize everything the audience is feeling.

– I’m bored of Cary and Kalinda. Really.

– Judge Kluger and Alicia’s lunch thing was so very weird. Can somebody please explain the purpose of that subplot?

– What was up with all the Indian-y music this week? So out of place.

– Alicia and Grace watching their creepy cable drama again at the end of the hour was a nice bookend to the episode.

Good Lines

Alicia: Wow, that was almost Will-like.
Cary: Why thank you Diane.

Analyst: I think Will and Diane end up getting it on.

Conclusion
A solid and highly intriguing hour of The Good Wife. Explosive things are coming people.

Nad Rating
B+

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