That was draining, wasn’t it?
There was lot of contemplative silence in this one, and the episode was all the better for it. In fact, I think The Last Call was another masterpiece in a season that’s just astounded me with its brilliance.
The manner in which the writers tackled the immediate aftermath of Will’s death was mesmerizing. Julianna Margulies is already working wonders with the material, and she’s undoubtedly going to continue knocking our socks off as she grapples with this momentous loss. I loved the various quick cuts of Will that Alicia flashed back to throughout the hour. They marvelously reflected her damaged psyche; first she visualized a run-of-the-mill buff-looking convict as the shooter, before later replacing him with Jeffrey after getting all the facts. It’s touches like these, punctuated by exceptional directing and editing, that continue to elevate The Good Wife to another level. And I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the various scenarios that Alicia imagined Will was calling her for. At one point, she assumes he wants to blame her, while in another – he calls her to tell her their feud is stupid. It’s all terrifically realized.
Christine Baranski was also stellar this week. I absolutely adored watching her return to the LG offices and compose herself, before breaking the devastating news to the firm’s partners. But of course this was topped by her utterly gut-wrenching hug with Alicia (raise your hand if you teared up), and that majestic moment in which she fired her heartless client. Someone give this woman an Emmy, or I’m calling it a crime against humanity.
Quite wonderfully, the manner in which The Last Call utilized Kalinda was much more effective than ever before. The investigator’s single-minded determination to find out what happened to Will was fascinating to watch, culminating with her creepily dangling the suicidal belt in front of an imprisoned Jeffrey before leaving him to suffer with his sins. And the moment she unsheathed Will’s body? Enormously haunting.
Matthew Goode has apparently signed on as a series regular, and I must say I’m genuinely looking forward to his addition to the cast. Alicia’s visit to Finn in the hospital room was undeniably engrossing, and Goode played it perfectly (the character was supposedly high on painkillers after all). I’d love to see him interact with Alicia and the rest of the gang on a more permanent basis. Perhaps a move to Alicia and Carey’s firm in the near future is a possibility? Honestly at this point I wouldn’t mind if Diane joined the young firm as well, since the animosity has most probably dissipated with Will’s demise.
Cases & Bits
– Hilarious uncomfortable comedic moment in the midst of all the drama as Eli has to do Alicia’s speech complete with jokes about his “husband” and dress.
– Alicia breaking down at the random sight of a mother stopping her son from crossing the street? Heartbreaking.
– David Lee had some remarkable moments this week: walking out of the room and into another to process Will’s death, apologizing to Alicia, and retracting after Diane tries to touch him. Each of these moments were stunning.
– Diane firing the sobbing intern was priceless and so very satisfying.
– Loved the shots of Alicia’s fingers as she apprehensively plays Will’s voice message (which will forever remain a mystery). I love that it played over the credits.
– Carey didn’t get much to do this week, but I loved his aggressive streak during the deposition as a reaction to Will’s death.
– I was never a fan of Grace’s religious subplots, but her scene with Alicia as they discussed God and heaven was extremely insightful.
– The fact that Finn cared for Will in his dying moments (as the Judge described) is an excellent way to get us to care for this new character. Well done writers.
– So Damien was stealing clients (and was the rightful source of Will’s anger). I take it we’ll be seeing him next week.
– Peter got the right amount of screentime this week. First he sneakily called Alicia through Eli’s number in the most awkward moment of all time, and then he played his part in the perfect ending – that uncomfortable hug as Alicia coldly stood there and flashed back to Will telling her he wants to be with her forever. “Call me back”. Simply chilling (and obviously not real).
– If you’re a Buffy fan, did this episode also remind you of The Body?
Diane: (after firing her client) That felt good.
David: Turned me on.
Nuanced and powerful, The Last Call is certainly one of The Good Wife’s most extraordinary episodes yet.