This can not be overstated: there’s no other show on television quite like The Good Wife.
In season five, this captivating legal drama catapulted into the stratosphere and produced what is probably my favorite season of television ever, and it continued that trend with a terrific sixth season. I”m hoping that brilliance will continue, and with news that so many beloved actors are joining the show (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Vanessa Williams, Margo Martindale), I couldn’t be more optimistic.
Alicia dabbling as a bar attorney was a welcome change of pace. If nothing else, The Good Wife thrives when it’s endlessly shifting the status quo. Watching Alicia struggle after gaining so much confidence over the past few seasons felt like a real callback to the pilot, and this arc effectively introduced us to one hell of a new character: Lucca Quinn played by Cush Jumbo. To say that I wasn’t enjoying Kalinda the last few years would be an understatement, and in the span of one episode, I already love the friendship that’s brewing between Alicia and Lucca even more. Not only was it a hoot to see Lucca win Alicia’s case without barely trying, but the two sharing a drink at the end? Pure awesomeness. This is the kind of dynamic that The Good Wife has been missing.
Shockingly enough, Bond saw the destruction of Eli and Peter’s professional and personal camaraderie. I honestly never expected Peter to fire Eli, so it was a powerful bombshell that provided Eli with a fantastic story arc for the rest of the season. Watching him mope, only to come back with a vengeance with a ruthless plot to use Alicia against Peter (and become her chief of staff) was simply incredible. Not only do I adore the dynamic between Alicia and Eli, but I absolutely can not wait to see these two pair off against Peter and his new campaign manager, Ruth Eastman (seriously, can Margo Martindale do no wrong? She’s phenomenal.)
Finally, I would just like to mention that for the first time in seven seasons, the writers have finally figured out what to do with Grace and it is glorious. How amusing was it to see her accept fake calls and pretend to be Alicia’s secretary at her home office? Beautifully played writers.
Cases & Bits
– Hilarious moment: Alicia denying she’s Marie Antoinette just as her limo arrives.
– So who thinks Alicia will join Canning at some point? Although I enjoyed them sharing a drink and the reveal that he had sent her the client, I don’t think I can stand him in every episode.
– The kind of nifty stunt that The Good Wife pulls off oh so well: Canning telling Alicia the story of people bumping into each other with shots of exactly that happening.
– I missed David’s evil ploys. Zack Greniere’s performances on this show are always so despicably masterful.
– Loved Alicia bumping into someone and apologizing. Also, I’m an “I’m sorry” person too!
– How nice was it to see Lucca asking the judge to give Alicia some of her clients? Talk about girl power!
– Alicia asking Diane why she’s so hard on her really broke my heart.
– Even more heartbreaking: Eli telling Alicia he was never truly her friend and slamming the door in her face. This made his apology later on all the more touching.
– I’m not exactly sure about Cary’s storyline at the moment. So he’s trying to fit in with the young ones? And one of them thought he was gay? Hmmm…
– Love the passive aggressiveness from Alicia when dealing with Ruth (and insisting that she would keep Eli).
– Eli’s new haircut is indeed very “sleek”.
– Lucca dancing by herself; now that’s confidence!
– All the experts in Alicia’s case were a hoot. Also, I found Judge Farley very funny. Please bring her back often.
Canning: You seem like you’re gonna launch into a inspiring soliloquy about self-sufficiency.
Alicia: David. Spreading your cheer far and wide, I see.
David: I thought you were working as a bond court pimp.
Judge: You’re what?
Witness: An adhesive expert.
Judge: Really? That’s a job?
Ruth: Eli’s very good, but I have a more national presence.
Ruth: We hopefully won’t eat up too much of your time, but we need the voters to see the real you.
Alicia: I’m not sure they’ll like the real me.
Ruth: Well, that’s why we need to mold a real you that they’ll like.
Alicia: Rehabilitate me?
Eli: From your failed campaign last year, from your scandal. They need to make you a wife again.
Judge: Okay, where are we? Are we going to hear from a scissors expert today?
Ruth: You planned it all out.
Eli: Not quite all but… enough.
Witty and confident, this was a fresh start from The Good Wife and I absolutely loved it.