Since Josh’s specialty seems to be commercials so crass and stupid they have Alicia, Marissa and I presume most of the audience all rolling our eyes in unison, I wouldn’t afford his opinion too much weight as a general rule, but he’s right: in tv drama, at least, candidates are always saying they won’t go negative and always going back on it, so this week’s Prady/Florrick positivity pledge is neither surprising nor likely to last given both their teams are committed to ignoring it. Still, it gives David Hyde Pierce plenty to do and it also, indirectly, means that Alicia finds out something MUCH more interesting about Peter…. the campaign storyline isn’t quite doing it for me these days, but the Peter/Alicia scenes are electrifying.
While we’re talking about not doing it for me, though, call me naive and starry-eyed – because I am – but Alicia agreeing to use Will’s death to advance the campaign cause disappointed me. It’s Will, Alicia. How could you? Although, I suppose the central theme of the past couple of seasons is that Alicia could and indeed does, when it suits her agenda, even if it breaks shipper hearts all over the place.
Regardless of how I feel about it though, putting Will at the centre of the campaign like this doesn’t seem like a particularly good idea. Not when Peter isn’t the only one vulnerable to rumours about his sex life. And especially not when your relationship with Finn…. but that would be spoiling.
It goes without saying that Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth are magnificent as usual, of course, and Matthew Goode’s a great addition to an already exceptional cast. MVP of the week however goes to Matt Czuchry; as Cary’s storyline takes a brilliantly sinister turn, his scenes both with the FBI – take THAT, Lana – and with Lemond Bishop are as taut as they are thrilling, adding a razor-sharp edge to an episode which pivots from funny to tense and back again, with bucketloads of wit and flair.