The Good Wife s6 ep 17


Fresh from her election victory, a triumphant Alicia returns to Florrick Agos Lockhart and a guard of honour from her delighted (but not entirely supportive) colleagues, including Julius – Julius! Hurrah! – who explains his lengthy absence and sudden return with a simple “We’re closing the New York office!” Um…. that’s awesome, Julius, great to have you back, but did the New York office not belong to Lockhart Gardner/LG? When did Florrick Agos Lockhart open one? Has Florrick etc taken over all of LG’s staff and premises now?

This is the first sign that there’s something a little wonky about the storytelling in this episode – almost as if it were spliced together from parts written before Alicia and Cary broke away, back when everybody worked for Lockhart Gardner the first time – and the same weird disconnect affects the case of the week storyline. In a very TGW-type story, the firm represents a film-maker suing a file-sharing network for copyright infringement, his film having been uploaded to the network and shared all over the place. There are various “OMG – shenanigans!” before the Friends of File-Sharing take their cue from the Sony Hackers and start publishing the last four months of the firm’s emails, prompting everyone to lose their damn minds.

The emails themselves range from believably offensive (Julius and David Lee) via slightly unlikely (Cary being a jerk about Diane’s sex life during the period she was defending him against drugs charges) right the way through to “come on, now, there is no way that character wrote that” (Diane being so callous about Cary’s when he was on trial? No way.) but even if you accept that everyone did write them – and people do write things in email they would never want the world to read; see the aforementioned Hack, Sony for proof – the shouting and bickering that goes on is funny, but somebody spitting on Diane’s window without getting fired is ridiculous. It’s a law firm not St Trinian’s, FFS.

That’s not the only thing about the storyline which does not compute, either. After the first batch, the hackers threaten to publish two year’s worth of the firm’s emails if the case isn’t dropped. This sends Alicia into a panic: her two years apparently include some very racy stuff and publication would be a disaster for her public image. This part of the episode entertained me no end – I laughed and gasped as much as anyone – but, in my search for screencaps of what Will’s emails actually said (I’m not proud of myself) I came upon this post from the Fug Girls and the attendant comments and my God they’re right. (And not just about the logistics either – no WAY Will Gardner wrote that.) Florrick Agos Lockhart hasn’t been going for two years, has it? How are these people’s emails back from when they worked at LG in play? Is everyone using some generic address that they carry with them from firm to firm? And Will (who never worked for FAL) and Alicia’s affair ended more than two years ago – so how and why would he be sending her intimate emails? Especially when she was his sworn enemy at the time for leaving LG?


Like the weird Julius moment at the beginning, it’s symptomatic of the way the whole episode fudges the timeline and the firm’s split, treating FAL as if it’s just LG Mk II, which it does now seem to be in terms of offices and personnel (if everyone’s back, what was the point of the split again?) but can’t be in terms of old emails, surely?

*scratches head*

Maybe it’ll make more sense later in the season. Although Alicia’s block-headed stupidity when dealing with Castro, Redmayne and Bishop suggests otherwise. Eli’s outbursts this week were hilarious, but really, how can Alicia still be naive enough to need this sort of basic reminder? I read somewhere that showrunners the Kings said The Good Wife’s overarching story is “The Education of Alicia Florrick” but this year’s election arc seems less about her learning and more about her forgetting everything and everyone she already knew. I enjoyed “Undisclosed Recipients” a lot, in fairness, but it doesn’t stand up to even rudimentary scrutiny and this show is, or at least used to be, capable of a lot more than that.


5 thoughts on “The Good Wife s6 ep 17

  1. Snoskred May 25, 2015 / 2:50 am

    By the end of Season 6, this show had stomped so much on my love for it, I am seriously considering not watching the next season.

    Plus, TGW went from the first show I would watch on a Monday here in Aus, to a show I would get around to sometime Tuesday/Wednesday maybe Thursday.

    I don’t know what the Kings are up to, but from watching the show my guess would have to be nothing good, plus they seem to have totally forgotten about the details of the universe they created *and* they seem to have stopped caring about the fans of that universe. 😦

    I’m looking forward to you seeing the rest of the season, if only so that I can wipe my forehead and say whew, it *wasn’t* just me! 🙂

  2. CPS May 26, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    I gave The Good Wife until the end of season six and then I bailed after the season finale. I’ll read the recaps but I’m no longer invested in the show.

    Season six was so ridiculous and they (showrunners and Juliana) take the show so seriously that I could only laugh at the nonsense written for the characters. I’m really pissed off at the lack of storyline for the supporting characters all season while we wasted time on Alicia Florrick and her silly election storyline and tepid romances. Why is she still married to Peter? What is the point at this stage with her kids knowing the marriage is fake? Why does the law firm spend all their time bickering and re-configuring into different partnerships?

    Why do people of color on the show appear and disappear or get short shifted like Kalinda, Geneva and the law partners (hello Taye Diggs and Michael Boatwright we barely knew you)?

    I’m done. I’ll stick to some mindlessly entertaining shows and forgo Alicia’s constant angst.

    • CJ Cregg May 26, 2015 / 11:32 pm

      She’s still married to Peter because it’s politically* advantageous to them both, surely? It’s not been about the kids for ages.

      I do agree with you about the diversity issue – the show needs to do something about that pronto. As for the other stuff, I’ll reserve comment on the season as a whole till we reach the finale in the UK, but I thought TGW was the best show on TV in its fourth and fifth seasons and even this season started brilliantly so I’m ok with cutting it some slack this year tbh – I can’t see me giving up on it.

      *EDITED TO ADD: and/or professionally. I think Alicia’s said being the wife of the Governor impresses clients.

  3. Jed Bartlet May 29, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    Acknowledging everything you say about the timelines and so on… I actually thought this was the best episode for weeks.* There was a proper Case of the Week. The release of the emails, and the aftermath, was laugh-out-loud funny. (And while it might reasonably be argued that people wouldn’t have expressed themselves in that way in emails, I’m going to assume that anyone who says that would be intensely relaxed about their own work email account being hacked. I wouldn’t be.) I also liked Alicia having to deal with her exit from the firm at the same time as she’s coming under pressure from benefactors. And, yes, perhaps she should have (a) known it was going to happen and (b) handled it better; but it’s one thing to have a general awareness of a topic, another entirely to have to deal when it’s actually happening to you.

    And Lemond, of course, at his most threatening when he was being interrupted.

    And Marissa, of course. “Shoot you now?” If season 6 has given us nothing else, it’s given us Marissa.

    And Finn, of course, with his Ally McBeal shout-out (“Bygones”).

    On the other hand, we need to talk about Kalinda, but I suppose we can save it for the finale, and our discussion of THAT SCENE (which we haven’t seen yet, obvs).

    *I’ve gone back and checked. Best since episode 10.

    • CJ Cregg May 29, 2015 / 11:44 pm

      Oh absolutely – Marissa, Lemond and Finn were all awesome, I agree. And the ep was a ton of fun, but as I said, so much of it just didn’t make a lot of sense.

      I know what you mean about the emails and I totally agree every character will have written plenty of things they shouldn’t but some of the specific things they were supposed to have written just didn’t fit the characters at the particular times. Like I’m sure Will and Alicia absolutely wrote erotic emails to each other, but the screenshots I saw of the ones Marissa printed were just (very disappointing) rubbish – Will and Alicia use words for a living, they’d have come up with better raunchy stuff to woo each other with than that.

      Marissa was verging on sainthood by resisting the urge to make fun of the content.

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