The Good Wife s6 ep 18

imageSay what you will about The Good Wife – and we have done, a lot, particularly recently – but the show likes its consequences. Very rarely does a protagonist do or hide something dodgy that doesn’t come back at some point later to punch them right in the kisser and “Loser Edit” sees several of those punches land as Chekhov’s emails from last week and, er, Chekhov’s faked metadata from a while ago both re-surface, threatening, respectively, to destroy Alicia’s political career before it really begins, and to land the increasingly frantic Kalinda and the blissfully oblivious Diane in jail. If you listen to Finn, anyway – I mean, he’s lovely and adorable and I could listen to him / look at him being lovely and adorable for ages, but lawyers strictly liable for unknowingly, unwittingly, entirely innocently presenting evidence they later find out to be faked? Dude. I don’t think so.

Anyway, on the email side of things, Eli, Josh and Marissa scrambling to try and defeat the reporter trying to bring Alicia down is very sharp, very funny and very entertaining, although, come on now, you guys, no one (except maybe the elk” dude) is going to believe those emails arose from a “flirtation” rather than an affair. And even if they did, how about the email where Alicia admits to sleeping with her campaign manager during the campaign, eh? Or did that one get lost in the file transfer?

Minor plot holes aside, though, watching Team Alicia on top, twisty battle form is a delight, and Chris Noth’s Peter, in particular, is both fabulous and clearly loving every second of it this week, making his deceptively genial annihilation of Petra doubly wonderful to watch. Although his “I’ve never been as bad as you wanted me to be” almost had me throwing something at my long-suffering television. Dude. Have you forgotten the hookers? The affairs with family friends and employees? Or perhaps the vote-rigging?

Come on, now.

Speaking of family friends, employees and, er, affairs, however, Kalinda’s sub-plot is also surprisingly engaging (if only marginally less funny), thanks to the aforementioned lovely and adorable Finn and the return of the cunningly rumpled but quietly ruthless Wiley, with those pint-sized assassins he calls “children” along for the ride. I’m onto you, little dudes.

The always awesome Diane, meanwhile, has her own episode storyline going on too, doing actual lawyer stuff (!) with the also always awesome Oliver Platt. Yay! And it’s very sharp and very funny too, as well as being about interesting, complicated areas of the law; something the show is excellent at dealing with when it wants to be. Thankfully, this is one of those times. All of which adds up to a hugely enjoyable episode: “Loser Edit” might have its flaws, but it’s very, very good nonetheless.

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3 thoughts on “The Good Wife s6 ep 18

  1. Jed Bartlet May 31, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    I thought this was absolutely magnificent. To start with, the gay marriage storyline was brilliantly handled – as we’ve said many times before, one of the very best aspects of TGW at full tilt is how intelligent it is, and here it unpacked some fairly complex legal concepts at breakneck speed, assuming that the audience could keep up. (I also loved the little cutaways to the potential spouses in different states.)

    Wylie, distracted but implacable, is always welcome. Kalinda knows an equal when she sees him, though; she knew he was trouble when he walked in. Inclined to agree about Finn’s advice, but he’s so adorbs in his spectacles that I can forgive him.

    And the political/TV/email arc was pure gold. The way in which the TV company and the Eli team tried to outmanoeuvre each other was a joy to behold, again both ferociously intelligent and extremely funny. I loved “dumb as an ox” dude: “of that elk”. HEE. In the middle of all that, though, it should be said that the scene between Peter and Alicia was TV writing and acting of the very, very highest quality.

    I liked the end too. Eli knows where the bodies are buried. If he’s worried, there’s probably good reason to be.

    I think we’ve got The Good Wife back.

    • CJ Cregg May 31, 2015 / 9:59 pm

      Agreed, the gay marriage stuff was beautifully done and the end was great too – “Oh, we are all in trouble now.” Eli was on *fire* this week.

      Do we think he or Peter organised vote-rigging in Alicia’s favour? (Assuming it actually happened and Petra wasn’t just making it up to get her revenge.) can’t see Alicia ordering or even agreeing to it but Eli does have previous in that area…..

  2. Snoskred June 1, 2015 / 5:15 am

    I was a bit upset by the whole email thing this week. Go Fug Yourself had a screencap of one line at the end of their post – it appeared in one of the leaked emails and it said –

    “If you’ve read this far, you aren’t paying any attention to our show. So, bite me.”

    Well first of all, for anyone to have read that far, they must have paused the show or taken a screencap because the email was not really on the screen for long enough for people to read all of it. So the entire premise of that line is not optimal to begin with.

    Secondly, it felt a little bit like a slap in the face to the viewers of the show. 😦

    I am enjoying Oliver Platt, as always. 🙂

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