The Good Wife s6 ep 20

image“A month ago, no one wanted to turn on Bishop. Now everybody does.”

Geneva has a point. Did we really just spend twenty weeks going round in a big circle?

We sat through the entire political plot (my God, all that pontificating) for Alicia to get elected, but before she even took up the post, she stepped down. We spent weeks fretting about what either prison or Lemond Bishop might do to Cary only for him to try and turn informer after all and be beaten by Kalinda to the punch. And we spent nearly two seasons watching Alicia, Cary and Diane play musical jobs with Lockhart Gardner only to watch it happen again this week…

For what it’s worth, this was a beautifully-made piece of tv with the usual marvellous performances; Alicia’s pain was palpable, the Kalinda story was desperately tense and the case of the week was great. But the way some of the main arcs circled back round yet again was somewhat frustrating. Not so much the Cary/Lemond/Kalinda story which I did really like, but more Alicia’s sub-plots which, as the very title of the ep – “The Deconstruction” – suggests, yet again involved dismantling her professional and personal relationships for want of something else to do. Alicia leaving firms and/or plotting against her partners is becoming too much of a habit for the show and it’s one that’s becoming more annoying than entertaining every time they revisit it.

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3 thoughts on “The Good Wife s6 ep 20

  1. Snoskred June 18, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    “We sat through the entire political plot (my God, all that pontificating) for Alicia to get elected, but before she even took up the post, she stepped down.”

    That was my huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuge problem with this season. I don’t even understand why this happened. I would have been happy with an Alicia loses the election storyline, but why did we need to have all these crazy, improbable twists? It wasn’t a great deal of fun to sit through all the political stuff with seemingly no payoff in any way shape or form.

  2. Jed Bartlet June 18, 2015 / 11:50 pm

    I wasn’t buying this episode at all, I’m afraid.

    To start with, the plot about Alicia maybe, or maybe not, coming back to the firm was stupid. (A digression – is the firm now essentially Lockhart Gardner again, but without Will? In which case what was the point, in-universe or in the writers’ room?) Oh, she said one thing but she meant another, and the partners are plotting, but it’s all a misunderstanding… come on. These people are adults. And why on earth, after all that, would they pull the plug because someone who’s been a client for like two hours tells them to? A client, moreover, whose political views are entirely anathema to Diane? (Except, of course, as ever, the writers have hedged their bets by making him a listening conservative.)

    The Case of the Week was undernourished, and for Diane – who, we are meant to believe, narrowly escaped jail for the strict liability offence of leading inaccurate evidence – to pretend that her client was a drug addict was way over the ethical line.

    The Lemond/Kalinda/Cary stuff was good. Even there, though, the Thing That We’re Going To Talk About In A Couple Of Weeks was getting in the way. Kalinda: “I wanted to talk to Alicia in person”. Not gonna happen, Archie, and we all know it.

  3. CJ Cregg June 19, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    The firm is indeed Lockhart Gardner again, but without Will and Alicia, I suppose. We had some brilliant tv in the course of them breaking the firm up in the first place, but yeah it’s baffling that, after all that, they’ve just gone and put it all back together again. Because a lot of the break-up stuff was so good, cancelling it out now probably doesn’t annoy me as much as the political storyline does – I agree with Snoksred that that really does seem like it’s been a giant waste of time – but still….

    On another note, I found it really strange that they were acting like Alicia had been away for ages – all that “Alicia’s here!” whispering at the beginning – when I could swear she was working out of her office at LG just last week. Is that not where she recorded Nolan saying what he said?

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