The Good Wife s7 ep 12

TGW’s commitment to bringing back guest characters – be they lawyers, judges or clients – from previous cases is a big part of its charm; the TGW universe doesn’t just comprise a different, unrelated case or a different bunch of guest stars every week, it’s a carefully, lovingly constructed, cohesive world, and recognising (or Googling) returnees is a big part of the fun.

Bringing people back can be a double-edged sword, though. Some come back too often, outstaying their welcome like the now completely unbearable Louis Canning. Others, however, like Rowby Canton can be victims of their previous success.

This week, Matthew Lillard’s Rowby – in a lovely, funny, sweet performance – does what the writers should just bloody get on with doing on a permanent basis (hopefully Alicia will see sense and accept Cary’s offer soon) and gets Alicia and Cary to work together temporarily on a dispute between him and his former record company, represented by the also returning Christine Lahti. It’s a fun case about music and the law, with a nerdy musical expert who has amazing ties and lots of cheery, amusing touches, but it brings back so many memories of Rowby’s previous appearance and the fabulous (and far superior) Thicky Trick episode, that this week’s automatically a) suffers by comparison and b) makes me sad again because, y’know, Will.

Of course, I’m not the only person feeling sad because, y’know, Will – Alicia is putting a brave face on it for the most part, doing the tough love thing with Grace (a character who is turning into something of a Mary Sue with all her Florrick Quinn-related successes) and taking on all comers in court and out of it, but her initial happiness at Marissa’s visit turns initially into cold fury then bone-deep pain when Marissa tries to intercede on Eli’s behalf. “I hurt” is an awkward turn of phrase and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say it in real life, but Julianna Margulies is terrific as always and, in that moment, once again, Alicia’s heartbreak is both palpable and devastating.

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3 thoughts on “The Good Wife s7 ep 12

  1. Jed Bartlet April 24, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    This episode was OK. But I went and had a look at your review of the original ‘Thicky Trick’ episode and it reminded me just how good it was, and just how much better than this it was. I actually found Rowby a little annoying in this one, when he doesn’t have Fitzgerald’s Silent Bobbery to temper his mindless enthusiasm. I found it slightly implausible that Lucca would have anything to do with him, although I did like the way Rowby said her name for the first time: “Luc-ca.” (And now I’ve just noticed that Kalinda doesn’t seem to be in the Thicky Trick video. Hmph. Maybe she “wasn’t in the studio that day”.)

    Still, Marissa is back, and I heart her, and Alicia should totally hire her and stop being so mean to her. It isn’t her fault that you “hurt”, Alicia.

    • CJ Cregg April 27, 2016 / 9:51 pm

      I think you’re being a wee bit unfair to Alicia there, Jed. She was delighted to see Marissa till it seemed like she was there for Eli’s reasons rather than her own. Given Eli’s track record for manipulating everyone, I can totally see why she thought he’d sent Marissa to spy / soften her up – actually, I’m pretty sure he did, Marissa just didn’t know that. I’d have reacted the same way Alicia did. He should have told Marissa he and Alicia were on the outs before he sent her round. Once he did tell her, Alicia was fine with her, if still super-sad and not forgiving Eli.

      For the record: I would not be forgiving Eli either. Possibly ever.

      • Jed Bartlet April 27, 2016 / 9:53 pm

        I’m sure you’re right, and I wouldn’t forgive Eli either. But it’s MARISSA, so I may be biased.

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