The Good Wife s7 eps 13 & 14

Two TGW reviews together this week, because real life has been getting in the way of my blogging something rotten.

First up, “Judged” has Alicia declaring war on Judge Schakowsky for keeping her first Bond Court client locked up for 8 months (and counting) for no reason other than badness. I’m struggling to ignore the implausibility of everyone – defence, prosecution, other judge presiding over the lawsuit, EVERYONE – else but Saint Alicia and her buddies going along with the continuing and quite spectacular denial of the basic rights of some completely innocuous, random accused, to continue to punish a lawyer who didn’t even know it was happening, myself. But if you can get past all that, Alicia, Cary and Lucca teaming up against Schakowsky gives us some fun, if frustrating court scenes, which are significantly more engaging than the odd “censorship vs campus newspaper” B-plot Diane finds herself involved in. [Full disclosure though, both the campus newspaper story and aspects of the following week’s Marissa plot really, really annoyed me for pushing a particular political agenda diametrically opposite to mine, but that’s just me.]

As Alicia goes for broke in court though, at home she’s still struggling with her overwhelming grief. The scene where she makes Eli recite what Will said in the voicemail is utterly devastating, as is her confiding in a sympathetic, compassionate Lucca – all powerful, moving and beautifully-judged. Less convincing is her cheerfully snogging the unspeakably smug Jason – I detest that character and his constant overwhelming delight with himself – and suddenly forgiving Eli like “hey, I’m over it, yay!” but I guess this is TGW moving on and picking up the pace, now the series end is in sight.

Talk of “less convincing” things brings me to ep 14, “Monday,” meanwhile, where Alicia takes Lucca with her to join Lockhart Whatever They’re Called This Week, only to find that it seems to have been taken over by pod people. Everybody’s characterisation, except perhaps Lucca’s and perma-grin Jason’s, is just off; in what seems to be a running theme this season, the show is determined to convince us that Cary and Diane are not only racist but actually STUPID and this week’s frankly goes too far with this whole “I must introduce you to Monica” business. I’m not overly happy with the systematic destruction of Alicia and Diane’s relationship and Lucca needs to dial it down several notches as well with the attitude to the PARTNERS – you’re the new girl, at least assess the terrain before you go stomping all over it, girlfriend – but I can see that making sense story-wise. The Monica/Lucca thing, though? Six previous seasons tell me this is NOT Cary and Diane at all, and I wish the show would remember that too. Like it remembers that Neil Gross and Chumhum stories are usually good value (as was this week’s), that Mr Dudewitz is highly entertaining (as he was this week), and that there is always, ALWAYS, someone trying to bring Peter down. There was, in fairness, a whole lot to enjoy about this ep, but I was a little too irritated by the rest of it to fully appreciate it.

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2 thoughts on “The Good Wife s7 eps 13 & 14

  1. Jed Bartlet May 6, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I was amazed, given the subject matter of the A and B plots, at just how flat ‘Judged’ was. Imagine what seasons 1-5 of TGW would have made of a judge being litigated against for personal bias, with some justification; and a freedom of speech issue in a college. Once upon a time either one of these plots could have comfortably filled an episode on its own. And I’m not buying Alicia and Lucca’s sudden BFF status either.

    As to whether the A-plot was implausible: the case of Kalief Browder would suggest not. The New Yorker ran his story in October 2014; he subsequently killed himself.

    By contrast, I actually liked ‘Monday’ a little more. Yes, the ongoing attempt to bring Lucca and Monica together was too much, but I quite liked the “Know any spirituals?” payoff. I can see why Diane would be cold with Alicia, at least to start with; she’s still deeply hurt from what she sees as Alicia’s betrayal. Agree about Lucca, though: she needs to remember where she is, and if she doesn’t like the hierarchy she can go back to bond court. And, of course, Marissa was in it, which is always good.

    • CJ Cregg May 6, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      Which betrayal are we talking about? There has been so much breaking up and making up, I’ve lost track. Was it not Diane and Cary etc who made Alicia leave the last time? Is the Howard ageism business the current beef?

      In general, I agree with you re the difference between how this one was handled and what s1-5 would have made of it. I think it’s a general theme this season which I touched on last time – it’s not that it’s bad per se, it just suffers by comparison. A lot of it just seems like a pale imitation of past glories. Eg the Rowby case and the Chumhum ones were fine, but previous Rowby and Chumhum ones were terrific.

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