The Good Wife s7 ep 18

David Lee’s niece (?) Anna Camp pops back in this week to do battle with Alicia and Diane in a reasonably interesting case about private drones which has a lot of potential and could have tickled me a lot more if Anna’s character actually asked questions like a real lawyer instead of ranting about Reese Dipple all the time. That, and the Eli/ Marissa storyline are the best ones of the week, which doesn’t mean they’re brilliant, but they’re decent enough.

On the firm warfare front, however, both Cary and I are truly over it, and given the way Matt Czuchry’s been, shall we say, “under-used” over the past season, there’s something uncomfortably meta about Cary walking out for being pushed aside, even if I did like his little dig about the subpoena on the way out. As far as Alicia and Jason are concerned, meanwhile, every scene they shared made me want to switch off the television – especially that conference room awfulness – and if you’d told me two years ago that I wouldn’t care in the slightest whether Peter and Alicia get a divorce this time or not, I wouldn’t have believed you, but there we are.

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5 thoughts on “The Good Wife s7 ep 18

  1. Snoskred June 1, 2016 / 10:10 am

    I have loved Matt Czuchry as Cary over the past 7 seasons and it was utterly senseless to make almost no use of him this season. In fact I consider it almost criminal! :/

    But then the same could be said for the characters of David Lee, and also for Diane. I really hope all three actors go on to have amazing roles elsewhere – and from what I understand, Diane as a character will live on in some format. And thank god, because that wardrobe is KILLA. πŸ™‚

  2. Jed Bartlet June 2, 2016 / 1:32 pm

    We probably need to grade The Good Wife on a curve: it’s still better than most other things on TV. But this episode was an illustration, in one handy 45 minute package, of everything which has gone wrong this season.

    The Case of the Week. Now, normally I’m a complete sucker for anything with a drone in it. But this was low-stakes, lazy, and half-assed – dude, of course you’re not going to be allowed to shoot a drone down, don’t be silly – and thus revolved around the viewer giving an eff about Reese Dipple and his apparently tight grip on the caseload of Florrick Agos Lee. Which in previous seasons we might have, because we’d have been in the middle of it, watching the debates about the politics, the money, the effect on Diane’s potential judicial career and conscience. But this season we’ve only been invited to care about who’s in and who’s out. Which brings me to…

    The firm. I agree: it’s hard to see Cary’s exit – whether from the whole show I don’t know – as anything other than squirm-inducingly meta. That part when he said it wasn’t fun… he spoke for the viewers, and quite possibly for Matt Czuchry as well. We’ve quite possibly seen as much of Howard Lyman as of Cary this season, which is a crying shame. (Incidentally I used to love the character of Howard when he was occasional comic relief; not so much when he’s central, and it beggars belief that a serious law firm would put up with him for two minutes.) If anything has been a miscalculation in the final season, it’s the treatment of Diane, Cary, and this whole plot.

    The indictment. Seriously? I’m prepared to put up with this if it means more Marissa, but otherwise I really am past caring about whatever it is Peter is supposed to have done. (There’s a suggestion online that Marissa should move to Madam Secretary and become Elizabeth McCord’s body woman. I heartily endorse this idea, as long as the adorable Blake can be redeployed.)

    Alicia’s love life. Actually, I didn’t think this was the worst it’s ever been. Apart from anything else I read this interview with Julianna Margulies in which she pointed out that Alicia has been getting more daring as she’s aged, and that there was something unusual about seeing, on network TV, a woman in her 40s having sex and not being inhibited. Which is a fair point. Also, I liked the way in which Jason shifted from annoying and smirky to flat-eyed menace when Peter confronted him. Having said all of that… yeah, no.

    • Snoskred June 2, 2016 / 1:56 pm

      On top of all of that, Jed, it seems to me like 99% of the cast is just *over* it. They do not seem to be having any fun. I was watching this on the same day as Billions for several episodes and the difference in atmosphere was almost scary.

      I really hope if there is to be a spin off, that Christine Baranski and anyone else involved can get the fun back on the set. πŸ™‚

      • Jed Bartlet June 2, 2016 / 4:53 pm

        I think Juli’s still having fun, and I think that’s part of the problem.

    • CPS June 5, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Julianna Margulies is so full of herself which is one reason I stopped watching The Good Wife at the beginning of season 7. I got tired of watching her smug face when I wanted to see more of the other characters.

      There are several women of network TV in their 40s have sex and not being inhibited – Viola Davis on HTGAWM, Taraji P. Henson on Empire, Tea Leoni on Madame Secretary, Jennifer Lopez on Shades of Blue, Kerry Washington on Scandal (39 so just under 40), and many more supporting characters of a certain age on these and other shows.

      Also Julianna needs to stop complaining about how unfair it is that she has to do more episodes than lead actresses on cable and streaming services in every interview. Yes, we get it. Network TV is has more filler episodes so it it harder to maintain the quality of the show but you don’t hear the other leading actresses from network TV constantly whining about it.

      The Good Wife should have ended after season 5 or planned a tight exit for Season 6.

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