The Good Wife s7 ep 21

Second-to-last episode ever and, my gosh, it’s a great one.

Surprisingly, given the length of time the grand jury proceedings took, (but awesomely, given how well condensing it into one instalment works) Peter’s trial is done and almost dusted in this one ep, with Diane and Lucca representing him, (I feel sure this is a massive conflict of interest, given Diane represents Eli, but never mind), Mr Schue from Glee prosecuting and Judge Cuesta thoroughly enjoying himself on the bench.

Using both brevity and history to their advantage, the trial and trial-related scenes are snappy, sharp and exciting, with turns from several old friends and enemies – Matan, Geneva, Cary and Kurt, of course – all gripping for entirely different reasons, and even the awful Canning put to entertaining instead of irritating use. In terms of sub-plots, the destruction of the firm’s offices/sets is hilarious on both a surface level and a meta one – I assume they didn’t know about the spin-off when they planned that – with David Lee a particular joy, but the more solemn, sad Kurt and Diane side of things is also terrific. God, if he hadn’t forgiven her….. No, let’s not even think about it.

Kurt and Diane aside, though, it’s another, far less hopeful marriage that’s at the root of many of the best scenes. Alicia’s not giving evidence, but her role in proceedings is no less crucial for it, and her scenes with Peter, with Mr Schue, with Cary and even with Canning are just fantastic. It’s hard to pick a favourite, but her entirely unfazed reaction to the Geneva “rumour” (I like that we can make up our own minds whether it’s true or not) is terrific and her trial prep with Peter is so wonderfully vicious, it leaves blood on the walls. Forget most of this season and the Jason rubbish and whatever else has ailed TGW recently, this is the show I love.


8 thoughts on “The Good Wife s7 ep 21

  1. Jed Bartlet June 19, 2016 / 8:35 am

    Yes, really enjoyed this. I couldn’t decide if demolishing the office was amusing or just a little too meta, but it was probably worth it for David Lee floating around listening to Gilbert and Sullivan through his headphones. In fact, I half-wondered whether he had had a part to play in it, and was using that to give himself a kind of alibi, given that he’s suddenly decided not to play ball with the new firm after all…? “The bitch is on the line”. Hee.

    The Peter arc was, at last, good this week, although a couple of things jarred – if, as Mr Schue was claiming, Alicia was part of a criminal conspiracy, why wasn’t she on trial? Why did he keep taking plea offers to her rather than to her attorney of record? And what in the name of God was she doing conducting the trial prep? I know that it’s a contrivance to ensure that all the main players are involved in the big end-of-series plot, but still. As it happens I don’t believe that Peter and Geneva were a thing, but Alicia’s mock tears for Canning’s benefit were just wonderful. I can totally see why Canning reacted the way he did, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that was unscripted.

    Finally, given that Lucca is Jason’s regular go-to, shouldn’t they be a couple rather than Jalicia? They have at least as much chemistry, and from what we’ve seen of Lucca she’s perhaps more in tune with Jason’s relationship preferences.

    And finally finally, it’s not “Mr Brody”. It’s “Matan”. One name. Like Madonna or Prince.

    • CJ Cregg June 19, 2016 / 7:17 pm

      I wasn’t too bothered by Schue saying Alicia was part of a criminal conspiracy – it was stupid of him, but I took it to be his (clumsy, objectionable) way of trying to tell the jury not to take anything from Alicia supporting her husband, she’s working with him to keep the truth hidden and help him get away with his crimes-type thing, rather than “I can prove a criminal case against her”. But yeah, it really bugged me too that all Schue’s discussions seemed to be with her rather than Diane. That made no sense.

      Alicia doing trial prep with Peter would have been more logical if Diane were actually there to see how he coped, but then it wouldn’t have been anywhere near as vicious or amazing so I’m just going to chalk that one up to dramatic license.

      I don’t believe Peter and Geneva were a thing either, mainly because Geneva never seemed very keen at all on him when she worked with him, but I could be persuaded otherwise. I see that Peter was still denying sleeping with Marilyn and Ramona this week, which I thought was the show’s way of saying “remember this guy lies, everyone, so yes, he *might* be telling the truth about Geneva or indeed about Lloyd Garber but he might not.”

      You’re right that Lucca and Jason would make a lot more sense than everything involving Alicia and Jason but I’m pretty much screaming into the void with my loathing of Jalicia now.

      • Jed Bartlet June 19, 2016 / 9:12 pm

        I thought he just denied sleeping with Geneva and Marilyn. On Marilyn, that was his position at the time as well, if I remember correctly. And – again if I remember correctly – the show didn’t seriously suggest otherwise, with the “Peter” fakeout leading somewhere else entirely.

        Don’t think he denied sleeping with Ramona – at that point he fired back with the Will and Jason accusations.

        • CJ Cregg June 19, 2016 / 9:23 pm

          I thought he denied all of them. Didn’t Eli confirm Peter had slept with Marilyn in a throwaway remark a while back or did I imagine that?

          • Jed Bartlet June 19, 2016 / 9:28 pm

            Rewatched it. He denies Geneva and Marilyn, then says nothing about Ramona but goes on the attack with Alicia’s infidelities.

            Can’t remember Eli confirming Parilyn, but it might have happened. I don’t think Peter’s ever admitted it onscreen, though, so his position in this episode is at least consistent with what he’s said in the past. And I’m reasonably sure that the only one of the three we, as viewers, can conclude definitely did happen is Ramona.

  2. kht June 20, 2016 / 3:47 am

    Enjoyed this review! I actually didn’t enjoy the weirdly fast-paced way they handled Peter’s trial, but totally agree that the meta destruction of the office and the Kurt/Diane plot were excellent.

    • CJ Cregg June 21, 2016 / 12:21 am

      Thanks KHT! Kurt and Diane are tremendous, aren’t they – Gary Cole and Christine Baranski are just great, and work brilliantly together. I love them.

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