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The Good Wife Recap: Double Jeopardy


It says something about the depth of a television show’s cast when two-thirds of an episode can go by with the series lead largely on the sidelines.  This week’s episode of The Good Wife (with the unfortunate title “Double Jeopardy,” which just makes me think of Ashley Judd movies and Alex Trebek) did just that, with Alicia largely running around as Will’s second chair in a murder case; she had no interaction with her family, and little to do at the office.

At least part of the reason for this was that most of the story was taken up by a pleasantly twisty case-of-the-week, involving Will and Alicia defending a murder suspect twice; once in state court and then again in military court when a sore-loser Cary puts his friend up to trying the case again.  When most of the episode revolves around the courtroom and Alicia is second chair, she naturally has much less to do.  While the trial was entertaining, it served the grander purpose of deepening the bad blood between Cary and Alicia.  It’s revealed that Cary at least suspected that the man he was trying to convict for murder was innocent; it’s ultimately his forced testimony that clears the defendant in military court.  Yet, when confronting Alicia and Will after losing his state case, he snarls at them that the man is a wife-killer.  Cary is allowing his desire for revenge against Alicia and his old law firm to cloud his better judgment, and he’s making no friends at the State’s Attorney’s office as he clashes with Brody after their loss.  I’m still hoping for a head-to-head confrontation between Cary and Alicia before too much longer, but right now their simmering mistrust and dislike is making for fun, short scenes.

While Alicia was busy in court, there were other developments in Peter’s campaign against Glenn Childs for State’s Attorney.  Early in the episode, we find out that Peter’s call girl, Amber, released a video on College Humor where she sings a series of double-entendres about their relationship while frolicking around in skimpy clothing.  In a fun sequence, Eli realizes that an interviewer is guiding Peter’s answers to make him say things like “the stiffer the better,” which are then used in Amber’s video.  Watching the normally uber-collected Eli tear through a building trying to end the interview was an extremely satisfying sequence; it’s always good to see a character who seems infallible taken down a peg, particularly when you know that they’ll get their revenge for it in the end.

Meanwhile, Zach’s ex-girlfriend Becca has volunteered over at Florrick headquarters.  Eli spots her quickly and summarily tosses her out, despite her protestations that Zach said they were looking for help.  Once Zach tells Eli that he told Becca nothing of the sort, Eli realizes that Becca is hoping to reestablish contact with her ex and get quotes from him about his parents for her own use.  Eli warns Zach to stay away from Becca, advice which he promptly ignores.  This sequence culminates with the two setting up a fake Facebook account for the son of Glenn Childs; it seems certain that Becca’s a tracker herself, and this really is not going to end well.

Meanwhile, at the law firm, Diane finds out that one of Derrick’s big clients is Lou Dobbs, which represents a conflict with one of hers.  After securing Will’s support, the three partners go into a meeting to decide which client should be cut; Will takes one look at the billings from the two and switches sides to vote with Derrick leaving Diane out in the cold.  She does not take it well, and it looks like a real break between Will and Diane.  She asks Kalinda to look into a possible connection between Will and Derrick, and the final moments of the episode promise that Kalinda did indeed find something (though what exactly we don’t know).  Diane also has to meet with Lou Dobbs to promise that she can represent him despite their differing view-points; it seems a little bit like this story-line was done last year with Diane’s romance with gun-expert Kurt.  I’m not saying that she’s going to date Lou Dobbs, just that we’ve already received proof that she doesn’t have blinders on.

Finally, the Kalinda/Blake conflict continued on a slow simmer.  I’m not sure if we’re supposed to be feeling a sexual chemistry between these two, but all I’m really getting from Kalinda is a strong dislike.  Derrick puts Blake on Alicia’s case, and Kalinda is quite clearly irritated by the infringement on her territory.  Right now, with Derrick behind him, it seems like Blake has the upper-hand, but I have faith that Kalinda will come out on top.  Like with Eli earlier, it’s not a bad thing to have Kalinda being thrown every once in a while but only as long as I know that she’s going to throw someone else twice as hard in response.

All in all, a good episode if one a light on the serial aspects of the story; with the introduction of Alicia’s brother next week, I think we can look forward to something more character driven.

And some bullet points;

– Glenn Childs Jr. picture was one of the actor who played Justin’s first boyfriend on the last season of Ugly Betty.  <sigh> Now I miss Ugly Betty all over again.

– “Uh-oh.  She’s doing another cleanse.”

– “I appear to be off my game today.”

– The moment where employees from Derek’s old firm enter the conference room and wait for his dismissal to leave did not bode well.

– The Lou Dobbs stunt-casting just seemed beneath this show.  I’d rather them create a fictional character that would serve the same purpose.  I mean, does this mean that we’re going to have more scenes with Lou Dobbs?

– Nobody enters a frame quite like Archie Panjabi.  She should teach a class on pulling focus.