Just to keep all of my irons in the fire regarding The Good Wife and “The Gay on My Teevee,” which focused on investigator Kalinda Sharma’s sexual ambiguity…
Last night’s episode, “Unplugged,” raised a whole host of new questions. And yes, they’re mostly to do with Kalinda’s sexual preference (as opposed to her professional motives). This is such a double-edged sword. I really want to know what’s going on with her, and it seems like the writers are trying to heavily tie that to some sort of sexual revelation, but I also just know she’s bisexual and don’t want to wait for some sort of empirical evidence onscreen. It was in the pilot script! A conundrum I tell you.
At least the episodes are so interesting to watch, I manage to suppress my instinct to default into fangirlish freakout and just enjoy how everything plays out. That said, here was my inner commentary while watching Kalinda’s storyline unfold in “Unplugged” :
Okay, what does everybody make of what went down last night with Detective Burton? Let’s hear some theories!
1) Burton has a big ol crush on K, ditches his fishing trip to track her down at the bar. Also, where is this bar? K&A seem to frequent it. I want to know so I can crash one of their ladydates.
Burton tells K about his crush, his divorce, and his kid – in that order. He sure seems to be laying his cards on the table. Which makes his later claim that he just wants something physically gratifying a little hard to buy. Does he change his mind? Is he just being upfront? Why does he so strongly resemble Prince? Basically, what is this dude’s deal?
2) Burton chases a “bored” K down and lays one on her. She pulls away, makes him get in his car (which she conveniently recognizes outside?), checks to see if he was BSing her about the fishing trip, then plants one on him. This is so hard to decipher.
Did she want to make sure he was packed safely into his car so she could control the situation, i.e. walk away after kissing him? What’s the what here?
3) K finds Burton at the bar and wants the toxicology report. Burton wants to know why she isn’t taking his calls, then assures her that he knows she has “vulnerability” issues and just wants a physical relationship. K says she’s in a relationship, he doesn’t believe her, Burton tells her to finish her drink, pay, and follow him. K gives the lady bartender the once over. END SCENE AND OH GOD I OFFICIALLY DON’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK:
Why isn’t she taking his calls? Avoidance? Disinterest?
Vulnerability issues? How do you meter K’s response to that?
She’s in a relationship? Is she telling a fib, or does anybody want to propose a theory as to who she’s in this relationship with?
Is K interested in his offer? She looks kinda turned on and starts to do as he says, but then does she double-guess herself?
WTF lady bartender? They’re just toying with us, right?
What does she see in this guy? Does she want him for his greasy hair body? His insider info? Both?
4) Burton questions the players in the rock star coma case with K in the room.
Did they or didn’t they? What the heck is going on?
I’m thinking these questions will all be up in the air for the next two episodes, and we’ll probably get more confused before we get any clarity whatsoever. Both Det. Burton and FBI Agent Lana Delaney, with whom we’ve seen Kalinda flirt, are slated to appear in the final two episodes this season, and with James Carpinella (Det. Burton) returning as a recurring next….who knows?