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As I am a new resident of Canada, and therefore watched this episode of The Good Wife on my first ever Canadian Thanksgiving, I thought it would be appropriate to review the season’s third episode according to what I’m most thankful for. And since I am always thankful for Kalinda’s short skirts, I will avoid further mention of said skirts and just hit on the plot stuff. So…
This episode finds the viewer following two of Lockhart/Gardner’s cases. In the primary case, Alicia and Will are court-ordered mediation at a hotel, negotiating a settlement in a medical malpractice case with attorney (and Will’s ex), Celeste Serrano, played by special guest star Lisa Edelstein. So there’s the whole former-flame-meets-current-flame thing going on there. In the other case, Diane and Eli are forced to strategize crisis management when a cheese organization comes to them looking for advice in the wake of a massive listeria outbreak that originated at a dairy farm.
And Kalinda must work for both teams as they navigate their time-sensitive cases.
In this episode of The Good Wife, I give thanks for:
- Eli and Diane working together. They nearly come to blows over how to handle the crisis management for Heather Farms, and it’s awful fun to watch. Dang, I had really missed hot-headed Diane. She plays a cool cucumber most of the time, overseeing the rest of the L/G staff, but her BAMF qualities really emerge when she gets all riled up.
- Cary bringing Kalinda down a peg. Kalinda goes to Cary for info about why the D.A. is declining to pursue a criminal case against the doctor that Alicia and Will are suing, but Cary won’t leak. He tells her, “You tend to use people’s feelings to further your investigations.” Cary’s not my favorite character, but I hope his realization will put the kibosh on a Kalinda/Cary romance for the time being.
- Owen’s back! And he runs into Jackie! Alicia calls in Owen to babysit the kiddos while she works at the hotel with Will, and Owen happily obliges so she can go get laid by her new boyfriend. Sadly for Owen, his own romantic interlude is interrupted when Jackie crashes his date during a serious conversation about tantric sex. I can’t believe this stuff passed the censor board, but am I ever grateful.
- Will’s backbone. I must admit that I thought Will might cave to temptation and settle his case with Celeste, cutting Alicia out of the deal entirely. I liked that he walked away from the poker game. Could that be character growth I see?
- Alicia’s honesty. The writers could have Alicia head-over-heels for Will as payoff for two seasons of flirtation and stifled feelings. Instead, Alicia admits to Owen that she’s not in love with Will. It may peeve “Willicia” shippers, but it’s a bit more realistic this way, and now I can’t wait to see how their tryst plays out over this season.
I am less thankful for:
- Kalinda ignoring Alicia’s call while sleuthing around the cheese plant. I know she was just concentrating on the more urgent matter, but it’s still a cruel reminder of the distance between them. There once was a time when Kalinda would have dropped everything to help her work-girlfriend.
- Listeriosis. Talk about timely plotlines (don’t eat cantaloupe, kids). Watching the news footage of elementary school kids chucking up bright orange Velveeta vomit reminded me (and not in a good way) of those bloody rat attack videos from the first season.
What were you thankful for this episode? Anything you wish had landed on the cutting room floor?