#TheGoodWife 3×09 “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” : Grandma’s Such a Bitch

Yes, it’s that time again – my weekly Raked review! I hope the Americans out there reading this are enjoying the freedom and turkey of Thanksgiving vacation. I encourage you to use this time to catch up on your television (and spend quality time with your loved ones). Love, TheGoodFan. 

THE GOOD WIFE: 3.09 “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot”

Peoples! I’m gonna try to keep this a bit shorter in the upcoming weeks. Sometimes one gets a bit carried away….

So, everybody was off their game this episode which I have to admit made it less…fun. While I thoroughly enjoyed the return of Captain Terrence Hicks (the military court attorney), and seeing Will squirm was entertaining, the case itself was a thorough downer. I mean, The Good Wife doesn’t do silly cases, and for that I am forever grateful, but there just couldn’t be a winner in this drone-bombing case. In an episode that saw Eli getting railroaded by lobbier Stacie Hall (an unfunny Amy Sedaris) and Wendy Scott-Hall announcing her intentions to go after Will, I did want some sort of victory for the folks at Lockhart/Gardner.

Perhaps that’s why I was so thoroughly delighted by Alicia’s crackdown on Jackie’s interference with her home life. Who else audibly gasped when Alicia saw Jackie snooping through her Macbook camera? I love it when the writers take inspiration from some of the weirder tech stories out there, and felt that they must have been as intrigued by This Guy Has My Macbook as I was. The subplot was also the source of such great lines as “We have to watch Grandma….she’s such a bitch” (hat tip to Grace) and Alicia’s “You no longer have the power to wound.” Alicia’s victories over Jackie—changing the locks, confronting her, and then buying Zach a car—all added up to one kickass empowerment subplot.

But to touch on the more disparate elements of this episode…

Wendy Scott–Carr: I think the Kings do actors a steady by creating juicy recurring guest roles for them, but Wendy S-C’s reappearance in this ep fell flat for me. I think it’s the monotone delivery of her lines, but I just don’t buy her brand of intimidation. Sorry.

Kalinda/Dana/Cary: That was…uncomfortable. This ep saw Dana’s change from possible match to Kalinda, to possible creeper of Kalinda. It was a little Single White Female, with Dana’s new leather jacket wardrobe and dirty-talk about Kalinda in bed with Cary. Shudder. I haven’t lost interest, but I wasn’t a fan of Dana’s switch from complex character to petulant girlfriend, sticking gum under chairs at Lockhart/Gardner. Oh, and while my heart may have jumped a bit as Kalinda expounded the joys of female seduction to Dana, the strains of soft jazz in the background really threw me.

Noteworthy (but superficial) moments: The corn conference room had the most amazing corn-themed art ever. Even their conference table evoked corn. Sincere kudos to the @GoodWifeSetDec.

Next on The Good WifeThe December 4 episode promises to be juicy, juicy, juicy. “Parenting Made Easy” has Alicia derailed from a case against Louis Canning when a personal crisis interferes. For Kalinda/Alicia friendship fans, there are major developments on that front. I, for one, cannot wait.

What say ye?

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2 thoughts on “#TheGoodWife 3×09 “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” : Grandma’s Such a Bitch

  1. I felt pretty much the same. I like Wendy but this feels like yesterday’s leftovers. I was not really thrilled by the announcement of Eli’s nemesis coming on board but Amy Sedaris was a great choice. Sadly, once again this season, the character wasn’t up to the casting choice. It felt like a waste of talent, much like Dana is on Monica Raymund.

    The case was not uninteresting but it felt superfluous in the midst of all the machinations surrounding Will’s thickening plot (although it’s thickening so slowly, it feels like watching a glacier melt: you know the threat is growing but it’s not exactly exciting). Am I the only one who was disappointed that Kalinda’s contribution against the investigation into Will was that… there was an investigation. Our lady needs to step up her game. I was expecting juicy and it was… a let down.
    Then she sneaks in the cheese distraction for a bit of helpful information and again is sucked in the creepiest triangle ever witnessed. Thankfully Archie managed to bring on her A game for that too brief scene at the bar (she could just have been talking to herself, for all the good Dana did in that scene) but that was not enough to keep Kalinda afloat in this episode.

    I did like some things about the episode, let’s not be overly negative. Linda Emond and Patrick Breen were on point, as in Double Jeopardy. The last scene between the judge and Alicia saved the case storyline from terminal blandness.
    I loved the long awaited Alicia Jackie smackdown (as well as the kids’ reaction and I’m not a fan of the brats).
    And finally the jewel of this episode as far as I’m concerned: Diane. She shone in all her scenes. From the confrontation with Will to her polite but lethal conversation with Wendy and her reality check for Eli, she had some of the best lines of the episode.

    Conclusion: Less Dana/Cary. Less big name recurring characters. More DIane, More Kalinda. More Alicia please.

  2. Wendy and Amy’s character were IMO the least successful characters in this ep. Dana’s change seemed out of character for what we’d seen from her, but I’m not ready to give up on her yet.

    I honestly forgot Kalinda did ANY sleuthing in this ep. She only seemed us for the Cary storyline, really. That’s one of the reasons I’m all the more excited for next week! It seems like Alicia AND Kalinda’s skills figure heavily in her storyline.

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