Tuesday 26 March 2013

Reaction Post - I've decided that life is too short not to be honest.

The Good Wife: 4x18 Death of a Client.

  • The Good Wife is a comedy show with a body count, this week more than ever before.
  • We realize that there's been a whole parallel story running behind the scenes at L&G where Alicia Florrick was tasked with a particular eccentric client, played by John Noble, and eighteen (!) pending cases against dogs, birds, probably insects, corporations, the police, the weather (You can sue over anything in America!). One or any of these things/their owners get him killed. 
  • There's a really great moment when Alicia ponders the list of people who would have wanted to kill the client and we get a sense from the first flashback that she's one of those people. 
  • Which means that Alicia gets out of the increasingly awkward (once Will is in the vicinity of Peter and Mike Kresteva starts pulling strings and being gross) Shamrock dinner, but also that the police set her up to panic about the well-being of her kids when they tell her that the killer is now after her, just to make her more cooperative. 
  • "Well, this has been fun, die joking on your own blood, please" - St. Alicia
  • To figure this out, Kalinda Sharma ditches a massage therapist clearly interested in going to a second location with her. This whole thing felt a bit weird because I've never really thought about Kalinda as someone who ever goes out to hook up with people - all her relationships seem to be fall-outs from cases. 
  • The political aim of the Shamrock dinner is to get hugged by a Catholic cardinal. Peter's personal aim soon is punching Mike in the face for being an idiot, which he promptly does, and since Peter is Peter he immediately reshapes reality by just repeating "it makes no sense for me to have done that, so I mustn't have" and SINCE Peter is Peter, that's exactly what everybody else believes. In the end, nobody gets hugged (which if you really think about it should be a good thing?) because they are both really weird I guess.
Eli: That's a Cheshire smile.
Peter: Oh, that's a real smile. 
I'm not sure if there's much of a difference when it comes to Peter Florrick. 

  • Meanwhile Laura Hellinger, who is also awesomely kind of slightly off when it comes to social interaction (not in a "from a magical wonderland" way like certain other lawyers on the show, but in a "maybe hasn't been around humans in a long time and is only now figuring out how they work" way that accidentally sometimes looks like flirting but not always when she wants it to - all of which makes me want to watch Amanda Peet's entire filmography) causes some unexpected flashbacks to Alicia's happy days (aka hotel hook-ups) with Will Gardner, because Laura asks about his availability and Alicia realizes she doesn't really want him to be available but also doesn't want to not want him to be available. They "talk about it" and I guess it's over for now but definitely not for good ("Can you just decide that?" / "I can. I have to.")
  • Also, parallel to the Will-thing, worrying about her kids means that Alicia sends them on a road-trip to the next bar with her mother (AND it's St Patrick's day, so all of this happens to the backdrop of people throwing up), who tells them that Alicia was pregnant with Zach when she got married (they changed the date later because of what I can only assume JACKIE FLORRICK) and didn't really plan Grace, which leads to a whole lovely conversation between Grace and Alicia about how much she loves the kids and why she married Peter (because Grace actually fears that she got married to someone she wouldn't otherwise have married - the whole thing makes so much sense, actually, it explains so much about Peter and Alicia's dynamic as a couple as well).
  • Peter offers Diane a spot on the Illinois Supreme Court (the spot of the guy who died last week and whose affair they uncovered). She'd no longer be a name partner at L&G though, and gorgeously flattered and flustered.
  • It was the dog-owner. 

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