I Have No Idea Where The Good Wife Is Going And That's Thrilling
I have no idea where The Good Wife is going. None. Iíve spent the past day and a half trying to find clues I may have missed or a clear, logical exit strategy out of the brilliant and seemingly crippling corner the writers have painted themselves into, and Iím only able to muster up a few guesses Iím less than confident about, which is a very unnatural and uncomfortable feeling to me.
Iím typically a pretty savvy television viewer. When Iím watching a procedural, I often donít make my killer guess based on actual clues. Instead, I forecast ahead based on stupid things like the order the suspects were interviewed in, the actors and actresses playing each of the possibilities or even whether someone seems a little too random or unimportant to be there. Thatís what watching more than a dozen hours of network programing every week will do to you, but when it comes to The Good Wife, Iím absolutely floored.
There are quite a few plots going in different directions right now involving Governor Florrick, Eli Gold and an ethics committee, Graceís burgeoning sexuality and the firm being wiretapped by the government, but the primary story arc centers around the fracturing of Lockhart Gardner. Cary Agos is leaving the firm with the other fourth years thanks to a very complicated partnership offer renege that makes complete sense. As of right now, our title good wife, Alicia Florrick, has agreed to join him, alongside second investigator Robyn. In theory, this would set up an almost limitless future of storylines with Diane, Will, first investigator Kalinda and David Lee on one side and Cary, Alicia, Robyn and perhaps one of the fourth years to be given a larger role on the other side. But now, the above scenario is impossible.
Thanks to a scathing interview Diane gave in which she hammered Will in an effort to win a judicial nomination, she was thrown out of her own firm this week. Sheís still banking on that Illinois Supreme Court nomination coming through, but since that would send the show in too many different directions, Iím fairly confident thatís out. So, now, she either needs to start her own firm or she needs to join Cary, Alicia and the fourth years. If she does join them, however, that tips the balance too far in the other law firmís favor. Think about it like a pick up game. The Good Wife writers are clearly assembling a scenario in which the team weíve fallen in love with fractures and is forced to do battle against one another, but for that to work, the sides have to feel even. Will is almost without question the best lawyer the firm has, but he still needs wingmen and David Lee, shrewd as he might be, is primarily a divorce attorney. For all of this to work, Alicia needs to stay with Will, Will and Diane need to make up or they need to go to the bullpen.
But how that hell that might happen is completely beyond me. At the end of this past episode, Alicia told Cary sheís still on board and wants to leave this week. Beyond that, upcoming scenes show Will screaming and throwing all of the shit off of Aliciaís desk, apparently after discovering she has been conspiring with Cary and the fourth years to leave. Maybe weíll find out she decides to stay, and heís just mad she didnít tell him about the plan. Maybe heíll throw her ass out of the firm and hire one of the brilliant recurring lawyers weíve seen over the years including but not limited to Elsbeth Tascioni (Carrie Preston), Captain Laura Hellinger (Amanda Peet) or Mike Kresteva (Matthew Perry). Hell, if they didnít have their own shows, I could even see the writers bringing in Louis Canning (Michael J Fox) or especially, the brilliant and manipulative Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton). Right now, The Good Wife could go in a lot of different directions, and thanks to careful, brilliant and balanced writing, I donít hate any of the possibilities.
The Good Wife is the best drama on broadcast television. Some weeks, itís the best drama on all of television. Itís smart. Itís sharp. It constantly reinvents itself, and it always has something to say. I have no idea where the hell itís going, and thatís thrilling.
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