The Good Wife Review: The Death and Desire Zone

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Based on events from "The Death Zone," is it a coincidence that an anagram for The Good Wife is "Weighed Foot."

Okay, probably. But the presence of both Eddie Izzard as opposing British council and an anagram-loving barrister - sorry, solicitor - on the team of Lockhart/Gardner made this an especially enjoyable Case of the Week. It didn't hurt that The Wire's John Doman was at his pompous, shady best, either.

Eddie Izzard on The Good Wife

The libel suit also gave us another glimpse at a newly confident Alicia, who made Will both proud and aroused when she took initiative during the deposition. There are clear problems with these two dating, but the chemistry between the characters is undeniable.

It's like Alicia said to Will on the season one finale: it's not a question of feelings, it's a question of practicality. As the hot scene inside Will's apartment last week proved, and as their role playing jokes and near-bathroom dalliance made clear here, Alicia and Will couldn't be more comfortable with each other. This relationship has been a very long time coming and both are very much into it. There's just the pesky little problem of Alicia's employment.

As always, The Good Wife blends the personal and the professional better than any show on TV. It features mature, rational characters facing mature, rational decisions, such as Diane visiting Alicia one moment on this episode, complimenting her apartment and giving her respect for how she has handled her marriage... and then telling Will the next moment that they might need to fire Alicia.

Is this Diane being duplicitous? Not at all. She's simply a strong, intelligent businesswomen who has never made any secret that the law firm comes first in her life.

It's now on Will to bring this issue to Alicia and for the two of them to formulate a plan. Let's hope the show doesn't drag that out too much, as Will also takes his job very seriously. I can't see him risking the firm, even for all the American Revolution-themed sex he can get.

This development also raises a question about Peter: is he really just trying to run a clean office? Does he have a vendetta against the company? Both the writers and Chris Noth have done an excellent job presenting Peter as a complicated, difficult-to-read individual. He comes across as sneaky behind his desk, but then as open and honest at home making dinner. My guess? He is going after Lockhart/Gardner.

Elsewhere, was it any surprise that Kalinda and Eli made for an entertaining duo? It's startling to think they had never met before, but expect to see a lot more of this savvy pair together. For all of our sakes, Eli, invoice your new employee next week and the week after that, too.

Finally, I always enjoy making a list of the current events or people name-dropped by The Good Wife each week. By throwing out Anthony Weiner and The News of the World scandal, the drama really does make you feel like Eli Gold is a real crisis manager living in Chicago. These additions add a sense of realism, although even The Good Wife has its limits: we'll likely never know the identity's of this week's potential Presidential candidate. Gotta be Chris Christie, right?

For the record, his anagram would be "Hitcher Crisis." We've uncovered the scandal, Eli! Get on that.

The Death Zone Review

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