The Good Wife Review: Fishing for Dirt

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Who knew fishing expeditions could have such unwanted consequences?

On the latest installment of The Good Wife, "Another Ham Sandwich," Wendy Scott-Carr chose not to cut bait in the face of overwhelming evidence that her case against Will would not lead to an indictment, while Eli should never have cast his line in the direction of Stacie Hall in the first place.

It was a quality episode, filled with a couple significant developments that should play key roles going forward, but a couple ways in which storylines were wrapped up left me asking: WTF? What the Fish, of course...

Spying Eli

First, there was the quick and tidy way the grand jury arrived at its decision. Who is this Peter person? Really, random grand jury women?!? He was referred to as the State's Attorney every time he was mentioned in testimony; and based on last season's extended election coverage, the show made the race for that office seems like a very public event in Chicago.

Similarly, another participant believed the real crime was some kind of cover-up between Peter and the judge, seemingly because the former's name simply was brought up often. For such a major storyline - would Will get indicted? Would he go to jail? Would his dalliance with Alicia be exposed? - the resolution felt awfully anti-climactic and rushed, left in the hands of total strangers.

Secondly, the Kalinda/Dana interactions have felt forced from the beginning. Both women have been clearly using one another, so why Dana would be shocked that Kalinda doctored that file? To the point she'd slap her in public when prompted? It was an odd scene and an even odder reaction.

Wow, the known-to-be-flirty-when-it-furthers-her-own-cause private investigator pulled one over on you to protect her boss? The unexpected horror!

This tampering of the file by Kalinda was a predictable maneuver, but it was still enjoyable to watch Will confidently, calmly destroy Wendy's "evidence" on the stand.

Will Wendy really follow up with the bar association now?* I hope not. The judicial bribery charges have been played out from a storyline perspective. Has Will used his basketball games to curry favor? Is he completely innocent of all these allegations? I'd prefer for the case to now be dropped and for these answers to remain ambiguous.

Elsewhere, great, great scene between Peter and Alicia in the latter's kitchen. The Good Wife is judicious in how often it puts these two together, and for great reason. This way, when they do interact, there's always a sense of tension boiling just beneath the surface. They've been on good terms for awhile now... but not really. They're separated... but not in the eyes of the public. Peter knows about Will... but it's never been outwardly discussed, until his blowup of a line here.

Of course that's what this is about! The entire exchange was both subtle and direct at the same time. I loved it.

As for Eli and Stacie? They're fun together. Eli still feels separate from the rest of the show, however, like the writers just give him stories here and there because, come on, everyone loves Eli Gold. And it's true, we do. But I look forward to Peter one day running for governor, to Eli representing him and for his time each week to feel more related to other characters and events.

That said, point David Lee. Well played, sir. I do enjoy the adversarial relationship this pair has developed.

So as Alicia takes her kids on vacation, The Good Wife will once again also be on hiatus for a bit. That gives us time to debate: Were you happy with the way Will's case played out? Do you want to see more of Stacie Hall? Should Alicia just tell her kids about Will? And did you find this episode fishin awesome, or just okay?

* My question is answered in this promo for the next new episode, scheduled to air on February 19.

** The "Here I Go Again" cover that concluded the episode was sang by Audra Mae and you can purchase it via TV Fanatic HERE.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


People who support a show that implies and later depicts violence against sea organisms need their heads checked. Sea organisms provide variety and purpose to life. And strangling them senselessly just to impress your wife into actually having sex with you after 7 months isnt purposeful nor remotely intellgent.


NO, Kalinda called just in time that the grand jury didn't move on. She still doesn't have the guts to tell them, she knows what the outcome will be and disgrace in their eyes.


There was an episode that ended with Alicia facing the consequences of her affair with Will and getting ready to tell Zack and Grace as they walked into the apartment; did she ever tell them? I missed it if she did.


Fabulous show. Enjoy when Alicia and Kalinda are working on a case together. Wish you would bring back Natalie Flores for Eli. Love the actress but not liking Stacey with Eli.


How long do we have to wait for new episodes, after next week we have to wait another 2 weeks again. The cooking channel is starting too look good and less reruns.


A good match would be a clean slate and move on and dump both of them ! Plus the kids are not old enough to make a lot od decisions yet they need to be nursed till 18 and she knows that. They are the real reason she has somebodies to hold on to and have peace of mind.


You cannot be serious that Alicia is going to get back together with Peter. The only right thing for her to do is to get a divorce. That man has not done anything good for his family other then caused trouble. Sleeped with hockers and lied his teeth out. Alicia is way better og without him. As for the children, Alicia does not need to nurse them all the time, they are grown and can take care of them selves or at least they have to learn to be individual people. I still see Alicia and Will together again. Perhaps he will settle down, they are such a good match. But Alicia is a grown woman and she can take care of her self.


@Marlin you are 100% right I support your wisdom she has to get her head out of the sand and start looking at what she has a take care of it. (THE FAMILY ALL OF THEM)


Very good review. Alicia should never have hooked up with Will. Alicia is too smart for this big mistake. Will is a scoundrel. I will give some benefit of doubt that much of what has come to light about Will happened after she started the relationship. There has been too many red flags for her to hook up again, or even throw too much support to him. It is hard to believe someone on the jury didn't recognize Alicia, and didn't immediately run to a reporter with the news that she cheated on Peter. The first thought might be to believe that Peter is going after Will because he slept with his wife, as he said, this is about Will. And, it may be somewhat correct. But, Will has been very successful against the States Attorney, and Lockhart Gardner is representing one of the biggest crime bosses in Chicago. Peter has all the good reason to go after Will and L-G. Peter really does seem to be trying to do what is right.


I thought the eppy was masterfully done overall. But really really do not understand why Kalinda would allow Dana to slap her. Felt like the script of a misogynistic writer. When a guy one-ups another guy or even a woman, its handled in an almost congratulatory "nicely played" manner. This was strange and I didn't like to see Kalinda get slapped for being loyal to her friend/colleague. What did dana expect -- she was the stupid one for believing Kalinda would just give her the goods. Cary would never have believed that of Kalinda. Wish Carylinda would happen already -- those two have amazing chemistry.

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