The Good Wife Review: Losing Their Will

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So, following events on "Live From Damascus," where there's a Will, there's no longer a way to practice law on The Good Wife. At least not for the next six months.

Aside from allowing me to use that incredibly witty pun, though, there's something missing from this Will storyline. It should be a major deal, right? It was treated that way last night, certainly, with Will's future at the firm up in the air, despite Diane's assurance that there will be a place for him again in half a year.

Rita Wilson on The Good Wife

But the punishment hinges on an incident from 15 years ago. We've heard plenty of references to this $45,000 heist and its eventual replacement, but we weren't there for it. We didn't know Will when it went down.

As a result, I can't say I feel particularly invested in the crime or subsequent suspension. There's a feeling of detachment here. We're just being told about something Will did and, moreover, we're being told about how he was ratted out... by Wendy Scott-Carr, a character no longer on the show.

For such a significant development, a great deal has taken place off camera. Viewers haven't really been part of any of these actions. Sure, I'm curious where this is all going and what will happen now with Will out of the Lockart/Gardner - sorry, Lockhart & Associates - picture, but I'm disappointed at the way The Good Wife arrived here. It was just thrust upon us.

Similarly, the case of the week wasn't especially engrossing, even if it did involve a couple welcome guest stars in Jonathan Groff and John Benjamin Hickey.

Sometimes, The Good Wife focuses more on being relevant than being engaging - and this felt like one of those times. The Syrian revolution and the role a tech company played in it felt like too obvious of an attempt to mirror real life events from last year and how Facebook shaped them in countries such as Egypt.

This was especially trye when it came to Judge Abernathy and his Occupy Wall Street references. Those were all just really odd and really forced. We all love the use of big names behind the gavel - and who has ever not loved Denis O'Hare in anything?!? - but it can be distracting and simply unrealistic when these judges dominate a trial due to odd personality quirks.

But what saved "Live From Damascus?" Eli, as always. He's now working with two women who both irritate and attract him, giving him plenty of chances to be his lovable, bombastic, awkward, annoyed self.

What did everyone else think? Did Will's suspension feel sudden or well-earned? Is it just an excuse by the show to let Alicia take over that tax case involving Kalinda? What could that possibly be about? Once again, due to the Oscars, the show takes another break next Sunday, so we'll find out more on March 4.


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Recalling Will's intrigue re a past dream goal of being baseball commissioner has me wondering if his departure carrying his bat and ball had more significance indicating his time focus during the next 6 months. At least one of the two largest looming issues causing rifts in Alicia/Will relationship development is less eminent since Will no longer is Alicia's boss during this time frame. Hopefully we'll see Alicia voice concern/comfort to Will's feelings due to this vast career blow in the next episode. I'm also so very concerned and disgusted with these too numerous weekly schedule interruptions. CBS should treasure and not abuse the good trafic increase The Good Wife has brought to their network.


I liked the case of the week. Between this case and the Bitcoin case, I'm impressed with how relevant the writers stay in the realm of technology.


I think Diane had some sneaky hand in this.
I don't trust her.


I too am tired of the constant interruptions of this show. Another 2 wks now. I think Will and Alicia will eventually get back together, I hope so. I think a tax case with Kalinda sounds boring, but I'm sure its leads to more then just a tax case. I hope this show survives all its space inbetween episodes.


Guess who is going to get her ass in a very hot jam, thats right are girl Lea AKA Kalinda. Now Alicia will find out what realy was going on when she worked for the SA office and left with a name change from the past, it doesn't look like an one nighter to me more like trying to help a coverup that is now coming back bigtime.


For all you WILL lovers who think its over don't pop the cork yet, if the feds get wind of the judges involved with him he will go up the river for a good 10 to 20 yrs or more. And by the way it was Alicia who broke it off with the school girl crap with Will, she knows deep down it was wrong and that she has no intention on making it a permanent thing. For one good reason that she knows her kids would not understand and would make her life a living hell. They have a deep love for their father no matter what you think of him plus so does Alicia, why do you think there hasn't been any divorce. As for Alicia becoming a senior partner be serious with 3 yrs, the other partners would blow the roof off the firm and vote Diane out. It takes a good 10 to 12 yrs before any firm would consider that kind of decision.


Strange episode! What are the writers planning to DO with Will for the next six months?? I hear rumors that we'll be seeing a lot of him in jeans, though. That would be a nice eyeful. Especially if they fit him nicely over that magnificent ASSET of his. ;) I'll be looking forward to that. What's the big excitement over Kalinda's tax file? Are taxes ever interesting? I'm underwhelmed at the thought of it... I thought the whole disbarment threat was ridiculous and unfair. Wendy had no credibility at all, yet she was able to cause trouble for him, even after she lost in disgrace? But I hope this will shut up all the Will-haters who kept going on and on about his "dark past". Now it's all over!


Bring will back sooner. He is one of those that really make the show great.......


I love this show so much. I heart all the main characters.
I liked it how they made us care for the syrian rebel by making him an informant to Kalinda. When he was gone, it was different than hearing about all the people being killed every day. We knew him a bit. We cared a bit. This episode deserves more stars than Matt gave it. I hate M.Perry on this show.


@Melissa @Martinelli - Yes, yes, yes! For the love of Team Gardner, yes!

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