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The Good Wife Round Table: "The Penalty Box"

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A judge on the legal ropes. A threat made against Kalinda. The triumphant return of Cary.

Last Sunday's episode of The Good Wife set up a number of storylines for the upcoming season finale - and Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando are here to breakdown "The Penalty Box" in our weekly wrap-up.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I suppose I'd be considered sort of a pig if I chose the intimate moment between Kalinda and Lana, huh? But it revealed a truly vulnerable, frightened side to Kalinda, too! It wasn't all... manual manipulation. So I'm going with that.

Carissa: Cary accepting the position, even thought they lied to him about being first choice. I love that boy.

Christine: Definitely Diane asking Will to keep his pants zipped. So funny and it really showed the humor and closeness that exists with their friendship.

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Is Callie a good match for Will?
Matt: I don't see why not. She's a successful, intelligent lawyer. She's open and honest about her past and it's not like Will's is sparkly clean, either. She isn't separated from the State's Attorney. So far, so good!

Carissa: Will always picks women that are just this side of trashy. He has questionable taste and I've not liked one person he's dated since the show's inception. I don't know if that is because they want us to be biased toward Alicia or what, but they always seem off to me. No. I don't think she's a good match.

Christine: No, and it's not just the past drug issues. Carissa is right. Something just feels off about her and I view her as nothing more than a placeholder for Alicia.

Do you wish we'd seen more from Mike Kresteva and/or the race for Governor?
Matt: Very much so. It's not mentioned in the season finale promo, either. Very strange. I'm enjoying Matthew Perry in this role and you'd think there would have been reactions across the board - from Will, from Eli, from Diane - of folks seeing Alicia and Peter, side by side again, taking on the world of politics.

Carissa: Nope. Didn't miss it a lick. I do want to understand more about this case the FBI has against Kalinda. I'm still in the dark about it, and I don't get why the chick who has a crush on her would put her life in danger. No matter how many times she says it's not personal, I don't buy it. So I was glad to put Mike aside for more on keeping Kalinda alive.

Christine: Yes. I loved seeing Cary back and always like Kalinda, but there was all of this build up to that final scene last week. Alicia standing next to Peter on the podium and Mike threatening Peter in the elevator and then... nothing? With only one episode left in the season, that struck me as odd.

Grade the case of the week.
Matt: C. It was interesting on its own, but we've seen Alicia question the morally grey universe of the law plenty of times before. It was also difficult to focus much on it when I was standing up and applauding Cary's return. Hooray!

Carissa: I give it a B. It's another reason I could never be involved with the justice system. There are so many floating pieces that it's difficult to ensure a fair trial for anyone. I don't envy the work they do, nor the stress they must feel to try to protect their client at the cost of everything else, even the truth. It's kind of a crappy setup, if you think about it.

Christine: B+. That judge has always been one of my favorites and I love that he came to Diane for help when his back was against the wall. I also liked how Diane and Will debated whether taking the case was a good idea.

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i want to thank the writers for not making Peter " Chris Noth" look like a bad guy. It shows that you can make a mistake and be a better man.Though i would love for Peter to win his wife back, there will be no show if that happened.
overall, I really enjoy the show.

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I read that Matthew Perry is being picked up for a sit-com next year so how are they going to replace him the Good Wife. He is soo great.

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@d I'M watching the same show but see a better insight than most. The writers need to mix it up and get the storyline out of the office and bring more home life and personel problems into the future. If they keep the same old going the people who pay the freight will pull it and there won't be a season 5 !

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@true gritty & scarlet, what show are you watching? doesn't read like TGW, to me!
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I am not a team this or that fan, but... since the end of the story line with luuuve and sex between Alicia/Will, we have seen no decent conversation or exchange. I like this cast very very much, I like it when they interact with each other, all the rest.. special guests, recurring roles, seems (at time) like something we could spare.
That is why I agree with those who like cary’s return to L&G, since the story mostly is carried out there, he feels back at home now (Hope!)
My two cents.

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-two: Diane, dealing with... just about anybody, she truly strikes me as a female role model. The other more enigmatic scene must be the look of understanding between the judges. Some viewed it as suggesting there was a relationship between the judge and his co-counselor, I have my interpretation: “from judge to judge I know what you are doing, you found a loophole to avoid consequences to your behavior� how can you resume your judging position after this, implied. I like that face expressions in this show (read: acting) can enhance a well written script.
I agree with the double C’s, is it just a female’s prospective? ‘case it seems like for a man, if she’s good looking it’s worth it ^_°
- Yes. I dislike the choice to pull up new cliffhangers, over story lines we barely paid attention to. Seems desperate.
B. Just because of Diane.

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Will and Alicia relationship will be over the connection there is weak ... he has been with other women for 20 yrs. And because he laid that foundation for his relationships for manny years with any woman that he could smozze into a rump in his hay doesn't put forth coming.
People seem to forget the cell phone call from season 1 that Grace overheard, that if it had happened it would have only lasted a week. Which means it never got off the ground and she had no feelings for him at all.
In the upcoming season 4 we will be seeing Alicia as a new person that still has deep feelings for her husband and Will will be up against the wall fighting for his life with no guts when confronted by the mob for past lies.

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My favorite part this week was watching da fine azz brotha that plays Lamond Bishop intimidate and scare the hell out of Alicia and Kalinda. (hell he even scared me too!!! :) Will and Alicia relationship will never be over the connection there is TOO strong...DAMN he has LOVED the woman for 20 yrs. AND because they laid that foundation for their relationship/romance for 2 1/2 years. We are still waiting for "show me the plan" Alicia to reappear. Once she gets over the guilt Alicia is going to remember all dat good loving dat Will put on her! :-) The Kalinda and Lana scene was really hot. They should bring Jill Flint back for the reason alone!

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My favorite part this week was watching da fine azz brotha that play Lamond Bishop intimate and scare the hell out of Alicia and Kalinda. (hell he even scared me too!!! :) Will and Alicia relationship will never be over the connection there is TOO strong...DAMN he has LOVED the woman for 20 yrs. AND because they laid that foundation for their relationship/romance for 2 1/2 years. We are still waiting for "show me the plan" Alicia to reappear. Once she gets over the quilt Alicia is going to remember all dat good loving dat Will put on her! :-) The Kalinda and Lana scene was really hot. They should bring Jill Flint back for the reason alone!

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- I don't know what's my favourte scene...maybe the bar scene. But I know what's the plot I like the most: Cary returning. Not just because I love Cary and he's my favourite character but because that storyline seems to involve everyone at L&G and I prefer storyline like that: that means something for and gives something to do to all the characters. I don't like when the show focus too much just on a couple of them.
- I don't hate her and I don't like her. I'm just uninterested. I think Will and Cary scenes and Will and Diane scenes were more compelling than the Callie and Will ones...
- Not now. I think that season Kings had big issues with regular characters' storyline and development. They dropped, postopened and sidelined a lot and I think they should focus more on their regulars and then do something with the recurring ones to make everything more exciting.
- B

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My favorite moments was the Kalinda/Lana scene because it went beyond expectations, and the emotional aspects made it very complex. The acting from Archie Panjabi and Jill Flint took it in a totally different area further than network television or even cable - this was in the category of film. Also loved the enigmatic Lemond Bishop, and the hilarious left field dialogue by Howard. Callie & Mike- I like Julianne Nicholson, so I enjoyed her as Callie. This woman is smart, but made some serious mistakes in the past, and I see something similar to Will there. It's Coke, but she's honest about it which I suppose scares people. Double standards for Matthew Perry who people love, and have no issues with morals he has shown. But, I want to see more of the Mike Kresteva character because it's impossible to believe that the Florricks rule Chicago and there aren't other factions. The case of the week- was weak to me, but that's probably because I was more interested in the Kalinda/Lana/Lemond Bishop/Alicia stories, and what direction Will/Callie was heading. I'll have to watch this episode again to follow the court case. Grades
B for overall show
A+ for Kalinda/Lana scene