The Good Wife Round Table: "Don't Haze Me, Bro"
The Good Wife case-of-the-week in "Don't Haze Me, Bro" may not have provided much to talk about, but both the firm and the Peter's election provided plenty of fodder for our weekly Round Table debate.
Below, staff members Carla Day and Christine Orlando are joined by Tiffany Vogt (of TV Addict) to break down the Trustee's moves, Peter's supposed affair, Alicia's new friendship and of course, cockroaches. Jump right in and join us.
What was the Trustee's purpose in assigning Cary to work in Alicia's office?
Tiffany: It makes perfect business sense for the Trustee to pair up attorneys who like each other to work in the same offices, but it seems impractical given the confidential nature of some of the meetings and phone calls they need to conduct. It also made a funny situation for Alicia and Cary to deal with, but I'm not sure it is practical for even the show. It's not only going to drive Alicia and Cary a bit nuts, but viewers too.
Christine: I'm for anything that gives Cary more screen time. I understand the goal of using all available office space now that they've lost the 27th floor but it seems like a huge liability having clients overhear one another's cases. That said, it is hilarious, so I'm all for it.
Carla: While putting lawyers into shared offices makes sense in a logistical way, it easily could bring down the morale of the office. As far as Alicia and Cary are concerned, I'm not sure what the Trustee is doing, but he's a smart guy and I wouldn't doubt that he has a plan in play.
Do you think Peter cheated on Alicia with the campaign worker?
Tiffany: Given how long the storyline with the campaign worker is being strung out, I'm now starting to have doubts about Peter's innocence in the alleged affair. The girl is just so positive about various details, and the fact that Eli was so quick to assert that the adjoining room door was open makes me think that Eli knows something. Plus, Peter is notorious for his affairs with his underlings. That added to the fact that he and Alicia were separated, it is more than likely the affair did happen.
Christine: This girl comes off as air-headed opportunist. I'd like to think Peter's learned something along the way but he and Alicia have been separated for a long time... so would it technically be considered cheating?
Carla: Tiffany hit my thoughts right on the head. As the investigation went on the inconsistencies changed my mind from the no way camp to the maybe there is something there camp. Though, as Christine mentioned, I don't really think it was cheating because Alicia and Peter were separated. Regardless, it will play that way in the media. Besides, it would show Peter's icky side of sleeping with a young campaign worker.
Maddie and Alicia: Friends?
Tiffany: I do not believe for one second there is an actual budding friendship between Maddie and Alicia. Maddie clearly wants something and even Alicia seems to feel it. It is just too out-of-the-blue for Maddie to be seeking her out, especially since Maddie was quick to donate towards Peter's campaign and start asking questions about his personal life.
Christine: No and I hope Alicia isn't so desperate for friends that she truly lets her guard down. Maddie could very well be the person who leaked the cheating story to the blog.
Carla: That was as awkward as a blind date. Maddie must want something. What is it?
Are Diane and Will naive or rightfully ambitious regarding the firm's finances and their quest to bring down Canning and then expand?
Tiffany: I am all for Lockhart/Gardner expanding, but they are too naive about Louis Canning's ability to withstand and weather these tricky financial times. They need to make some hard business decisions and soon or they will continue to wither away financially. A buy-out of their firm feels more likely given their shaky finances.
Christine: If they're going to survive, they have to believe they can but they definitely need to pace themselves. They can't start taking over other law firms and expanding until they dig themselves out of this hole and that's going to take some time.
Carla: I hope that was just a moment of exuberance, rather than an actual plan they are going to put into motion soon. They need to focus on their recovery now, not getting revenge.
Why was Jackie seeing cockroaches?
Tiffany: It is nice to see that Jackie has not fully recovered from her stroke and that her sanity will become an issue further along the campaign trail. It will make a hilarious side-story to see if it helps or hinders Peter who was too quick to bring his mother back into the campaign.
Christine: Wow! I didn't see that one coming. My favorite scene was Eli freaking out as he heard Jackie's remarks over the phone. Jackie's a loose cannon and that stroke has obviously affected her more than she'd like to let on. On the upside, at least they're small cockroaches.
Carla: I hope she doesn't become a detriment to Peter's campaign. She'd never forgive herself for it. Though, Jackie probably will hide her problem and limitations in an attempt to protect Peter. I expect this will end in a bad way either medically for ignoring the problem or politically.