The Good Wife "A Few Words" Review: She's Got High Hopes

The Good Wife S05E14: "A Few Words"

I have... reservations about where The Good Wife is potentially going with all this, and I'll tell you exactly where those reservations are coming from:

"Alicia, when I'm broke and lying in an alley somewhere, do something nice for me." "Okay. Promise."

That was too significant of a line to just rattle off after Alicia and Will had seemingly achieved a détente of sorts in the diner/coffee shop that serves beer to have it NOT come back and influence Alicia's behavior in some way, though I currently have no idea how it will. Does Florrick/Agos take Will in if he's pushed out from L.G.? Does Alicia hand over the tape and say she had it all along to spare Will from Dubeck's assault on Peter? 

Of course, I could be reading too much into this and projecting significance; but I could also be veering toward the worst possible situation, one that would undo or undermine a lot of the show's progress over the course of Season 5. It's something I don't want to see happen, even if I have been half-expecting Diane to end up at Florrick/Agos by the time the season finale rolls around.

I suppose it's an issue of the degree to which I think Will and Alicia can/should re-establish a relationship. I do think they can settle into a quasi-friendly rivalry, along the lines of Alicia's interactions with Louis Canning—though with more history, obviously. That's the sort of thing that their magnificent conversation at the dinner hinted at. My worry, then, is rooted in whether or not this hypothetical good deed that Alicia would do for Will would draw the narrative back into the two of them being romantic partners, thus re-starting the "Peter versus Will" thread that I don't think The Good Wife can revisit without also repeating itself in uninteresting ways. But this may all be unnecessary handwringing; it's too soon to tell. There's still one episode left in this so-called "event" arc, so we'll see if it all wraps up in a productive manner.

Putting all that aside, "A Few Words" was a low-key hour of The Good Wife. Sure, we had some Elsbeth goodness with her recording Dubeck and then feeling hurt and offended by an anti-Semitic bear in Times Square. And I enjoyed watching Clarke deal with a never-ending video of Mayor Bill deBlasio telling him how wonderful New York City is in a taxi cab video. But those moments were just little asides from the flashbacks—or as the producers of the show call them, "memory-pops," a term I rather like given how The Good Wife presents the past—that Alicia, and later Will, experienced throughout the episode.

The decision to focus on that particular time in Alicia's life at this point in the story initially felt odd to me. We've gleaned little details from it throughout the series, most noticeably that Will owed David Lee for getting Alicia her job (a fact that Will's flashbacks ignored), but never anything as expansive as this. Plopping it here, in the middle of a big investigation into the voting-fraud plot, felt like a distraction. But the more I mulled it over, the more its timing seemed appropriate.

Prior to now, Alicia's life was consumed with competing with Cary, dealing with Peter's ups and downs, having a tryst with Will, becoming a partner, making sure Grace didn't accidentally destroy her life (because Grace would totally do that), and then leaving to start her own firm. She's currently at a turning point with just about everything in her life, and in the flashbacks, we saw her at different turning point, complete with upper-class suburban Chicago mom clothes (present-day Alicia would not be caught dead in that baby-blue jacket). Alicia's speech and her role as a keynote speaker at the American Bar Association's convention signified that she's arrived and that she has the time and luxury to reflect on where her life is now. 

Alicia realized those two things by the end of the episode, when Rayna asked her what she wanted and Alicia's reply was, "I want a happy life. And I want to control my own fate." This might as well be Alicia's mantra, as many of her actions since Peter's incarceration have been about achieving these things, however many stumbling blocks and obstacles have gotten in her way. Now she finds herself in a position where both the happy life and the control over her own fate are possible in very real ways, and yet the two main men in her life are constantly putting her goals at risk.



SIDEBAR

– Hello, TV Crush Jill Hennessy! You were always my favorite ADA on Law & Order, and I probably watched more episodes of Crossing Jordan than was healthy. And now you'll have to excuse me while I begin working on my Rayna and Elsbeth spin-off spec script. Spoiler alert: It's the best show ever.

– "I'm trying, but the mayor won’t stop talking!"

– "The problem you have, Mr. Gardner, is that voter fraud is an ongoing crime, a conspiracy. If you’re protecting the governor, you're just as guilty. That's why you’ll talk. The governor is not your friend. No one, no judge or disciplinary body, will blame you for breaking attorney-client privilege." "I'm sorry. I can't hear you." Heehee.

– "Just write anything down." [Alicia types 'Anything.'] How many times have I done that?

– Wine bottle but no corkscrew: Truly, it is a circle of hell that Dante neglected to mention. 

– That memory-pop back to Cary and Alicia meeting for the first time? Terrific. Also: I just adore how much their relationship has changed and how different both of them are as individuals and as a pair. There's so much respect and trust between the two them that it's nice to be reminded they weren't always like that with each other.


– Choice Elsbeth stuff this week: "I want everybody to close their eyes and picture a pillow. A big pillow, the size of this room, and you're lying in the middle of it. Now, take off your shoes." And "Did you hear that? That bear just called me a dirty Jew." To Dubeck: "Oh, by the way, you should look into an anti-Semitic costumed furry bear in Times Square." And, then finally, Elsbeth singing "High Hopes" without caring that she has, to quote Clarke, "an awful voice."

– And since Elsbeth brought it up: How do you pronounce .GIF? With a hard G, or do you go with Steve Wilhite's proclamation that it's "JIF"? I still go use the hard G myself.

The Good Wife hasn't engaged in an overt discussion of feminism for a while now (I think the last time the show dealt with it in any explicit fashion was with Caitlin), so it was nice to see it make some gestures via the idea of opt-outs/opt-ins and Cary and Clarke encouraging Alicia to up-sell the feminine empowerment aspect of her personal narrative to lure Rayna to the firm. I'm curious to know how that played for all of you.


What did you think of "A Few Words"?


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Mar 19, 2014
I'll probably comment sometime in the next few days but I had to let you know that although I prefer (because I've gotten used to it) the pronunciation "jif" for the word, all the major dictionaries (cambridge, oxford, merriam webster) go with the hard "gif" one!
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Mar 19, 2014
That spin-off? The greatest show ever!
The episode? I really liked it. Not just because of Elsbeth genius (everything she says and does is golden) but mainly because it got me thinking about the evolution of the events and characters in the last 5 years. The mention of Alicia's lack of "killer instinct" and the reminder of the hard times Jackie used to give her showed how much evolvement and strenght has taken her to this point. If these events surrounding Peter's campaign transparency cause another scandall, I doubt she would be that same nice woman she used to be, and it would show how much she's grown in those years.
Will was also great, how he reacted when Alicia mentioned him in her speech, their conversations past and present, it was nice to have a break from the courtroom battles between both firms. It will be interesting to see how she pays him back for that old favor.
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Mar 18, 2014
With regard to Alicia helping Will when he's down and out...hasn't she already done that? She supported the heck out of him through his scandal and suspension, without her he would have been disbarred. I think the karmic balance between them is close to even by now.

Love, love, love Elspeth, but I think she should be kept to a recurring character lest her weirdness wear out its welcome. 5-6 eps a season would be great.
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Mar 18, 2014
This is currently my favorite show on television. Why? Because every word matters. It's like you know you can look at your phone or do something but then you're gonna miss something important so you're not doing it, you don't want to miss anything. Every single character is interesting as much as 'main' characters and it's so great! I was so happy when i heard about the renewal. Hats off for the writers!

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Mar 18, 2014
great episode and great review

question: If that guy who cornered Will in the hallway says that Dubeck put him up to it then wouldn't that go in Will and Peter's favor~support a set up that would not be a surprised based on what Elspeth recorded
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Mar 17, 2014
The creators of the format pronounced GIF as "Jif" with a soft "G" /ˈɪf/ as in "gin". Steve Wilhite says that the intended pronunciation deliberately echoes the American peanut butter brand, Jif, and CompuServe employees would often say "Choosy developers choose GIF", spoofing this brand's television commercials.
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Mar 17, 2014
I liked this episode and not just because Jill. I appreciated its quieter rhythms and character focus and Elspeth. I was surprised how low key the episode was after the craziness last week and most of last week's subplots weren't continued this week either. All we really had was a less than compelling crackdown on Will and the NSA angle was ignored - I guess they've decided they can kram a lot of stuff into next week's episode.

I also considered the possibility of Diane joining F/A at the end of the season but that's becoming increaslingly unlikely given how Diane has basically been persona non grata of late.

Finally there wasn't really a case this week. Is this the first time ever?
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Mar 17, 2014
Great review! - This season has been brilliant and I am just elated that, in spite of the mediocre ratings, CBS renewed TGW. My favourite arc at present is the whole NSA spying and the parallel thing Cary mentioned last week where they use NSA-obtained intelligence for non-national security issues and this is creating a huge storm for Alicia and those around her. I missed the NSA guys this week... The ploy of using Peter's dirty ballot pusher to get a video of Will talking to him seemed a bit thin and close to entrapment... But whatever... if that gets us more Elsbeth I do welcome it!

I do not dislike the flashbacks but sometimes it feels as if TGW uses them to re-write history a little bit... Still it was nice to see Cary with more hair gel, Alicia looking all demure and Will more smiley than his current grumpy pants...

I also did notice the 'save me from the ditch' comment and it definitely felt like very deliberate foreboding... Still of all the people involved in the vote rigging scandal, he seems amongst the least vulnerable
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Mar 17, 2014
I agreed this was a quieter hour of TGW in comparison but it was still good. First we have Carrie Preston, my favorite guest star of TGW and this show had so many guest stars that it is not easy for her to be the favorite. Then we had Nathan Lane and her doing duet. How awesome is that?

Her character is one of the most well written on TV. She always has a way to solved problems that pleasantly surprised us.

I honestly do not think Alicia and Will will be involved romantically again unless some major issues happened with Peter or if there is a life and death situation. I doubt the writers would go there.

I never saw anything on the show that suggest Diane or Will will join Florrick/Agos unless you (Noel) have future information about the shows we don't.

"Alicia, when I'm broke and lying in an alley somewhere, do something nice for me."

The only thing I read from this is likely Alicia will one day keep her promise and help Will in some capacity.

TGW do not use flashbacks often which is a good thing and when they finally do like in this episode, it was relevant and interesting. We get to see how difficult was it for Alicia to get back to her career which we never saw before. We also get to see Will helping her though I think he was already smitten by her then.

And since you mentioned David Lee, whatever happened to him? We see so much of him in the earlier episodes and none of him in the last few. Is the actor off to another series?

Rayna and Elsbeth spin-off would definitely be awesome !

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Mar 17, 2014
No future information. Just hypothesizing where things could go. Like I told JT below, I think a lot hinges on what happens with Josh Charles's contract this year.

And David Lee is a series regular now, but, yeah, he's been missing for a bit since the show came back from the December break. He may have had other obligations /they just don't need him. Given that he does family law, it's a little harder to find juicy, Good Wife-y twisty cases for them to have him do in court. (Have we even seen David Lee in court? I can't remember.)
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Mar 17, 2014
I really loved this episode. It didn't really move along the story, but it was still very interesting. And I might be the only one, but I wouldn't mind Alicia and Will getting back together, even if it seems unlikely.
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Mar 17, 2014
The last two episodes have been much better than the repetitive mid part of the season, the constant bickering between the two firms over the same clients week after week just didn't make sense in the real world and any episode with the charming Elsbeth and without the Damien Boyle over the top nut job character is a bonus.
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Mar 17, 2014
I appreciated the Damian mention this week: "He's not under indictment!" In my notes: "I hope he's under a rock."
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Mar 17, 2014
Fantastic. Character development/interaction done remarkably well. The best drama on TV right now, and this was possibly the best episode of the season. You feel that when, although the tension may be high or material heavy, the pacing is still smooth. It also shows that, if possible, side-bar situations and characters should be kept away. This was the meat of the series and the meat of the characters. Excellent episode.
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Mar 17, 2014
I honestly don't think there's room for Will or Diane at Florrick/Agos, the name partners are the firm's elders and having Will and/or Diane there as partners would only undermine their authority with the other partners and certainly with any associates they bring in. Wow, this show has taught me a lot about something I really didn't want to know anything about.

I wouldn't mind a friendlier rivalry between Will and Alicia, the characters are being more callous as time goes on and it's not pretty to look at. But should the show rekindle either a business or romantic partnership at this point, I think you're right that it'd undercut everything.

My only issue with the flashbacks, aside from their relative inability to trust what with a number of edits, is that Alicia really didn't look like 5-years-ago Alicia with that different hair and makeup, it was jarring. But you make a good case for the rest of it.

Yeah, always nice to have Jill Hennessy on TV, and I watched all the Crossing Jordan episodes, long after the show fell to crap. I will read your spec script! Can't believe she's gonna make a firm with Elsbeth, that's gonna be good.

Alicia drinks enough wine at this point that she either needs a corkscrew keychain or she needs to move into Gulfhaven with the Cul-de-Sac Crew.

The only thing that would have made Elsbeth's singing with Clarke better is if Eli had been there.

It's a hard-G "gif" and Steve shouldn't have made it a goddamned acronym if he wanted to pronounce it "jif", that's his own fault for 1) making it an acronym that starts with "graphics"; and B) for making it only 3 letters.

They took their sweet-ass time to explain what an opt-out mom was, I hadn't heard that before and it was a little confusing until it was used in full context. The feminism angle felt forced, not just because it WAS forced at times, but just that it really felt like it was grafted onto this episode.
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Mar 17, 2014
I don't think there's room for Will but I think Diane could come in fairly easily without rocking the boat at F/A, depending on the situation that could cause her to end up there. A lot, of course, will hinge on whether or not Josh Charles renews his contract for Season 6, something we should be hearing about soon given the show's renewal (unless they somehow manage to keep it under wraps).

I thought about addressing the unreliability of the memory-pops/flashbacks, which I found wonderfully fascinating and interesting that they didn't employ a completely linear narrative, instead using a quasi-associative based approach, the way we sometimes remember things ourselves: this triggers that and then this triggers something else and so on. I also liked how Alicia futzed with her own history in how she presented herself. She doesn't want to be that person anymore, let alone hire that person.

As for the feminism angle, I agree that it felts grafted on, but I think it stems from the fact that it the explicit angle of it wasn't too fleshed out (hence the opt-in/opt-out wait), and could've served a nice rebuttal or complement to the whole "lean in" discourse. But other aspects, I think, worked okay. You don't get closer to the core of a lot of feminism than "I want to control my own fate."
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Mar 17, 2014
I loved the episode and how it didn't need a case to be captivating. It was also a Team-Will-fest, which I didn't mind at all. I think there are still interesting ways to revisit their relationship and let it develop and I would even be interested in seeing Will working for FA.
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Mar 17, 2014
I honestly would have loved this episode more but somehow that Coffee Shop left a little more to desire for me. I realized while watching it today how much I miss Elsbeth... and honestly? I would love nothing more than a spin-off featuring Elsbeth and Rayna... Just imagine the fun it'd be to watch Elsbeth as the leading lady with her crazy antics and dialogues, and yet be so frickin' awesome and loveable!

Looking forward to seeing where they take the series further by the end of the season. I think Alicia will most likely have to step up and make a firm decision about Will and how much damage she can let him come under for her husband. Then again, there may be something else that may come in at the end... And speaking of, I would certainly love to see them both reunited as a couple... Will did say he kept the two things apart (work and his personal relationship with Alicia). I'd love to see them fight in court and cuddle up together at the end of the day. But then again, I'm loving the rivalry too much to have it spoiled by a love affair! ;)
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Mar 17, 2014
How unusual, Jill Hennessy to return as a pushy broad on tv - couldn't resist after all the feminism. I couldn't help but think that Alicia's speech got salvaged from straying into the typical pronouncements that women have to be twice as good as men to achieve. She came so very close to it but then interruptions appeared to saved her and/or the writers. Instead we got a joke about women returning over men. As a sidebar, it's interesting how recent years and studies about men in the work place have yielded results demonstrating that men are and have suffered mentally in ever increasing numbers due to stress in the workplace. Interesting that we never hear how men's entrance or temporary exit to working lives are to be made easier.
It could be fun with Rayna and Elspeth (the dirty Jew; was there a news story of a fluffy doing something similar?) but didn't she appear far too 'straight' for the latters' floaty pillow laden style?
I've read many viewers displeasure and/or complaints at the split but now they're pushing for a third entity? There's certainly fireworks abound in this scenario, as Elspeth has been written as something of an out-and-out winner. I can't see Elspeth siding beyond the idea of truth but is Rayna going to be quite so rigid in her choice of cases, or indeed sides, should it come to it? Just how ruthless is Rayna going to be as the dogged rain/case maker?
Talking od dogged, isn't Dubeck quite the Basset hound? But as ever, isn't he continually breaking, or bending at best, the rules and laws of engagement? For a person in his position, his actions are far beyond his remit and as fun as it can be to watch, it's getting ridiculous with nigh on kidnapping and false detention to setting up 'spontaneous interrogations' with less than veiled threats that wouldn't hold up in court due to his actions.
And the Gif is another case in point. He was never wholly sure of its provenance and yet chose to cut n paste it like a, I'm told, porn money shot in which to threaten lawyers with. Such as him threatening false prosecution to Elspeth on a recording about a recording. Hilarious. He should've cut his losses and looked for the fluffy, especially as it referred to a hate crime of 'his people'.
Weird how Dianne featured so little, even with the 'pro women' angle, as she's usually in the vanguard.
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Mar 17, 2014
To be fair, she was on Luck, and she was on a now-cancelled English-language cop show that was shot in Paris starring Jean Reno called Jo, but I hadn't heard of it until I looked up her IMDb profile for this week's review. ANYWAY. (I didn't read her as pushy though. Interesting.)

There's a little mention of how opting out affects men:

“Of course, the benefit of being a woman opting back in is that no one ever questions why you opted out in the first place. Women are cut little slack on this. Men even less.”

But your larger point is likely correct: It was leaning close to Lean In-y discourse of "Work harder, slacker ladies." Even if undermined by the fact that current-day Alicia wouldn't hire 5-years-ago Alicia: Leaning in ain't gonna help you.
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Mar 18, 2014
"...Men even less," being the punch line.
I've seen Jo and she's barely in it really. She plays a nun, of all things, who she and Reno flirt about with one another. But she's a prickly bad arse one - sort of reminiscent to Jesse Stone and his nun 'friend'. If you have a fantasy Noel of Jill babes in a habit you'll be disappointed!
It's a very odd show, in that it's set in France but filled with well known British and Irish character actors who all use varying degrees of dodgy American accents. There are French actors in it but not many of them.
The writing and acting style similarly drifts from Euro to American with gay abandon. It may sound odd that an English person such as myself sais Euro, but English as a rule see a clear separation in the styles of film, music and the arts from those across the channel. Such as the ghastly Euro pop from France, Italy and Germany etc. and see much of their TV as wooden and low rent in writing.
Overall the drama is slow burning and I can't imagine it sitting well with most US audiences - though I doubt whether it was ever intended outside Euro shores. Reno's accent would also no doubt be too much for many Americans without the patience for sub's. Although I guess Canada might bite as a late night cheapy for a channel to fill some airspace.
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Mar 17, 2014
I love the relastionship between Cary and Alicia too. They are on the same track and side and do have mutual respect and trust for each other. It is a healthy relasionship and I hope the do not change that in the show.
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Mar 17, 2014
This episode hurt so much. It was so painful to watch how generous Will was with Alicia and thinking that she ignored everything when she schemed against him and LG. I've always thought things had gone more or less like this, that's why I've always been on Will's side, but actually watching it hurts even more.

As Will implied in that diner, it has never been about work: she betrayed their friendship and that's what I've always found unacceptable.

And now things don't look good for Will and I hope, if it's true that Josh Charles is gonna leave the show, that Will is gonna do so in a great way, because he deserves it as a character.
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Mar 17, 2014
I also took it that Will was telling Alicia there was and always would be a clear separation of work from friendship and, that he could separate the two; whereas she's always assumed the two together. Hence his where ever they be a case I will fight, regardless if it's her or not.
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Mar 17, 2014
I thought the show was interesting, a bit slow, getting also tired of the "ballot box" issue- my main frustration is Alicia's refusal to acknowledge how she betrayed Will's trust as a friend first and also as a lover when she took files and left the firm. How she can sit across from Will at the coffee shop table and look him in the eyes and think she did nothing unethical is pretty pathetic. For someone so smart, I think her passive/aggressive actions undermind her credibility- Flashbacks were somewhat interesting, but once again their were too many plots in this show- its like the writers can't seem to settle on a few "important ones". They also have to bring in something or someone new.
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Mar 17, 2014
Loved the flashbacks, and I still don't understand how Alicia could have taken LG clients with her when she left the firm. Will's a 100% justified in seeing Alicia's actions as betrayal. Despite his questionable ethics, he has been nothing if not a loyal friend, lover and mentor to her since Day 1. And now he gets the chance to destroy her/peter on a platter and doesn't take it? If only Alicia knew.... She gets under his skin like no one else.

I love how in-your-face his revenge is. No low blows from Will. I'm definitely warmed up for another round of Willicia!!!!
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Mar 17, 2014
PS just to clarify, Willicia doesn't have to have any sweet/romantic vibes to it at all. Willicia as in some hot, hate sex would be awesome ;-)
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Mar 17, 2014
Loved this episode!!! The writers and directors have really learned to do flashbacks well. It was wonderful to see Alicia reminded of how she got her job at LG 5 years ago and how much Will was responsible for that. Next week will be interesting. From the press release there will be an ongoing case where Will is involved with defending that college student accused of murder. That case was introduced shortly after Alicia left the firm. Also, Chris Noth is not listed in the cast for the episode even though he was shown in last nights promo...hmmmm. I can't wait!!! P.S. love the idea of Elsbeth/Reyna spinoff!!!
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Mar 17, 2014
I want Alicia and Will to be friends again. I'm not really interested in Alicia's love life, but I am really interested in her having good friends and friendly rivalries. Maybe these memory pops were a way for her to remember that she owes Will a lot for giving her a chance. When Cary asked her to think about why Will hired her, it forced her to remember not being hired by other firms, and I think she realizes that Will pulled strings to get her the job.

I'm totally down for a Rayna and Elsbeth spinoff!! I'd settle for them both having a more regular role on The Good Wife, though.
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Mar 17, 2014
Well, she knew about the strings from the Caitlin/Martha debacle. She didn't know her other firm was going to fire her before she left though.
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Mar 17, 2014
Yeah, but maybe it was to remind her (and us) why Will is so upset with her. That is was more than their romance, it was their friendship she betrayed when she left. I don't know, I was kind of annoyed by Will's reaction to Alicia and Cary starting a new firm, but I think I'm a little more understanding now. Will is portrayed as sort of a bad boy most of the time, so it's nice to be reminded that he's a good guy with a heart underneath it all.
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Mar 17, 2014
I will kill to watch Rayna and Elsbeth spin-off. We need more lawyer shows. Once they used to rule the TV scene but today its only police/detective shows.
Also I have fallen more in love with Will.
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Mar 17, 2014
I think the memory pops were well placed. Alicia is at a point in her life where she can look back and evaluate. Working at Lockhart/Gardner has always been like a gift from Will to her and in her mind maybe she always felt like the past years weren't entirely her own success and hard work.

Cary and Alicia's relationship is wonderful, I love how they've grown together. And throwing Clarke in the mix is just brilliant, I love this character! Another very well executed episode.
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Mar 17, 2014
This season is so damn good! That was one of my all-time favorite episodes! And Noel, stop focusing on where the show is headed, and focus on the episode! It was a truly beautiful hour of television! :)
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Mar 17, 2014
Kudos to the directing and editing for this episode. The transitions between the flashbacks and scenes of Alicia writing her speech were just terrific.

I just adore Cary and Alicia's relationship, and not even in a shippy way. They've evolved so much from being rivals to friends and partners in the best way possible. They ARE practically the new Will and Diane - the banter about whom they would hire felt like something out of Will and Diane's playbook.

And Cary and Clarke Hayden cheering/ putting the screws on Alicia as she wrote her speech is just adorable. "That's the most I've said 'keynote' in my entre life."

Will potentially calling in a favour from Alicia... ugh no, just no. I hope they don't go down that road.

I would give an arm and a leg to see the conversation and how the eventual partnership between Rayna and Elsbeth came about.

LOL at Bill de Blasio's Welcome to NYC commentary over the end-credits.
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Mar 17, 2014
The end-credits bit may have been my favorite part but I wasn't sure who would be able to hear the joke since I don't think it happened with the broadcast version as they ran the promo for next week over it.
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Mar 18, 2014
Just as well I didn't watch the original broadcast :)

I like how TGW has fun with the end-credits: the Peter Florrick viral video and Matthew Ashbaugh's classical music come to mind. And that damn song Thicky Trick (Tricky Thick?) still pops up in my head every now and then.
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Mar 17, 2014
First of all, the conversation in the diner was an absolute remarkable scene. Loved every second of it.

I am however tired of the ballet box thing. Sure, they have to set up everything before the big bang, but the set-up felt like an eternity. I am sure, however, that the bang will be worth it. If they prepare a three episode arc just for the ballet box, it has to end with serious consequences for Peter, we might even see him in jail and Alicia in a similar position as in season 1. But this time, she will be tougher.

On a side note: Can we please have at least one episode focusing on Alicia and especially Carry? I feel that the mentioned "respect and trust between the two" has never been explicitly shown. Now that they are partners I'd really like to see them interacting. Sigh... maybe in Season 6?

P.S.: Tascioni FTW!
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Mar 17, 2014
I'm really tired of everything that has to do with Peter and his mother... well except for Eli. I love Eli.
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Mar 17, 2014
Great episode. Although this whole Peter/ballot box is dragging for me a little bit. I mean Dubeck's crusader character has been done so many times in this show already (Wendy Scott Carr 2.0). If Peter keeps getting into trouble, they better call Olivia Pope from Scandal because she'll fix him up easily.

I like how the episode had a lot of going ons, like that whole feminism, Elsbeth, Clarke. The flashbacks are great (Alicia using a flip phone, lol). Jackie acting as Alicia's conscience was terrific. I like how she brought up her clothes. Alicia was looking good as a newly destitute mom back then. Was the handshake a truce? I was hoping we get to see F/A in action without LG in the picture but based on the trailer next week, it seems that they are focusing on the ballot box arc.

Regardless, this episode alone justifies the renewal of TGW. Best show ever! :P
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Mar 17, 2014
Who do I have to bribe to make the Rayna and Elsbeth spin-off happen?
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Mar 17, 2014
TO THE KICKSTARTER MOBILE
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Mar 17, 2014
I enjoyed this episode. I am also curious to see how/if Alicia's promise plays into the larger story of Peter's newest scandal.

FYI: It's pronounced "JIF". Steve Wilhite (the creator of gif ) pronounces GIF as JIF...
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Mar 17, 2014
LOVED LOVED LOVED IT!
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