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The Good Wife S05E22: "A Weird Year"


The notion of surveillance has been a running concern of The Good Wife's this season, primarily with regard to whether or not it's an ethical act. Do the ends justify the means? Is it ethical? Is it legal? Is it okay, as long as no one finds out? At what point should you stop? We may not like being watched, but we'll accept cameras being posted at intersections to catch drivers who run traffic lights. We've turned surveillance into entertainment with The Real World and Big Brother—and all the connotations that accompany both titles—so it wasn't a surprise when Carey sat down to watch the Lockhart/Gardner & Canning teleconferencing feed with some snacks and a beer. At first it was just going to be fun to chuckle at the meatheads from the old firm who were too stupid to understand how technology works, and then it became something much, much bigger.

One of the differences between the NSA and the folks at Florrick/Agos is that the NSA contractors didn't care about the information they collected through their wiretaps. It was entertainment for them. David Lee and Louis discussing the destruction of F/A would've been a sudden plot twist for the NSA contractors; for everyone at F/A, it became a matter of survival, the same reason the government used to justify its many different levels of surveillance on its citizens, legalities be damned. It was also mined for humor as three lawyers apparently couldn't decide whether or not it was illegal to watch and listen to a teleconferencing feed that'd been left on.


The act of surveillance brought out the worst in the folks at F/A. Alicia, as the client, opted to keep the feed going, and she later manipulated Louis, Diane, and David to stay in the conference room by pausing to look at Will's office—thereby shamelessly using their sensitivity to her loss—in an effort shake the tree limb to locate potentially secretly kept documents in the adoption case she's being sued over. Five years ago, Alicia would've agonized over that. Now? Not so much. Urgency was added to the equation when they all suspected that Neil Gross's wife was there, under false pretenses, though they couldn't be sure it was her. But what if it was her? What if she really was a threat? Well, they'd have to keep watching to be sure, wouldn't they?

One of the other differences between F/A and the NSA is that, while the NSA has oodles of secrets, its secrets aren't about itself. Sure, it's embarrassing and compromising when knowledge of the organization's operations comes out, but it can keep chugging along. That wasn't the case for Cary, as everyone found out about his and Kalinda's relationship, and that Kalinda has only been using him for information, as a thing to be "exploited." I didn't read Cary's reaction to this as surprise or shock—he knew. Instead, he was horrified that this information was coming to light in front of his colleagues and his employees. Cary may not want doors and walls in the F/A offices, like the secret-keeping den of L/G had, but he still kept a few tidbits to himself.


The cracks forming in Alicia and Cary's partnership were decidedly unpleasant to watch. Lately, screaming matches have been much more common for The Good Wife than they used to be, with Will in Alicia's office in "Hitting the Fan," Peter and Alicia in the kitchen a few weeks ago, and now Alicia and Cary outside their building and then inside of it. Those scenes were intense, quickly bringing the pair to one another's throats as Will and Diane occasionally found themselves over the seasons, from that time Will was ready to force Diane out in Season 1 to that time Diane thought she was being forced out by Will and Derrick Bond in Season 2 to that time Diane was actually forced out in Season 4. 

My quibble with all of this—Cary going to Louis, and those heated exchanges and icy glares as Diane had herself a Last Supper-esque sitdown with F/A to ask them to take her in along with her $38 million in clients—is that the plot essentially coasted on so much of the history of between Alicia and Cary. It relied on the construction of their positive relationship; there was no strife between them, really, up until this point. We'd never seen them really running the firm, dealing with employees or other colleagues, or displaying contentious differences in styles. Hell, Cary even gave her a day off! So either their partnership was always this fragile and neither of them cared to admit it—which seems false to me—or The Good Wife was so (understandably) focused on making sure that the momentum was there to carry us to and through Will death's that the nature of Alicia and Cary's partnership was given a comparatively shorter shrift. 

It all landed quite hard, in no small part because I like Alicia and Cary as a duo that takes on the world and has one another's backs, and because Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry just brought it in their scenes. Czuchry, especially, was on fire, seemingly pleased to finally have something to sink his teeth into, while Margulies continued to relish letting Alicia off the chain of polite sainthood and releasing all of the emotions Alicia has kept in check for so long. Even if I had wanted more narrative to really ensure that the arc could succeed on that level, they both made sure it still worked on an emotional one.


The Good Wife has enjoyed a terrific Season 5. It shook itself up not just once with the law firm defection, but twice with Will's death. It didn't shy away from either of these events, tackling both of them head-on and allowing their ramifications. Yes, there were times when it seemed like we were dwelling too long on the Feud Between the Firms, but it ended up serving the Alicia-and-Will storyline in ways that were necessary for the fallout of Will's death to ring true. The show hit new heights at a time in its run when many other shows would be content to just settle in and cash the syndication checks. It further developed its visual language with its memory pop sequences, and in doing so, gave us new access to Alicia's headspace, something we'd previously lacked. It never felt like we lost any of the complexity as a result, either—a real feat. If anything, it only served to further enrich one of TV's best characters.

Season 6 seems poised to follow Season 5's lead, and we should all be thankful for that. The idea that Diane would end up at F/A has been floating around these reviews for a while, and given Canning's threat to destroy L/G & C if he can't have it all to himself, it seems very likely that Diane will ultimately join this little startup that reminds her so much of when she and Will were starting out with Jonas Stern. It neatly solves the divided firm problem while creating new tensions with regard to Diane's possible new role at the firm. Certainly, Cary's going to have feelings about bringing on the woman who fired him twice.

The bigger question is whether or not Alicia will run for State's Attorney. Elections always seem to be happening on The Good Wife, so I don't know how much time she has to decide, but my initial impulse is that she'll think Eli's suggestion—and how great was Eli while thinking through the idea? Epiphany, followed by dismissal, followed by "This could actually work"—is the dumbest thing she's ever heard. I love the idea of Alicia campaigning and getting into politics, and it certainly sets up a path for The Good Wife to follow, as no one stays in the State's Attorney's office all that long before running for something else. Alicia the mayor of Chicago? Alicia a senator from Illinois? 

Here's hoping Season 6 is just as unexpected and exciting as Season 5.



SIDEBAR

– "I see where Alicia's drinking comes from." Oh, Jackie and Veronica. I'm sure that lasagna was delicious, what with all the passive-aggressive seasoning you added to it.

– Annnnd I just realized that Alicia is alone with Grace now. Oh no.

– "We're like a banana republic here."

– "Who's the replacement going to be?" "For Jackie? I can make up a list."

– The biggest delight to come out of Will's death, as this episode demonstrated, was the way Diane and Kalinda gelled so quickly. I loved it, and I want more of it.

– "I just want to build consensus and blah blah blah blah blah blah."

– No, Damian, we're not going to talk about you. The Good Wife pretended you weren't really there, so we're going to do the same. Season 6, you've got a great conflict between Kalinda and Cary now. Don't you dare waste it.

– Best/favorite episodes of Season 5: "Hitting the Fan," "The Decision Tree," "Goliath and David," "The Last Call," and "A Weird Year." How about you?


What did you think of "A Weird Year" and Season 5 as a whole? Where do you think Diane and Alicia will end up next season?


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por otra parte me encanta la serie eta subiendo de tono bien por UNIVERSAL CHANNEL...felicidades

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alicia ama a will y solo esta por obligacion con peter que mala onda

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no puedo creee que haya muerto will garner sisempe pense que iva a quedar al final la protagonista que triztesa
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I hope that Alicia stays on Florrick, Agos and Associates. The firm has so much more narrative power in it than going to be kinda running for office, like we saw so many times on the show (and I LOVE Politics), but that would be too much of another musical chairs that we don't need.
I also LOVED (yes, in all caps AGAIN) this season. I just feel that the last episode has too many things in it, things that could have been in a two parter instead of, what felt rushed.
And I really hope that Cary will step into Kalida's face (I dislike her character more and more).
Best season so far.
...in my opinion.
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I loved ur review! I agree about a lot of things. The interaction between alicia and cary waaas very good! It was hard see them fighting! I kind dont like kalinda and cary plot they were friends and I was rooting for a relationship but I still thinking they gonna sort things out. The line mr canning : "I just want to build consensus and blah blah blah blah blah blah." was very cool jaja I loved
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Now that Zach has goine off to college, it hits me that I can't remember seeing one scene where Peter and Zach (father and son) were alone together doing something or even just having a talk. Am I right?
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Peter and Zack had a private talk in Season 3 when he admitted cheating on Alicia with someone else besides the hooker. That is the only one that comes to mind.
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I really enjoyed the finale and I was at the edge of my seat for the most part. But after I had time to think about it, I must confess I was disappointed. The writters seemed to have thown in all the ideas "Maybe if we detonated a bomb every 5 minutes the viewers won't notice the lack of morality of the lead caracters".

I used to love the show but now I find it very hard to watch as the characters become more and more selfish.

Lets take the story of Finn's running for State's Attorney. A few episodes ago, when he become a candidate by chance, it seemed like the universe aligned to give the office to a good man. Alicia and Peter seemed to me to be corrupted by their deelings in politics and the fact that they supported Finn who had nothing to offer them was a nice surprise (let's not forget that when Alicia found out about the faked votes she said to Peter to fix it! and she didn't care what he did or who he would hurt as long as she didn't know about it and wouldn't be involved in another scandal!). And now the idea that Alicia would consider running for public office is making me sick. "Let's keep all the influence in the family". Alicia is becoming an immoral character and I don't understand anymore why the show is called "The good wife". Where is the "good"? She is only looking to make money and win casses regardless of the truth or the right thing to do. When is the last time that she had an innocent and defenseless client?

The fight between Alicia and Cary and them being so agressive with one another was very unpleaseant to watch.

And Cary being humilliated once again by Kalinda... I can't even... i just don't want to see her character anymore. After Peter, she is the more disgusting character. And the rest of the cast seemed to follow them. I am not happy with Cary's behaviour this episode either. They should just pull the plug on that affair and not let us hope that there might be something real between them.

I don't know if I am going to watch season 6.

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Can I say this final was a orgasmic to my eyes, ears ...
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God i hope this show gets an emmy nomination for the best drama series.. It really deserves it.
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After a slightly weaker few episodes this felt like a strong finale. But honestly, the first part of season 5 was so good that it could have been a blank screen for an hour and I'd probably still have gone away saying this season has been brilliant.

I now hold the show to a higher standard and look forward to S6. (Have to admit though, I do still miss Will).
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I loved it! I didn't read that much into Mr. Canning dying because it's MR. CANNING! He will weasel his way out of anything! Including death! He will have wills and money dealings for episodes to come if he dies. I can just see him in a throw back video testimony. Love the two Moms together talking smack! Love the drinking joke! I die! Anyway, this is the best show on TV. Period. ;,-)
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The fact the Louis Canning is dying but still is involved in high level shenanigans doesn't make sense to me, and so all the ensuing events in which he plays a role seem tainted. I remember a show earlier in the series when Kalinda (I think) found him at home with his family, which was a surprise to her and us. So, why isn't he spending his time with his family now? If they wanted Michael J. Fox on the show for a few episodes he could have been hit by a bus or something as a means of getting him off at the right moment.

The idea that Alicia could run for State's Attorney with Peter's endorsement seems so unrealistic also. Not to mention that some other rival candidate would unearth her affair with Will, hence she is not the candidate Peter would want, and Eli should know this.

I guess I found the finale OK except for the above issues. Kalinda is really turning into a character I find disgusting. I would like to see Diane and her husband discussing her future once in awhile. Finn really got summarily dismissed off the show in this episode as though he never really mattered to this season. I don't know--overall I would give this episode a B-.
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Lol, I agree. They have forgotten about Grace. It is really not an empty nest considering she will still be there. I don't know why they keep referring to an 'empty nest'.

I like Michael J. Fox, as a good guy. I don't like Mr. Canning, the character, and so does many fans. I don't get why the writers are insisting keeping him around. Its true he his dying, but he seems more prominent than most recurring characters lately. Hopefully by next season, we won't see much of Lockhart/Gardner/Canning, since Diane is gone.

I want more Diane, so I hope they focus more of her next season. But it will be interesting to see her in a more subservient role. If she gets in Florrick/Agos, she'll probably just be another partner, unless they make her name partner considering her prestige. More Diane and Kalinda duo.
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Interesting take, very different focus from what I took away from this episode, I didn't really look much at the surveillance aspect as a specific theme. To me, this was the most ensemble-focused episode of the post-Will half of the season -- with Cary, Diane, Canning, Alicia, and of all characters Howard Lyman getting the biggest slices of the pie; while poor Finn Polmar getting the short and unfortunately quite forgotten shrift of a fizzle-out storyline that ended minutes into the episode. The good news there is that Jackie and Veronica's antics didn't overwhelm which meant they added to the episode.

Things I took away from this episode, Diane's big move at the end, the look on Kalinda's face as she had to get face-to-face with Peter, and Eli realizing that Alicia was a potential candidate. Oh, and apparently this "between the sheets" filming for Kalinda and Cary is not going away, despite the utter ridiculousness of screwing in what essentially is a 9-year-old's makeshift tent.

I am not sure I'm buying Louis Canning's motivations though, but since I did call Diane going to Florrick/Agos the minute the split stayed permanent, even before Will hit the floor, it is understandable that they needed something to shut down L/G. Perhaps the problem is that Canning isn't really doing his schtick, he's making plays that he can't possibly expect to see come to fruition as they'll be drawn out endlessly if Diane pushes, it's a lot of effort for little reward.

Eli's line about Jackie's replacements had me rolling, I could watch a spin-off with just Eli and Peter, or just Eli and Jackie, or just Eli and a CGI Mrs. Roeper, or Eli walking the earth, setting political wrongs right.

Ha, suck it Damian Boyle, you were a worse decision than the expansions. I hope Kalinda gets revealed as a character next season a little more in her dealings with Cary, there have been no nuggets of who she is and was, and I'd like her to be a hint less shallow next year.
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Given their emphasis on surveillance, and even the episode had Clarke saying "This is like the NSA!" I couldn't help but follow through with that solid of an alley-oop pass from them. I do agree, however, that this was a big ensemble episode that I'd say we really haven't had since even before Will's death. Like, The chain of "The Next [Day/Week/Month]" episodes were ensembles, but then it narrowed its focus considerably from that point onward.

That sex scene was sort of bizarre. Robert King talked about it, and it basically sounded like they do this romance/perfume commercial (his phrasing) to soften the sense of the power dynamics, the tip-toeing of the intensity of that scene. I'm not satisfied with their take on it their intentions...it all sounds semi-muddled to me.
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I get where you picked that surveillance bit up now that you point it out. Clarke really was an oddity this episode, he wasn't an antagonist and he wasn't a friend, he was just a nag, a Jiminy Cricket pushing for something that really didn't feel as bad as he was making out, so to me his words never really carried story weight as much as they should.

Oh yeah, I remember perfume commercials with those visuals, and the first time they used it it felt a little ethereal and light, but man did they misfire the more they used it until it was a joke here.
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I like the more perfume-y approach with Will and Alicia because those were often rooted in memory, and thus get re-configured in their minds. The stuff with Cary and Kalinda? Not so much. Sends an odd signal to us.
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Fantastic Finale ! I am so glad it is not about the case at the beginning at all.

Here I was a little worried the finale would be about another case just like last week. Silly me :-)

Alan Cumming gave the best performance especially the last scene. He gave such a good performance I knew what he was going to say before the words came out. I was talking to the TV set telling Eli not to say it.

He was probably the best actor this season on TGW. Most of the main cast had strong performance and Alan standing out from all of them is no small feat. He really should get a nomination in next year Emmys.

Personally I think Alicia running for SA is a bad idea and I do not know how the writers will able to squeeze in it. I mean Peter wants to run a clean office right? How would it look if he support his wife to SA. Would it not seems like nepotism to the public? Not to mention all the scrutiny that will come with campaigning and her affair with Will. How could Eli think this is a good idea?

Jackie and Veronica scenes were one of the best of the season. They should get at least one or two scenes together every season :-)

I like Cary and Alicia as partners. Having them scream at each other was a little sad. I do think they will mend fences. I was thinking their friendship is one of the purest in TGW. Their squabbles if ever were always work related, nothing personal. Nathan Lane is also wonderful and should be made a series regular. He will provided the "moral" center and be the numbers man for the newly merged firm.

The scene with Alicia sending off Zac is touching too. I am going to miss Zac...well just a little.

I was totally surprised and happy when Diane wanted to join Florrick Agos but it does make sense. I do hope we get to see all three of them together next season and Kalinda joining the team as well.

This finale also means I get to see more of Michael J Fox next season. I am delighted. Looking forward to season six. When will the show come back? Cannot wait.





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I absolutely agree that Nathan Lane should be made a series regular!!! He is awesome
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Aaaand I'm the only one who cared about the lack of conclusion here - did Peter sleep with his willing intern? After seeing the way he still goes all tribal on Alicia, I can't help but care about the guy and his (endangered?) position as Guv.

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I freely admit that it's not something I'm super concerned with. If he did anything with the intern, I'm sure we'll find out next season, somehow. Probably on the intern's blog. Or Instagram account. Or Tumblr. What's the Chumhum version of Google+?
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I agree I hate how they end episodes some times this is not law & order I guess the creators stole that from dick wolf.They are definitely implying that peter is back to his old ways .prison made peter more corrupt he is so sleazy like a gang leader did you see how he took the supreme court justcie nomination away from Diane just out of spite damn jim
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whats up with mathew goode character though.. till date he seems to be just standing aside bidding his time... if the good wife runs becomes his boss.. is it gonna be will and alicia only the other way around.. or something...love the series :)
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Great finale! As for Alicia as S.A., she probably will be, it's certainly setting up that way. She's not qualified enough, experience etc.,(Diane, yes, Alicia, no) but that means squat anyway, it's all about who you know & who's a good fit.

I guess it will add a new dimension, the writers have been excellent so far, can't really knock them. I'm sure it will good. Diane's partnership will be great, and you know first thing she'll do is an extensive remodel or a new building all together, not quite Diane's standards LOL...

Kalinda will be her girl Friday, and Cary will tell her to screw off, professional relationship only. Alicia will hook-up with Fin, romantically & professionally. I also think with the kid gone, Alicia's mom is moving in. The best part about Alicia running for S.A. will be more Eli, he's awesome, I luv that li'l bugger!

Can't wait till next season, it started out slow, but turned out to be a great season!
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I don't like the idea of Alicia running for States Attorney, specifically because she's married to the governor. That's a conflict of interest for the record books. After Peter is no longer the governor, sure, but not now.
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I'd like Alicia to run but I'm afraid the Kings might try to buck the trend and have her lose. Which would suck. Alicia in politics is gonna happen once. If she loses, it won't happen again
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I think the finale was all about facial expressions.

Especially Diane, Cary and Eli. This episode would still be great if they just mimed it, no lines spoken.
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I love that Eli has become part of the family. He is there for the big family moments more than Alicia is at this point. And with the empty nest and ALL of Alicia's talk about not being sure she is in the right line of business I can totally see her enjoying running for State's Attorney and bring Finn as her number #2.

Big question though, if Alicia goes into politics is the public ever going to find out about her affair with Will since EVERYBODY else seems to know?
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I figured Peter sent Eli there to make sure Veronica and Jackie didn't kill each other.
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Eli was sent over to Alicia's apartment by Peter to keep the 2 grandmas under control.
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I don't know if anyone else has floated the idea, but Cary would also make an excellent choice for State's Attorney. He's actually worked there in the past which gives him more experience than Alicia and he's not the governor's wife...
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OMG!! The best season finale ever of TGW!
Who else thought that the third option Kalinda mentioned to Diane was to run as State Attorney?? But I am sooooo glad that instead Diane joined FA. I hope the new name of the firm is Lockheart, Florrick, Agos.
Nice acting by Czuchry. He was magnificient!!
I loved that in spite of all the drama, there were comic scenes as well. Jackie and Veronica were brilliant.
I think Michael J. Fox is going to be a series regular next year. Would love to see Diane kicking his slimy ass.
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The Kings have been very open on Fox returning in next season, depending on how things shake out between their means and needs and Fox's availability. Series regular might be too much, depending on Fox's availability and the show's budget, but certainly a recurring guest slot, a la Chris Noth, wouldn't be out of the question, I'd think.
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I would almost bet he will be recurring as with season 2-3 and 5, and if David Lee remains a presence (as a regular) on the show we will need someone for him to interact with, and my bet is Canning is that person.
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Oh, he'll come back. I guess we will be treated to everything sourrounding his inevitable death (exactly like he was a dying guest star on Boston Legal a few years back). Also his own show has not been renewed for next year, so he can probably find he time...
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I loved this entire season of TGW! I can't wait for season 6.

Love the idea of Diane and Kalinda joining F/A. I hope they make it work. I know some are worried that F/A can't afford Kalinda, but I bet Diane can afford Kalinda. I also hope Kalinda and Cary can work their problems out. I always thought Cary cared about Kalinda, so really wish she would stop using him.

I don't know about Alicia running for State's atty. I kinda think she will do it, because this will give Eli something to do on the show besides worry about Peter banging an intern.
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agreed with u!!
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i haven´t seen this show, just came to check and confirm the guy in the photo is Logan huntzberger!! Gilmore girls FTW ! oh and Leonard´s mom :)
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Its a fantastic show. The best on network TV. You have a lot of catch up to do but it will be totally worth it.
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Alicia as State's Attorney brings up a lot of conflicts - her husband's the governor, then she would be trying cases against her own firm, etc. Just too much.

Also, as another viewer asked, where does Kalinda go if Diane joins Cary and Alicia? There are only two options, she comes with Diane or leaves the show. There's no reason for her to stay at that "other" firm.

I've been dreaming of Diane joining the firm since she first visited so many episodes ago. I squealed in delight last night. It seems to me that this "new" firm has been the plan all along when it became clear to the EPs that Will would be leaving. They got us to the endgame in dramatic fashion, didn't they?
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the kings already said kalinda will join Florrick and Agos. And maybe the relationship between her and cary will continue but cary will not trust her
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Ever since Season 4, I've been in favor of writing Kalinda off the show if they weren't going to re-establish her relationship with Alicia, and as much as I enjoy her working with Diane, Kalinda could still be written out and I would be totally okay with it. I don't think this is what will happen, however.
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Here's what I think, since season 3 the show has struggled with Kalinda's place in the show, and her relationship to Alicia (with whom Archie Panjabi has the best chemistry), so she's gonna join her in the State's Attorney Office together with Finn Polmar (Matthew Goode joined the series as a regular, but his character doesn't make much sense unless he has a more substantive link to the main cast, specially Alicia).
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My guess - Finn's character could be substantial were he to become State Attorney General and Alicia were to be indicted (alluded towards in this finale). That would also bring Michael J Fox and all of LG, as the antagonists, their important roles. Diane would then join FA and take a managing partner role, at odds with Cary, opening the door for Calinda. Peter's arc will probably be caught up in the too easy conquest of the intern, who's obviously setting him up (either purposefully or inadvertently). The big plot twist in the storyline will belong to Cary.
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A half season ago, we saw a little rift forming between between Alicia and Cary. It was while planning their holiday party.

Cary was going off and making decisions without Alicia AND ensuring that HIS name was being heard.

Now, a cynic would think he was trying to muscle her out as the Alpha and it seemed like Alicia was leaning towards that. BUT in Cary's defense, he was probably just trying to get his name out there and recognizable. Florrick is a known name, Agos isn't as much.
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Actually, wasnt Cary's dad a senator or something?
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Fairly certain he's a lobbyist of some sort.
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In this case, the point above is valid. Lobbyist are a shady bunch :P
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Noel you forgot to add "Dramatics, Your Honor", it has to be on your list. I'd also argue that "The Next Day" was done really well.

Although the scene with Eli at the end was great, I really really don't want Alicia to run for State's Attorney. With Diane joining their firm, it would be such a waste of a great storyline.

Also, what happened to the video proving that Peter sabotaged the Senator voting? Sure, Will died and he was an important witness, but how come no one is pursuing this?

I really don't believe the Kings can top this season. It was so fantastic that I have no problem if the Emmy for Best Drama doesn't go to Breaking Bad, but to The Good Wife. Don't kid yourself, this whole season was totally brilliant. With 22 episodes - a lot more content than other series' seasons - we should be more forgiving for little misdirections in the plot such as Damian.
Overall, this season will go down, at least for me, as one of the best seasons in TV history. So exited for season 6!
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Eh. I didn't so much forget "Dramatics, Your Honor" as went, "What do I remember about this episode beyond Will's death?" and the answer was "Not a whole lot." It's still a very good episode, but it didn't stick with me the ways the others did. Or maybe I was just super-tired and have hazy memories. Possibly both.
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Hi Noel
Just wanted to say thank you. I've enjoyed your reviews as much as I enjoyed the episodes covered and that's saying something since TGW is my all time favorite show!

So again, amazing episode, wonderful review and hoping that you continue to cover season 6!
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That was a fun ep if you like law firms' intrigue and a good set up for Season 6

  • Alicia for State's Attorney? I hope that was a joke because a)We've had enough elections b)Alicia has enough to do as the partner of Florrick/Agos(+Lockhart? yes please) and c)How can the wife of the current governor run for such a political office job? Is that not like a massive conflict of interest
  • Most heartbreaking moment was Cary hearing in front of her own colleagues and employees he is effectively a 'mark' to L/G & to Kalinda. I really want Cary to scream at Kalinda for being a horrid human being/"girlfriend"/friend with benefits - Ugh
  • What happens to Kalinda if Diane joins Florrick/Agos? Do they need 2 investigators or is she promoted to being Diane's 'Girl Friday' on a permanent basis?
Thanks Noel for continuing to review this show this season... hardly the most popular on this site so it is much appreciated!
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Always happy to do the reviews, but pass along your thanks to Jen for keeping it on the schedule. I was convinced that we'd stop after "Hitting the Fan," but Jen never said otherwise, so I kept turning them in, even when I was seriously jetlagged.
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That's a good question about Kalinda. As it is, the show has a hard time finding stuff for her to do. When F&A started, they didn't have the money for 2 investigators... and it wasn't THAT long ago that they were considering letting Robin go anyway.

So I really don't see how they can handle both. Sure, Diane is bringing in millions but it's looking like they will be losing ChumHum so I don't know if that balances out at all. (I forget how much they said ChumHum brings in a year)
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I would loved it if Kalinda became Diane's personal assistant. That would also put her still in "conflict" with Alicia and Cary which is good tension for the show.

Kalinda seems to be playing Will's role in supporting Diane, sort of like she think that is what Will would have wanted.
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Noel thank you for writing a blog that actually provides analysis and a critique of the show. I don't need these stupid summary blogs from others, since I did watch the show. Hope you will be back too for Season 6!

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Noel is someone who can make a "superhero" show like Arrow sound so deep :-)
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Glad you enjoy them!
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I am not sure how to feel about this episode! Seeing Alicia go forward in politics right now just seems off?? Granted there would be some hilarious scenes with Eli, but I really like her as a defense attorney and in civil court. The Chicago corruption politics angle has been done to death on this show. Also, I think everyone including the author of this blog had a pretty good sense there would be some sort of merger/joining a firm with Diane, so that will be interesting at the beginning of next season. I do hope the Kings and the other writers can keep the show as masterful as it has been in Season 5. It has overall been a joy!!!
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4 of the last 7 governors of Illinois have been convicted and imprisoned for criminal activities on the job, the idea that the Chicago political corruption angle is done to death sadly cannot match real life, so there is room for far, far more. :-(
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Well, to be clear, I am really tired of all political corruption stories on the Good Wife. I hope the writers give it a bit of a rest next season. I realize Chicago is a gold mine for those stories though.
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And I'm glad you mentioned "Hitting The Fan" again Noel. That episode will go down in history as one of the best hours in television, ever!!

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OMG!!! THAT WAS FRICKIN AWESOME!!!
What wonderful television this is huh!
When Diane made her proposition i waived both hands in the air with the biggest smile on my face...how silly is that? Well, it's a true testament to excellent television and storytelling is what it is! F'n bravo! This show is just so damn good in every sense of the way. 5 years of sheer brilliance!

Sidenote: I do not want Alicia for State's Attorney of course, I want Florrick - Agos - Lockhart! Oh yeah!
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That last scene with Eli was so good! I was actually screaming at the TV "Eli – don't you dare... here you go, good boy... no, no, don't do it… no you DIDN'T!!" as it went through. This is why I love The Good Wife so much: great actors, great writing, subtle humour and magnificent twists.
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We have 4 crazy people here who talks to the television sets :-)
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Between this episode and the most recent Hannibal, I did a fair amount of shouting at the TV last week.
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You better be back for season six or we will all shout at you :-)
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I was also talking to the screen, such a brilliant scene :D
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Yep! Nearly everything with Eli is fantastic... Even just walking into Alicia's apartment to pronounce 'the door is open!'
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Two words

"Holy Crap!"
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I kept waiting for the ball to drop and for F/A to be found out about the teleconference cam, but no, it was just a convenient plot device for information to come F/A's way. It seemed unrealistic after a while - how often in the last five seasons have we seen the L/G lawyers having scheming in the conference room, rather than their own office?

I wasn't the only one who whooped twice (for Diane and Alicia) at the end? I can't wait for Season 6 now.

Where does Finn Polmar go from here? It seems that his storyline has fizzled to an end. Is Matthew Goode a regular in Season 6?

Jackie vs. Veronica is an awesome battle I would pay money to watch.
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Hopefully Finn will be back based on an interview with R&M King. It sure sounded that way...
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Noel, this scene -



Could be interpreted 2 ways.

Diane as Jesus -



OR



A homage to Sylvester Stallone!
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Good job !
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Amazing wardrobe and lighting choices for Christine Baranski in that scene. And @Grumpyclown, Diane Lockhart is both - though she doesn't need a damn gun (or two) to make a point!
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This was probably one of my favorite overall episodes.

There have been a few times where I was concerned that Christine Baranski was leaving the show and I'm just not ready for a "Diane-less" show. I absolutely loved her going to Florrick/Yagos and asking to join the firm. That, alone, would have left me satisfied. But then Eli had his lightbulb moment and this finale wrapped up the season well.

Cary kind of scared me a little in this episode, Matt Czuchry gave a great performance, and I hope when S6 resumes this won't be his new state of being. It was a great performance but it could get over the top quickly.

Looking forward to what S6 will bring.
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I think it is easy to see how angry Cary would be over a merger with L/G/C. He was fired twice by Diane and know with any merger he would be second to Alicia. Also, honestly who in the world would want to work in the snake pit of Louis Canning?
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Not only that... but he wanted to build this firm as something that was "done right" in his eyes. He didn't like the way the leadership was running things at L&G: ignoring the associates, acting greedy, being too top-heavy, etc. He wanted a firm where things were treated a bit more equally.

And now... Alicia wants to go right back with them? Sure he'd have a seat at the table again but that wasn't the only thing this was about.

Plus... he's been screwed by L&G too many times.
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I actually didn't like the finale at all. I have loved the whole season but this episode was the worst of the season, maybe even the series.
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What made you feel that way about it?
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I felt like the characters acted out of chatacter.
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Excellent Finale, after a few weeks of less than exciting episodes, they really hit it home with this episode. Really looking forward to seeing Diane at F/A (or will it be F/A/L, they weren't entirely clear on what Diane's position will entail), and while I'm not sure I'm entirely on board with Alicia running for SA, I'm willing to give the show the chance to sell me on it in the first few episodes of season 6. Hopefully the conflict with Cary and Kalinda will be given the attention it deserves, their relationship has always be a bit f'ed up on both ends, that hope they finally address how they always seem to be using each other. Whatever happens, I am looking forward to see if this show can continue to reach new grounds in season 6.
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