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The Good Wife S05E07: "The Next Week"

"The Next Week" saw Alicia and the crew still having some serious problems getting their footing. They still don't have offices, they have no money coming in for at least another month or so, their overhead is through the roof—where else would overhead be, though?! BA DUM TSSS!—but all of that pales in comparison to one simple fact: Anthony Wright Edelman is a weasel. A good-for-nothing, money-grubbing, turncoating weasel. He used to just be annoying, but now he will suffer the wrath of Florrick/Agos + CLARKE MOTHERFRAKING HAYDEN (Nathan Lane, returning to the show and still being awesome). Or at least I hope he will. Because, really, dude's got it comin' to him in spades.

I'm actually glad that Anthony turned out to be a weasel for a couple of reasons. First: He's now out of Florrick/Agos, and I won't have to listen to him gripe about bonuses any longer. Second: His departure made room for Clarke, and I love Clarke. Third: It means that there's a very a decent chance that Alicia, Cary, or Carey will face off against Anthony in court, and I want to see that. I have to think that the ire directed at Lockhart/Gardner—and it's fully Lockhart/Gardener again, as Diane officially returned to the firm in a very quick, throwaway moment—will be only slightly less intense than the ire directed Anthony's way.

Pardon me for focusing on Anthony so much, and so early. I was just very happy about this development, and in an episode that did a number of other things very well. It was just that after all the eye-rolling we did, it's like we got some satisfaction, like our voices were heard, and I always like when that happens.

But if we're really going to talk about our voices being heard, we'll need to talk about Owen. I'm not a big 'shipper, so I've never been that invested in the Alicia/Peter versus Alicia/Will battle beyond however the show wants to play it/whether or not their choices make for good drama. Owen, however, is a 'shipper: He sails on the S.S. Alicia/Will, and he's not afraid to say so. Upon learning about the defection, he did his Owen thing, dropping truth bombs all over the place. In this case, that meant calling bull on Alicia's motivations to leave L/G, and saying it in front of Alicia and Will.

I love Owen, and I'm always happy to see him, but I'm glad that The Good Wife uses him sparingly. Owen's the show's ultimate audience surrogate: He's outside the law, he's outside the politics, and, most importantly, he's jarringly romantic/not cynical for a character on this show. It's why he could behave like our proxy when he showed up at Alicia's door, as well as when he explained things to Will in the elevator; he gives voice to those things Alicia leaves unspoken or conceals behind her stoic façade, which just so happen to be the things we often yell at our TV screens, or that we say in the comments of an episode review. It's what makes Owen a great dramatic device, but also one that you don't want to overuse, either.

So when he aired out Alicia's motivations for leaving, we ended up with scenes like the one between Alicia and Will, as Alicia was waiting outside to be deposed again. Those stares expressed so much hurt and regret and shame and betrayal, and without any words between them. It was potent, delicious, gut-wrenching stuff that demonstrated the benefits of the show's willingness to not drag out love triangles, and instead to explore what happens when you commit to blowing them up into teeny tiny pieces.

Outside of the personal drama, we had two cases-of-the-week this week. While I understand that a double caseload is pretty necessary while F/A gets its engines going, I'd also rather that The Good Wife not make a habit of it. Neither the adoption deposition nor Will's case with Jeffrey Grant (Hunter Parrish of Weeds fame) felt all that rushed, but that doesn't mean it should become the norm. The Good Wife juggles more plots in a single episode than most shows can handle in three, and while it's always impressive, having to deal with two separate firms may put a strain on the narrative pacing. Certainly the show is willing to drop the governor's office for a week, so dropping L/G for a week shouldn't be outside the realm of possibility. I would think, anyway.

The deposition plot was something of a weird duck. Alicia's confidence at seeing the receptionist get all flustered, David Lee getting angry at her presence in the offices, and Alicia demanding a refund on her capital contribution—something I didn't expect the show to address at all—were all great, but I also wasn't clear on how the situation was resolved. Since Anthony laid the blame for the bribe at Alicia's feet, is she still on the hook for $6 million? David Lee certainly made it sound like it, and I don't think even Clarke's financial wizardry can get her out of that. 

Meanwhile, Will's case with Jeffrey may be a first for the show in that seems set to span multiple episodes. I admit that much of what happened in Seasons 1 and 2 is very hazy for me, but I don't think any one case ever extended beyond a single episode. Clients have recurred, yes, but with different cases. I don't expect Will to be working on it every week, but it got off to a very interesting start, from the phony DUI to get the DNA sample to the transsexual uncle to the half-brother to the 100 percent DNA match to Jeffrey under the victim's fingernails. Kalinda's gut assertion that he's guilty seemed on-the-money, but if the show's willing to spin this out across a few more episodes, then the writers must have something really twisty planned, and I'm definitely game for that sort of procedural serialization.


Continuing the "Grace is hawt" storyline, someone had hacked the Florricks' computers and was using a remote administration tool—RAT—to spy via webcam. Alicia and Cary immediately assumed it was a sneaky David Lee tactic, which led to Cary and Clarke hilariously reading lines (it takes great actors to act badly) just outside of Alicia's room while a camera was active in order to send out false information. As it turned out, however, the purpose of the RATting was to get peeps at Grace, and that just could not stand. 

We've been bemoaning this storyline for a while, and while it isn't horrendous—this week Zack at least ended up punching a guy, and I'm all for that—I was frustrated by Grace's lack of agency. She watched Zack wail on the guy with a look of... I don't even know. Detachment? Half-hearted concern? I'm just not sure what was going on there, and it made Grace look excessively passive. Sure, she's never been the most aggressive or confident of characters, but I feel like this was a new low of obliviousness for her. 

I admit that I'm not giving it all that much thought, since it's by far and away the least interesting thing The Good Wife is doing on a weekly basis this season, but it's still worth at least attempting to hash out in addition to all the other, more engaging stories the show offers.



SIDEBAR

– I'd like for Christian Borle, who played the adoption lawsuit attorney Carter Schmidt, to swing by more often. His line deliveries—"As in Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ."—were drier than the way I make martinis, and I make martinis by pouring gin into a glass while reading the Wikipedia entry on vermouth.

– "Who gives a damn about tax law?" Okay, did the Kings have a run-in with some tax lawyers during the summer break? Lot of animosity toward them, and in two straight episodes.

– At least Clarke didn't even bat an eye at Grace.

– "Oh, this is very entertaining, watching you flail." <3 Owen.

– "I worked with the books at Lockhart/Gardner. I know everything."

– Kids these days don't need no stinkin' mirrors to look at their black eyes. 

– The score in tonight's episode seemed rather Phillip Glass-y. That's not a bad thing—I love Glass. It's just something I picked up on.

– I lied about not being a 'shipper. I 'ship Alicia/Never-Ending Bottle of Wine.


What'd you think of "The Next Week"?


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AIRED ON 5/8/2016

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Season 7 : Episode 22

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Diane raised THE question: “Sometimes I look at you and wonder if you've changed, or if you were always like this.” No wonder people compare Alicia to Walter White.
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Another TV show using the "hacking" is magic trope. Ugh. They at least could've done some setup, showing the kid visiting the Florick's apartment, when he could've planted something on their computer, which is way more plausible then hacking all the computers remotely.

BTW the NSA would never be so careless to leave the camera light on, if they were spying.
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Oh and is anyone else waiting for an Alicia/Kalinda scene? Cause they have literally had NO facetime what so ever during this whole thing. Ever since Kalinda found out (and even before that I think?), they've not had any interaction. With any other show I would call it laziness, but that's not how the people on this show roll, so I am assuming it's for a reason.

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Right there with you on shipping Alicia/Wine. I don't really care about relationships on shows, but I tend to at least have some feelings towards the romantic relationships shows set up, but I've never ever even remotely cared about the ones on this show (except maybe for Diane and her new hubby) and that is a testiment to how good this show is! As in real life, I care more about the characters and how they feel, then who they date, because whoever you choose to spend your life with is your choice and that's what this show is about. But I loved Owen just coming right out and saying what he thought. And it rang surprisingly true and we finally got to see non-angry Will again. Whom I like very much.
I actually watched the last three episode in one go and I had to watch them really quickly, because this show is revving up my blood pressure! I simply can't stand what is happening and yet I can't stop watching because it is so brilliant! S5 and I care more about this show and it's glorious characters than ever.
Also that Anthony is guy is literally the worse. THE WORSE. Why they didn't get rid of him after he started whining about his bonus after his first fuck up is beyond me, but I hope they DESTROY him.
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I don't like Owen. There, I said it.

It's great that they brought Nathan Lane back. I thought his character was one of the best things on TGW last season.

And yes, thank God that Anthony guy left the new firm. Can't wait to see him get his ass kicked in court by Florrick/Agos.
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Alicia: "I've hurt you, haven't I?" Wow, did 'The Good Wife' add a shade specialist to the writers' pool?
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Boy, did that half-brother of Jeffrey haul ass when Kalinda interrogated him! I'm sure she could've caught him if she wanted to.
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Kalinda doesn't run ;).
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Loved Nathan Lane, and the new score they've got going is like my favourite thing of the new season! :)
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Yeah Will's case started to feel very The Practicey. I like it.
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I miss that show. ...Sometimes.
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Seriously, this show <3
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Nathan Lane and Christian Borle in the same week, on TV at the same time...YESSSSSS. If Emmett Forrest were to somehow join Alicia's firm I would not be opposed. Never leave, Clark Hayden.

Anthony: what a douche.
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the only thing that's annoying is the constantly intruding family of Alicia.. firt her mother go to talk to Will now her brother... like she's a baby girl in kindergarden.. c'mon!!! Did she not know how to pursue happiness in her 40's? That's her fault, deal with it.
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Where do I start interesting episode to say the least. One thing I don't get tho if Lockhart/Garner just came out of bankruptcy how the hell do they have that much money to be spending on all the acquisitions they are making to destroy Alicia.

Also on the episode Hitting the Fan i think it was didn't Lockhart/Garner offer the partnership to that girl who testified against Alicia in court? so how could they have offered it to that horrible guy. It just seems that everything is against Alicia hope this terrible feeling I have that at some point she will be going back to Lockhart/Garner does not pan out.

The part I liked was when Alicia first went back to Lockhart/Garner offices the looks she got from everyone. I have to say I'm starting to hate David Lee what did Alicia ever do to him.


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How can people be Team Lockhart/Gardner after the disgusting crap they pulled in this episode? Blows my mind. I need them to go down. I need them to go down HARD.
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I'm just way too frustrated with Florrick/Agos always being on the losing end. It's no fun this way.
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Well, after this episode I'm clearly on Florrick/Agos side, and this is why:
In this show the main characters always bend the law without actually breaking it, but I think that this time Lockhart/Gardener actually broke it.
Please tell me if I'm wrong, but isn't bribing someone to purger himself (offering partnership to Anthony in exchange for testifying against Alicia) clearly illegal?

Also:
Cary - "And he'll work for free"
Alicia - "Why?"
Clarke - "- Well... I like... The law"

Clarke is so sweet.


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Alicia Florrick & Olivia Pope need to hook up and join AA together. I swear, the pair of them drink enough wine to keep Toulose in business for a year.
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TV.com once had an article about shows that should have less episodes., and the author included The Good Wife.

I don't remember the author's name but I hope he sees how wrong he was. The episode count is just fine, the amount of parallel plots is insane and I don't want this season to end. That is amazing!
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I don't remember that article, though it's not too surprising. I feel like the Kings themselves have mentioned being envious of the shorter episode orders of cable, but I also think that they would scuttle most of the cases of the week if they could.
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the score reminded me of Holst's the planets; the neptune movement
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I loved everything about this episode except for Alicia's brother. I like him, but I hate this stupid fangirling about Alicia's love-life. For the love of God stop this madness with Alicia&Will. There is no epic love, never was. And the way the writers have been dragging this ridiculousness for 5 seasons is quite pathetic.
Even Grace was more tolerable than Owen. And it really means something.
Still root for Florrick&Agos, so happy that Clarke is on board!
And I'm worried about Jeffrey. I believe him, I believe he didn't kill that girl. Wonder how they are gonna prove it.
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Oy, save the shlocky jokes buddy, wow that overhead one. Thankfully the dry martini one salvaged your reputation. Edelman needs to get a serious wedgie for what he did, and the idea that Diane would take him back suspecting him of duplicity and seeing the likelihood of him committing perjury further proves what a hypocrite she is (hope the show owns that next episode, as it really got swept under the rug this go-round). Clarke Hayden is fun, but I dunno how much he's really going to damage Edelman, is he going to audit him to death?

I don't see Owen as a truth-bomb dropper, I see him as an extension of his mother: he says whatever he thinks is going on and ignores all consequences. That said, he was semi-right here, but it felt to me more like he got lucky with that one.

The bribery case didn't get resolved, it's warming up, but the show did feel like it was making it drop. I liked that Alicia knew to take the high road in her deposition, and hopefully that'll come back next episode.

The hacking storyline was thin, how exactly did the kid get access to their whole network, how exactly did Zack find the kid beyond the "I'll trace the hacker" nonsense, and did anybody do anything about the online nudie video of Grace or is that just gonna remain unspoken? This really felt like a red herring that didn't think itself through enough.

Tax lawyers often are treated as accountants by other lawyers from what I've seen, but it is weird to dump on them over and over.

At least Clarke didn't bat an eye at Zack.
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I think my confusion over the $6 million is that it seems like a weird thing to have carry over for more than one episode. Putting that large of a financial burden on Alicia seems like it would create a real drag on the show, but perhaps that's just me. At least she got her capital contribution back!
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The $6 mil is just another fight for Alicia to carry on her shoulders with minimal help from her firm. She has to use that threat to fight back harder and with more teeth right into the jugular of both the problem AND her sworn enemies. It's a driving force for the next episode. It was a clumsy way to do it, but it is yet another threat to her young firm. I think ultimately this show is starting to throw one too many issues at her at once because they need to drive stories but are for once in a decompressed timeframe so it comes off awkward.
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PS - gin is repulsive.
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I would've agreed with you for a number of years after a very bad gin incident, but now that I can drink gin again, I say, BAH HUMBUG to you, sir.
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Enjoy your disgusting fermented juniper berries. I haven't had a second gincident yet that made me think it was worthwhile, that first one was like licking the bottom of a hobo's boot - hole and all.
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Firstly it was good to see Hunter Parish. I am a big weeds fan except the last season. Secondly it was GREAT to see Nathan Lane. It seems Cary's friendship with him last season is paying off in a big way.

Anthony Wright Edelman - we did not even know his name before today. As it turns out, he is the real Judas ! Why would any firm take back someone who go bribe without telling any partners (telling Howard obviously does not count)? I guess they are too worried about being sued or the revenge is blinding their heads. I am sure it would not be long before Judas AWE with get LG into trouble again. I would not bet on it for other shows but I am quite sure for TGW, it will come soon.

I agree with you about Owen being audience voice. He finally said it out loud after so long. I am glad the writers did it especially there was no conversation at all about this at all between the 2 of them. I am a little surprised though about Will's reaction. He now seems to let betrayal blinds everything else.

I am glad with the Zack and Grace story too. They finally found some good use for the 2 teenagers. With Alicia so busy with her work, it is good to see Zack step up and take care of his sister. I am surprised the teachers are not aware and calling Alicia though.

Now it seems Hunter Parish case is not solved and the $6 million law suits means big trouble for Alicia. Cannot wait to see how it goes.

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You win the internet for this comment "I make martinis by pouring gin into a glass while reading the Wikipedia entry on vermouth."
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OMG YES to Nathan Lane becoming a regular!! (I hope!) I loved Clarke Hayden last season. He had such a stick up his butt in the beginning, and it was fun watching become interested in the law again, while he was slowly won over by Cary.

It was fantastic having Owen come around to stir the pot a little bit. I am not on team Alicia/Peter. I don't like Peter. I'm not exactly on team Alicia/Will either, but I don't find Will icky like Peter. I'd be happy if Alicia moved on completely, though.

Maybe having an ongoing case is how TGW is going to handle having more than one law firm on the show? This way they don't have to start with the details every week, since we'll already be familiar with them.
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One thing was a bit creepy -- I know Zack's intentions were pure and honorable... but still.

Dude spent time trolling for p0rn of... his sister. Let THAT sink in a little bit. He got off lucky, being a primetime network show the most he stumbled on was censored bits asking for money.

But still... that was just kind of weird to watch him do.
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He was trying to find out what happens, how can he help if he does not know what is happening. I don't think he is looking at his sister erotically.
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I just have to say how nice it is to have this show regularly reviewed. Thanks Noel.
I don't mind the kids story lines and how the decisions the adults make continue to affect them. I think Noel was a bit off on his thoughts around Grace and the fight scene. When Zack confronted the kid he didn't say so loud "stop spying on my sister", so everyone heard. I think Grace kept a stoic face as they didn't want the whole school to know why Zack went off on the kid, and let's not forget who her mom is, stoic faces are genetic. Hence the private thank you. Plus she was probably shocked, as Zack is usually just annoyed with her.
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Mostly agree with the review except for the comments about Owen. He is not a great dramatic device. He is an annoyingly, cloyingly sappy meddler. He gives me the creeps as soon as he starts having a heart-to-heart with Alicia, which is really an effort on his part to interfere in her life. So rather than being a good dramatic device, he seems like an easy out as a way to move some part of the Alicia/Will story along. Can't agree at all with the review on this score.
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Agreed. Apart from meddling in her life he brings nothing to the show
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Also a request to tv.com writers, please can we have a poll of the week asking for a vote between team Florrick/Agos or team Lockheart/Gardener.

I am obsessed with which one is more popular with the audience.
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Thank you for listening and doing it so quickly.
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Double clap for reading and listening to your readers just like the Kings !
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Anyone can actually make a poll in the community pages, not just staff. So, you know, save the double clapping when I do something really impressive. ;)
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The compliment was for bothering to read and reply our comments. We know you guys are super busy :-)
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Another brilliant episode. I love how David Lee managed to trap Alicia in the 6 million hole. Arrgghh hate Anthony Blah Blah [can't be bothered to remember his full name]. First I was Team Lockheart/Gardener, now because Anthony is with them, I am Team Florrick/Agos.
Please fire Anthony quickly!!
Owen is awesome! His pose when Alicia opened the door was hilarious.
Request to the writers, please make Kalinda and Alicia/Robin go head to head, with Kalinda kicking everyone's ass.
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Before anything else - "MOTHERFRAKING" is not a word....learn to swear...or use MOTHERCLUCKING instead

I was disappointed with the RAT plot, because it quickly boiled down to Grace's storyline and I thought they might be referencing the NSA/Government agency plot from the start of the season (considering Alicia's computer was being remote controlled as well)

I hope Nathan Lane becomes semi regular at least - the new firm could realistically use a lawyer with a background in accounting. And I like the dynamic between him and Cary.

The murder plot - right now i have 4 ideas where this could go
1) Alicia's firm gets hired to pursue a wrongful death suit against Will's client
2) He's innocent and Will cant get him off and it affects Lockhart/Gardner's expansion somehow
3) They go down the Primal Fear route
4) He's guilty and it affects Lockhart/Gardner's expansion with bad press

Owen - I am generally not a fan of shipping, so his constant "You love Will/leave your husband" stuff is annoying to me. Also the fact that this comes from someone NOT really present in Alicia's life - didnt even know she left the firm - comes off as hollow
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What the frak?!? I don't give a fuck who you are, "motherfrakking!" - and its related ilk - is a great swear word (especially when Col. Tigh uses it).
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its not a swear word ;-)
here's an explanation (NSFW)-

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Fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck. It's overused. Frak has cred, plus my video didn't have any motherfrakking sibilance issues. What a load of dren. X-D
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Venture Bros quotes always appreciated, @noelrk
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SCUBA.
SCUBA.
SCUBA SCUBA SCUBA SCUBA SCUBA.
Say SCUBA.

SCUBA. It sounds funny. SCUBA.
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JT_Kirk - profanities are real words too - to discriminate against a word just because it is a profanity is close to being a hate crime. Whats next....segregating non profane words from the accepted "norms"!!!
How many profane words have died, so that others may live? Have their sacrifices been in vain? So many profane words died during both World Wars, fighting for future generations - so words like fuck can be recognized as "real words"
While the word "Frak" is a work of fiction - like Elves, Unicorns and the female orgasm! Figments of the imagination!

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Grumpyclown, is fuck a "real" word? What makes a word a word? Fuck is not a "real" word, it's an obscenity, a profanity, it's only "real" insomuch as we accept it as one. Is "app" a word? It is now, and yet it's merely an abbreviation for application. "Google" is now a word, a verb used to describe the act of using a search engine, yet it's just a made up name based on the word "googol". A word is a "real" word when its use is understood by the audience who comprehends of it, and in "motherfrakking"'s case it is also useful in a way to weed out those who are in the know from those who aren't: frakkin' toasters! JPEG - pronounced "jay-peg" - is an acronym which is quickly being accepted as a word. "Laser"? That's an acronym created within the last 60 years, not unlike "scuba", yet now they're words to us.
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Overused = BECAUSE ITS A REAL FUCKING WORD! ;-)
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OMG! I had totally forgotten about the NSA surveillance which was an interesting plot (more than Grace is hawt)... I suspect there may be more than one RAT at play then ie school rat 'surveying' Grace and NSA rat surveying Alicia?
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Its possible, but wouldn't more than one intruder have been detected by Alicia's son?
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Honestly not a clue about the technical aspects of RATs but perhaps once Zach discovered the school RAT he stopped looking and missed the NSA RAT? or perhaps the NSA RAT is better at working undetected? All I know is that I really want to see those guys from the NSA ep... They were hilarious
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"Motherfrakker" was first heard on Battlestar Galactica episode "Valley of Darkness", a variant of the more common frak.
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So, actually, my real error might've been the lack of a second 'k'? I honestly don't know how fictional swear words work at all. Frellin' languages.
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More thumbs for the use of "frell"!
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"Motherclucker" from the tongue twister "I'm not a Motherclucker" -

I'm not a Motherclucker,
I'm a Motherclucker's son
I'm only Motherclucking 'till the Motherclucker comes.
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I don't think we've seen the end of the RAT plot. If it was just a horny teenager looking to profit then why would he also hack Alicia's computer? Or do you automatically access all computers in the same network, and that's why Alicia's cam was on?
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I thought the same thing for a while - but wouldn't Alicia's son have detected more than one hacker if the feds were involved
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I agree-- the Rat plot coming down to Grace was disappointing, as as Owen butting in where he had no business butting in. I am so over the Will/Alicia thing. Maybe it can be revisited later, but I hope she moves on, and if they insist on not allowing some redemption for Peter, then I hope she moves on from him as well.
Did I miss something regarding Kalinda, and who she's really working for? It if hasn't been revealed, I'm surprised there hasn't at least been some questions from Cary.
Love Nathan Lane.
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The more I think about it the more I believe the obvious Owen meddling in the shipping wars was THAT obvious so as to obscure the reason he was in the episode which were the school rumours school about the professor and his 'private dinners' for B+ students which will probably end up being more like orgies/ exploitation / weird initiations with bigger issues like college covering up scandals etc etc.
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Kalinda sided with Lockhart/Gardner, and I'm pretty sure Cary and co. know, because she betrayed him a couple of episodes ago.

The Alicia/Will/Peter angle shouldn't really be touched until the firms have settled a bit and Peter has be Governor for a bit IMO - they have enough storylines to get through
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I agree with the reviewer: chances are there's more to the homicide case than meets the eye. For them to reveal that stuff at the end my guess is either:
A) The professor was running some "Eyes Wide Shut" type of sex party so the guy didn't really KNOW he was with her
B) Someone (perhaps the professor) dosed the guy with some drug / compound
C) Something even strangER

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Definitely with you on the weird or weirdER scenarios - I think because the kid is learning Italian I keep thinking of that murder trial in Italy with student Amanda Knox accused of murdering another student... TGW seems to pick up stuff from real life cases and for some reason this case made me think of Knox
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What could be stranger than A or B - in the TGW universe, I mean? This isn't Syfy or some fantasy series or Scandal or POI, so the strangeness is somewhat limited. And for the record, I'm going with both A and B.
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Well, in other law shows (L&O SVU and such) they've touched on that form of sleep-walking where the afflicted will actually go and have s*x with someone nearby and they don't even remember it. In the various shows, sometimes the victim (the one NOT sleep-walking) is freaked out and raped, and in some strange ones they're into it and think it's a relationship thing.

So it's possible he's had s*x with her without knowing it, and the skin cells under the nails were from that. And I'd classify that as stranger than A+B. Beyond that though, I don't know what would be even semi-plausible and stranger.
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I was thrilled to see Nathan Lane would be appearing again during last week's promos... I really enjoyed his character the last time around. So last night was a nice treat. I hope he'll feature in the upcoming episodes, instead of being treated like a guest-star lawyer on "The West Wing" where they appear once-or-twice and then are supposedly working "off-screen" the rest of the time.

I mean honestly, the ONLY negative to his character arc last time was his trying to sell off the firm prematurely. Which from his point of view was perfectly valid: a big-time blue-chip firm seemed willing to buy them right before their (first) deadline was up. So I can't really fault him for that.
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I'd like to see him as a partner in the new firm - in charge of the tax section or something. He wouldn't need to be in every episode, like most of the partners at Lockhart/Gardner
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I don't know how many episodes Lane is slated to appear in. I imagine it all hinges on his schedule since he's probably a pretty busy guy, but I like that they're essentially earmarking him for all future appearances, though I fully suspect he'll be that "guest star lawyer" role you mentioned.
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Even before this episode, I wanted the Anthony character to DIAF. He wasn't just annoying, he was stupid.

After last night? I hope fire ants are somehow involved in his final scenes. However since I guess that's what the writers were going for, I must give them a tip-of-the-hat.
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Great review - love the episode because so much of it was unpredictable... Like the Jeffrey Grant case where I do think Jeffrey is hiding something like being involved in a orgy with the victim and that is how his DNA is under her nails but someone else in the orgy killed her (the professor?). The whole learning Italian thing made me think of a real life case that was equally creepy.
I loved to see Hayden back and in TGW style it makes sense he wants to join Florrick-Agos because of the bromance with Cary last season... And these guys need a business manager...
Edelman... Well like any of the guys quitting L&G, if you betray once, why not twice? and his interest is money, that much's been clear since day one...
I love Owen (Professor Cavanaugh.... Maths professor of the month...) and that he is such a Willicia shipper and a bit of a meddler... and he has the best lines like Alicia being on "Warrior Princess" mode...
Zach & Grace vs. the RAT was kind of entertaining. I wanted to hug Zach but I am with you that the writers could have had Grace do something for once rather than be an object...
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This was another amazing installment of The Good Wife. So much happened, I can't tell for sure what excited me most! I love Owen and I actually really liked Clarke Hayden's return. I think he was a little boring last season but he's grown on me.
And what about that first conversation between Diane and Alicia? That was pure gold, I literally held my breath.
I have to agree with you on the Anthony Wright Edelman situation, Noel. He came out of nowhere, always talked bonuses and money and I'm glad to see him go. Even more glad he won't have any influence over Cary and Alicia anymore.
All in all, this was such a great episode but I'm wondering how they'll juggle this week to week. We didn't see Eli, Peter or even Robin this week. I'm just noticing now as I'm writing up my comment (which shows how much I enjoyed this episode) but there sure are a LOT of storylines going on.
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Noel, what you said. All of it. Exactly.

My favorite moment of the ep was when Clarke called David Lee the attorney of record. I just wanna see Lee destroyed. With fire.

I kinda get Grace's look while watching the fight. It's a shock sometimes to see a sibling really stick up for you, and i think it surprised Grace.

Thank you for your sane outlook regarding shipping. I'm one of those who wants to hear and see the story the writers intend - and love or hate it - instead of demanding that they tell the story I want.

Speaking of Alicia/Never-Ending Bottle of Wine...how is there not a grape shortage with Alicia Florrick and Olivia Pope both drinking? I gotta buy stock in raisin futures.
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There were concerns about an impending wine shortage late last month, but apparently it was all very overblown.

And I have nothing against 'shipping as a practice and as a way to engage a text; I just get antsy when that become the all-consuming way to look at a show, as it sometimes can. It's even worse when a show starts playing to those bases, too. *coughTheVampireDiariescough*
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The wine shortage can't have been very serious or Alicia would have filed a lawsuit while Olivia sent Huck on a mission.

Personally, I hope Alicia and Peter work out, despite Owen's machinations. But the intense desire to pressure writers to conform, which, for instance, has consumed Once Upon a Time and has threatened Teen Wolf over the last year, is scary. It's a proxy way of trying to make reality - even a virtual reality - match your ideals. Edutainment in a way, or propaganda, depending on whether you're on board or not. And either way, the original story, the artistic creation of the writers, suffers. We live in a time with more stories being told than ever before, and instead of finding one that matches your desires, or dare I say, producing your own, too many are just hounding the current writers to morph their ideas to the viewers'. Ultimately, that leads to play-doh characters like Kalinda, and not fully fleshed personalities like Alicia or Will. In the end, nobody knows who they are and nobody cares. Shipping is a trap.
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Anthony Weiss Edelman - what a dick, but also, good riddance. (And so hilarious that his name is said in full all the time) Now that he's back at L/G, I hope he disappears into the woodwork. I don't have any desire to see him at all. But yeah, since they've not resolved that storyline yet, lets see him come up against Alicia in court, getting his ass kicked.
Clarke Hayden joining Florrick/Agos? HELL YES. He's got a nice easy chemistry with Alicia and Cary; the three of them are delightful together.
I thought the episode could have done without the S.S. Owen scenes, frankly. Maybe I'm just a little tired of the damn triangle and just want to see Alicia in warrior princess queen mode for a little while longer before the relationship shenanigans get shoved down our throats once more.
Christian Borle's lines deserves to be quoted in full:
-"Did you get that? Mr Lee, in a clumsy attempt at intimidation, might have said it too quietly. 'Juuudas.' As in Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of Christ."
-"I just thought you would welcome this moment to be more forthcoming about those who - what's the best word here? - pushed you out of their law firm."
What was that German word that he asked and Diane supplied the answer?
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gesundschrumpfen: to downsize, to slim down (e.g. a firm)

And yet another cool-ass German word to add to my repertoire, along with schadenfreude and weltanschauung!
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Ah, but Alicia is only in her kicking butt mode because of the love triangle and her desire to escape it as well! Quandry! :)
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I thought Alicia was in Xena mode because of the way Lockhart/Gardner were screwing with her new firm and not the Bermuda triangle of realtionships
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But would L/G be messing with the new firm if there wasn't a new firm to mess with. The defection revitalized both her and Will, it's just an issue of the motivation for it.
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The question should be "Would L/G be messing with a new firm set up by Cary and co. without Alicia?" and I'm pretty sure they would. L/G, especially David Lee, are vindictive
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So what is the score tally now? Florrick/Agos: -1, Lockhart/Gardner: 2? F/A just can't seem to catch a break, even with Clarke joining their team.

It was so frustrating to see Anthony betray Alicia. We all knew he was a bad fruit ever since he was whining about the bonuses. Yet he was allowed to stay around F/A. And now he was the one who gets to back stab Alicia. To me, that was just sloppy. Lockhart/Gardner is so vindictive that they keep hiring back those who left them and making them partners? It doesn't make any sense.

I really honestly don't care much about Owen and Will. I don't think Will will be less revenge-driven against Alicia knowing she left the firm to be away from him emotionally. I just want F/A to catch a break. I want them to win for once. I want that $6mil lawsuit against Alicia to be dropped. I'm Florrick/Agos all the way.
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