The Good Wife 4x14
But the idea of Alicia and Cary starting a firm is *awesome* and I want it so much. I NEED THIS IN MY LIFE EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT GIVE IT TO ME NOW, SHOW. No take-backsies! And I think we might get it, maybe? If Alicia had left last season, it would have felt like she was bailing on her firm, but they've spent the last couple episodes making Lockhart/Gardner much less attractive. Diane was right about seizing opportunities, even if they're not of an entirely ingenuous nature, but this whole mess with all the fourth-years being offered partner when the firm needed the money and then getting screwed over so the partners don't have to share the windfall is bullshit. And tonight David mocked Alicia's desire to feel appreciated when he told her she was chosen because of Peter's political power. And the kiss with Will (which I thought was pretty stupid tbh) is just another reason to leave! So obviously all of this is leading up to Cary and Alicia leaving Lockhart/Gardner in the season finale and striking out on their own and having hilarious failures and satisfying wins against their former bosses in court next year, right? Right??
Or is it not? Because the most consistently annoying thing about The Good Wife is that its writers think Lockhart/Gardner's backroom machinations are far more interesting than they actually are. This whole bankruptcy thing, ugh. Remember that random third partner from DC they wrote in so Will and Diane had something to scheme over? Or when Will leaving created a power vacuum that Eli and David were scrabbling over? And these are just the storylines I haven't blocked. So is this just a way for Alicia to become a power player within the firm? And maybe Will/Alicia is starting up again because he's no longer her boss? (Except that's not actually why they broke up, so. IDK.)
I mean, either way this is good for the show. I liked the scene where Alicia watches Cary and Kalinda watch the meeting through the glass; earlier this season Alicia would have been outside with them wondering what was going on. At the same time, I doubt the show is going to be able to parlay this development into any sort of real change since Will and Diane still run shit, and the only cast member Alicia will have authority over is Cary, and that is not a relationship I think anybody really wants to see change, especially not in that way. I guess I'd expect Alicia to cultivate her own power within the firm (but with who?) and begin to challenge Will and Diane? I liked how the mock trial transitioned us into a new phase of The Good Wife where Will and Diane see Alicia as a threat, with Diane even suggesting Alicia and Cary were showboating to steal the client. I just really wish it was a portent of things to come! Will and Diane's firm versus Cary and Alicia's! I just think it would be fun, real way to shake up the show.
So IDK, what do you guys think? Is the idea of Alicia leaving DOA and I should just resign myself to more Lockhart/Gardner power struggles or what?
I flew through half the House of Cards (Netflix's new political show) episodes this weekend, and it is ludicrous yet entertaining. It turned out super trashy, actually? It's hard for me to imagine that Andrew Davies is in any way responsible for this because he writes such cute and delightful things usually. Anyway, I hope the last episode is all of Kevin Spacey's well-earned enemies conspiring to destroy his life.