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02 November 2010 @ 09:13 pm
The Good Wife 2.05  
Eeee! TV!! How did you become so good again? This episode of The Good Wife was amaaaaaaaaazing! (Memo to self: get Good Wife icon!)

Loved, loved, loved the whole messy set-up and everyone's attempts to scrabble around and unpick whether to go for it or not, and how to hold on to their values at the same time. Diane's journey was particularly gripping--from being biased in favour of Kent to being completely turned off by his wife's insipid attempt to manipulate her. Ugh! Yay, Diane!

Also, much yay Will! OMG he PUNCHED THAT LAWYER IN THE FACE!!! Eeeee! &hearts &hearts &hearts That guy pushed waaaay past the red line! And though it was a very awkward fight, I can't help but think of Kalinda saying 'you look good in action'. ;)

Also, did he really break a girl's heart in college when he fell in love with Alicia? Did I read that scene right?! I find his girlfriend rather endearing but hard to read and at first I thought that was a total joke but then he looked all SRS!face about it, so I'm not sure? I do like her though, especially because she knows he's in love with someone else (I think she knows who, as well? or am I just starting to suspect that EVERYONE has ulterior motives in this 'verse?).

Eli was absolutely ADORABLE in his puppy-like spasms of joy about Kent endorsing Peter. Eee! This show seems to bring out some inner evil in me, because I know he is completely despicable and I hate everything he stands for and yet... I love watching him SO MUCH. Also that story about Will made me ship him and Alicia even more. That is so very, very wrong of me, but eeeeee!

I greatly enjoyed Peter angsting over that voicemail message. ANGST, Peter, ANGST your ugly little heart out! You will never deserve her.

I loved Kalinda and Blake being used in opposite directions... the only thing the episode lacked was a confrontation between those two but after last week's spectacular car-smashing action, I can wait a little while for further payoff.

I thought the episode built a lot of suspense around how hard to read the assault victim was. I was definitely going through the same journey as the lawyers, alternatively asking myself 'doesn't she seem too calm?' or thinking 'her confused story could be the result of shock'. Ultimately, it was awful but believable that she wouldn't press charges. Even just seeing the way Blake trashed her apartment, literally turned over her life, in one night of just considering taking the case further, made it clear how hideous a prospect it would be. And if you're not squeaky clean, then do you stand a hope in this system? Even if you are squeaky clean, do you stand a hope!

There were so many wonderful lines in this episode: 'Great men like video games!'; 'The goal is not to have heroes'; 'Really? I thought the goal was to die with the most money'; 'Diane doesn't have heroes and more and the firm is going to be trounced tomorrow for dragging a saint into the gutter'.

LOVED IT!!

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Nora Norwichnorwich36 on November 2nd, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
It was a great episode, though I felt so bad for the rape victim at the end. (And wow, Blake just completely made me hate him more by trashing her apartment. WTF was up with that? At first I thought he was trying to make it look like a burglary, but by the end it just felt malicious). But you're right, it's a good metaphor to what would happen to her life if she persisted with the case.

I also loved the fact that Cary recommended Alicia, because you couldn't tell if his motives were good or evil in doing that. I really love how complex the characters are on this show.
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Matt Devlinbop_radar on November 2nd, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
by the end it just felt malicious
I knooow! He is actually just an asshole, I think. It's weird... I don't need him to be an asshole, I'd hate him on principle because he was Kalinda's rival. But if they're going to give me ammo to hate him, sure, I'll hate him!

Oh yes, Cary's recommendation was WONDERFUL! He is so fascinating to read. I love that they immediately assumed it was a play but it might not have been. :)
DC: Battlestar Galactica - Helloooo Jamiebananainpyjamas on November 2nd, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
haha, I liked that the fight was awkward. They were middle-aged lawyers, not heavyweight boxers. ;)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Kara/Lee lolbop_radar on November 2nd, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Right! I was so amused! It was like they were trying to be all manly. *chortle*
m_a_r_i_k_sm_a_r_i_k_s on November 4th, 2010 09:59 am (UTC)
Diane's journey was particularly gripping--from being biased in favour of Kent to being completely turned off by his wife's insipid attempt to manipulate her.

She was magnificent in this episode. I really felt for her when Kent's wife called and once again Diane had to be reminded of the unpleasant truth about the milieu where she makes her stakes.

And her little cannonades with Will were gripping and hilarious at the same time. Diane doesn't have heroes anymore? lol He's such a bitch!))

I can't help but think of Kalinda saying 'you look good in action'. ;)

Why do I tend to remember Kalinda's one liners and comments when it comes to such things too? When Will's girlfriend was having fun pointing out that she doesn't like Will when he's serious (=doesn't really care about the real man standing in front of her) or when she was making farsighted remarks on how lawyers always tend to trick people in a room full of *those who love their jobs* - I swear I was hearing Kalinda's "The firm can do better" in my head. ;)

Also, did he really break a girl's heart in college when he fell in love with Alicia?

Yes, apparently, he broke up with that girl when he realised who Alicia was in his personal drama. Huh. Speaking of seriousness.

I don't think the part about her suicide attempt was true though. Not the best kind of joke.

I wonder when someone knocks some sense into Eli and brings back the cunning guy from S1. He seems to have completely lost his grip if it's Peter who's pointing out his miscalculations now. =) It's so funny to watch him getting conned though. He looked like he nearly peed in his pants from excitement about getting African-American women's votes.

I was repelled at seeing Peter looking through Alicia's messages. I don't why but that scene with her phone made me remember that he actually slept with his prostitute on their bed, in his house when Alicia was away (Kalinda just avoided saying it in court the best way she could).

It's a personal issue of mine I guess. I just *hate* when people read through others private messages like that, I lose trust or respect for them completely. Not that there was any hope for Peter yet (in my head), but I can't even appreciate his presumably honorable rejection of Kent's endorsement offer. Maybe because I just see so much of Peter covering his ass having done something wrong in that, that I'm not impressed at all. Good writing through. It was totally in character; both of his manoeuvres.

I loved Peter's convo with Wendy btw. I also like that they make us wonder if Cary was genuine in sending the client to L&G or he had his ulterior motive.

Part of me wanted Eli and Peter to try to call off Alicia and her firm on this case, I'd love to see that clash of interests.


Also. 86 days?? Really? She's a fucking masochist to have kept this message. As a reminder. I truly felt sorry for her. And while Will at least has some space to vent with that lawyer or his girlfriend, she's losing it. I mean, can you believe it - she actually stood in the corridor at the party for what felt like several minutes watching him although she was aware that Derrick (and everybody who'd care) could be watching *her* and drawing conclusions. She never allowed herself anything like that before, and now she just can't help it.

The only thing Alicia did in an uncontrolled purely impulsive wild manner she's got hidden inside... was sleeping with Peter in S1. And we know what triggered that. Now the cracks are starting to show in a big way.

I wonder if this episode will have some repercussions like the firm's reaction to Kent's endorsement... I take it that Peter has Kent as his main cheerleader now anyway, right? No price for him - he just happened to be in the middle of this thing that resolved in his favor.

I find it amusing that Eli is convinced that Peter would put his political aims ahead of Alicia's work any time of the day and that Alicia would support Peter's campaign in case it clashed with her firm's interests.

I laughed when Kent's lawyer said something about the fact that L&G is basically considered to be Peter's firm in many circles. I wonder what Will and Diane would say about that =)
K, Bop or Boppy--take your pick!: Matt Devlinbop_radar on November 6th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
He's such a bitch!
Ahaha, I know! He is, but I love it. ;)

I swear I was hearing Kalinda's "The firm can do better" in my head. ;)
Hee! Well, yes... she's just filler, that chick, but I like that she basically knows her place. She isn't a serious rival to Alicia.

Not the best kind of joke.
Nooo... that was a bit eww.

He looked like he nearly peed in his pants from excitement about getting African-American women's votes.
I knooooow! it was adorable, but yeah, he needs to actually seem a bit more dangerous/successful.

I just *hate* when people read through others private messages like that
Yeah, I can understand that, it was really really low, and highlighted his hypocrisy massively. I find it particularly galling giving that hia attitude with Alicia re. his philandering was 'why would we need to talk about that?' The scene of Peter's that has actually most pressed my revulsion buttons was the one where he lectured Alicia'a brother. He was asserting himself as the patriarch of the family and actually honestly believed that him cheating on his wife with hookers was not as bad as her brother not being there for her afterwards. Aaaaaaaggggghhhh!!! That made me so incredibly angry. But yes, there is good writing where Peter is concerned even if it nauseates me.

She's a fucking masochist to have kept this message.
Ha! You're right... and I see you are very tuned in to Alicia, you're right that the cracks are definitely showing in her facade. I think it must have really shaken her up to have Will turn her down so definitively (she thinks).

L&G is basically considered to be Peter's firm in many circles. I wonder what Will and Diane would say about that =)
HA! oh I would LOVE to see them bitchslap him on that point. Perhaps there could be some case that explored that very issue at some point... they are not anyone's puppets and most definitely not his, though it is interesting that it could be perceived that way at this stage.

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