This week The Good Wife went outside it’s comfort zone and decided to have its main case be tried in Military court. Granted I don’t watch many law shows but I am pretty sure this hasn’t been done since JAG (again I could be wrong.) It was very interesting to see this show switch it up and personally, I thought this was one of their best episodes. Not only was the show out of its comfort zone, so were some of its main characters. In fact, this really was what last night’s episode was all about, trying to break away from your comfort zone. Will and Alicia did it with defending their client in Military court, Eli having to deal with the “Obama Generation” and what meant for Peter’s campaign, and Diane had to deal with the fact that Lou Dobbs was now a client of their firm and he personally wanted her to represent him.
Will and Alicia were defending a man, Randall Simmons, an army reservist who had been called up to serve in Afghanistan around the time he was originally charged of murdering his wife. Because of this, the military was allowed to retry the case in a military court, pretty clever way of double jeopardy. This time the stakes we higher and Will and Alicia had to work their way though the case by abiding Military code and law. Will eventually realizes that he can’t use his pretty boy charm in this court because this military judge, Judge Kuhn, isn’t falling for it. As a result he has to resort to Alicia to help win them the case. Which they do, turns out, Kalinda comes through for her, as always, and finds a witness who they didn’t know about from the original trial. Through her they discover that Randall did not kill his wife, but it was his C.O. that did trying to cover up the fact that he told Randall’s wife that if she slept with him, he’d make sure Randall wasn’t deployed. His wife didn’t fall for it and he killed her. It was a pretty interesting twist considering at the beginning of the episode, Alicia’s face made us believe that she believed Randall was guilty.
I really enjoyed Judge Kuhn and I kind of hope that later on we see her again. She seemed like a very no nonsense kind of judge that Will and Alicia had to really work to please.
One of the other storylines this week involved Lou Dobbs of all people. And who had to deal with this? Diane, of course! Turns out that in DC Derrick Bond’s firm represented the fool and Diane did not want to have her firm represent him. Instead, she asked Will for his support in making sure that Lou was not represented and that they would stick Joe Trippi (Howard Dean’s campaign manager from 2004) instead. (I should also mention that at the beginning of the episode Joe and Lou ran into each other at the firm. Seriously, only The Good Wife could have pulled that off as classy as they did. Anyways, when Will saw how much billable hours Lou brought in, Will couldn’t say no; the firm needed that kind of money. Diane was furious and pretty much lost a ton of respect for Will. But then at the end of the episode, Lou came to Diane and asked her personally to represent him because she was the only that was honest with him, and that’s what he wanted. It’s funny how all these conservative people seem to love out flaming liberal Diane.
*Allan Cumming was yet again flawless as Eli Gold, who tried to fix a media disaster from a sex video on College Humor poking fun at Peter.
*Kalinda and Blake (Scott Porters) competition is very funny, I love seeing her get angry at him, even if she hasn’t full on confronted him about it yet.
*Loved that look Alicia had on her face after she called Will and found out he was in bed with someone. Poor girl, you can tell she loves him back, if only she knew what he had said in that second voicemail! Gehh I love these two!