We're now up to season 4 of The Good Wife and yet one of my favorite characters has still remained pretty much a mystery. All of that changed recently though when we finally got a few choice tidbits about Cary Agos.
Recently we saw Cary get a surprise visit from his father and it was really the first time that I can recall hearing anything about his family at all. He's never talked about his background all that much, but I sort of assumed that he grew up with a fairly normal home life. But after learning what we did in "Anatomy of a Joke," I'm going to take back that assumption. Looks like Cary has got some serious daddy issues, thanks to a father who doesn't know one bit about showing love to his son.
Papa, can you hear me?
When Jeffrey Agos showed up out of the blue, I wondered why Cary seemed not only shocked but less-than-happy to see his dad. Turns out the old man had a unique way of raising his son. While I'm all for helping your children become more independent, it seems to me that throwing your kid out at the age of 18 and never bothering to acknowledge them or their accomplishments after that is taking it a bit too far. It made me imagine what it must have been like to be young Cary, struggling to make it on his own and perhaps hoping each day (at least in the beginning) that his father would contact him.
What have you done for me lately?
Like Cary, I began to wonder if maybe his father was ill when he showed up out of nowhere and seemed (operative word being "seemed") to be sorry for being out of touch for so long. Was the old man dying of some terrible disease and trying to make amends for being a crappy father to his son? Nope, not at all; turns out papa Agos wanted nothing more than a favor from Cary. And as if that weren't bad enough, he also had the audacity to suggest that asking for that favor was in fact a favor. Because, after all, he was acknowledging his son existed, right? It seriously made me wish that Cary would have socked the guy.
A stronger man
I've always known that Cary was a tough guy, but when he basically told his father to shove his offer where the sun didn't shine, I knew he was even tougher than I imagined. Cary could have so easily given in to his father's requests and not only gotten the approval of his father, but also the return favor that the old man was offering. But Cary didn't do that and though his dad might, in some sick way, admire his son for his decision and think it's because of him that Cary is strong enough to do that , I think the old guy will be wrong. I like to think that Cary isn't strong because of his father, but despite him.
After what happened in the recent episode of The Good Wife, I wonder if we'll ever see Cary's father again and if we do, what Cary's reaction will be. What about you guys? What did you think of Cary's father once you saw more of their story?
The Good Wife airs on Sundays at 9pm on CBS.
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