Articles for The Good Wife Season 2

As we rejoin The Good Wife, we learn a valuable lesson: Always password-protect your voice mail! Unfortunately our heroine, Alicia Florrick, hasn‘t yet absorbed this must-do. Picking up where last season ended, Peter‘s campaign manager Eli takes Alicia‘s phone as she steps onstage for a press conference with her husband. Only we (and Eli) hear a crucial message from Will: He loves her. Eli listens in and hits "delete," leaving Alicia in the dark -- for now.  The rest of the episode (called, fittingly, ‘Taking Control‘) focuses on two main story lines, in the courtroom and at Lockhart and Gardner. Make that Lockhart, Gardner, and Bond, because Will and partner Diane are merging with a ‘boutique D.C. firm‘ run by slick Derek Bond (Michael Ealy, formerly of FlashForward.)  Read more »
Guess what? It turns out you can be tried for the same crime twice--as long as an ethically challenged prosecutor changes the venue in a big way. I learned this during The Good Wife‘s latest episode, "Double Jeopardy," as it happens, which takes us inside the workings of the military justice system. After Will and Alicia get a client off on a murder charge, defeated prosecutor Cary asks an old friend for help. It turns out she‘s an Army JAG--and the murder suspect, an active-duty soldier, can be retried under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. When Will and Alicia agree to help him, things don‘t begin well. Apparently military court is pretty different from the cozy halls of the civilian judiciary. Read more »
You know what I love about The Good Wife, besides everything? It‘s the only show that dares to remind viewers that they live in the here, the now, 2010. Not for TGW the fake controversy, the phony issue. In this week‘s episode, "Breaking Fast," Alicia not only bests Glenn Childs without setting foot in a courtroom, she also defends Peter from false charges of homophobia and anti-Israel bias--charges a real-life politician might face.In the main legal case, the firm works on the civil case of a boy whose father died of a heart attack after being charged as the "Northbrook Sniper." Trying to prove malicious prosecution is a tough row to hoe, Diane points out. The firm will have to show that the State‘s Attorney‘s office knowingly prosecuted the wrong man and also prove his innocence.  Read more »
"Every now and then, you need a woman to clean house." Whether it‘s Kalinda with a baseball bat, Alicia doing an end-run around her sneaky co-counsel, or one of Glenn Childs‘ own lieutenants announcing her plans to face him in the upcoming state‘s attorney race, don‘t underestimate the women of The Good Wife.  The irony isn‘t lost on us when one of the episode‘s powerful women, Victoria Adler, makes the statement above when announcing the surprise candidacy of Wendy Scott-Carr at a bar association gala. We know that Adler, a former ally and mentor of Diane‘s, is corrupt and in need of being "cleaned" herself. Read more »
Bedrooms, ballrooms, boardrooms -- backroom deals can happen anywhere on The Good Wife. But as Peter notes to his campaign manager, "You know what I hate more than a backroom deal, Eli? A failed backroom deal." Peter doesn‘t know the half of it.The episode, "The VIP Treatment," unfolds over a four-hour period, with all the story threads intertwined. The Lockhart-Gardner-Bond team races the clock to determine whether to take a hot potato of a case, and the potential spillover could affect everything from Peter‘s campaign to the fate of women in the Congo. See photos from "The VIP Treatment" Read more »
How ironic that on Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- when we‘d normally expect a new episode of The Good Wife -- we‘ll instead be viewing election results from across the country. Ironic because the show being widely acclaimed in the media as the best drama on network television is also the most political show on network television. Politics aside, The Good Wife has a lot going for it. A stellar cast, to start with. Really, could Julianna Margulies be any more beautiful or compelling as Alicia? Could anyone else pull off the mysterious Kalinda like new star Archie Panjabi? Then there are the twisty but realistic court cases, the inter-office backstabbing, and of course the Will-Alicia-Peter triangle. Read more »
It is the considerable opinion of BuddyTV that the people should not be allowed to vote. This morning the 2011 People‘s Choice Award nominees were announced and the choices are less than inspired. Sure, like a broken clock, some of the choices show an impressive exhibition of taste (nominating Ian Somerhalder‘s highly entertaining performance on The Vampire Diaries), but mostly, it‘s an embarrassment. Read more »
When is a $35 million settlement a losing proposition for a law firm? When the defendants might have paid $90 million."Complexity" and "ambiguity" aren‘t words that usually spring to mind when discussing network television. As a rule, that‘s more the province of cable. But this week‘s The Good Wife reminds us that even seemingly big triumphs can be bittersweet.  Read more »
Instead of Lockhart, Gardner & Bond, maybe they should call the firm Alliances, Betrayal & Intrigue. On this week‘s The Good Wife, numerous characters find their loyalties tested -- at home, in the office, and in the political arena. Meanwhile, Alicia must play mother hen to a Disney starlet, Peter and Eli both get job offers, and Diane seems to be questioning her devotion to the firm that bears her name. Read more »
This being Thanksgiving week, I realize I have a lot of things in my life to be thankful for. Loving family. Faithful friends. Tasty pie. Tasty television (preferably with a side of TiVo). But rather than take a well-deserved Thanksgiving-week break, The Good Wife moved full speed ahead with potentially game-changing revelations. The rogue voicemail from Will to Alicia -- revealed. Diane planning to start a new firm with David Lee -- revealed. Mama Florrick displaying racist tendencies -- revealed. Becca‘s evil intentions -- revealed (again). Read more »
The new season of True Blood is still many months away, but casting for season 4 is fast and furious. According to Deadline, Christina Moore, Neil Hopkins and Chris Butler will all be joining the show for multiple episodes.  Read more »
You know we‘re getting close to the holidays when the networks start rolling out the reruns. This week‘s The Good Wife is no exception. The occasion of the re-broadcast of season 2‘s premier episode, however, makes it a good time to look at our story so far. My first impression: TGW is no Lost. And not just because Chicago is no tropical paradise. We‘ve seen lots of action and gotten a lot our questions answered in just eight episodes. We all know many shows that would have dragged out the deleted voicemail arc for months, possibly years. But TGW has already let Alicia in on the secret (though not Eli‘s complicity -- yet). She now knows that Will wanted her to choose him, but is it too late? (And come on, Will! It really was wimpy to make a play for the love of your life on the phone instead of in person.) Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.December is a time to look back at the year that was in television, and now it‘s time for drama. Breaking Bad had an amazing season, three Emmy-winning shows had their series finales (24, Lost and Law and Order) and vampires were everywhere.  Read more »
This morning the Golden Glode Award nominations were announced, and the TV side featured some truly outrageous nominations. While shows like Glee and 30 Rock picked up many expected nominations, who could‘ve seen someone like Scott Caan getting nominated for Hawaii Five-0? Or Piper Perabo for USA‘s Covert Affairs?The Golden Globes also gave love to new shows like Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and The Big C. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.   I watch more TV than anyone I know, between 60 and 70 hours each week, every week. Doing the math, that amounts to roughly 3,500 hours, or nearly 40 percent of my life, spent watching TV in 2010.  Read more »
At some point in the life of a lawyer or cop show, you can expect to see a death-row story. The race to either free an innocent man or prove a wrongdoer‘s guilt is a natural for hour-long dramas. (Heck, even Grey‘s Anatomy covered the topic memorably a few years ago when Meredith witnessed the execution of a former patient.)Few lawyer shows do the death-row story as well as this week‘s The Good Wife, however. And not just because Barry Scheck, founder of The Innocence Project, makes a cameo appearance as himself (the political cameo being a TGW specialty). Mainly, it‘s the nuanced way that characters examine what they believe in, what‘s really important to them. And because TGW rarely goes for pat answers, you don‘t even know till the last minute how it will come out. Will the man be executed? Read more »
Just two days after the Golden Globe nominations were announced, the Screen Actors Guild unveiled their nominations. While the drama side is rather predictable, the comedy line-up is full of surprises, including two nominations for TV Land‘s Hot in Cleveland.  Read more »
We‘re down to the next-day-delivery-only zone now, but it‘s not too late to do some last-minute shopping for the characters of The Good Wife. Granted, it‘s hard to top those Golden Globe nominations and best-of-2010 lists, but can a Globe keep your hands warm? Can a list sparkle on your finger? I think not!So as we close out a stellar start to season 2, let‘s give a little more love to the Florrick family and their friends and family. In some cases, the characters have been both naughty and nice, so their respective "sides" each get a little somethin‘-somethin‘. Read more »
Welcome back, Alicia and company! Hope you had a great holiday and a fine New Year celebration! Now -- back to work.In the first new episode of 2011, "Breaking Up," a crime tests the limits of love for a young couple. Meanwhile, Diane tests the limits of Will‘s loyalty when he learns about her plans to bust up the firm. In both cases, the results aren‘t pretty. Read more »
Imagine it‘s a Tuesday night and you‘re a fan of V, The Good Wife and Parenthood. Like any rabid TV fan, you have a DVR with the ability to record two shows at the same time. V airs at 9pm while The Good Wife and Parenthood come on at 10pm, so recording all three shows is easy, right?Wrong.  Read more »
It was a big night for Glee as members of the foreign press kicked off awards season with the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.The Fox musical series was named Best TV Series - Comedy or Musical for a second year in a row, with Chris Colfer and Jane Lynch taking home Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively. HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire was named Best TV Series - Drama, with Steve Buscemi named Best Actor - Drama. Katey Sagal was finally recognized as Best Actress - Drama for her work in FX‘s Sons of Anarchy, while Jim Parsons and Laura Linney were similarly feted.The Facebook drama The Social Network emerged as the big winner on the film front, winning four awards, including Best Motion Picture - Drama and honors for director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin. The quirky comedy The Kids Are All Right went home with two awards, including Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical. Natalie Portman was named Best Actress - Drama for Black Swan, while The Fighter‘s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo took nods for Best Supporting Actor and Actress.The nominees for this year‘s major awards are listed below, with the winners in bold. The full list of winners can be found here. Read more »
It took me a few minutes to realize that there wouldn‘t be two different cases on the latest episode of The Good Wife, "Two Courts." Instead, the plot revolves around the hard lessons learned in the courtroom and inside the basketball key. (Two courts, get it?) At first, it appears that Will gets schooled, but he manages to overcome his early-game deficits to rebound -- all the way back into Diane‘s (and Kalinda‘s and Alicia‘s) good graces.  Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.The 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards were a lot more serious than the recent Golden Globe Awards. For television, the awards went to Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Alec Baldwin (30 Rock), Betty White (Hot in Cleveland) and the casts of Boardwalk Empire and Modern Family.  Read more »
First of all, congrats to Julianna Margulies for snagging another Screen Actors Guild award for being such a good wife -- and a fine performer. A real bright spot in an otherwise annoyingly snowy week. Second, this week‘s The Good Wife lets you know right off the bat from the title, "Silly Season" that politics -- office, bedroom and electoral -- will be front and center this week. Read more »
It‘s all about the numbers this week in the world of Alicia Florrick. How many families make up a class action suit? How much of the youth vote can Peter count on? And most important, how many votes does it take to oust a conniving partner? In "Real Deal," nothing is at it seems, from a lawyer with suspect motives to a business associate spying on his own colleagues. Ironically, the most honest man in the room appears to be the one who spent time in prison.  Read more »
It may only be February, but the sexiest scene on TV in 2011 has already happened. Last night on The Good Wife, investigators Kalinda (Emmy-winner Archie Panjabi) and Blake (Friday Night Lights star Scott Porter) got very close in a hotel room, but not the way you might think.The Good Wife proved that creating a sexy scene is about more than just physical intimacy, it‘s about setting the mood and creating real sexual tension. When these two got together to interrogate each other about what they‘re really up to, the result was a tense game of cat and mouse, only in this version, they were both cats.  Read more »
Hot, hot, hot! My TV is still smokin‘ from the onscreen action of this week‘s The Good Wife. But despite the teasers showing Alicia finally confronting Will about the missing voice mail, it wasn‘t the lawyers steaming up the place this week. In "Net Worth," all the characters debate honesty in one way or another, raising more questions than they answer. For example, when does truth become "the truth"? Where do actual facts fit in? Do others have the right to expose you just to prove "the truth"? And how could Blake be stupid enough to give back Kalinda‘s baseball bat? Read more »
A pair of star-crossed couples -- one familiar, one brand-new -- take center stage this week on The Good Wife. But wait -- it‘s not who you think. No Will-Alicia, Alicia-Peter, Will-Tammy or even Kalinda-Cary. Instead, in "Silver Bullet," we welcome the return of Gary Cole as ballistics expert Kurt McVeigh, the one man who consistently lights Diane‘s fire. More surprising is the identity of the second couple: a young woman caught up unwittingly in the political campaign and ... Eli Gold?  Read more »
When you think of TV shows with plots "ripped from the headlines," you probably think of a long-running, now defunct, legal drama set in NYC. Well, that was then. Now, there‘s a new legal drama in town -- but that town is Chicago. Because this week‘s The Good Wife is as timely as they come.But why let a little thing like world history get in the way of what we really care about? Here‘s a hint: It might be time for the firm of Lockhart, Gardner & Bond to change the letterhead soon. Read more »
You know that old saying, "The past isn‘t even past?" For the characters of this week‘s The Good Wife, that phrase is all too real. From political skullduggery and adultery to murder, plenty of past misdeeds come to light.Where to begin? Picking up right where we left off last week, we learn more details about Kalinda and Peter‘s (very brief) affair. Eli gets the chance to revisit -- and possibly rectify -- the Natalie Flores debacle. And, oh yeah -- there‘s a murderer with a crush on Alicia. Read more »
Welcome to The GBU, a weekly column coming every Monday where I look at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on TV.If you watched TV last week, you may have noticed a lot more shocking twist endings than usual. The device (popularized by M. Night Shyamalan movies) revealed some pretty big bombshells at the end of some of TV‘s best shows. Sometimes they were successful, but other times, they were just ridiculous.  Read more »
There‘s something for just about everyone to think about on this week‘s The Good Wife, though relatively little has to do with the law.Will struggles with thoughts of mortality and loneliness, driving him to make a possibly rash request of Tammy. Cary wonders how whether his loyalty to Kalinda is worth threatening his career over. Not surprisingly, Alicia has the most to mull over, including an enticing job offer and whether her marriage is mending the way it appeared to be. Read more »
The Good Wife often revolves around a simple question: What would you do to get what you want? Betray a friend? Betray a principal? Commit perjury? Commit murder?During "Ham Sandwich" (the term refers to the old saying that a Chicago grand jury will indict pretty much anything in its path), we learn a little too much about what people will do to achieve their own ends. But because TGW also offers the shades of gray that most network TV lacks, nothing and no one are as simple as they at first appear.  Read more »
I‘ve known for a long time that The Good Wife is a great show, but last night‘s episode finally made me realize what makes it so great. The characters are all strong and the stories are surprisingly fresh, but it‘s The Good Wife‘s sense of whimsy that makes it more than just another show about lawyers.  Read more »
You‘re not imagining things: This week‘s The Good Wife serves up the kind of plotline resolution that lesser shows would force us to wait for until the season finale. Peter‘s election? Check. Peter‘s second infidelity secret revealed? Double check.But wait -- there‘s more! We also get a bittersweet wrap-up of the Natalie Flores story, as the young student gets to show her stuff while working as an L-G intern. And the case she shines on takes the now-classic TGW style of mixing real political figures into the fictional world to new, humorous extremes. Read more »
The Good Wife ended its latest episode with a huge revelation as Alicia put the pieces together and learned that her husband had an affair with Kalinda, something that‘s sure to cause big problems for the rest of the season. We also found out that Peter won his election and that Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez is a big fan of Courtney Love.More importantly, The Good Wife set up a huge potential story arc for future seasons as Eli Gold learned that the Democratic committee is interested in backing Peter Florick for a run at the U.S. Senate. I guess going to jail and having an affair isn‘t as bad as it used to be.  Read more »
Just like the "new" Alicia Florrick, the producers of The Good Wife don‘t believe in wasting any time. After all, we viewers had three weeks to adjust to the bombshell of Alicia learning about Peter‘s fling with Kalinda. But in TGW time, the show picks up right where it left off -- and Alicia‘s in full fighting form.Before Peter‘s election can even be certified, Alicia goes home, packs his belongings, calls her real estate agent and has movers take his stuff to a new apartment. Peter may have won, but really he‘s lost -- big time. He just doesn‘t know it yet. Read more »
Last night, NBC‘s The Voice proved its worth, fellow singers in Glee fared well and the Dancing stars hit a new low.The Voice, in its second week, saw a 10% increase in viewership from last week, with 12.68 million total viewers. This show has got chops -- and it needs them. It goes up against dominating force Dancing with the Stars, which saw a definite decrease last night. The ABC reality juggernaut‘s viewership was down 19% to 15.6 million, a season low. It looks like The Voice is a viable contender for Tuesday nights, because it‘s definitely sapping viewers from the DWTS results show. What do you think? Does The Voice have what it takes to overtake Dancing with the Stars? Or is it just beginner‘s luck? Read more »
When the weeks-in-the-making showdown between upright Alicia Florrick and slippery Kalinda Sharma finally arrives, we get more than we had hoped for with a two-fer. Forget the melodramatic fireworks, however. The Good Wife shows once again you get a lot more impact from a quiet storm than an over-the-top hurricane.And for someone who doesn‘t even appear in the episode, the shadow of Peter Florrick looms over every moment of "Getting Off." From the case of a website that promotes adultery to whether Kalinda will even remain at Lockhart-Gardner, it‘s Peter, Peter everywhere.  Read more »
On Tuesday evening, the FOX network went for all-out decimation with regard to its "bubble" shows. Every program not certain of renewal is gone. Before the cancellation bloodbath was over, Human Target, Lie to Me, Breaking In, The Chicago Code and Traffic Light all fell off the FOX schedule.So what does this mean for the fates of bubble shows on the other networks? Read more »
The Good Wife began its first season on a high note, with the slap heard round the world. Since then, it‘s rarely disappointed. That goes double for season 2, which ends tonight with the much-anticipated "Will they or won‘t they?" finale.To prepare you for the wrap-up, I‘ve recapped a few 2010-2011 highlights. Of course, TGW‘s sophomore year has delivered so many fine scenes, flawed-yet-fascinating characters, and great performances that it‘s hard to choose just a handful. So after you read this, let me know if you agree or disagree -- then join me in enjoying the last hour of the season tonight. Read more »
After the emotional fireworks of the last few weeks, the season 2 finale of The Good Wife dialed it down a notch. But that doesn‘t mean it was any less satisfactory, especially if you wanted an answer to the question, "Will they or won‘t they?"And somehow the show managed to squeeze in every major player, including Eli, Peter, and Jackie (and some significant minor characters, such as Alicia‘s brother, Owen) without feeling forced. TGW is a show that honors its fans -- a fact much on display in this season-ender. Read more »
Last year CBS shook up its schedule by moving two of its strongest performers, The Big Bang Theory and Survivor, and now the network is doing it again.CBS has revealed its fall 2011 schedule, and the biggest changes come with moves for two of the networks biggest dramas, CSI and The Good Wife. After years of anchoring Thursday nights, the original CSI is moving to Wednesdays at 10pm, where it will no doubt try to kill Law and Order: SVU once and for all.  Read more »
CBS‘ drama The Good Wife proved its worth last night, and reaffirmed to viewers why it‘s being renewed for a third season. The season finale was up from last week, and beat last season‘s finale by a hefty margin.Up 25% from last week‘s episode, The Good Wife had a respectable 12.44 million viewers for its season finale last night, easily beating last season‘s finale. And with CBS moving the show to a new night and critics praising it, it‘s obvious that the show is building up steam. Are you excited for TGW‘s third season? Read more »
Here‘s your BuddyTV High Five: The five big moments and questions from tonight‘s episode of The Good Wife, "In Sickness."High Five Highlights:1) Alicia Florek: She is no longer the good wife! She is a woman scorned and now it is personal. Look out!2) Jackie Florek: Even when she is groveling, she can‘t shake her condescending and superior ways. Great to see Alicia shut her down. Even better to see the show with the best writing for women consistently create scenes where they face off, yet remain true to their own characters. Bravo to the writers!3) Kalinda: It is consistently fascinating to watch as she insinuates herself into the lives of the people she is spying on. She seems able to form instant bonds with complete strangers and very little genuine bond with those that are close.4) Patti Nyholm -- The Good Wife has the best guest-starring roles on TV. It is easy to forget how good Martha Plimpton is in her duplicitous, enjoyably evil role as the perennially pregnant, baby-toting Ms. Nyholm.5) The final scene! Oh! The final scene! Most shows would have ended the season with that scene and made us wait all summer to see what Peter Florek‘s response will be. We still have two episodes left to see what Peter and Cary might cook up! Read more »

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