“The Good Wife” SnapCap (3.01): Easy to be hard


Hello! My name is Alicia and my boss is very, very hard on me.

Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), aka The Good Wife, has gone bad in the very best way. Season 2 ended with Alicia and Will getting a hotel room to finally get it on. Apparently, they got it on and on and on and on. And Alicia has the bangs to prove it. Ahem.


Um, this.

New, hotter Alicia is steaming — and her smug little smile tells us that she’s enjoying it. All of the crappy things that ex-hubby Peter and ex-BFF Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) did to her have gelled together into a giant ball of pissed off. And pissed off Alicia? Whoa. I could never oppose her in court — I’d just sit there staring at her without breathing. Kind of like I did the whole episode.

The subtextual tension between Alicia and Kalinda remains, despite their breakup. But with Kalinda, we don’t need subtext. Her sometimes-lover Sophia (Kelli Giddish) now is a “good and cheap” contractor for the DA’s office — and seems to be stalking Kalinda. Not that we mind. Every time the two of them are onscreen together, I find myself yelling at the screen, “KISS HER, YOU FOOL!!”

Cary, who kissed Kalinda last season, is sort of the conduit for the Sapphic flirtation. Case in point:


I’m happy for Kelly Giddish that she got the Law & Order: SVU gig, but I sure hope this isn’t the last we see of Sophia.


Lust, lust, lust.


A lot of confusing things happened. The good: Grace has a new tutor, Jennifer, who pings my gaydar a bit. We didn’t quite get enough interaction to be sure. But Jennifer definitely is more than meets the eye, as evidenced by the Bollywood moment on the bus. Whoever the actress is, she is awesome.

The bad: This week’s case was confusing and bordered on homophobia. The Good Wife writers are better than that. But frankly, even without the out-of-the-blue gay killer, the whole courtroom plot was confusing and far-fetched. I’m all for treating LGBT characters equally, which means we’re going to have a killer among us once in awhile, but here it made no sense. What we expect from this show is that the twist at the end will bring an “Ah-HAH!” not a “WTF?”


Do censors have a holiday? Because I don’t think any were at work the day this episode needed approval. I don’t care what your sexual orientation is; your pants were moist after this.

Hard on her indeed.

Which reminds me: This episode had so many sexual plays on words that I’m not surprised the writers had no time to think about the plot. But I’ll let you find those for yourself – it’s more fun that way.

What did you think? Do you like the newer, badder version of The Good Wife?

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