anika noni rose good wife 2 'The Good Wife': 11 angry men and one angry fibulanomist“The Good Wife” goes out on hiatus with a strong case of the week, a nice thawing of Alicia and Kalinda’s relationship and an interesting cliffhanger regarding the investigation.

Case of the Week

The case this week is Officer Fisher, a woman accused of shooting her husband in the head with her service revolver. She maintains it was self-inflicted. But that’s not the crux. The jury comes back with an unexpected guilty of murder one and Lockhart/Gardner has until sentencing to find grounds for a mistrial, which the judge is on board with because even he believes it was a miscarriage of justice.

They take various stabs at the jurors, trying to find out of they were bullied or if there was outside evidence brought in. But in the end it’s the judge friending one of them on Facebook Facebranch that gets the case thrown out.

The Firm

Diane takes it upon herself to not-so-subtly let Alicia know she knows what was going on with Will and to encourage her to go for the partner track in the firm. She also offers her friendship, which is the crux of Alicia’s personal issues this episode.

She has no friends anymore. So when the kids are at Peter’s and now that there’s no Will, she’s all alone. Alicia tries to reconnect with friends, but it’s hard. She does find out that Kalinda is the one who found Grace and there is a thawing of the ice there.

At the end of the episode, Diane and Alicia meet for a drink.

The State’s Attorney’s Office

Power-hungry, crazy-eyed Dana decides that Judge Galloway’s sympathy with the L/G defendant in the case of the week means he might be have been bribed, so she puts Wendy Scott Carr on the case. WSC levels a veiled threat at the judge, who doesn’t back off a mistrial, but definitely cools his jets.

In the end, WSC approaches Will about talking to her – about Peter Florrick. She’ s using the investigation he put her in charge of, supposedly to investigate Will and Lockhart/Gardner, to investigate impropriety at the State’s Attorney’s office during Peter’s first term. Dun dun dun.

Thoughts & Tidbits

  • When the jury was polled, I was really hoping Juror 8 and Juror 9 would be the obvious hold-outs for the “Twelve Angry Men” of it all.
  • I also love the hook of the case of the week – jury deliberations are fascinating. I have always wanted to serve on one.
  • I had to look it up because I’m a nerd like that – a button enthusiast is a “fibulanomist.”
  • Love Kurt Fuller (the judge). He’s great on “Psych” and he always makes me hear, “Excuse me, six million … and one.”
  • Wendy Scott Carr’s sugar-wouldn’t-melt-in-my-mouth smugness makes me want to punch her in the face. Anyone else?
  • How do we feel about the nice scenes with Peter and Alicia? They’re kind of re-connecting, and that would obviously be a hard thing for Alicia because it’s not like bad things make the feelings go away that were once there.
  • On the other hand, when Owen counsels Alicia to get another job, we couldn’t help but think, “Go to Canning’s firm. Then we get Michael J. Fox and you can date Will!”
  • But she’s not in love with him. At least not yet.
  • I can’t decide if Peter’s stiff-arming of the private school principal was awesome or ridiculous and arrogant. I’m leaning towards awesome.
  • Loved, loved, loved Kalinda’s smile after Alicia volunteers to help her with some research at the end. I was a tad disappointed that Kalinda wasn’t in the bar with Diane and Alicia at the end. But I bet that’s coming.

What did you think, “Good Wife” fans?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."