john noble good wife 'The Good Wife': John Noble should win all the awardsWe’ve said it many times — John Noble‘s work on “Fringe” was one of the most overlooked television performances of the last five years. On Sunday’s (March 24) episode of “The Good Wife,” titled “Death of a Client,” he proves it wasn’t just a sci-fi fluke.

Noble guest stars as Matthew Ashbaugh, a client of Alicia’s who is murdered while walking down the street. The police approach Alicia for information about who would have wanted Ashbaugh dead and it leads to the audience experiencing Alicia’s relationship with him via a series of flashbacks.

It turns out Ashbaugh was particularly litigious and therefore dozens of people could have wanted him dead. The whys of the murder hardly matter — it turns out to be a person whose dog barking had Ashbaugh up in arms. But it is revealed at the end that he kept finding people to sue because he so enjoyed spending time with Alicia. So indirectly, that’s what got him killed.

It’s such a subtle and heart-breaking performance by Noble. We’re sad this is going to be his only “Good Wife” appearance, but it just reinforces our feelings that any show would be lucky to have him.

In other news, Peter and Mike Kresteva are jockeying for position to win a Cardinal’s endorsement at a white-tie gala. Kresteva is his usual slimy self, spreading rumors about Zach that Peter can’t really deny.

So what does Peter do? Punches Mike in the face in the men’s room. It was a twist we did not see coming and got a genuine laugh and squeal out of us. Delightful.

In the end, the Cardinal endorses neither candidate, so the gubernatorial race plunges ahead, neck-and-neck.

Stockard Channing was also back as Alicia’s mother, taking the kids to a bar on St. Patrick’s Day and spilling the beans that they were both kind of “oops” babies — Zach before the Florricks were even married. Good ol’ Veronica.

What did you think of Sunday’s “Good Wife”?

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."