THE GOOD WIFE “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” Season 3 Episode 9 – The case of a female sergeant accused of murder after a drone attack kills twelve people including six children gives The Good Wife that contemporary, important feeling it loves to much, but before it got too self-important, the case was balanced out by cheese and, best of all, Jackie.
Now, my love of Jackie knows no bounds She’s just the most delightfully backwards character and her antagonistic relationship with Alicia is one of the best parts o the entire show, despite how seldom it occurs. I mean, I thought noting could get better than Alicia finding Jackie snooping around in her bedroom, but then Jackie shows up at the door for a glorious confrontation and it’s without doubt the best moment in the episode.
The rest of the episode was quite fine. Any time Lockhart & Gardner loses a case the show makes sure there’s an important reason – and by that I mean there’s a bit of tacked on, clumsy exposition by someone with a different point of view to Alicia’s, and this episode was no exception. There was a certain amount of grating irony in having the army lament civilian deaths, but I guess that’s what happens in the world of The Good Wife which is brave enough to spank the drone policy, but doesn’t have the inclination to actually question it.
The show has some really good moments. Eli’s plotline featured a lot of him getting duped, and it’s always fun to watch Alan Cummings play frustrated. What’s not so fun is watching the show pat itself on the head. Why do these characters look so amused by everything they’re doing? It’s like everyone on that show knows the show has been praised for being sexy and smart, and so everything they do is sexy, smart or both, at least in their minds.
I enjoyed this episode, but the smugness of the show is really ruining it for me. It’s not a bad show by any means. In fact, it’s still a very good show. But last year the show promised to become a great show. Then it choked on its own arrogance.
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