THE GOOD WIFE “Here Comes Santa” Review


THE GOOD WIFE “Here Comes Santa” Season 3 Episode 8 – This episode was penned by series creators and showrunners Robert and Michelle King. Usually when they pen an episode, that episode is going to be an automatic contender for best of the seasons. Hopefully, that will not be the case with this episode.

The Good Wife has lasted for over two years without ever firing a gun or consummating the chemistry Kalinda has with a myriad of different characters. In this episode we sorta get both within ten minutes (it wasn’t so much of a consummation as it was a kiss) and it felt so insincere and false that it really brought me out of the show. If the show was going to fire a gun, I’d have hoped it would be a huge moment or at least a moment which would advance the story along. This one seemed so manufactured by the writers that you could see the gears and cogs working, which is never a good sign.

The whole Dana, Cary, Kalinda triangle was weird and forced. Dana hasn’t been built into enough of a character to warrant flirting with Kalinda-or, frankly, with Cary.

The main case involved a man who raped and murdered two young girls on death row. Now, ripped from the headlines cases can lead to some of the best episodes of The Good Wife. But they can also lead to some of the worst and this amalgamation of Werner Herzog’s latest documentary and the Troy Davis felt exactly like that: an amalgamation without truth or heart. I’m glad that he turned out to be guilty, but it failed to resonate.

The best part of the episode was the domestic stuff – Zach’s relationship with Eli Gold’s daughter Marissa provided the episode’s most entertaining moments. That, and Jackie opening up the door on Grace’s new tutor. That was priceless.

It was a pretty disappointing episode of The Good Wife and, knowing what has come before, it’s been a fairly disappointing season.

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