The Good Wife Season 4 Review “Don’t Haze Me, Bro”

The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 4 Don't Haze Me, Bro

This week’s The Good Wife was fairly standard but entertaining nonetheless. The case of the week was reasonably interesting. We were spared any more creepiness from Kalinda and her husband’s twisted relationship. Peter’s mother Jackie was having some issues. And I’m pretty sure Eli is going to get an ulcer before Peter’s campaign is over.

A few thoughts on “Don’t Haze Me, Bro”:

The case of the week dealt with an issue that has been in the news a lot recently—hazing. The victim was a college freshman named Trey who was a member of the water polo team. At their annual party, where the upperclassmen regularly hazed the freshmen, Trey was killed when they held him under water too long. His parents were suing the university on the theory that the university knew about the hazing and did nothing to stop it. The defense attorney in this case, portrayed by John Glover, pulled out every trick in the book in defense of his client. I enjoyed his performance here. He did exactly what a good defense attorney is supposed to do. He presented alternative theories of the crime that were just as plausible as the theory the plaintiff asserted. I enjoyed the fact that he kept Alicia and Diane on their toes. They were ultimately able to prevail, and Diane got a little wind in her sails in the process.

Maddie showed up again, and I don’t think I trust her anymore now than I did initially. I can’t really put my finger on it yet. But something about her just doesn’t seem right. And I think maybe Alicia is having the same feeling too. As a matter of fact, she asked Maddie directly why she wanted to be friends and I’m not sure Maddie’s response satisfied Alicia.

One thing that is readily apparent is that they need to get Clarke Hayden out of the office ASAP. This week, in an effort to “keep morale up,” since the firm lost the 27th floor, he decided that the attorneys needed to share offices. There are a number of reasons that attorneys have separate offices. First of all, you cannot discuss a client’s case with others in the room because the presence of a third party negates attorney/client privilege. Primarily though, attorneys can’t share an office simply because of the logistics. It is impossible to have two different conversations going on simultaneously in the same room. Alicia and Carey were both trying to have meetings in their office, but because they were discussing separate issues, it was nearly impossible for them to hear much less have a clear thought. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Eli was in full damage control mode. Due in no small part to Peter’s mother, um, helping. I don’t often have occasion to chuckle audibly during The Good Wife, but I did during Jackie’s speech at the first retirement home. Ah parents. Always making things worse while trying to help. I’m moderately concerned that she’s seeing little roaches all over the place now. I’m not sure if that’s a side effect of her medications or from the stroke. Either way, it’s a problem that she’s not telling anyone about and which I’m sure is going to create a much bigger problem down the road. Eli did manage to kill the story coming from the national magazine about Peter sleeping with the campaign worker, but he didn’t kill the story entirely. At the end of the episode, a blogger called to say that he was releasing the story. Since that reporter didn’t seem at all happy about her story getting killed, I have a feeling she leaked the story to the blogger. Bloggers are much harder to go after than national newspapers because of the nature of blogging. I’m interested to see how Eli handles this newest development.

I enjoyed this episode. I’m liking Diane’s new attitude. It’s rather amusing. And I hope I’m not the only one that was thinking ‘That’s Lionel Luther! Don’t trust him!’ every time John Glover was on screen.

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