The Good Wife Season 4 Review “Waiting for the Knock”

The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 5 Waiting for the Knock (7)

This episode of The Good Wife was pretty standard fair, but it was solidly executed. Eli couldn’t stop the affair story. Maddie is still acting suspiciously. Alicia and Co. helped a drug dealer. I enjoyed “Waiting for the Knock” and it set up a few interesting story points for next week.

A few thoughts about “Waiting for the Knock”:

It’s never been easy for me to understand how some people are able to justify knowingly working for drug dealers. They tell themselves that they only handle the “legitimate businesses,” but even if you only work on the legitimate businesses, you’re still assisting dangerous people to do dangerous things. That’s the situation Alicia and Diane found themselves in this week. In the case of the week, a drug dealer, Amad Bishop, called on the firm after his accountant was arrested. Bishop was concerned because he didn’t know whether the Feds were going after his legit businesses or, more likely, his drug businesses. He had Diane and Co. to handle his legit businesses and another firm to handle his drug business. With a little help from Clarke, the firm discovered that one of Bishop’s lieutenants was mixing legit business with the drug business and they thought that’s what the trouble was.

As it turns out, a receptionist at one of the health clubs was informing on Bishop to the Feds, but the receptionist had been missing for about 3 days. The Feds believed that Bishop had something to do with that, so they executed a sealed search warrant. Bishop ultimately turned himself in and was arrested on murder charges. One aspect of Bishop’s story I found particularly interesting was how he was humanized via his relationship with his son. It’s very easy to forget that drug dealers and mobsters are also sometimes parents. Although they do horrible things, they want for their children what all parents want—their kid to be happy, safe, and know that he’s loved. Bishop turned himself into the Feds because he loved his son and wanted to do what was best for him. I am not in any way saying that what Bishop was doing wasn’t excusable. It isn’t. But it makes Bishop much more relatable to focus on him as a father rather than a drug dealer.

Kalinda and Nick really are disturbing. Seriously, the creepy quotient is off the charts. Nick is still trying to get whatever money Kalinda took from him when she left, but he’s also trying to make her come back to him. He broke into her girlfriend’s apartment (he claimed) to protect Kalinda. He found pictures of Kalinda and Eli in the apartment, and said that the FBI agent was out to screw her over. I don’t know that I actually believe him, but I would like to know why Kalinda’s girlfriend had surveillance pictures of Kalinda all over the place. Is she stalking her? Playing her?

Clarke was actually quite helpful this week. In addition to helping the firm find the accounting discrepancy that tipped off the Feds, he realized something about himself. He actually enjoyed helping. Carey pointed out that Clarke’s job was to help the firm get out of debt, and he should help out the family law division. If he continues to help out the firm in that capacity, he may be alright to keep around.

Seriously. Eli is going to give himself an ulcer. I’m not surprised that the blogger decided to go forward with the story. And as a matter of fact, I think I have a good explanation as to why. Maddie. I found it odd that she decided to support Peter’s campaign in the first place. And then I found it extremely odd that in tonight’s episode she decided to have a sit down with the girl who claims to have slept with Peter. My problem with that is that she didn’t even ask Eli about the truth of the accusation. She didn’t really even give Eli a chance to explain how they disproved the girl’s story. My theory is that she’s the one that gave the story to the reporter in the first place. Then, when the magazine refused to print it, Maddie told the blogger that she would cover however much he got sued for. I still believe that her goal is to get Peter knocked out of the race so she can put a female candidate in.

All in all, this was a good episode. I found it amusing that while Diane was arguing with the other attorney over who was going to be top dog, Bishop called Alicia over to discuss the issues that were really important to him–his son. I’m looking forward to next week to find out what Maddie is really up to and whether she has been using Alicia. What did you think about this week’s The Good Wife? Sound off in the comments.

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