The Good Wife Season 4 Review “Boom De Yah Da”

Well, The Good Wife has come out of the gate swinging. This was a decent episode to come back on after the midseason break. I wouldn’t say it was fantastic, but it wasn’t to bad.

A few thoughts about “Boom De Yah Da”:

The case of the week was a 15 year-old girl who was suing a bank that had foreclosed on several homes in her neighborhood. The banks failed to properly maintain or drain the pools at the foreclosed homes, and after the water became stagnant, mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus bit the girl causing permanent, irreparable physical damage. Will and Co. had to depose the defendants in two locations, and they were having a really hard time. Will and Carey were handling the Chicago side and Alicia was in Montana deposing (or rather attempting to depose) Wilkes, the bank president. The folks in Chicago pulled out all the stops. Going so far as to argue that the plaintiff was at fault because she trespassed on the foreclosed properties. Will and Carey rebutted by arguing that the bank knew the pools were an attractive nuisance and failed to act accordingly. Meanwhile, Alicia kept waiting for Wilkes to show up for his court ordered deposition. He either cancelled or just didn’t show up at all on several occasions. After numerous delay tactics and less than honest dealings on the part of the defendants, Kalinda finally found some information that Will and Alicia could use to their advantage. Wilkes was being treated for cancer. He failed to report that information to the SEC because his bank was in the process of a merger and he didn’t want his illness to affect the deal. Ultimately, Alicia agreed to keep Wilkes’ illness out of the official court record if he agreed to settle with their client. They settled for 12 million dollars and the firm made 3 million on the deal.

Although I didn’t find the case of the week all that interesting overall, I thought there were some pretty good moments. Primarily, I liked Alicia’s interactions with Louis Canning. It’s always a pleasure for Michael J. Fox to pop up on tv, and although Louis was a massive jerk (to put it mildly) I still enjoyed his scenes a great deal. I thought it was pretty low of him to lie to Alicia about a friend of his dying, but after all the events unfolded I’m not so sure he was lying. He very well could have been talking about Wilkes. Either way, that conversation seemed rather disingenuous. Louis has a rather disarming manner about him initially, but after spending some time with him, you see that he’s infinitely more devious than he appears. Basically, he’s not harmless. And I’m not entirely sure what his deal is with Alicia. I think he respects her, but at the same time I feel like there’s more to it than that. I can’t really put my finger on it just yet, but I have a feeling I’ll have a chance to figure it out pretty soon. It looks like Louis is going to be sticking around since he and his firm bought up Lockhart and Gardner’s debt.

Diane and Will had a bit of a showdown with Clarke. He asked for a mediator to come and remove Diane and Will from their positions in the firm because they sabotaged his attempt to merge the firm. Will and Diane argued the Clarke had overstepped his bounds by calling for mediation prior to the expiration of the court ordered deadline. Furthermore, they argued that since a corporation was buying up their debt, the financial market determined that they were a good investment. The mediator ruled in favor of Will and Diane, so they avoid the chopping block…for now. Although I do believe that Clarke overstepped by calling in a mediator prior to the deadline, I can see his frustration. He’s a numbers guy, and he’s looking at the bottom line. Naturally, Will and Diane are emotionally invested in the firm, but Clarke makes a valid point that their emotion is clouding their judgment. I don’t think Will and Diane are going to be able to come up with 40 million dollars in 5 weeks, but people have been known to do miraculous things when their backs are up against the wall.

Eli also had some trouble this week. He knows that the DOJ is most likely going after him to get to Peter, so he and Diane attempted to go on the offensive. They filed a complaint against the DOJ for harassment, and the attorney handling the case for the DOJ, Wendy Scott-Carr, is apparently someone that Eli helped defeat in a previous political race. Now, she claimed that her efforts were purely an attempt to weed out corruption in Chicago politics, but I’m not sure I buy that. I do think it’s possible to have pure motives, and I do think that it’s possible for people to put their own personal agendas aside for the greater good. I’m just not convinced that Wendy Scott-Carr is doing that. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see though. But in addition to that headache, the head of the state DNC came to his office to “suggest” that Eli take on a second in command. For someone who needs to be in control as much as Eli, that wasn’t welcome news at all. In addition, the kid that the DNC head brought over was a prodigy who was notorious for working alone. Eli is concerned for the state of Peter’s campaign, but at this point I think he’s probably more concerned that he’s about to be replaced. Unfortunately, I don’t think that fear is completely unfounded. I wouldn’t be surprised if Eli is out of a job in the next few weeks. He’ll really blow a gasket then.

All in all, pretty solid hour. Not great, but not bad. I’m still not overly invested in any of the major storylines, but at least I wasn’t watching the clock during the entire episode this time. I’m interested to see how this DOJ investigation is going to play out and what nefarious scheme Louis has up his sleeve. So, what did y’all think of this week’s The Good Wife?

  • Zee Chen

    Loved it this week. All the stories and actors were great.