The Good Wife Season 5 Review “The One Percent”

We’ve spent a long time in the latter half of the season discussing the death of Will Gardner. It was certainly justified given the shocking nature and the ripple effects it caused. The show wallowed in it, discussed it, investigated it, and casually mentioned it. Now, the show seems as if it is ready to move on. Will’s death is only briefly mentioned and not even by one of the show’s major characters. As a result, this episode absolutely zips along. It’s one of those enjoyable episodes of The Good Wife that doesn’t amount to much in terms of the show’s long form story, but has lots of amazing personalities and performances to make it wildly entertaining.

Perhaps the most entertaining elements of the episode came from the shenanigans of Louis Canning. Michael J. Fox seems to relish the opportunity to play a less than ethical person given his typical public persona. It takes a lot of hard work to take someone with that high of a Q rating, and make them a believable scumbag. But that’s exactly what Fox is on this show, and it’s fantastic. Watching him inspire chaos and havoc in the courtroom has been one of the delights of the show’s run. If Canning is really dying, it’s a shame, because the show can still get a lot of mileage out of him.

Much like last week, I was really impressed with what the writers gave Julianna Margulies to work with. I’ve never been overly interested in what Grace and Zack are doing, but I always enjoy what their usage gets out of Alicia. We get so tied into courtroom drama and backroom power plays that the show can struggle to show a person’s humanity. Alicia with her kids in her living room is a bit of a glimpse into the show’s more human elements. Apparently these people do go home, and not all of them do it just to have sex with Kalinda.

I did enjoy a great deal of the episode, but I could not be less interested in the state of the Florrick marriage. As the Governor, Peter Florrick seems like a man who is easily swayed by is emotions. Show him a few pictures of his estranged wife, and it’s enough to change his decisions on public policy. Doesn’t seem like the best fit for a high level political figure. I get that he still loves his wife, but the show is ready for Alicia to move on. It functions far better with the image of Alicia Florrick that’s the incredibly talented partner of an up-and-coming law firm, not the several times betrayed wife. The show is ready to take off in a new direction, but the rehashing of these old issues continue to slow it down.

With only one episode remaining, it doesn’t seem like we’re getting some big crescendo to the season. That’s fine considering we’ve had several along the way in this season of The Good Wife. Your mileage will very on each inflection point, but now it’s time to enjoy the cruise to the finish.