The Good Wife “Lies” Review (Season 7, Episode 6)

The Good Wife Lies

Editor’s Note: I had a new baby boy four days ago, and I’m running on about 2-3 hours of sleep per night. So if I make more spelling errors than usual, or if if I start to make little sense, then you’ll know why!

Anyway, The Good Wife returned tonight with “Lies”, as Alicia pursues her first case entirely out of bond court, the NSA comes back into play, and Peter announces for presidency!

Let’s start with that last one first. When I first found out that The Good Wife was going to be starting up yet another campaign storyline, I was a little frustrated and irritated, especially considering how annoying Alicia’s was last season. However, I do very much appreciate the real world feel of the storyline. I like hearing them namedrop Hilary and Trump, and they’re even able to edit in recent developments in their campaigns to make it all sound up-to-date even though these episodes were filmed a while ago. I still don’t really know how much mileage they can get out of this Eli Gold thing. He wants to ruin Peter but he doesn’t want to ruin Alicia, so how long can we keep up this “will he/won’t he” scenario? If it’s just going to end up being like Alicia’s campaign storyline, where a new issue arises every episode that must get handled, I will not be OK with it. Even tonight we had the whole issue with not being able to announce on the same steps as Obama, and if every week is just Eli and Ruth running around trying to put out a new fire then it will get very old very quick.

Alicia’s case of the week brought the NSA fellas back into Alicia’s life, as we were also introduced to Christine Lahti’s cartoonishly condescending attorney Andrea Stevens. It’s not very often anymore that we get a new attorney going up against Alicia. This show has such a large stable of recurring characters that they can bring out whenever they want, so it’s actually more notable when we get a fresh face. Stevens was OK, but she was so ridiculously condescending that it felt a little silly. The one thing I’m not really clear on is why the NSA wants to listen to Alicia. Do they just enjoy listening to her life and catching up with all of her drama? Or do they have any legitimate reason to be snooping on her?

It’s a little odd that Alicia is just now starting to investigate Jason. You’d think that this would be the first thing you’d do when you’re taking on a new employee, or that you would at least Google (:Ahem: Sorry, ChumHum) the guy’s name first. Also, it’s a little weird that Alicia and Jason are being so cagey about punching a judge. Sure, punching a judge is obviously not a good thing to do, but it isn’t like this guy’s ever killed anybody or anything. I’m just saying, it’s not the worst thing to be disbarred for. If the guy really is a “ticking time bomb”, then he’s just going to possibly explode and…punch a guy he disagrees with? Peter’s punched a guy before! It’s not the end of the world!

Meanwhile, over at the increasingly superfluous offices of Lockhart, Agos, & Lee, we saw the crew try to hire some new summer interns. Book of Mormon’s Nikki M. James guest starred as Monica Timmons, a potential new hire for the firm. I did think it was a little weird how people like Diane and Cary were being so stereotypical with Monica. Just because she’s from Baltimore and she’s black you’re assuming she’s from the ghetto? I don’t know if they’ve just seen The Wire too many times, but it was already odd to me that they were being so insensitive. Sure, Howard said some dumb stuff, but that’s to be expensive. It wasn’t altogether surprising when Monica made that video, but then she played the race card so hard and victimized herself to an irritating degree so that I really wasn’t on anybody’s side. I don’t know if she’ll come back to the show or not, but she really made herself unlikable and everybody at the firm looked bad too. Just a bad storyline overall.

What did you guys think of the episode? Sound off in the comments section!

Random Thoughts:

– I kinda feel bad for Tobias Segal’s character Tyler Hopkins. This is his fourth episode appearing as an NSA employee but his partner is always getting switched out! First it was Zach Woods, then it was 30 Rock’s Maulik Pancholy, and now it’s this new guy!

– Nikki James makes yet another Broadway star guesting on this show, so at this point I just really want them to break down and give us an full-blown musical episode. It’s a very musical show already, so go for it!

– I was hoping that Alicia was going to follow Jason’s advice and actually punch out the incredibly irritating Andrea Stevens.