The Good Wife “Tracks” Review (Season 7 Episode 12)

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I was afraid that The Good Wife was going to be retreading old ground a little too much with Peter running a campaign only one season after Alicia ran hers, but now here we are with “Tracks” as that storyline came to a screeching halt. I thought maybe they would find some way to stay alive after failing last week in the caucus, and that they would keep the run for president alive somehow, but nope. Peter wasn’t in this episode, Josh and Zach are gone, and now it looks like Ruth is stepping out as well. It all just ended so unceremoniously and anticlimactically. I realize that I was complaining about the storyline from the very beginning, but if you’re going to put it in your show then you need to come up with a satisfying conclusion. You can’t just yank it because it wasn’t working out.

Anyway, the case of the week dealt with the return of Matthew Lillard’s character Rowby, as he goes toe-to-toe with another record company. The last episode he was in was a ripped-from-the-headlines case meant to send up the infamous Jonathan Coulton v. Glee story from a few years ago. That was one of my favorite episodes for a while, and Lillard is such a fun and hilarious presence on this show, but this case was just a nightmare. There are certain episodes of The Good Wife that stretch the legal believability to a breaking point, and this was definitely one of those times. I can’t believe that any contract would work like that. Even if you have a two album deal with a record company, that requires you to produce two records in their studio, which he did. A song you sing to your son and post online would never be considered “work product”. That was ridiculous. There was so many unanswered questions here. Why didn’t GFC Records lead with the (much stronger) argument about the time code? Why did they move on to a new song half way through? Why was Cary involved at all?

At least we had a very interesting sideshow to this case, where Lucca unexpectedly fell for Rowby. Rowby was smitten from the moment he saw her, but I just assumed she was going to continue to dismiss him outright. We haven’t seen her being particularly interested in any men since the season started, but it looks like artists is her thing! If you told me when we first met her that she would fall for Matthew Lillard of all people, I wouldn’t have believed you!

My favorite part of the episode, surprisingly, came from Grace. We’ve already seen her be awesome several times this season, between being a receptionist extraordinaire and landing her mom a bunch of huge clients, but seeing her destroy that HOA meeting was great. She’s really come into her own quite a bit, but unfortunately it came at the expense of her grades, and Alicia asked her to stop working for her. I was bummed to see Grace so unhappy, but I’m sure they’ll keep her around the office for a while.

That is, as long as the office stays in the apartment. Who knows what will come of Cary’s job offer, since Lucca definitely seemed interested to have some job security. It’d be a little odd to see Alicia return to that office again, but I’m not sure what else she could possibly do where she is.

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

Random Thoughts:

– So was this case supposed to be based on the recent legal issues with Pharrel and “Blurred Lines”? The whole “ripping off a certain part of the song” thing?

– I loved Lucca awkwardly saying “I’ve never worked there…” when Cary offered for her to come back to Lockhart/Agos.

– CBS announced this week at the TCA press tour that Robert and Michelle King, the creators and showrunners of Good Wife, will be stepping down at the end of this season. This is a pretty big blow for the show, considering its declining ratings, so it’s looking more likely than ever that they’ll be cancelling the series at the end of the season. I hope I’m wrong, but it doesn’t look good!