Review: 'The Good Wife' slowly gets back on track in Season 4


So, I started off the season mad as hell at the overabundance of unnecessary (IMO) guest stars that were scheduled to appear this season. Pair that with my anger over what seems to me as the writers straying away from an Alicia/Will pairing, my judgment was severely clouded. I can now admit that I definitely prejudged the show. Now, I was extremely unhappy with how the season started, but that has started to change. However, the shift in my attitude toward the show is slow turning, but hey, at least it’s turning. Right?

I’ll never forget when I started to actually enjoy the show again. It was the episode that aired on October 14, “Two Girls, One Code.”I was with a friend visiting with her parents and her dad put the show on. As I was sitting next to him watching, it took everything in me not to swear at the television as I would normally do at home (No disrespecting the parental units, you know?). Let me refresh your memory, this was the episode where it came to light that Peter may (or may not have) slept with another campaign worker while trying to work things out with Alicia (GAG.).  Understand why I had to bite my tongue now?

The excitement and disbelief over what happened in this episode brought me back to enjoying my once favorite show again. It’s not yet back to how it was when I first fell in love with it, but the excitement is definitely back. And that is so incredibly important. I want to watch. I want to know what’s going to happen next. I love Alicia even more. I love her with Will, in any capacity. I hate her with Peter, also in any capacity. The writers gave us back the Alicia/Kalinda friendship. However, the whole story with Kalinda and her weirdo husband has to end. I’m almost sure I saw that the writers are ending that story earlier than originally planned. Hooray! I’ve also learned that my favorite guest star ever is headed back to the offices of Lockhart & Gardner; Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni!!

There you have it. I’m taking back my original hateful thoughts toward the show and opting to err on the side of optimism. Will the writers have Alicia and Will find their way back to each other? Or will they have Alicia take 100 steps backward and completely take Peter back? Will they continue to rebuild the magnificent friendship of Alicia and Kalinda? Will they finally put Kalinda and Cary together? (I can’t be the only one that sees that coming). Will Diane finally find happiness? Hopefully, we get answers to these questions this season. And hopefully, they are the answers we want.

Alright, “The Good Wife,” mission accomplished. I’m back on your side. Now don’t disappoint me. Bring on the exciting drama!

Chrissie Ortiz
Chrissie Ortiz is a one of TVSource Magazine’s most passionate columnists. As you can see by some of her favorite shows, she’s a pretty loyal viewer. She’ll usually stick it out no matter how bad it gets. Not one to assign herself to one genre, she looks for series that can pass her litmus test — holding her attention. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceChrissie.

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