Cheers & Jeers: The Good Wife's "Great" Episode
Ken Leung and Julianna Margulies
Cheers to The Good Wife because, to put it in Facebook parlance, "it's complicated."
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A few weeks after its inspired Social Network-themed hour, CBS' sophomore drama once again waded into the shark-infested waters of the Internet with the episode "Great Firewall." In this case, Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Co. were representing a Chinese dissident (the always-magnetic Ken Leung — toldja those Lost castaways are washing up everywhere!) who had been imprisoned and tortured after a Google-like corporation turned over his IP address to the government authorities. (John Benjamin Hickey was also terrific as the CEO — the polar opposite of his homeless radical on The Big C.) Matters really got messy when it turned out Will (Josh Charles) had an ulterior motive: He was trying to help the firm's new Zuckerberg-esque client gain a foothold in China, human rights be damned. Will's not looking so attractive now, is he, Alicia?
But that was only the beginning of the intrigue: A pair of elections also figured in the episode. With a little help from his son Zach (Graham Phillips), Peter (Chris Noth) forced State's Attorney opponent Glenn Childs (Titus Welliver) out of the race. "You belong in the trophy case of sons of bitches," Childs spat — and Noth fans should know he plays another champion SOB in the Broadway revival of That Championship Season, now in previews. Plus, Will and Diane (Christine Baranski) finally got dastardly Derrick Bond (Michael Ealy) voted out of the firm with the aid of an elderly emeritus partner (the eternally lovable Jerry Adler, aka The Sopranos' Hesh and Rescue Me's Chief).
On a network known for open-and-shut procedurals, these sophisticated, interweaving story lines are a refreshing respite. The only problem with having all these terrific plots and actors (and I haven't even mentioned Alan Cumming, Rita Wilson, Anika Noni Rose, Michael Boatman and Zach Grenier) is that Alicia seems to be getting shoved aside as the central character. Don't forget, producers: This show is called The Good Wife, after all.
What did you think of The Good Wife's "Great Firewall"?
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