Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Review - The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 8 On Tap

The world of The Good Wife continues to expand and Alicia finds herself in a sea of corruption and immoral behavior. Wherever she looks, whether it's the client she represents, her husband's advisor, the law firm she works at, or the government, there is a certain degree of impropriety in the air, and it's very unsettling.

There's a lot going on in "On Tap" from a plot perspective. The case takes pretty wild twist when the client, also Will's friend, is not involved in terrorism, but actually helping a gang win turf. Unfortunately for the government, they don't know that and he gets off. At the same time, part of the case is based on wiretaps on Eli Gold, but Alicia isn't allowed to tell anyone. What's more, she hears Will talk to the client about Alicia. In a dizzied state, Alicia rushes over to talk to Will, but she girlfriend is there. Blake proves to be more devious each week, as Kalinda learns that Blake used Kalinda's baseball bat, which has her fingerprints, to take out the doctor. Luckily, Cary is able to save her this time around.

I've said this plenty of times before, but because nothing changes, I'll say it again: please don't make the kids into idiots. It's a tired cliche we've seen countless times. The teenage kid acts stupidly and causes trouble for the parents. What's worse is that we rarely, if ever, see another side to Zach. The fact is, Alicia's family life is as integral to the show as it was in the first season, and the presence of the kids is largely unnecessary. This time he and Becca create a dumb viral video about Glenn Childs Jr., and he later acts like Jr. was at fault when he confronted Becca. Note to Zach, you're the one being a lying idiot. At least he gets his just desserts in the form of a viral video about Grace.

The Good Wife is walking a tight rope in the second season with a these running plots. Most of it is working for now, but we'll see if everything can pull together in the end.

Score: 9.0/10
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