'The Good Wife' Explodes with Excellent Performances and Intense Action


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Tonight's explosive and much anticipated episode of 'The Good Wife' was well worth the wait. Called Hitting the Fan, that is exactly what happened. With a very dramatic 14 minute opening, the action was intense, fast moving, and even suspenseful. There was even room for emotion and sorrow when Josh Charles as Will Gardner digested the truth about the presumed betrayal of his ex-lover Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies). His facial reaction upon first hearing the news was spot on and almost overwhelming. After calming approaching Alicia to verify the truth, the battle between those leaving the firm and those staying began in earnest.

There was a great moment when investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) became a temporary mystery. She began by promising Will she was not leaving and agreed to get all the dirt on those leaving Lockhart-Gardner. Then she went straight to Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) and asked if he still wanted to hire her. He told her to get the file on the firm's best client. At that moment, the viewer was left to wonder which side she was really on. The mystery, however, did not last long as Kalinda went straight to Will with what she'd learned and then outed fellow investigator Robyn Burdine (Jess Weixler) as being part of the Cary and Alicia group.

Another wonderful moment was when Will answered Alicia's confiscated cell phone to discover a protective Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) on the other end. Best line, Peter to Will: "I'm not just a governor, I'm a husband, and I'm going to handle this as a husband." By the end of the show, Peter was playing hardball, helping his wife via an expression of his opinion aired on live TV that ultimately resulted in Lockhart-Gardner's best client opting to go with the new Florrick-Agos firm.

Diane (Christine Baranski) then tries to cover her proverbial butt by going to Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) and asked if her judgeship was in jeopardy because of the day's actions while also denying any involvement in the activities. Eli gives her assurances and a smile. She sees the writing on the wall and then refuses to testify in one of the legal proceedings. Sure enough, at the end of the show, Peter asks Eli for a new list of candidates.

The new Alicia, the one with claws, emerged right after the new firm lost their bid to stop a restraining order. Facing Will, Diane, and the ever-arrogant David Lee (Zach Grenier), Alicia spat, "We're taking them [the clients], and then you know what you'll have? A very nice suite of offices."

The hour was everything that had been promised by the producers and was well worth the wait. There was even a sexual quickie for Peter and Alicia and a moment for Alicia to show her continued concern for daughter Grace's (Makenzie Vega) budding need to be liked by others. The rest of the season has a lot to live up to after this terrific episode.

'The Good Wife' airs Sunday evenings on CBS at 9pm.