The Good Wife 5×16 –“The Last Call:” I liked this episode. Sure, it was a bit on the indulgent side in terms of giving all the actors a chance to pad their Emmy submission reels (and therefore over the top in several places), but I guess that was to be expected. I particularly liked David Lee’s reaction (commandeering the conference room and shedding a couple of genuine tears before getting back to his mercenary ways), as well as Cary’s. I know I was supposed to feel something about Kalinda’s lost, but that character is so irretrievably removed from what she once was that I barely watched when she was on screen.
As for Alicia….Well, the best moment of the episode was the wordless embrace she and Diane shared when she walked back into LG. That was so awesome and so perfect. And I actually didn’t mind Alicia’s actions/reactions during the rest of the episode. I’ve read some criticism that she managed to make Will’s death “all about her” again, and while I can totally see why some people would feel that way, I think that’s a very natural way to respond to the news. Will was trying to call her, but then was gunned down. Of course she’s going to wonder (to the point of preoccupation) what he wanted to talk to her about. And, in another touch that rings true to life, she’ll never know for sure. She’s only left to wonder “what if” and regret the things that will now remain forever unsaid.
Diane was heartbreaking in this episode, too. I always loved her relationship with Will and was so happy when she openly acknowledged that he was her “best friend.” They’d been sparring in the last little while, but that affection and respect was always there — even if it was submerged beneath a thin layer of animosity about the direction to take the firm.
The only thing that truly ruined this episode for me was Peter. I hate that character so, so much and physically shrank back from the screen when he hugged Alicia at the end. He’s so nasty and two-faced…why is she still with him?
Oh, and why is Matthew Goode in the main credits? While I don’t hate him as much as Will’s Irish thug (whatever happened to that guy???) or Kalinda’s obnoxious husband, I don’t see the point of bringing in another regular. They’re having trouble giving the core group enough screen time as it is. Don’t waste precious minutes on someone we don’t care about!