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The Good Wife: “Mind’s Eye”

So I just don’t care if Alicia’s elected to State’s Attorney or not. I really don’t. When “Mind’s Eye” begins we’ve got a week until Election Day, and I can’t wait. I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to see The Good Wife wrapping up a storyline (unless we’re counting Kalinda’s ex-husband turning up and doing nothing for anybody). The State Attorney race started as something compelling and interesting, a new chapter in Alicia’s life, and it’s recently devolved into a cyclical examination of Alicia’s morals or lack thereof, and seeing Alicia poring over interviews, sound bites and scandals just isn’t the Alicia I’m interested in seeing. Having been distanced from the Alicia we know and love recently (and that hiatus and that boring return episode didn’t help any), “Mind’s Eye” is just what the show needs to get back on its feet.

There’s no one who will see Alicia isn’t the best thing about this show, or that spending time with her isn’t the best way to spend an episode. Diving into her head is an even better way. Alicia’s always been a little hard to grasp, even being the main character. She holds things in so often that it rests on Julianna Margulies (who’s always up to the challenge) to convey them. But Alicia’s head is a fun place to drop us for an hour, much more fun than her reality which has become humdrum in the recurring campaign machinations and back and forth.

While Louis Canning goes forward with a wrongful eviction lawsuit, Alicia has to prepare for an interview that could land her a crucial endorsement, one that’s going to be derailed by rumors that Lemond Bishop is donating money to Alicia’s campaign. Both of these beats are played out in ALicia’s head, swirling together as she considers using Bishop to sink Prady. But Alicia’ s mind is much more sprawling than the week’s plot points. She’s still hung up on Zack and Nyssa’s abortion and there’s resentment still lingering anger over Peter and Kalinda’s affair (interesting, more of that please), and her thoughts drift to memories of Will and her current attraction to John. Since the show’s become so centered on Alicia’s campaign, we’ve lost a lot of the other elements that made Alicia, and particularly the show, feel well-rounded.

Louis Canning has this problem. Like last week and the return of Colin Sweeney, Canning has lost all his fun points. When he ends up in the hospital, there’s a moment where it looks like this could finally be the episode that rids us of Louis Canning, and I wouldn’t mind it one bit. Michael J. Fox is definitely an asset to the show, but the character’s become a crutch. Alicia’s right when she says he’s been leaving this earth for months now, and I’ve lost all interest in watching him go. It’s likely Lemond Bishop is going to run into this same problem. The Good Wife‘s better with its roster of recurring characters being recurring, which makes their appearances all the more charming. Seeing them all this often certainly makes it a lot harder to look forward to them, especially when their storylines are so rote.

And when they’re taking time away from the rest of the cast. Diane, Cary and Kalinda were way more present at the beginning of the season and now all of them have been shuffled to the side. Kalinda’s storyline is surely going to disappoint by the time she departs, and Diane and Cary don’t do anything anymore aside from pop in for some expository dialogue. Before the hiatus the show hinted at issues arising from Alicia’s allegiance to her campaign over the firm and that’s never been explored since, Alicia instead disappearing from the firm altogether and Cary and Diane not even getting the credit of a storyline of their own. This episode hints at it with Alicia agreeing to Canning’s massive settlement being floated as a way to avoid campaign trouble, but it’s never as fleshed as it could be.

Finally separating Alicia from her boring campaign is a good step for the episode. Though it revolves around it completely, with Alicia resting her voice for her interview (which we never get to see), it’s not as invasive as other episodes have been. It still employs the same plodding moral quandaries, with a guest appearance by Grace, now questioning her Christianity.  “Mind’s Eye” at least seems to put an end to the back and forth about it, with Alicia deciding she’s perfectly fine being a liar if it’s for the greater good and that she’s totally comfortable sleeping with John.

Stray Observations

  • Why doesn’t this show just let the Florrick kids go? They only remember either of them exists at random times.
  • Is this show trying to make me not like Marissa? Stop having her interact with Alicia’s boring children please.
  • The show certainly went out of its way to hide Will’s face, but they couldn’t have found someone with a haircut at least somewhat similar to the one Josh Charles had during that time? Really?
  • Jonathan: “Why is your phone on?” Alicia: “Why are you calling me?”
  • Zack: “Why am I being used as an example of what not to do? I’m at Georgetown.”
  • Simone: “That’s Louis, always caring for other people.”
    Alicia: “Yes.”

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