The Good Wife Returns From Winter Break With Baby Boomer Romance
By Alex Cranz
My mother is a baby boomer which means she has many of the generational qualities that label entails. Which means she complains about 90% of modern television and film for failing to appeal to the baby boomer. Apparently baby boomers require more than The Closer and Blue Bloods to be appeased. They got spoiled on all that prime age targeted entertainment from the 60s through the early 90s and demand more of it.
Well, baby boomers (mom) stop your bitching and go watch The Good Wife.
This week they introduced a new love interest for Christine Baranski’s super successful and single attorney Diane Lockhart. Sure he’s a process-server and an Aussie instead of a Kiwi but, guys, he throws down in front of Diane and is super suave and virile doing it.
That is the look of a woman who wants to bone that man who has served her a lawsuit. Can we get a holla for the show consistently giving Diane interesting romances. First a Tea Party ballistics expert and now an Australian process-server.
While Diane is getting her sexy on with another ill-advised man of a certain age the rest of the characters were romance free. Oh sure Will still only has eyes for Alicia but she’s clearly over him and moving onto bigger things–like struggling to remember if she filed a super critical documents two years earlier and having insanely good chemistry with Kalinda and Cary.
Seriously. I was really excited to see that she’s now getting along with Kalinda and while they’re still not super close Kalinda was prepared to lie to her bosses to protect Alicia’s career. It is usually romantic relationships that get me squeeing like a school girl when watching shows but the Alicia/Kalinda relationship is so critical to the show and two the respective characters that it feels just as vital. Few shows have same sex platonic relationships as interesting or as fraught with pathos as this one. This is the first time in quite a while that a show has tackled a genuine platonic romance with no hint of sex. Really only one other show ever attempts at tackling such a relationship (coughcough Grey’s Anatomy coughcough), but no sure in recent memory has been so successful in building stakes or having our hearts flutter at reconciliation.
And it was all as simple as Kalinda looking down at her notes and saying “I’m going to write that down as a yes.” Even when Alicia is still a little frigid and reluctant to open off Kalinda has her back.
Because no one else at the firm does. Never have the partners been so cutthroat and nasty towards one another. Excuse me, never has David Lee been so nasty and cutthroat. Whether he was lying under oath, manipulating the truth or hiring hookers to close a divorce Lee was on fire representing every bad cliché attached to lawyers. I half expected him to chase down an ambulance just for good measure. Preferably in the outfit he was wearing at the top of the hour.
His big and bold methods were noted by Eli who immediately disliked him for his potential to start scandals and cost the firm money. Eli was so furious he even made a play to get Lee fired, and Lee did the same against Eli and they both told Diane to shut it because the firm was a business and not a family.
Which is why Mama Diane, flush with a new romance got all scary mom on their asses.
While Diane played parent to an office full of cougars Will had problems of his own. Mainly the season long investigation into him by Wendy Scott-Carr. Anika Noni Rose was back during her syrupy sweet and quiet thing that has me enchanted every time and the powers that be, in their infinite wisdom, gave Will a new attorney, Elsbeth Tascioni.
The two most dangerous and unassuming characters on the show playing on stereotypes as the quiet one and the ditzy one respectively? Hell. To. The. Yes.
This episode was largely a setup for the rest of the season, an often funny and sometimes romantic setup, but pretty basic all the same. Still, that faceoff? That has me more excited than any other show on television.