BWW Recap: The Walls Come Down on THE GOOD WIFE Finale
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We begin the end of season five with Canning and David Lee trying to throw Alicia under the bus. The Machiavellian pair want Alicia to take the fall in the $6 million adoption suit David tried to stitch up. And it turns out they want Diane under that bus, too. Because - why not! What's a season of The Good Wife without a hostile take-over!
The Good Wife is a show that has never been explicit with its cards. We don't generally get exposition - the audience is credited with the smarts to understand what's going on beneath the surface. But tonight the walls come down, when Alicia and her colleagues get to see and hear Canning and Lee's plotting and planning, via a teleconferencing feed that hasn't shut off.
Information is power, and now the cards are on the table - for one of our two firms, at least. Alicia's trajectory as a character is also on display. She can now manipulate with the best of them, as she shows when she leverages her grief over Will to keep her opponents in front of the camera at her old office - a move that Will himself would be proud of, no doubt.
But unvarnished truth can be painful. There's a difference between knowing something deep down, and having everyone else know it, too. Just ask Cary, when the rolling feed also confirms that his girl Kalinda is really Diane's girl, now.
If there is a central theme of The Good Wife, it is that nothing stays hidden. The past catches up to you. Because whether it's via the NSA, a bedroom webcam, or a teleconference feed, someone is always watching, always listening ...
Alicia, you want Finn. Good for you!
Consider this revelation the death of a sub-plot: Finn can't run for State's Attorney because it turns out he bribed-not-bribed someone to save his sister. This potential plot for our new guy has been abruptly halted - for the viewer, it's essentially the TV equivalent of getting to the last page and finding out that it was all a dream.
What does this mean for Matthew Goode? The Kings have said they want him back next year, and I want him back. Alicia wants him, too (in my opinion). Finn withdrawing from the State's Attorney race clears the stage for Alicia, professionally. But what does it mean for her, personally?
It's not an area of her life that has gone so well these past few years ...
There's no good timing these days
Ah, but there never really was good timing for Alicia Florrick. She's too busy being pulled in every direction, all the time. Her life is that frenetic music we so often hear before the opening credits, made manifest. And she's spent seasons trying to be good at every role she's required to play at this pace.