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Wendy Ledger
Interests: Celtic piano, David Halberstram's books, a good hike, a strong cup of coffee.
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This has been brewing for a while, but I've decided to no longer write about The Good Wife. Each post takes several hours to compose, and when the show doesn't feel up to the consistent excellent quality of seasons past, I have to question whether that is time well spent.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In "Oppo Research," Alicia sits down with Eli and Johnny Elfman (Steven Pasquale) to review the opposition research that would be used against her if she ran for State's Attorney. The episode caused me to question the current characterization of Alicia Florrick. Alicia's overall attitude towards this process was disconcerting... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
This show revolved around three storylines: Cary's ongoing legal troubles; a Florrick/Agos case. featuring Richard Thomas, involving GMO seeds; and the continuing saga of whether Alicia will run for State's Attorney. The episode opens in unfamiliar, dreary surroundings. We are in an office crammed full of cubicles. Everyone seems to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Course uncorrected. Argh. Unfortunately, I thought this episode was an example of the writers trying too hard. It felt like I could hear them thinking throughout the show. The result was that the episode felt like pieces of a predictable jigsaw puzzle with moments that were meant to be heartwarming... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
As always, if you're not caught up, it's best not to read. I had thought about not continuing this blog. I thought I would be the cranky old lady shaking a fist at the sky, "Season 5 was not the best season of The Good Wife! Critics are writing that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
A Study of "The Good Wife" will be on hiatus until the start of Season 6. Please feel free to read past posts, and I hope to see you here once the new season begins. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Judge Leora Kuhn (Linda Emond) was featured in three episodes of The Good Wife: "Double Jeopardy" (Season 2, Episode 2), "Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot" (Season 3, Episode 9), and "The Art of War" (Season 4, Episode 6). Judge Kuhn presided over two military trials where Alicia and Will provided civilian representation... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Marissa Gold (Sarah Steele) is the eighteen-year-old daughter of Eli Gold. She appeared in three episodes: "Silver Bullet," "Killer's Song," and "Death Row Tip." We are introduced to Marissa in the opening scene of "Silver Bullet." When that episode begins, you hear Eli saying no. He says it several times... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
I started writing this blog in December 2013. When I can, I try to make this project more comprehensive in scope by writing about favorite episodes. Today I thought I would write about the pilot episode that launched the series. The show begins with a couple in motion, holding hands.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Justin Coyne (Romany Malco) was in three episodes of Season 3: "Feeding the Rat," "Death Row Tip," and "What Went Wrong." He was a Legal Aid lawyer, introduced to us when Diane goes to visit him. She is there to say that, due to the challenging economic times, Lockhart/Gardner could... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
At the end, I have clearly marked a spoiler paragraph. Otherwise, if you have watched at least up to this episode, you are good to go. There are three stories in "Ham Sandwich": Kalinda and the grand jury investigation, Lemond Bishop's divorce negotiations, and Eli's change in strategy for Peter's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Gregory Mars (Pablo Schreiber) appears in "Ham Sandwich" (Season 2, Episode 17). He represents Katrina Bishop (Sophina Brown), Lemond Bishop's wife. She has asked Bishop for a divorce. Bishop feels blindsided. He says he's in love. He wants to convince her to stay in the marriage. Mars is fresh out... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Although this post deals with a character who was in past episodes, the reason why I want her to return involves events that occurred in Season 5. If you aren't caught up, this is not the post to read. Simone Canning (Susan Misner) is the wife of Louis Canning (Michael... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
First, the spoiler alert. This post will discuss events that occur in three episodes, "Marthas and Caitlins" (Season 3, Episode 5), "Parenting Made Easy (Season 3, Episode 10), and "Boom De Ya Da" (Season 4, Episode 11). At the end, in a paragraph that begins with a spoiler notice, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
During the show's hiatus, I am going to post on Tuesdays. Since I started this blog in December 2013, there's plenty still to discuss from the past. I hope you will join me in the discussion. Thanks, Wendy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
NOTE: There are no spoilers in this post if you have watched up this point (Season 4, Episode 14). "Red Team, Blue Team" is one of those perfectly calibrated episodes where everything feels earned, and the stakes are high. The episode weaves in three different stories: the postponement of equity... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
As always, please do not read if you are not caught up. My apologies in advance. As I started writing this post, I thought that some things I've written about have been addressed before. I fear that I am becoming that cranky old woman continually yelling about her lawn. But... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Sorry for the delay in posting. Typepad was down for most of the day. As with all recaps, it is best not read any further unless you have already watched the episode. In this season finale, Finn decides not to run for State's Attorney. Zach graduates. Diane talks to Florrick/Agos... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In this episode, Alicia and Cary represent James Paisley (Tom Skerritt), a CEO of a biotech firm, whose merger with another major company is threatened by a wrongful termination suit by his former CFO. Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) represents the CFO who alleges that he was fired because he... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In this episode, Alicia and Cary represent James Paisley (Tom Skerritt), a CEO of a biotech firm, whose merger with another major company is threatened by a wrongful termination suit by his former CFO. Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) represents the CFO who alleges that he was fired because he... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
Anne, Thanks for the comment. The writers have been great about using current current political and technological information in their stories. I will be very disappointed if it turns out that Cary is deceiving Alicia. I really have enjoyed seeing their friendship evolve. Wendy
In "The Deep Web," Alicia is called in for jury duty, where she meets a stranger across a crowded room. Daniel (Nestor Carbonelli) is accepted to the jury; Alicia is excused. She thinks she will then go back to work, but Cary is adamant that she needs to take a... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In this episode, Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) returns. The show opens with Alicia getting out of a taxi and going into Mr. Sweeney's home. There is a party going on, a celebration of Colin Sweeney's engagement to Renata Ellard (Laura Benanti). (Apparently Mr. Sweeney is no longer married to Isobel... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In this week's The Good Wife, the writers return to the NSA storyline that was set up early on in this season. Jeff Dellinger (Zach Woods), an employee of this governmental agency, retains Cary and Clarke as counsel after he inadvertently downloaded classified material on to his home computer. Through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"
In this episode, the women who love Will grieve. Alliances are formed. Relationships are redefined. Despite everything, the world keeps spinning on its axis, and the show ends on a grand entrance. Here are some thoughts on "A Material World": 1) The Alicia/Diane Alliance: This episode opens with the two... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at A Study of "The Good Wife"