The Good Wife: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

E: Maybe Friday of last week, the brick dropped.  The title of this week’s episode is clearly military code for the three letters which begin the words; I knew that right off.  So I don’t know why it took me a while to realize that those letters actually stood for something I already understood.

Yeah.

So.  Unexpected but largely excellent guest stars, so that’s good.  Alicia takes a little action on her own behalf this week, which is really refreshing, and also, frankly, a profound relief.  I know I’m not alone in being frustrated by her passivity. It’s about freaking time she stepped up about something!  But still, controversy and convoluted plots swirl around her without her knowing it.  Dana and Kalinda continue to toy with each other and Cary’s heart.  Peter pulls the noose tighter around Will’s neck, with a bit of an unexpected twist.  Diane makes an ultimatum. And, as Ken Tucker notes over at EW, Alicia remains completely ignorant, outside the fray.

And then we’ve got two cases which we don’t care strongly about.  Or at least I didn’t; I can’t speak for you guys.  I wanted to care about the non-cheese issue, I really did, but I honestly don’t feel like I know what happened, and we didn’t spend nearly enough time with the client to get a real sense of her, and that just annoys me.

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Revenge: Treachery

E: Is it just me, or was that the most lackluster episode of the season?

M: Oh, unfortunately it’s not just you.  I’m right there with you on that one.

E: I think maybe psycho-Fauxmanda isn’t cutting it for me.  We already have Tyler for the crazy, and now we have single white female, too?  No.  Don’t like it.  And I do NOT like her messing with Jack.  Step away from the hero, chickie! Step away!

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The Good Wife: Death Row Tip

E: Have you ever seen so much bad lying on a good TV show?  Everybody’s lying to themselves, and pretty much nobody’s getting away with it.  A more delightful mix of recurring guest stars, prevarication, flirtation and Philosophy 101 I have never seen.

Not to be too melodramatic about it, but you can really feel the darkness swirling around Alicia and Will, the storm getting ready to break.  Meanwhile, the writers use the case of the week to make us question the clandestine lovers’ choices.  Boring it ain’t.

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November Movie Preview (uhh, view?) 2011

M: Welcome to the November Movie Preview, or as it will be for the movies that opened last weekend, the November Movie View.  I’m putting this one on E, she usually reminds us when it’s time to start writing up the monthly previews, and C and I got no such reminder this month.  I can’t imagine (Good Wife) what she might be doing (Good Wife) with her time (Good Wife).

E:  And without big sis to boss you around, it doesn’t get done?

M:  Well, that is your role in this little trio, you should know that by now.  And C’s taking too long, so we’re posting without her, she can comment after if she wants.  Anyway, on to the November slate with some things that we are REALLY excited about, and no, I am not referring to Twilight.

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The Good Wife: Executive Order 13224

E: There is no word for this but electrifying.  The word is not grease, it is electrifying.  Guest stars!  Freaking fantastic old characters!  Stand offs!  Revelations! Characters standing up for what’s right, standing up for themselves, standing up to power – and in how many forms?  Good grief.  Giddy. I am giddy.  I would like to gad about and do giddy things.  Can I count the number of times my hair stood on end during this episode?  I think I might need to keep track.

Seriously, I do not have words.

But I will try.

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Top Chef: Texas Two Step

M: Well, we’re back with a new season of Top Chef, or as my channel guide lists is, the inaugural season of  Top Chef Texas.  Not really sure why they want to mess up people’s DVR’s, but there you go.

E: It messed up mine – if it hadn’t reaired at 11, I’d have missed it!

M: Since the last round was All-Stars, and we have had a couple seasons of Masters mixed in, this is the first season with new up-and-coming competitors since Kevin Sbraga pulled off the upset victory in Singapore at the end of the 2010 summer season.  There are quite a few changes this season, not the least of which was the format for how they are determining the 16 contestants for the show.

E: And you know, change often annoys me, but not so much this time.

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