The Good Wife End – Seven Seasons of The Good Wife wrapped up May 8. At the very end of last week’s episode, Governor Peter Florrick was about to accept the federal prosecutor’s offer of a deal rather than trust his fate to a jury. Two years in prison. He and Alicia have reached a plateau of understanding based on a shared history and a combination of betrayal and happier times. Alicia is standing behind Peter as he faces a jury verdict. Peter acknowledges his past infidelities and knows that it is public opinion, more than anything else, which has condemned him. We see a kind of decency in this flawed man who admits he did a lot of things wrong but that sleeping with sultry Geneva Pines wasn’t one of them. Geneva has testified that Peter manipulated her and manipulated evidence to get an acquittal in a murder case for a political supporter’s son.
Review and recap The Good Wife End
The Finale: Watching the last of the last of the last episode of The Good Wife, I couldn’t help thinking of the T.S. Elliot poem “The Hollow Men.” You know, that poem where the “world ends not with a bang but a whimper?” So I might as well tell you, Alicia has managed through shrewd courtroom maneuvering to bargain for a better deal from the Assistant U.S. Attorney. A year on probation, no jail time, and he must resign as governor of Illinois. It’s a pretty good deal, all in all, though we don’t know definitively whether he’s guilty or not of the crimes of which he is accused.
People who wanted a bang up ending will be disappointed but I’m not. One of the things that attracted me to the show was its attention to the practice of law with all its warts and follies and injustices. I always liked the spectacle of agile minds pitted against each other without firing bullets at each other. Well, sometimes that happens too, but rarely. Look what happened to Will Gardner in the courtroom.
So there was little in the way of subplot and lots in the way of law as Alicia, Diane, and Lucca argue to save Peter from going to prison. They are still in the court of Judge Cuesta, who doesn’t like Peter and is therefore prejudiced against the defense.
Some loose ends were tied up last week with Zack following his new girlfriend off to Paris and Marissa telling dad Eli she was off to law school. This left Grace paused on her way to Berkeley because she couldn’t focus on college while her beloved father risked going to jail. So with the resolution of the charges, Alicia can take consolation that Grace will be off to college on schedule.
Which left several other courtroom dramas to play out. Played out might be the right word to use because the defense introduces what eventually amounts to a red herring. The case for which Peter is being accused of suborning has to do with some missing bullets from the police evidence locker. It is those missing bullets which let the presumed killer Richard Locke go free.
Moreover, the jury in the case, meeting concurrently with the bargaining sessions of the defense and the prosecution, has asked for some interpretation of some inaudible sounds on the 911 call. Jason Crouse has figured out the inaudible sounds come from the ringing of the cell phone of another person in the room twenty three seconds before fatal shots occur. This raises the possibility of another killer, a doubt which lingers throughout all the remaining courtroom procedures and legal bargaining. This turns out to be yet another basis for a defense motion.
The episode hit some comic notes with the guest appearance of the real celebrity lawyer David Boies as an expert testifying to an obscure case precedent (U.S. v. Nunez). While Boies had only one simple question to answer, Diane Lockhart kept him in the witness box for a long time so as to distract and amuse the sycophantic Judge Cuesta, completely flummoxed to have such a famous personage in his humble courtroom. A Wikipedia search of the lawyer will convince and impress and likely depress those who may need an attorney but don’t have pockets deep enough to hire him.
Another guest appearance introducing the ghost of Will Gardner was a surprise element. It was good to see Josh Charles back in the old firm. Alicia is daydreaming of course, trying to get a handle on where her life is, and for both legal and romantic reasons Will Gardner is her muse.It’s Will who provides Alicia with the obscure (U.S. v. Nunez) precedent which becomes a courtroom bargaining tool even if the whole direction of the defense turns into a dead end.
It’s about the bullets again, and Cary Agos is the guy who comes to the rescue in his edgy way. Cary confronts the new state’s attorney Matan Brody about the missing bullets, pushes him into doing another search whereupon the bullets are found in an evidence box.
Was that Peter’s fault? We really don’t know but discovery of the bullets gives Peter’s defense some hope. Those hopes are crushed permanently, however, when new ballistic testing confirm that the bullets were fired from Richard Locke’s pistol. In other words, the cops arrested the right guy. The court acquitted the wrong guy.
The new ballistic testing causes a major rift between Diane and Alicia. Diane’s husband Kurt had previously testified about the bullets and was made to testify again. Alicia pushes Lucca into cross-examining Kurt, embarrassing him with questions about an affair and his collusion with Holly Westfall, another ballistic expert testifying in the same case. Kurt’s exposure to the humiliating cross-examination infuriates Diane.
The final scenes have Alicia communicating still with the ghost of Will Gardner (whom she will love forever), getting slapped in the face by Iron Lady Diane Lockhart, and still uncertain about where Jason Crouse is with regard to their relationship. It wasn’t a happy ending but it was one more reflective of real life. It appeared that Alicia, at the end, cut herself loose from Peter, sucked it up, and soldiered on as a stronger and more independent woman.
Other episodes of The Good Wife reviewed on TV Eskimo:
Verdict (s7 e21)
Party (s7 e20)
Landing (s7 e19)
Unmanned (s7 e18)
Hearing (s7 e16)
Targets (s7 e15)
Monday (s7 e14)
Judged (s7 e13)
Tracks (s7 e12)
Iowa (s7 e11)
KSR (s7 e10)
Discovery (s7 e9)
Restraint (s7 e8)
Characters and cast of The Good Wife End include:
Alicia Florrick – Julianna Margulies (ER, Snakes on a Plane, Ghost Ship, The Sopranos)
Cary Agos – Matt Czuchry (Gilmore Girls, Eight Legged Freaks, Friday Night Lights)
Eli Gold – Alan Cumming (X-Men 2, GoldenEye, Spy Kids, Web Therapy, Get Carter)
Diane Lockhart – Christine Baranski (Cybill, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Into the Woods, The Big Bang Theory, The Birdcage)
Lucca Quinn – Cush Jumbo (Remainder, City of Tiny Lights, Getting On, Torchwood)
Jason Crouse – Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Watchman, The Losers, Extant, Heist, Texas Rising, Magic City, Grey’s Anatomy)
Connor Fox – Matthew Morrison (Glee, Dan in Real Life, Music and Lyrics)
Peter Florrick – Chris Noth (Law & Order, Sex and the City, Tyrant, Mr. 3000)
Kurt McVeigh – Gary Cole (Veep, Office Space, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Mercy Street, The West Wing, Breach)
Judge Richard Cuesta – David Paymer
Matan Brody – Chris Butler (Rescue Dawn, The Haymaker, King & Maxwell)