‘The Good Wife’: Is Alicia’s New Hire a Threat?

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This week’s episode of “The Good Wife,” “Affairs of State,” is all about names, titles and labels. The case of the week involved a Taiwanese diplomat’s son who is accused of raping and murdering a girl while on a Booze Cruise. The problem is that the U.S. does not recognize the Taiwanese government, so Lockhart-Gardner’s client is charged, while his Dutch friend who was also arrested for the crime, is freed. The Dutch suspect is named Dick Anders, a name that sure makes him sound like a rapist. But in fact in turns out that for once Lockhart-Gardner is betting on the wrong horse. All the Dutch kid did was buy a drink with the Taiwanese guy’s credit card — and failed to sign his name in the proper Taiwanese manner with the surname first, thereby inadvertently ruining his friend’s alibi. The denouement of this sequence results in what will in all probability be the only car chase in “The Good Wife” history. It’s the battle of the luxury sedans driven by people with no high-speed driving experience whatsoever! Alicia (Julianna Margulies) quickly gives up on chasing down her fleeing client then, with new associate Caitlin (Anna Camp) acting as her conscience, tells Cary (Matt Czuchry) where he is headed.

Speaking of Caitlin, despite Alicia’s misgivings about hiring her, she turns out to be a tremendous asset. Her knowledge of Booze Cruises and social networking helps uncover key information about the case. However, Alicia was also right to be wary of her. After less than a week on the job, Caitlin is flirting with Will (Josh Charles), like a skinny, blonde Monica Lewinsky. Wow. She’s already a nepotism hire, and she wants to sleep with a partner. She’s the new love-to-hate character. First Celeste, now Caitlin. Why do women whose names start with the letter C want Will?

Does Alicia have reason to be insecure about her relationship? Her own ambivalence certainly is not drawing Will any closer to her. Her children are suddenly wondering about her social life. When Zach (Graham Phillips) drops by the office to fix Alicia’s computer, Will stops by for the most awkward chat in the history of small talk. Afterward, the savvy kid asks Alicia to buy him a car. When Will offers to have dinner with her kids and actually act like a normal boyfriend, Alicia tells him it is not necessary. Yes, she has to keep their relationship quiet because she is still legally married and because of the complications that would arise at work if they went public, but she doesn’t seem to want their relationship to become any more serious than it is now.

Eli (Alan Cumming) talks his ex-wife Vanessa (Parker Posey), a driven public relations executive, initially because he hopes she can help with the case involving the Taiwanese diplomat’s son. It turns out that Vanessa is considering running for state senator. Eli asks Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) to vet Vanessa, which is the worst idea that he has ever had. Kalinda learns that Vanessa cheated on him while they were married with an executive from Dubai named Omar Tate. That’s not what’s politically damaging. It turns out that Omar’s original last name was Bin Laden. Kalinda, the woman formerly known as Leila, can understand why a person would choose to change his name and start over. Eli’s reaction is angrier, funnier and demonstrates a lack of understanding of human biology.

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Cary falls for yet another attractive African American ADA, Dana. Matan (Chris Butler) warns her that Cary has a taste for chocolate. When she asks him about it, Cary’s like, “That allegation is ridiculous, unless, of course, you find it hot.” She does. They make out in the front seat of his car. Matan seems to have it out for Cary. He moves him from an office into a cubicle. Just when it looks like Cary is going to turn into Milton from “Office Space,” ranting about how his red stapler was stolen, Matan shows him his big, shiny new office, complete with a name plate proclaiming him a Deputy State’s Attorney. That’s a game changing name change.

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