Just Bananas About: Week of 5/7/12

It’s May and that only means one thing on American TV.  Sweeps!  Basically it’s when TV ratings matter more because it determines the advertisers and how programs are scheduled.  The networks NEED to please you, the viewers, and therefore a lot of shows air their finales during this time.  The Good Wife already had their finale last week but it was so good that I’d be remiss not to mention it.  The show itself always surprises and thrills me even though we’re in the 3rd season but the finale definitely up the ante yet again.  I don’t know how a show could be this consistently good.

So many things happened over the course of Season 3.  Alicia (Juliana Marguiles) got her affair with Will (Josh Charles).  They ended thinking Alicia would end up back with Peter but Will has just discovered that Alicia and Peter are separated.  Where does that leave them?

Cary (Matt Czuchry), who was so gungho to get back at Lockhart & Gardner for choosing Alicia over him, ended back up at Lockhart & Gardner after working for Peter at the States Attorney’s Office.  Kalinda and her past, threatened her friendship with Alicia, threatened her life and she straddled both sides that coin.  There were so many interesting guest stars from Michael J. Fox to Anika Noni Rose to Matthew Perry.  I have a love/hate relationship with a lot of them.  On the one hand, I really, really hate their characters as they often go up against one of our beloved main characters.  I despise Wendy Scott Carr (Anika Noni Rose) but love the actress.  Oooh, her condescending tone of voice as Wendy makes me cringe.  Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) often plays the sympathy card with his condition of tardive dyskinesia which causes him to make involuntary movements.  Yes, I had to look that up.  He explains his condition so many times that I often tune that out now because he tries to feign honesty when the reality is he’s very underhanded.  Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) does the same thing, except she used to use her pregnancy and now she uses her baby.  Then there’s the happy, plucky Stacy Hall (Amy Sedaris) that tries to one-up Eli all the time.  It’s funny to see the two go at each other and then “go” at each other.  Now we’ve got to deal with the office politics of Lockhart & Gardner as everyone is trying to push Will out in order to secure his spot as partner at the law firm as Diane (Christine Baranski) tries to fight the naysayers.

The show knows how to bring us an element of wit and humor amongst the seriousness of the cases.  While Will is now no longer with Alicia, it doesn’t make it any less awkward when Peter (Chris Noth) and Will see each other.  In the finale, they ride up to the offices in an elevator together.

Then, Alicia is at the entrance to greet Peter.

Next, Peter’s campaign manager, Eli (Alan Cumming) happens to walk by and see the trio of them.

Does it end there?  No, because Cary walks by and happens on his former boss, Peter, even though he’s moved back to Lockhart & Gardner.

Patti’s baby wheels herself through this minefield of a crowd.

Finally, rounding out the merry crew is Kalinda.  She is connected to every single one of those characters either romantically or as a work colleague.  I love that Eli welcomes her with open arms and says it’s a surprise party for her.

Which brings me to the mystery behind Kalinda’s past.  She’s a smart, tough investigator but whenever the subject about her past is brought up, there’s a flicker of fear in her eyes.  She used to be married and according to her, he is not a nice guy.  In this episode, he had placed intimidating phone calls to Alicia at the office and then at home.

At first, Kalinda thought the easiest thing would be to bolt.  She had hidden weapons and cash in the walls of her bare apartment.  However, she’s made friends here.

We have yet to put a face to that voice and the drama is looking to cast the part but I can’t wait.  We know one thing for sure.  Kalinda won’t go down without a fight.

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