Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 5, Episode 3 of CBS' "The Good Wife," titled "A Precious Commodity."
Now this is "The Good Wife" I've come to know and love. The case of the week -- an abortion/surrogacy case -- and the bubbling drama at the firm combined to make an intriguing and thought-provoking hour of TV.
Alicia was working with Donna Moss from "The West Wing" -- Janel Moloney -- on a surrogacy case. It was discovered the baby would be born with a birth defect and the biological parents decided to abort the baby, but the surrogate decided against it. Alicia took on the case of the surrogate pro bono and Tom from "Smash" -- Christina Borle -- represented the parents. David Lee took an interest so he could sue the hospital, without telling the surrogate of course. He's so wonderfully immoral. The longer Alicia sticks around, the more disenchanted she gets. In the end, they determined the fetus was too old to be aborted. The surrogate wasn't trying to keep the baby, just protect it, she said. It was an interesting case that really asked the characters (and the audience) to think about the issue.
Will vs. Diane. Oh boy, this was great. Diane confessed to Will about the interview, which prompted him to get the ball rolling on pushing her out. She's not going without a fight. Finally, some meaty stuff for Christine Baranski to sink her teeth into. She's not disappointing. Diane rejected all the exit packages, but Will said she'll settle before being sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice. This whole thing put Alicia in an even more precarious situation. She's already in murky waters with her exit, but it's getting even more potentially scandalous. Will asked Alicia to become managing partner of ... Gardner & Associates? She was tempted by the offer, but Cary quickly pointed out that if she was leaving the firm to get away from Will ... working directly under him as managing partner is the complete opposite.
As everything starts to come together -- Alicia and Cary's exit, Diane's exit -- the tension is sizzling. You can feel the walls closing in on Alicia, and Julianna Margulies expertly conveys the deep feelings of conflict with simple facial expressions.
Kalinda doesn't knowwwwwwww. Loved the scene between Robyn and Kalinda. Our favorite bat-swinging investigator didn't know her former BFF was leaving with Cary. The look of hurt on her face was palpable. Looking forward to seeing Alicia and Kalinda interact ... soon, I hope.
"The Good Wife" is as exciting as ever.
Gasp count: 1.
Some other things:
Ethics, ethics, ethics. Peter brought back Marilyn to the ethics committee, despite her good looks. Looking forward to seeing her become a foil for Eli.
The Grace being hot storyline could be good ... or another disaster. Jury is still out on that. Pun!
What's the deal with the screaming goat video? Zach had it on his computer this week, the NSA guys last week.
Alicia eating yogurt reading comments on the Internet was the best. It's going to be my new reaction GIF as soon as I find the GIF.
"It's the final offer, Diane."
"No, it's the final offer when I accept it."
Carrie Preston is back next week!
"The Good Wife" airs Sundays, 9 p.m. ET on CBS.