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The Good Wife recap: 'Executive Order 13224'

Things get grizzly as Alicia confronts Homeland Security in ‘Executive Order 13224’

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Good Wife
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The Good Wife

TV Show
run date:
43 minutes
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth
Current Status:
Off Air

Lockhart Gardner lawyers aren’t always great at dealing with pesky human emotions. And, frankly, neither is The Good Wife.

Lately, there’s been so much feeling going on — Will confessing his love for Alicia, Eli insisting that he was betrayed by his ex, Diane experiencing pangs of guilt about limiting her pro bono cases — that I sometimes long for the days when everyone could put all that personal drama aside and concentrate on what’s really important: winning.

Also: keeping your cell phone on vibrate when you’re having a “late lunch” with your boyfr… I mean, boss. But mostly: winning.

So I was thrilled to see everyone get way more aggressive this week. The best part? Will versus Peter in a fight to the death! Or maybe just a fight to… harsh words? “You’re pitiful,” snarls Will at Peter. “Get a pair of balls and throw a punch.”

But they’re not the only ones acknowledging some tension between them. After hearing Alicia’s annoying heymompickupthephone! ring in the background during a phone call with Will, Diane’s pushing harder against her partner’s not-so-secret relationship. (Though, according to that sexual harassment video, “pushing harder against” might not be the most appropriate turn of phrase.) Plus, Alicia’s making the Treasury Secretary’s job so difficult, he’ll soon be stress-eating his way through his billionth box of red velvet cupcakes.

Let’s start with Alicia’s case, since it poses what might be the stickiest problem. Normally, Alicia’s only concerned with the best interests of her client and (by extension) the firm. But this week, things are getting more complicated. What’s good for the client isn’t necessarily what’s good for the firm. And, worse, what’s good for the firm isn’t necessarily what’s good for Alicia.

Representing Danny Marwat, an American translator who’s been working in Afghanistan, Diane and Alicia set out to prove that the American government tortured their client. But after Glenn Childs invokes Executive Order 13224, which forces Alicia to share any information with Treasury Secretary Higgs, Alicia’s in a rough spot. Meeting with Higgs (who’s never not eating cupcakes), Alicia learns that she must report everything from Danny’s mentions of a particular region in Afghanistan to any possible conflicts of interest with Lockhart Gardner’s Middle Eastern employees. So much for attorney-client privilege.

Maybe Eli “My Semen Mixed with Bin Laden’s!” Gold should watch his back. Technically, isn’t he a terrorist already?

NEXT: “Do Not Poke the Bear! But Do Feed the Rat!” and Other Animal Metaphors, by Will Gardner