This week’s episode of The Good Wife, entitled “Cleaning House,” offered us everything the series does best:
• Alicia accused of an ethical violation that had a connection to Peter (it’s always a good Good Wife when Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth have to confer professionally and as husband-and-wife)
• A juicy case with an unexpected co-counsel and an excellent guest judge (disco stampede deaths + Ecstasy + PCP + Griffin Dunne + the return of Mamie Gummer = superb!)
• A tense scene with Cary at his most oleaginous (Matt Czuchry taking a pause to sip water, pinky extended, during a tense moment, as Alicia and Will roll their eyes? Priceless)
• Kalinda smashing Blake’s car with a baseball bat
• A surprise ending (yay for the return of Anika Noni Rose!)
• A solid scene for Christine Baranski (Diane’s face-off with Kate Burton’s corrupt judge was transfixing; what other show on TV lets you watch two exceptional actresses in this age demo really go at it, in a subtle way?)
• Edward Herrmann! (looking very fit and lively in these post-Gilmore Girls days)
• Will cozying up to girlfriend Tammy as Alicia looks on, blank-faced but dying a little inside (so good, always, to see Elizabeth Reaser outside of the Twilight saga)
• A diner meeting between Peter and Glenn Childs (Noth and Titus Welliver doing a mini-homage to Heat)
• And Kalinda smashing a car with a baseball bat. Oh, wait — I mentioned that already, didn’t I? Well, let me add, then: Bonus points for the scene with Scott Porter’s Blake making the rarely-heard-on-TV phrase “ham-fisted” sound positively racy.
As written by show creators Robert and Michelle King, this has to rank among, if not the, best editions of The Good Wife, don’t you think?