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Guest Star Goodness

Guest Star Goodness: The Good Wife “Everything is Ending” 

Everything is Ending
Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/CBS

How good was the season five premiere of CBS’ The Good Wife? It was pretty amazing even though it wasn’t anything like I thought it was going to be.

I had thought that the fourth-year associates would have already struck out on their own. But the way this show is doing things, it’s so much better. Alicia needs to stick around to fight this potentially heartbreaking death row case. And the rest of the associates — led by Carey #2 (Ben Rappaport) — want to stick around for their bonuses. They, apparently, want it all.

Needless to say, things are really tense for Alicia (and for me) as she navigates this latest case and sneaks secret meetings with Cary into her schedule. Meanwhile the sublimely sleazy David Lee is on to them. And he secures Kalinda’s help to dig into the cell phone records for the runaway associates. It’s not something she wants to do but has no choice. That Lee is so smart and dastardly and I love him for his deviousness and his greed.

Everything is Ending
Photo Credit: David Giesbrecht/CBS

I don’t know about you guys but when Will calls her in to meet with all the partners, I was scared s–tless. So much so that I had to hit pause. I just couldn’t watch it. I contemplated fast forwarding the scene but that would have been weak of me. Eventually I manned up (or wo-manned up) and hit play.

And while it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, it wasn’t good either. Alicia had to lie to the rest of the partners. She told them she knew nothing of what was going on with the fourth-year associates. They want her to get close to them and find out what’s going on. As difficult as that was for me to watch, that was my Moment of Goodness right there. Alicia’s not in a good place. She’s a partner so she has to think of them. But she’s also planning to exit stage left and she needs to think about that as well.

I don’t know how she’s doing this all. When I saw Alicia working alongside Will and Diane on the death row case, I kept thinking that this is where she needs to be. That she can’t leave Lockhart Gardner. But the thing is, is I also love the way she works with Cary and I think they make a great team. I’m torn. Alicia’s very much torn. This is drama at its finest.

OK. Let’s get on to the Guest Star Goodness.

Malik Yoba
The Character
: Eddie, the convicted murderer about to be executed. This case actually brought me to tears. Thanks to Diane, Will and Alicia as well as his rolling veins (plus a snitch/reluctant witness and Will’s quick thinking), he is still alive. Each attempt to get Eddie’s execution delayed was suspenseful and intense and Lockhart Gardner really came through for him.
TV Credits: Yoba was excellent on The Good Wife, wasn’t he? It was a surprise to me that he was even part of the season premiere. I guess I hadn’t read any articles or anything so, yeah, it was a wonderful surprise to see him. His TV credits include the late great series New York Undercover. There was also a short-lived TNT drama about stockbrokers called Bull. He did several episodes of UPN’s Girlfriends and was memorable as Ice, the bounty hunter/party planner on FOX’s Arrested Development. More recently he did two seasons of Syfy’s Alphas. I’m still crushed that show got cancelled after a stellar second season and gigantic never-to-be-resolved cliff-hanger. And he did an arc on NBC’s Revolution.

Jeffrey Tambor
The Character
: Judge Kluger. He presided over the attempts to get a delay of execution. Kluger didn’t really take any bull. Love how this show casts its judges with actors we know and love.
TV Credits: What hasn’t Tambor been in? Let’s just hit a few of the highlights. Back in 1979, he played the snobby and smug as hell Jeffrey P, Brookes III on The Ropers. He actually donned a judges’ robe on several episodes of Hill Street Blues. He was Larry’s sidekick, Hank, on another great series, The Larry Sanders Show. But, my favorite role of his is George Bluth, the morally bankrupt patriarch of the Bluth family on Arrested Development.

Melissa George
The Character
: Marilyn, Peter’s in-house ethics counsel. Eli warned Peter that Marilyn’s a sexy woman and it wouldn’t be prudent for them to be working side by side considering the new governor’s past. Initially, Peter didn’t agree. But in the end, he felt he needed to get her out of the way. Who wants to take bets that this decision will backfire big time?
TV Credits: Here in America, the Aussie actress is probably best known for playing Lauren Reed on Alias; Dr. Sadie Harris on Grey’s Anatomy and Sam Hunter in the spy mini-series that aired on Cinemax called Hunted.

Molly Price
The Character
: Lena, the attorney that faced Will and Diane in court and tried real hard not to hold up Eddie’s execution.
TV Credits: Molly Price is best known as playing Officer Faith Yokas on NBC’s Third Watch. More recently she’s been on Deception, Elementary, Shameless and Bionic Woman.

Maddie Corman
The Character
: The clerk whose brother was the prison broker that sold false information to the snitch.
The Actress: She’s a face I recognized but I just couldn’t pinpoint where I’ve seen her before. Even looking at her credits I’m not totally sure. I think it must have been from playing Eric Stoltz’s sister in the movie Some Kind of Wonderful and/or from playing a Womynist in the party flick PCU. She’s also appeared in a couple episodes of Smash and guest-starred on Law & Order (the Original, SVU and Criminal Intent), Damages and Silk Stalkings.

Ben Rappaport
The Character
: The other Carey that works at Lockhart Gardner. He is one of the more vocal fourth-year associates branching out with Cary and Alicia.
TV Credits: Rappaport was the manager that was sent to India to oversee a staff of customer service reps in the short-lived NBC sitcom Outsourced. He also guest starred on CBS’ Elementary.

Barry Scheck appeared as himself — he’s one of the lawyers made famous during the O.J. Simpson trial. He was on Simpson’s defense team. On The Good Wife, he was a friend of Cary’s father. Cary called Barry to get help for their death row case.

 The Good Wife airs Sundays on CBS at 9/8c.

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