Although it’s been showered with Emmy nominations and critical praise, “The Good Wife” has gotten a little lost on Sunday night in the midst of cable’s big guns—HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire,” Showtime’s final season of “Dexter,” “Ray Donovan” and the new “Masters of Sex,” AMC‘s “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead”—but it remains the perfect example of what network TV does best, tearing its narratives from the day’s headlines.
With the fifth season of “The Good Wife” premiering last month, Streampix is the place to go to not only catch up on the previous four iterations, but to also see each new episode as it becomes available. The latest installment, “The Bit Bucket,” the second of the year, finds tension ratcheting up at Lockhart Gardner, with a group of fourth-year partners, including star Julianna Margulies; Alicia Florrick, ready to ankle the firm to start up their own, while desperately trying to keep the move a secret from Josh Charles’ Will Gardner and Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart, who is distracted by her own bid to be a judge on the state Supreme Court. [Watch here]
The year’s second episode continues to track the law firm’s defense of ChumHum, a fictional Google-like search engine, and its head, “The Big C”’s wonderful Emmy-nominated John Benjamin Hickey, against the NSA (National Security Agency), who have made public the site’s cooperation with their demands for information about its users. “The Bit Bucket” opens with a pair of young agents listening in on phone calls to and from the firm—not as a result of the prior case, but because Lockhart Gardner has been defending a suspected terrorist, Danny Marwat, who insists he was brought in to Afghanistan by the Taliban solely as a translator. This eavesdropping opens up a Pandora’s Box of possible illegalities, including phone calls from the Somali girlfriend of Alicia’s son, apparently the daughter of a suspected Hamas sympathizer, which allows the agency to step up the surveillance on the firm. Now, that should be fun.
“Arrested Development” and “The Larry Sanders Show” co-star Jeffrey Tambor plays Judge Kluger, presiding over the ChumHum case, as the government invokes issues of “national security” in order to defend themselves against the lawsuit, which seeks $3 billion worth of damages from users who’ve stopped using the service after its relationship with the NSA was revealed.
Trying to keep their defection a secret, Alicia discovers her mom (the free-drinking, free-spending Stockard Channing) has surreptitiously put down a $140k down payment on a new suite of offices, a move that has former “Deadwood” cast member Zach Grenier’s David Lee, her estate planner at the firm, awfully suspicious. Archie Panjabi’s in-house investigator Kalinda Sharma, who is apparently not being asked to move with the others, is also wondering what’s going on.
Meanwhile, Diane is being pressured by Alan Cumming’s sleazy political consultant (and hatchet man) Eli Gold to throw her partner Will under the bus in an interview with reporter Mandy Post (the returning Miriam Shot) in order to secure her nomination to be a state Supreme Court judge. Opposing her is recalcitrant Chief Justice Virgil Ryvlan (“The Walking Dead”’s Jeffrey DeMunn), who is playing a power game with Chris Noth’s Illinois Governor elect Peter Florrick by withholding his support.
After Peter warns Ryvlan he better support Diane—or else—Eli tries to tell her she doesn’t have to do the interview, but it’s too late… Lockhart’s apparently already spilling her guts about Will to the reporter, which threatens to tear apart the firm.
As you can tell, the fifth season of “The Good Wife” promises massive upheaval, government interference and frayed ties among former colleagues—the recipe for an intriguing series of events that threatens the very fabric of Lockhart Gardner.