Vegas the TV show ended. It was reported on this site; not objectively. I didn’t take it well, all the usual suspects: shock, confusion and bewilderment. You know what comes next, sadness, lethargy, anxiety, depression.
There were a precious few episodes that didn’t get deleted. But it was over and I knew it. Onward, but to what? I tried this and that but with no real satisfaction.
Then one day I saw an ad on TV for The Good Wife. What got my attention was Mr. Big from Sex and the City.
Chris Noth as Mr. Big in Sex and the City
Mr. Big didn’t treat Carrie very well. Would he somehow redeem himself and turn out to be her prince after all? Year after year I waited. They were difficult years.
After the TV show ended the story continued in the movies. Would karma finally catch up with him? It didn’t.
But there was light at the end of that tunnel. Maybe karma doesn’t always arrive in a lifetime. As I was soon to discover, Mr. Big was not so big after all. And the void in my TV viewing life was about to be filled by The Good Wife, a lawyer show. I’ve liked lawyer shows ever since Perry Mason; more recently, LA Law, Ally McBeal, and Boston Legal.
So Mr. Big is a lawyer now.
As it turned out, The Good Wife offered more than just another look at Mr. Big, a lot more.
I kept the faith, believed in a higher power and CBS came to the rescue.
Any good show starts with the writing. And then the characters.
The star, Alicia Florrick: The Good Wife:
Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
Married to, yes, Mr. Big reinvented as The Bad Husband:
Chris Noth as Peter Florrick
There he is again, seated next to his wife…wait a minute. I don’t like the look of this.
The thing about karma though…
Mr. Big, er Florrick, in the slammer
Meanwhile, his good wife is out and about, working to support the family.
Alicia Florrick with her boss Will Gardner, played by Josh Charles
All work and no play make for a dull day.
Never mind, Alicia deserves a little fun after that husband of hers took full advantage of the accoutrements at his office. So Mr. hot shot philandering man about town Big, all the lying and cheating finally caught up with you.
Current news items are often used in the stories. One of the best was “Executive Order 13224” from season 3.
Here is a lady I haven’t seen since the sitcom Cybill ended in the 90s. She just keeps getting better.
Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart, a senior partner at the firm
These lawyers do go to court sometimes [yawn].
Comic relief: Peter Florrick’s campaign manager, Eli Gold, managing a crisis as only he can.
Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
Honourable mention to bad guy Lemond Bishop. There is always tension when Lemond is around. Easy on the eyes tension.
Mike Colter as Lemond Bishop
Many recurring guests weave their way through the episodes. Some of my favourites: Michael J. Fox, Rita Wilson, Stockard Channing, Nathan Lane.
This season we meet Johnny Elfman, hired by Eli to work on Alicia’s campaign for State’s Attorney.
Johnny Elfman, played by Steven Pasquale, discusses strategy with Eli
I wonder what is in store for Alica.