Ordinarily, I would revolt from a show with a title like The Good Wife. There was a time-and-place for the saucy domestic antics of Desperate Housewives, and I firmly feel that time has passed.
But The Good Wife, while still comfortably fitting the mould of legal drama, has stood up as a consistently compelling show that never resorts to cheap tricks or improbable cliffhangers to keep viewers interested. Here are the moments in Season 3 that kept us watching:
Diane's love interests
Christine Baranski is an overwhelmingly brilliant actress who has been given latitude to test her range in the show. She's finally getting the limelight she deserves, with her character Diane batting off an array of what can only be described as "suitors". A memorable scene with the enigmatic Jack Copeland (Bryan Brown) in the art museum (where he chats her up and then proceeds to serve her) had me hitting rewind.
She's a classy dame, who proves it regularly:
Alicia playing Louis like a video game
Michael J Fox definitely doesn't get enough time on small-screens these days, so we'll take whatever we can get. His appearance as an ethically-compromised lawyer who believes that everyone has a price (even Alicia) had us cheering for the bad guy. But he lost out eventually, when Alicia revealed that she did have a price - but one Louis couldn't afford.
Kalinda being... Kalinda
If you say you don't have a crush on Kalinda, you're lying. She did what she does best for pretty much the entire third season: maintained an immoveable poker face that somehow always compels her subjects to open up with sensitive information - while striding about in thigh high boots. But perhaps our fave scene all season saw her being mistaken for Will's secret squeeze by his nosey sisters.
Stacie puttin' the moves on Eli
Whip-smart and cutthroat, Eli is a scene-stealing character who is terrible at making friends. So it was even more surprising to see him bond with his arch-rival, Stacie Hall (guest star Amy Sedaris), in an almost-bizarre, completely comical scene involving Irish coffee. Well, the whipped cream on top of it. Fans of the show will remember that it was clutzy rather than steamy.
The finale of the third season of The Good Wife airs tonight on M-Net at 20:30.
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