This is Part Two of my analysis of The Good Wife. I’ll quickly do a character list and why I find them so interesting and are integral to the overall storylines. I’ll highlight the segue from Season One to Two and how pleasantly surprised I am by the addition of certain characters who’ve become key players on the show.
As a sidebar none of this would matter if the show hadn’t been experiencing an uptick in viewers. SO far The Good Wife has won its timeslot and key demographics and they’re not quite one third into the season. It’s Novembers Sweeps and they’re killing it. I know why: Wendy Scott-Carr, but I’ll discuss the addition of my new Shero (besides Kalinda of course) further into the post to maintain some continuity.
Season One was so good I of course wondered what direction Season Two would go in. It’s moved in an entirely different direction without abandoning its core characters or betraying the audience. Yes, we’re all waiting to find out when Alicia and Will get together. I’m stating it as a forgone conclusion because I think the audience wants the payoff. The writers are just not going to give it to us yet and it may not happen the way we want.
The WOMEN of “The Good Wife”:
Mama Florrick (Jackie) – I’ve got one word to describe Peter’s mother: FORMIDABLE. The way she maneauvered the very ruthless but capable political advisor/campaign manager Eli Gold and had him crying unkle by the end of last season with her order, “You will report to me.” had me rolling!
The other scene that I LOVED LOVED LOVED was also during S1 Ep. 23. CBS won’t allow any stray copies floating around the internet so you have to go to their website to watch the entire episode. I wish they had made a clip of this scene but here’s the dialog. I’m mentioning it NOW because this will be used later in the post.
Peter needs the BLACK VOTE aka black women and he’s gone to a pillar of the black church to get it. Only this misleader won’t give his endorsement to the Florrick campaign but has been counseling him for “spiritual” development. Think Jesse Jackson & Clinton and you’ll get the idea of how legit this is, but Pastor Junior actually thinks he has the Speed Dial to Jesus and is doing some good. Mama Florrick has a certain amount of disdain for her daughter-in-law as if she thinks Alicia is somehow to blame for her son cheating on her with a prostitute. At least that’s what I’ve gleaned, you may think differently.
By this time Mama has had enough of Peter’s navel gazing and wants to ensure that he will run for his old job again NOW not 4 years later. She seems to hate the idea that her son might actually *sniff* reassess his values. So here’s how part one of this scene plays out. She has words for Eli Gold about his need to screen people he lets have access to Peter because her son is “easily influenced”. Oh boy! Next she goes to shoot down the Pastor.
Mrs. Florrick: You said you are a man of God, then stop making him feel this way.
Pastor Isaiah: What way is that, mam?
Mrs. Florrick: Like he’s a bad man
Pastor Isaiah: He is a bad man. I am bad man, even you Mrs. Florrick.
Mrs. Florrick: Who do you think you are? You think you know people. You just use the same words with everyone, you just say God and you think you can make people feel bad about themselves.
Pastor Isaiah: Mrs. Florrick, your son approached me. He asked advice from me. I will continue to offer that advice.
Mrs. Florrick: And I will do everything in my power to stop you. You do not know my son, this is a phase, you are a phase.
Pastor Isaiah: Then, we’ll see.
Mrs. Florrick: No, you will see. He is running this year. He is my blood and I do not know what your God does, but it does not match that.
Earlier she tore into Eli:
Mrs. Florrick: Mr. Gold, there’s one thing you need to know about my son. He’s easily moved. You need to pre-screen the people who see him. And I will talk to this man. Plan on making the announcement at the end of the week.
Mrs. Florrick: Mr. Gold, are you good?
Eli Gold: Am I good? I’m the best, m’am.
Mrs. Florrick: I will need you to be.
That scene was so funny to watch because Eli was completely gobsmacked. He was so out of his element and Eli has the confidence of a man who can fly. This is how intimidating Jackie Florrick is and because she’s grandma with pearls people would mistakenly dismiss her!
She was confronting this young preacher about not causing her son to think less of himself and I was under the impression she doesn’t want Peter to do any course-correction. Men with social, monetary and political capital are just as flawed as the rest of us but perhaps their foibles (or successes) will have greater impact when one is a high-profile individual jockeying for power.
The purpose of Peter’s meeting with the preacher was a calculated move sanctioned by Eli but something about their meetings had the potential to touch Peter. Also, said preacher man made it clear his counsel would not be relegated to photo ops and surface posturing. He actually expected to administer religious guidance. Like I said the show has many layers.
LESSON: I still think about that scene and I’ve come to realize how this applies to Black Women. All of your church-going/committee-attending/volunteering without reciprocity is MAKING YOU WEAK. This is one of the purest forms of “idol” worship that the Bible warns against. It’s sacrificing yourself at the altar of the black community, black male patriarchy and martyrism. Has your “God” decreed a special commandment that only pertains to black women that states they must give up their time and youth supporting other people’s causes and do so for FREE? I mean if these were paid positions one could at least say it’s a second job and treat it accordingly – but supposedly this is in service for a “higher power” and higher calling.
So I have a question: what about all the other women from other ethnic and racial groups? They attend religious services and institutions. They help other people with their causes, too. Why aren’t they mostly single, never-married, with a majority OOW children and counting?
Does “God” have a beef with black women or are many of us following unspoken rules set by others, to benefit others all used in vain? I mean if we’re going to get serious most religions discuss some form of abstinence before marriage scenario. If black women were to actually adhere to that tenet and not sex any man who they weren’t married to wouldn’t that still mean the majority of black women would then be married interracially or other ethnicities of black males who’d marry them and have left the majority of AA BM alone since they don’t attend church and don’t value marriage? OR are BW only to remain single and virgins, lol!!! Where’s the balance?
Pastor Isaiah Really Is A Phase!
I was going to do this as a separate post but the latest episode brought the religious leader (in his mind) back into the mix. OMG! I nearly peed my pants and caught the Holy Ghost over the plot twist and free fall off the cliff the writers gave us with that storyline! Just when we were wondering when he was going to reappear he does for S2E7. Again, I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it through the end of this season because the creative team has throwing down the gauntlet HARD.
(Secret Ratings Weapon) Wendy-Scott Carr:
I think I’m in love with a fictional character and I want her to be a real person so I can vote for her and heck I don’t even know what her platform is exactly. I don’t care. She’s awesome!
I LOVE Anika Noni Rose’s portrayal as well!
WS-C was just a bit player as part of the legal team for the current State’s Attorney Glen Childs when they attended a deposition at Lockhart/Gardner-Bond (LG/B). She was slick (using honied tones to try to ensnare the opposition) – but it was a mere blip to the other storylines that episode. Or so the writers had us thinking. They’d decided to introduce a MAJOR PLAYER on the sly! Then when word of a third candidate emerges the Florrick and Childs’ campaign both think it’s a current Judge, the only woman Judge mind you who is a frenemy of Diane’s from Season One, but oh no! She announces there will be a woman running to clean house and the little upstart that could is none other than Wendy Scott-Carr. When Peter’s formidable Campaign Manager Eli Gold asked who she was it was the question heard ‘round the world!
Why We Love Wendy Scott-Carr:
Her mother and grandmother helped usher in Civil Rights and worked as domestics. She’s a good lawyer. She’s a married mom of two and a breast cancer survivor. Oh yeah and her husband is white! She has helped the black community and wants to kick it up a notch. She’s the living embodiment of the BWE-BW-IRR messaging about black women taking their rightful place as leaders in reciprocal relationships. She’s clean, articulate and feminine. And did I mention tiny? She’s like an ant. The Florrick campaign was weighing whether to use her interracial marriage against her but went with her plastic surgery instead, passing along the information to the opposing team and her former boss who quickly put together a spoof video ridiculing her on the internet. I found it interesting how these males decided to set aside their competitiveness and animosity to take down a woman and a black woman no less. This was after Florrick tried to broker a back-room deal with her and she turned him down. I mention this because of the Pastor Isaiah connection. Remember Florrick needs black women voters to win and WS-C running means he has no guarantee of that anymore. Plus neither team realizes WS-C’s “elective surgery for vanity” was actually reconstructive surgery she’d had done after a double mastectomy. You know so she coould remain ALIVE for her husband and kids. They shot….and misfired and made it look like the two established white males were ganging up on the newbie black woman. Oh, but wait they’re not done. And neither is she.
WS-C is not a pushover. She approached Eli Gold about leaving Florrick and working for her because Peter is running out of money! POW! Even Eli looked surprised and maybe a little impressed. WS-C is playing to win ya’ll! This brings me back to Pastor Isaiah.
Florrick went trolling for a black (male) pastor strictly for appearance to curry favor for votes. As Eli stated without black women voters he didn’t stand a chance of winning re-election. Only this pastor has a bit of a Messiah complex as he thinks he can save Peter’s soul while he bounces back from the sex scandal. He even offered to counsel Alicia to which she pointedly refused. Didn’t Jackie say something about watching who Peter was introduced to because he was easily swayed? Well, the political positioning has allegedly became a moral call to arms where this Pastor (thinks) he’s actually guiding Peter spiritually. Sure he is…until the day after Peter wins re-election then he’ll be all healed. I mean the ego and naivete of this minister is just so darn typical and disappointing. Mind you this is my analysis from reading between the lines and following the behavior of the black church and their political/spiritual alliances with certain white male Presidents and is very telling.
Pastor Junior has a daddy though who was the leader of this church and had stepped down. The writers have a sense of humor naming him Jeremiah. He may not be officially running thangs but is still observing everything. Junior is still spiritually guiding Peter but now Eli has come back again to request an endorsement. His Holiness can’t be tainted by such earthly concerns. At least until WS-C comes a-calling. She wants his endorsement as well. Only she seems to know a lot more about what the church actually does for the black community and needs more than Peter ever bothered to find out.
She cites specific initiaiteves and says if Junior endorses her she’ll make that church her home and give the community real access (pander-free). She didn’t get caught on film with a hooker or be charged with corruption but somehow she has cooties and you can see it by Junior’s scrunched up face he doesn’t appreciate Mrs. Married to A White Man coming to him for help. Yes, I’m going there. He calls Eli and says he’ll give the Florrick campaign his endorsement. So, all of that “I only offer spiritual guidance” went out the door because the SISTA ASKED FOR HELP and he had to CHOOSE PANDERING TO A WHITE MALE FOR APPROVAL INSTEAD. What do we talk about when we’re not talking about how BM denigrate BW? We discuss how they view us as their COMPETITION. So much for God. Choosing the man you “know” is using you is better than helping a black woman get ahead? Um, ok then! So much for community uplift. ** This is why I LOVE THIS SHOW!!!
But wait…we’re not done. I saw there were 8 minutes left and I knew the writers had a bomb to drop before the end of the episode. Yes, the Diane/Will/Derrick Equity Partner uncoupling was interesting (more on that later) but we saw that one coming from a mile away. Nope, the thing that had me simultaneously screaming, jumping out my seat and doing the Happy Dance was when the next scene opened on Junior at a choir practice and to see the 100 League of Brothers rolling down the aisle with Daddy Jeremiah leading the pack. That was the executioner march.
Daddy wants to know why Junior would ensorse Florrick over Scott-Carr knowing she will deliver for the community. “She puts politics over religion!” he sneers. Nah son, you put your ego over common sense! And for some reason Junior thinks he’s got the very special Florrick Jesus Juice. The church leadership has decided it’s time for Daddy to be in charge again. Guess who’s going to get the “Lord & Christ” endorsement instead? It won’t be Peter! Notice how easily those votes are being taken for granted as well. Eli may be working for a new candidate next week after all. WS-C appears to have plans to actually reciprocate any support she receives from the black community (read that as: black women voters) unlike Peter Florrick who as far as we saw came down to the ‘hood once and promised nothing.
LESSON: Don’t let your ego submit a check you can’t cash
LESSON: Don’t give away your resources for a temporary pat on the head – especially don’t ignore the needs of your “flock” or yourself without a quid pro quo arrangement.
LESSON: Black males will give away the resources of black women for FREE so they may get ahead
LESSON: The writers did black women a huge service with this sub-plot and most won’t even get it
So apparently Jackie was right all along: Pastor Isaiah was a phase and he’s been phased out!
Oh and did I mention that there’s a defector in the Florrick home? Their 14 year-old daughter Grace likes Wendy Scott-Carr, too. In fact, because she was filmed saying show much she admires her it was enough of a concern that Eli went to Alicia so she could talk to her. POW!
Updated with rest of the post:
Kalinda Sharma: British actress Archie Punjabi is brilliant! You can still her accent sometimes – or maybe that’s just me noticing because I lived there. She played the older sister in the film Bend It Like Beckham. She has the Emmy to prove it. Considering this is her first main role in a US series it is an impressive combo of acting chops and excellent writing that paid off. The voting committee decided on her win perhaps about half-way through Season One, months before the ceremony. Kalinda is the no nonsense Investigator whose values are firmly intact. We’ve got this question mark about her sexual orientation or some other family secret she may be keeping OR using for another agenda. The writers haven’t revealed their purpose for this storyline yet. Two examples of her value system at play occurred during S2Ep 7 when Alicia asks if she’d let a relative go to prison for a crime they’d committed or take the fall for them and Kalinda responds if they were guilty of a crime – yes! The other incident was during the deportation case episode when Cary assumed Kalinda spoke Hindu AND that she would automatically be sympathetic to the family because they share a common background. Well Kalinda reminded Cary that she grew up in the United States with English as her main language and that when her parents emigrated they did so legally. I was surprised they wrote such an easy loyalty between the scrappy investigator and Alicia quite frankly. I was wondering how Alicia could trust someone so quickly. Kalinda strides up to SWAT and other law enforcement officers during active raids as if she served time working with them (which makes me wonder all the more about her backstory) in high heeled boots and a miniskirt! She is the one phone number you want to have in case you are in a jam. This work battle she’s having with the second investigator is one of my least favorite plots because something seems off but that might be the underpinning of the story itself. Personally, I’m waiting for him to go away! She is my favorite character on the show. Well…I think it may be split between her and Wendy Scott-Carr now, lol!
Diane Lockhart: Equity Partner of Lockhart/Gardner-Bond. She’s an elegant dresser befitting a woman of her stature and age, she has quirky taste in men (her ballistics expert beau gave her a copy of Sarah Palin’s autobiography just because) but she’s not petty and doesn’t hit you over the head with her “power”. I like her personality. She’s a born leader. Season One offered viewers a lesson in a real snatch and grab power play when she was offered a Judge appointment while being undermined by her “friends” the entire time. Just when I’d thought the writers were beginning to neglect her she’s been featured as First Chair in a few court cases as well. What has been interesting for Season Two is how she’s dealt with the emerging competition factor regarding the Gardner/Bond bond. It has also been amusing to see her reacting to their making sports references during meetings as this is clearly not where her interests lie. Now that one of the Senior Partners has clearly expressed his disdain for Derrick (can you do that when it’s someone who saved the law firm where you work?) we’ll see how this latest upheaval plays itself out. Season One already saw them lose their seasoned Equity Partner and nearly go belly up when he took one third of the business and tried to pilfer their key support staff.
Alicia Florrick: I’m almost loathe to say she is the heart of the show because she’s much steelier than that. I can’t quite pinpoint how I want to describe her. She’s obviously intelligent, fiercely protective of her teenage children and didn’t fall apart when her family was blown apart. She had to return to work and lucky for her she’s still well-connected. I’m fascinated by what held Peter and Alicia together in the first place when under the surface the audience can see that she is fully prepared to leave their marriage. The writers have hinted at a lack of closeness in her immediate family with the introduction of her brother this season and I’m dying to meet the parents. Speaking of…is Jackie a widow or is Peter’s father just out of the picture? Oh the things the writers are saving….
LESSON: Alicia Florrick is shrewd without ever coming across as a shrew. You follow suit.
Season One gave us a woman who was still reeling so I have no problem with her testing the waters with Will because Peter has not yet proven he’s reliable to me, only that he wants his job back because his entire identity is tied into certain social and political capital. He would never be satisfied merely being the Partner at a law firm for example. I trust the writers to take this romantic triangle somewhere we weren’t prepared to go.
LESSON: Appearances aren’t always what they seem.
The MEN of “The Good Wife”:
Peter Florrick: Chris Noth is so good in this role! I know many of us are torn about him playing a bastard because of his near iconic status as John James “Mr. Big” Preston from Sex and the City – but he’s an actor and needs to work. He does bring a certain gravitas to the role of a man who married his college sweetheart and years later publicly humiliated her and tore his family apart because of his selfishness. The jury is still out on whether he’s worthy of our support, which shows you how good an actor he is because it’s his delivery that makes you feel non-specifically uneasy. There’s something off but you can’t quite put your finger on it. As we know thanks to Momma, he has an ethical deficiency. I’m waiting for him to go head to head against Will in direct competition for Alicia. The viewers are now wondering if his campaign is over as well. I doubt it…..
The way the writers have made references to real political campaigns (Howard Dean) and backroom deals and the Party “leadership” throwing obstacles against candidates they don’t want (who might actually be GOOD for the people) makes for an interest survey into who is manipulating us as well.
LESSON: OTHER people will try pulling the strings at OUR expense so we need to be paying attention.
I like Chris Noth but I am #TeamWill all the way! I love when shows cast actors who are not easily recognizable for any previous work but are really good. They just needed the right project and timing. Josh Charles is the surprise heavy-hitter which I think applies to life. Despite appearances Alicia is still weighing her options when it comes to Peter. We as women who want proper male companionship need a man who can deliver across the board.
LESSON: It’s the “regular” (but achievement-oriented) guys who make the best partners for women who want long-term stability.
In celeb news Eva Longoria and Tony Parker have split because he was cheating amongst other things. Yet, he’d cheated before they got married. He plays with balls for a living, is young (28) and very good-looking. Perhaps he wasn’t the best candidate for a marriage that would span a lifetime but you never know. Maybe seven years is the best you can get in a situation like that.
Bringing it back to the show, Peter is a baller politician. He can’t stay away from the limelight. The temptations are sure to follow. When he’s offered an inside position with his political party conditioned on giving up his candidacy he can’t do it. He doesn’t want to accept how fragile the relationship with his wife really is. He thinks the can rewind the clock and she can go back to being Suzy Homemaker. I don’t think Alicia will ever allow herself to be put in such a vulnerable position again. The show hasn’t indicated the hooker scandal as the only time he’s cheated, just that it’s the first time Alicia has gotten wind of it. So we don’t know and my guess is that she’d be none too pleased if more indiscretions were revealed.
WILL GARDNER: Equity Partner and torch-carrier of Alicia’s for how long now? I get the sense Will is confident in his manhood and obviously very focused career-wise if he’s an owner at a major law firm. He certainly doesn’t hesitate to have his needs met as we see him with a string of (often younger) women, but that’s so he doesn’t grow a beard and become a serial killer. We need normal human interaction and..ahem other needs to be met if we are normally functioning people. Will is the type of man who puts all his energy into whatever he decides to achieve. Since he’s already declared his love for Alicia(!!) and said their timing was always off clearly his heart was never on the table for other women, BUT if it was he’d be a devoted lover, husband, protector and provider. The writers gave us a bit of his lion skills at work when Cary went after Alicia in the deposition hearing (that introduced us to Wendy Scott-Carr before we knew her name!) and this was after he thinks she’s rejected him in favor of remaining with her husband. I think a man like Will is 1) more communicative and 2) more loyal than a man like Peter because while he has an ego he doesn’t need the adoration of others to validate himself. Didn’t he tell Alicia that “he likes himself and who he is when he’s with her”? Real men of quality must aspire to be better than themselves around the right woman.
Yet, Will is not exactly squeaky clean either. The details of that past tie to new partner Derrick Bond that Kalinda uncovered has yet to be revealed. Speaking of, why hasn’t Bond tried a case yet? This situation needs to be played with the finesse of the opposing lawyer in Ep 6 who dropped the bombshell about the real settlement offer that was available to the firm. He was playing Chess and they were not, so their “win” was still a loss.
DERRICK BOND: We don’t know enough about him yet. Lots of women consider actor Michael Ealy the dreamboat factor the show was missing. I find myself comparing and contrasting him with Terrence Howard now that ol’ Senor Baby Wipes has stopped relaxing his hair. As for his character, he agreed to be the 3rd wheel and upstart to Diane and Will and save them from collapse since Vernon Jordan made an appearance in Season One and said he’d rather gut the firm than be their partner, haha! There’s an as-yet unrevealed connection between Will and Derrick and they may strike out on their own. Derrick is supposed to be a DC big shot and I’d like to see that instead of him buying iPads (still a stupid name) for the office or conducting staff evaluations and the ridiculous notion of them giving up prime office space for the Associates. Are you sure he was in DC and not LaLa Land? For all of the business Derrick has brought in why has he not tried a case in court yet? We need to see him in action. I’m.Just.Waiting.For.The.Payoff. Episode.I.Know.Is.Coming
ELI GOLD: Alan Cumming is playing one of the most butchest characters on television. Compare him in some of his other roles compared to this one and you’ll get what I mean. I was surprised he was elevated to Series Regular over Chris Noth but he’s such an interesting little man my curiosity is piqued. The only time his game is thrown is when he’s dealing with a strong woman. Just something to think about…..
The Resident Antagonists: Glen Childs & Cary Agos…and Blake, too!
Cary is a petulant sore loser and the fly that needs to be swatted – but I love Matt Czuchry’s portrayal. I don’t like his overuse of Botox though. What is it about the under-30 boys from the WB/CW starting so young? Cary was hired as an Associate at Lockhart Gardner just as Alicia was and told there would be a vetting process where only one would get to remain at the firm. He assumed he had it in the bag for as an unmarried, child-free adult he had more time to generate billable hours that Alicia did. Also, he’s a good lawyer. Alicia had to play to win and she did. He thought he had his whole life mapped out and one firing did him in. Now he’s agreed to work for the Florrick nemesis as an act of revenge and I say he should be glad he has a job and move on. They say women are petty? Jealousy thy name is Cary!
Cary: This was not fair. And I was stupid; I acted like it would be.
Glen Childs is Peter’s political nemesis who took over the State Attorney’s job and tried to keep him in prison. He’s certainly not above playing dirty, but the nasty divorce and his ex-wife’s selection of Alicia as her divorce attorney made for one amazing episode. Frick and Frack are fun to watch for entirely different reasons but Cary had better watch his back because he’s not nearly the shark Childs is – yet.
I forgot about Blake! He’s the second firm investigator brought over from Derrick Bond’s DC firm and from day one has had an agenda to move against Kalinda. I have NO IDEA where this stroyline is going but it makes me very uncomfortable because Kalinda is supposed to be unflappable! Also, the writers are hinting that he may be a physical threat as well so this has me stumped. He’s been alluding to her “hiding” her orientation but I don’t buy Kalinda as someone who’d be ashamed of being LGBT. There’s more to this storyline than we’ve been shown so far but we’ve got more than one dozen episodes to go!
DIVERSITY IN CASTING/STORY DEVELOPMENT:
The series didn’t have any black series regulars – and still don’t despite casting Michael Ealy as the new Equity Partner Derrick Bond – (hint hint about Anika Noni Rose to CBS) but they’ve had significant roles as the show has progressed. We need to let them know we’re the reason for their increased viewership and we’d like to be acknowledged appropriately. From the Senior partner played by Michael Boatman who changed allegiances when there was a near-mutiny at the firm last season, to the JAG officer who tried an acquitted criminal defendant in military court at Cary’s behest they make good use of characters.
The storyline about the Indian neighbors of Alicia whose mother got caught up in a deportation sting due to the criminal activity of one of her children was a great storyline from Season One. Had they not been covering for Peter they would’ve remained invisible.
The casting directors get a shout-out for casting amazing guest stars and day players with acting chops. Meryl Streep’s daughter has a recurring role as a would-be ditz who uses her looks and demeanor to sway cases. I love the fact they’ve cast so many black actresses to remind us it’s not an oxymoron. I have been very pleased to see Renee Goldsberry at least twice now (note to her team – please update her official website stat!!). You may remember her from One Life To Live where she played… a lawyer. The head writers loved her but the network didn’t want a black female lead to emerge or be paired with their popular white male anti-hero despite their INSANE onscreen chemistry (and the mostly black viewing audience should have mobilized to protect their interests) so off she went to coma-land and the actress left. I have a LONG memory – and dumped the show permanently because of it. Nowadays we could have launched an internet campaign.
Before I get completely off track Michael J Fox’s appearance as the conniving disabled attorney will likely net him an Emmy nomination. Just say you read it here first. I’m also interested in the exploration between Alicia and her daughter Grace as the season progresses. She’s a teen and she’s testing the waters with her mother. I want to see how the impact of Alicia future coupling with Will affects her (if it happens).
Also, I was just reading an Investigator for the State’s Attorney’s office will be added to the show for the second half of the season. Remember, if Peter won re-election Cary would be out of a job again.
LESSON: Congratulate those that elevate us!
LESSON: Don’t take anything for granted.
Alright folks, that’s it for now. I’ll do a Season Two Recap when the show goes on hiatus to bring us up to speed but all in all this has been a stellar season and I am duly impressed. They’ve not only managed to avoid the Sophomore Slump but have kicked the show into high gear. Can you believe the network wanted Elisabeth Shue to play Alicia? That would not have worked. I have no idea what the writers have in store for us viewers but I know it will be memorable.