BRINGING BACK EVERY CAST MEMBER EXCEPT THE SMOKE MONSTER STATE'S ATTORNEY AND THE TALKING LION PHONE: It's amazing, really, that the creators of The Good Wife were confident enough in everything else they've been doing that for the past ten-plus episodes they've completely avoided the question of Alicia's love life. Having dumped Will, she was focused on parenting and work, and that was that. And yet here we are again, with the emotional pull of what once was (with an increasingly admirable Peter) bringing her literally back to the doorstep, and more choices to be made.
Everyone's past came back this week: Kalinda's husband, Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton's acting history, Will's basketball games, the Facebook dude, elevators, the Evil Daddy PI ... but the frustrating thing is that a show that has so many threads to bring back might never bring back the ones you want soon enough. Where's Alicia's brother? Eli's daughter? The viral dancing girl? David Lee? Eli's crisis management business? F. Murray Abraham?
Still, think about how far we've come in three seasons, from a show built off a one-line premise into a rich universe of lawyers and politicians, of extended families and so, so many grey areas. There are no artificial "cliffhangers" heading into season four, just a continuing series of human, difficult decisions for the characters to make, and the consequences which inevitably follow.