Sunday night was not a great one for Peter Florrick on “The Good Wife.” We’ve seen him work so hard to establish some credibility in Iowa and at least become a viable Vice-Presidential candidate, let alone one for the biggest office of all. Instead, what we saw was a classic case of a big-name candidate falling hard on their face.
Despite the efforts of a guy who came out and even sang in his honor in a way that drove the Florricks up the wall, they still finished in last place in the state behind Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and even Martin O’Malley! They just couldn’t get it done, which led to that emotional moment with him and Alicia in the closing minutes of the episode. The whole thing was powerful in its own right, amplified with the music of Clem Snide’s “No One’s More Happy Than You.”
What does this mean in the long-term? It’s hard to say, but Ruth has failed. Clearly, everyone has to rethink their strategy and also prepare to move forward and figure out if there is still something to this campaign. There may not be.
Elsewhere, we’d say that the storyline with Diane and Cary went to at least marginally more successful places, given that they at least did a good job of managing to ensure that Lockhart, Agos, and Lee spared itself some ire after being targeted by some potential accusations of racism. Was this a little revenge on Howard? Sure if you want to think of it that way. We just think of it as shrewd moves by shrewd people.
As for the episode, we’d stop short from calling it a classic … but it’s close. Grade: A-.
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