'The Good Wife': Bad Nanny, Strained Marriage

By C. Michael Curtis
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The Good Wife was another repeat, in which Alicia saves the job of a doctor charged with prescribing lethal dose of oxycodone to a star high school athlete [the actual villain is a slimy health club hanger-on, trapped in a sting operation arranged by Alicia's legal assistants], who dies with heavy drugs in his system.

On the home front, Alicia hires a nanny as temporary replacement for her mother-in-law, felled by a heart attack. The replacement is young, highly skilled, and over-reaching product of graduate school mumbo-jumbo, who tries to protect Alicia's children from sexually transmitted disease, enraging Alicia, who has not been consulted, and getting herself fired—this event underlining Alicia's capacity to act decisively and fiercely where her children are concerned.

The program's managers refuse to let Peter have the heart-to-heart talk with his wife that the circumstances demand, preserving his depiction as a career-conscious politico paying lip service to penitence while pulling strings even in the lock-up, while Alicia demonstrates legal savvy, saintly patience, and a generosity of spirit intended to contrast sharply with the business-like lawyers she works with.

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