'The Good Wife' Takes on a Facebook Clone

By C. Michael Curtis
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Are we being prepared for major changes in Alicia's professional life?

Perhaps starting her own law practice? Or joining forces with another, less conspiracy-riddled law firm? What else can explain last night's episode, in which Alicia does little more than smile serenely while dishonesty, opportunism, and narrow legalisms swirl around her?

In moments of putatively high drama, Will and Diane win their struggle to maintain control of their own firm, when an Associate who appears to have traded his partner's vote for a plum job in the newly-organized firm reveals himself to have been conspiring with Will and Diane from the start, and delivers to them the crucial vote.

At the same time, the firm takes on a Facebook clone, worth billions, on behalf of a Chinese dissident who claims to have been confined and tortured by his government after the Internet company revealed his name and opinions to the world at large—including the Chinese government. The Internet defense rests on a definition of "torture" and, even more specifically, on when the U.S. government declared certain information-gathering techniques unlawful. Will and Diane win their case, and extract several million dollars from the Internet company, and viewers are left with an ugly sense that the law has less to do with justice than with hair-splitting.

Why Alicia would want to hang around is unclear. I'm betting she won't.

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