The Good Wife
Parallel Construction, Bitches!

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PREVIOUSLY

New firm, old business, NSA overreach and a three-steps-out wiretapping scheme, voter fraud.

(...ON DARKNESS AT NOON)

The show starts with a "Previously" tag for a fictional show, AMC's Darkness At Noon, which seems to be a late-bloomer rag on Sunday night shows that trump ours in prestige even though few-to-none of them are as good as this one. Low Winter Sun being a sad-sack cancelee would make the joke fall a little flat, a little mean, but "nobody" could have predicted the hollow bombast of True Detective -- and if "anybody" did, they would have gotten a world of shit for it -- so it works out anyway.

Marty: "You crossed the line."
Cohle: "I'm not going back."
Marty: "There are lines, and then there are lines."
Cohle: "Do you know what needs doing? I'll tell you what needs doing. You make your own lines."

Grace loves it, because fake-gritty prestige dramas are mostly for the morbid teenage mind anyway, but Alicia's in a cute sweater downing wine and trying desperately to understand what is happening. In her world, you don't have to constantly move the goalposts -- or have endless fucking discussions about the placement of the goalposts -- because there are no goalposts. The music of the show's credits is like The Sopranos, as long as we're talking overhyped sacred cows, but anyway a real-life prestige drama is about to unfold in the Florrick apartment, as the Devil Himself -- just as the theme song is singing about the Devil Himself -- has come to call. Charles Lester, Wallace Shawn, as Lemond Bishop's other lawyer.

Zach: "Mom? A goblin."
Mom: "Drycleaning guy. Tell him the piping on the jacket is leather."
Lester: "And when do you want it back?"
Mom: "Thursday's fine!"
Lester: "Cool. Could you tell your mom Charles Lester is here, by the way?"

When Zach says his name, like a crack of lightning, a gunshot rings across the show, and Alicia nearly snaps the stem of her wineglass.

Alicia: "Fuck. Grace, go hide in your room. Zach, same."

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