Originally Posted by jjeff
Part of the reason I didn't care for this episode is how puky Alicia was, almost the whole episode! I mean the program was basically her feeling sorry for herself & her ex-lover, and those sun glasses, really
This show has such potential and when it's firing on all cylinders it's great, this episode was just a waste of everyone's talent IMO. Blaa, hopefully the next show will get back in the swing of things.
I really disagree. Alicia had created an emotional cocoon for herself, and in one stunning moment, Eli ripped it open and exposed every raw nerve beneath. Suddenly she is confronted by the life she could have had, the life she wanted, the possibility of happiness that might have rescued her from the unremitting sadness that has been her life now since Will's death, since the scandal of the election, since the horrid morass of bond court, since... everything. And now she has to go on the road and be, literally, the good wife, the candidate's better half, the shell that the cameras see. And Eli, the agent of the loss of her desire, is always... right... there.
So there she is, a rock in the middle of this insane swirling river of nonsense, imperturbable. But we can see past the sunglasses and know what's going on because JM can act.
This storyline pays off two of the major arcs of the series: the main theme (candidate's wife standing by her man, on the surface, vs. everything that's going on below the surface); and the road not taken (in this case, because somebody ran you off it).
This show never forgets where it's been, and I like that.