In portraying a lawyer who used his "neurological condition" to distract and sway jurors, Michael J. Fox used the fact of his Parkinson’s disease in an artfully witty way on this week’sThe Good Wife. Fox’s wily Louis Canning made distracting moves and noises in the courtroom, hijacking attention away from Julianna Margulies’ Alicia and her legal team.
It was a clever idea and performance, and typical of the way The Good Wife constantly merges fiction with real life. The central case involved a woman who’d committed suicide — Alicia’s firm hoped to score an eight-figure settlement from a drug company that manufactured anti-depressants that, the firm claimed, spurred suicidal behavior in this episode titled "Poisoned Pill."
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