The Good Wife Season 4 Review “Battle of the Proxies”

This episode of The Good Wife was pretty standard, but it was ok. We got to see a lot more of ASA Hellinger and I’m really liking her interactions with Will. But my biggest takeaway: it looks like Nick is gone. Hallelujah!

A few thoughts about "Battle of the Proxies":

The case of the week was rather different because it wasn’t just one case. Not exactly. A young girl was murdered after a rock concert, and there were two people on trial for her murder but in different counties. The victim’s ex-boyfriend was on trial in Manuka County and the guy the victim attended the concert with was on trial in Cook County. The trials were proceeding simultaneously, and the attorney for each defendant was trying to wait out the other trial. If one of the defendants was found guilty, then the other could use that guilty verdict in his favor. Everybody got it? Good. At any rate, Will and Co. were defending the man accused of the murder in Cook County, so he sent Alicia to Manuka to assist the DA in obtaining a guilty verdict. ASA Hellinger got wise to what Will was doing, so she sent one of her colleagues to Manuka to help the defense attorney obtain a not guilty verdict. This extremely unorthodox approach to trial strategy led to a rather amusing argument in front of the Manuka County judge (the always delightful Stephen Root) and some speed-bumps for Will. I understand wanting to win your case and all, but shouldn’t the real object here be making sure that the right person gets brought to justice? All of the attorneys involved seemed like they were more concerned about one-upping their opponent than seeking the truth. About halfway through the trial, Will and Co. realized that their client was indeed the guilty party, but since he was their client, they still had to vigorously defend him. Nobody was happy about it, but they did what they had to do. Ultimately, both juries found both defendants guilty. After the trial, though, Will approached ASA Hellinger and said that since their case was over, they were discharged from their duty to their client and they would give whatever evidence they had that may help the innocent ex-boyfriend in his appeal. Read More...


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