Actually, I didn't think this week's episode was that bad. I was expecting the entire episode to be about finding Grace, so that it wasn't was an improvement on my expectations. And at least something actually HAPPENED this week, which is a nice change from other episodes this season. However, that doesn't mean that tonight's episode didn't have flaws, however, of which the biggest is definitely:
She's at work so she misses her daughter's call. This means she must break up with Will. WHAT THE HELL does one have to do with the other. Especially since Grace was just fine. And Alicia was not screwing Will when she missed the call. It would have made more sense for her to quit her job since that is why she was not there for Grace.
ITA. I'm not even a Willicia shipper--actually, I'm pretty anti-the couple--but that was the LAZIEST FUCKING WRITING I've seen on this show, hands down. How does that make logical effing sense? IT DOESN'T. Laziest.Writing.Ever. If the couple breaks up, I want them to actually break up for a REASON. There are just no words for how ridiculous that was. For Pete's sake. It's like the writers decided that they actually want to go back to S1/early S2 with Willicia, like they suddenly realized they shot their wad too soon with the relationship, but writers, YOU CAN'T UNRING THAT BELL ONCE IT'S BEEN RUNG. Even if Willicia isn't working the way you want it to, that doesn't mean you can reset the show! And I don't want another season of ridiculous tortured longing looks, because if you just think that will make them more interesting or more OTP--no. No, it won't.
And I'm sorry, I won't buy that Alicia suddenly got overwhelmed with her life, because she had her shit together just fine before Grace went missing. Or, ITA with
What I have a problem with is that it came right the fuck out of nowhere. If it was built up more over the season then it would be better. But over the course of one episode? No.
Loved what we saw of Peter tonight, both as a father and chewing out WSC (and I'm totally on-board the train that somehow WSC is going to try to use this special prosecutorship to take Peter and Alicia), and I like the way they've handled the Peter/Alicia relationship this season. I also loved Eli and his conversation with Will tonight (though boy, is the shit going to hit the fan when Alicia finds out Will has been hiding the investigation). Will's conversation with Diane was also promising, because you just KNOW that letting Diane think he ended it for the firm is absolutely going to come back to bite him. I also think Josh Charles is at his best when Will is plotting, wheeling, and dealing, so that there was a lot of that tonight was good from an acting front.
I'm surprised at how Diane has become the team mom but I'll go with it.
I wouldn't have thought it, but it REALLY works for Diane. Her relationship with Eli especially is making both characters more interesting right now.
Other bullshit things: I really, really liked that Kalinda dropped everything to go find Grace. And I love her nobility in telling Grace not to tell Alicia--somehow it's very unexpected but also very in character. But I don't believe for a SECOND that Kalinda would not have called Alicia right away when she found Grace. I don't care how angry Alicia is. I don't care how hurt Kalinda is. There is no.fucking.way Kalinda would let Alicia suffer any longer than she had to. And I'm already tired of the Kalinda/Cary/Dana...thing. Though I did like that Kalinda cut Dana down to size tonight.
but she is not really a participant in the over-arching plots right now. I want her to find out about the investigation and get involved. It's frustrating to feel like she's just letting things happen.
It's annoying, but it's also CLASSIC Alicia.
Full in LMFAO mode when Alicia ran out to take the pictures of the posters and Canning followed her. She said "You want me to slow down" then took off at high speed again.
I LOVED that. Alicia doesn't let her bitch flag fly enough. But when she does, it's awesome.
Even more absurd is the conceit that an English professor at a major research university (Bible college don't count) could be a Bible-thumping, Tea-party Republican.
To be fair, it wasn't a group hug at that point, Peter had stepped out of the picture.
Yeah, it was Grace and Alicia hugging with Peter just barely visible on the other side of the doorframe.
I think tonight is easily the most I've liked MJF as Canning since his initial appearance. If they play him more like they did tonight, I'd say bring him back as often as you want!
My Alicia-and-Kalinda loving heart got BIG pitter-patters after the preview for next week.