Kalinda's Secret Love: 'The Good Wife' Gets Even Better: SPOILERS
It's TV sweeps! And nowhere was that more evident Tuesday than on the breakout drama The Good Wife – although Glee had a few surprises of its own. For Good Wife fans who got hooked at the pilot and never looked back, the badass, investigator in the mildly dom outfits Kalinda Sharma -- Emmy winner Archie Panjabi -- has exhibited a fluid sexuality. Lili Taylor guest stars as Kalinda's secret lesbian affair.
It's TV sweeps! And nowhere was that more evident Tuesday than on CBS's breakout drama The Good Wife – although Glee had a few surprises of its own.
For Good Wife fans who got hooked at the pilot and never looked back, the badass, investigator in the mildly dom outfits Kalinda Sharma -- Emmy winner Archie Panjabi -- has exhibited a fluid sexuality pretty much from the start.
In the show’s acclaimed first season she hooked up with a male cop –although that may have just been part of her job as a scrappy, resourceful investigator—and with a female FBI officer in a storage unit…HOT!
From the onset, producers played it coy with Kalinda’s sexuality, including with what appears to be a profound mutual appreciation that can occasionally be interpreted as flirting between her and the show’s lead Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).
However, Tuesday’s episode confirmed that Kalinda is indeed capable of entering into a short-term, albeit rather non-committal, lesbian relationship.
So here's a down and dirty recap of Kalinda's story line from Tuesday's episode entitled "Poison Pill."
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Under threat of having her private life exposed by her rival investigator Blake (Scott Porter) at Lockhart, Gardner & Bond, Kalinda marches off in her boots to court, where she meets up with Donna, a public defender --Lili Taylor of Mystic Pizza, I Shot Andy Warhol and Six Feet Under fame -- who appears to hold the key to Kalinda’s secret – although apparently not her heart.
Subtle as always, Archie’s Kalinda exhibits mostly concern about her well-guarded personal life – although we’re not sure why she’s so shifty about it – but adds a dash of admiration as Donna’s displays her acumen in getting a guy off for public masturbation (yeah, I said it).
The discovery that Kalinda and Donna have or had been in some sort of relationship for four months is bittersweet in that the confirmation of Kalinda’s Sapphic leanings is satisfying but quelled by the tension between the two. It’s clearly been a rocky affair and Donna is not happy she’s being grilled about whether she spilled to Blake about the tryst.
"I won’t tell him how heartless you can be, how insensitive, how self-preservation is your No. 1 concern," Donna says. Yes, but how is the sex Donna? Because Kalinda is just teeming with appeal.
The next time we see Donna and Kalinda together they’re out at a bar, which begs the question, “why, if they broke up?” But those Good Wife scribes are so thorough they answer the question before long.
“You broke my heart,” Donna says, indicating the affair was indeed over.
Kalinda, attempting a half-hearted apology replies that she didn't mean to and adds, “...I’m not domestic.”
Getting a bit defensive and likely showing some strong insight into Kalinda’s psyche, Donna tells Kalinda, you just called “to keep me in line.”
And answering the question, did Kalinda call because she was worried about Blake encroaching on her territory at the firm via blackmail, was she just horny, or both – Kalinda confirms it's likely both by saying, “Can’t I be multitasking?”
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Showing her penchant toward PushmePullyou-ism Donna storms off saying, “I don’t want it that way.” But never fear, Kalinda’s magnetism is strong, and Donna returns for a kiss that had me biting my knuckle to keep from cheering too loudly and waking the early-to-bed neighbors.
Later, at a celebration for Alicia and Diane Lockhart’s (Christine Baranski) multi-million dollar win against a pharmaceutical company, Alicia calls Kalinda out for sulking while the rest of the firm employees toast. It turns out Kalinda’s miffed because Josh Charles’ Will Gardner enlisted Blake to find the witness that helped the firm land the win.
To add insult to injury Blake turns up for the party with Donna in tow. “You’re pretty,” Donna says to Alicia, and then showers the lovely Mrs. Florrick with several more compliments in a blatant display of sycophantism and in attempt to ostensibly make Kalinda jealous.
‘She’s so not your type,” Donna says pointedly to Kalinda. Or maybe she is! Although Kalinda calmly protests the assertion telling Donna, "Your'e so off base."
Yikes. If this becomes a multi-episode arc for Lili Taylor, can she please not be a crazy stalker lesbian type? Showing up with Blake, sucking up to Alicia. It does not look good for this pair. I mean, Callie and Arizona broke up on Grey’s and they were pretty much representing for the entire lesbian community on network television. But I can’t lie, even if she were crazy I’d still watch Lili and Archie spar in love and war.
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