Emmy Episode Analysis: Dylan Baker (‘The Good Wife’) would kill for Emmy in ‘Tying the Knot’

Emmy voters seem to prefer Dylan Baker in even-numbered years: his current Drama Guest Actor nomination for “The Good Wife” follows bids in 2010 and 2012. He portrays Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) creepy/loony/difficult client Colin Sweeney.

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SYNOPSIS: In “Tying the Knot,” Alicia visits Colin’s home, where a party is being thrown, so she can get his signature on important documents. While she’s there, a murder is committed and the primary suspects are Colin and his fiancée Renata Ellard (Laura Benanti); Alicia becomes the main witness. Renata is arrested on suspicion of murder, and a hearing is set where a plot hatched by Colin and Renata’s attorney, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), puts Alicia in a precarious position on the witness stand. The result is a victory for Colin, Diane, and Renata, who ends up confessing her guilt to Alicia and thanking her for helping set her free.

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Will the third time be a charm for Baker? Let’s analyze the pros and cons:

PROS

This is his third nomination for this role and with no clear favorite in the race, he could surprise.

The opening of the episode is a nice showcase for Baker, even if it only displays the character’s humorous anxiety.

The Good Wife” has claimed an Emmy for a guest star for the past two years. With no Drama Guest Actress nominee this year, this is the only chance for the show to continue that streak.

CONS

As indicated by the synopsis above, the episode may begin with a focus on Baker’s character, but after that he recedes to the background.

There isn’t much material for Baker to really sink his teeth into, no throes of emotion or grand speeches about his fiancée’s innocence. He just lets the lawyers do the work as he sits in the courtroom, observing.

It’s obvious Emmy voters weren’t that enthralled with “The Good Wife” this season, considering it failed to capture some major nominations that were predicted for it, and there’s nothing in this episode that will sway a skeptical voter to check off Baker’s name, either.

Baker is currently last in our combined predictions with 100/1 odds. Do you think we’re as crazy as Colin Sweeney for underestimating him? Or do you think we’re right? Make your predictions below.

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