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    Graeme O’Neil
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    I wouldn’t be too bummed about the slide in ratings. EVERYTHING is hurting on Sunday nights except for Game Of Thrones. There’s just too much stuff on Sunday nights for people to watch it all live. Mad Men, The Good Wife, Game Of Thrones, Veep, Silicon Valley. That’s a lot of buzzworthy shows on one night. It shows you how tight things are when I haven’t heard one peep about Nurse Jackie this season, which usually does get people talking. Let’s not forget that shows like The Amazing Race and Revenge are on that night too which still get major viewers.

    I mean I don’t even watch Veep or Mad Men live. It’s just too much tv to watch. 

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    What happened to Nathan Lane’s character? He played heavily for a while, but he’s been missing since the spying episode. Just curious, because I love his character, so I hope he’s not being phased out. Robin up just disappeared, as did most of F/A cast members. Hopefully once the excitement of Fox at LG dies down after his arc, we see it more balanced again.

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    Graeme O’Neil
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    I never even noticed. They’ve referenced Robin a couple times. To be honest, I love how “The Good Wife” is able to pull off NOT seeing certain characters for several episodes. Like there’s times Peter isn’t even in the episode but it feels like he is. 

    In terms of Nathan Lane…that last episode, there was no reason for him to pop up. Alicia was never even in the office. 

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    Huh. Didn’t expect us to make it through 500 posts. That’s fantastic. 

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    What happened to Nathan Lane’s character? He played heavily for a while, but he’s been missing since the spying episode. Just curious, because I love his character, so I hope he’s not being phased out. Robin up just disappeared, as did most of F/A cast members. Hopefully once the excitement of Fox at LG dies down after his arc, we see it more balanced again.

    Robin will appear in the season finale. So will Nathan Lane and Ben Rappaport as Carey.

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    This show must cost a fortune to produce. You’ve got Margulies and Baranski probably drawing some pretty good bank, plus a raft of other regulars. Then, in this past week’s episode alone, we had guest shots from Stockard Channing, Robert Klein and Nestor Carbonell. These aren’t people who work for scale. I’m glad CBS appears to be behind the series, because it certainly isn’t done on the cheap.

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    There was a big feature somewhere awhile back on the guest star phenomenon on “The Good Wife,” and it said that the Kings get most of their guest stars to pretty much appear for scale b/c they want to work on the series so much. This might or might not be the case for the “big” guest stars (I can’t imagine that someone like Michael J. Fox works cheaply), but I could see that for the majority of the guest stars that have appeared here, at least. The pay of the cast regulars is another story.

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    Yeah, the guest stars only get like $3-4,000.

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    Episode Title: “The One Percent”

    Synopsis: One of Alicia’s clients makes an insensitive statement that threatens a billion-dollar merger; Diane and Louis Canning are on opposite sides of a class action suit; Eli makes a discovery.

    Guest Stars: Jerry Adler, Michael Cerveris, David Fonteno, Michael J. Fox, Tom Skerritt

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    Now, it’s just rambling. These “case of the week” episodes just aren’t cutting it. It’s apparent the writers don’t invest anymore. There’s no real tension or momentum. As many good episodes as this season has had it’s not a great season of TV. A reduced episode order is so needed for whatever seasons this series has left. 

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    There was nothing wrong with this episode, but yeah, this seemed rather pointless. Diane’s office politics continued with no development. After Kalinda had a few great episodes around Will’s death, now she’s back to just “floating” with the writers not sure what to do with her, and the case of the week didn’t do anything for me except for Alicia’s interview where it looked like she was racist. That was funny.
    The Peter/Alicia stuff was interesting and Eli showing so much compassion, but yeah, this was a filler entry.  

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    I felt that this episode was really subtle in the events, but there were developments. Clearly there’s hostality between Cary and Kalinda and now Cary and Diane too as he knows Diane is ok with Kalinda feeding her information through seducing Cary. The only part of this episode that confused me was Alicia saying to Eli, “go to hell” and then swtiching to telling him everything. Overall a good episode but they need to stick the landing next week and appropriately tie in all that’s happened since Will’s death so that the the past several episodes and their slower pace is justified. I can’t imagine them failing that.

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    I didn’t mind the case of the week. It was nice checking in with Tom Skerritt again, and he was great in his scenes opposite Julianna Margulies. It just became tiring after awhile to see the guy constantly put his foot in his mouth about the “one percent” on “Financial Daily News.”  I didn’t like that scene with the two black news anchors that painted Alicia out to be a racist. Michael J. Fox was a hoot. I wouldn’t mind this being his tape unless he wows next week. I’m also slightly disappointed in how they’re floundering with Kalinda again. I figured that she and Diane would have handled Canning by now, and her weird Cary hookups for Florrick/Agos scoop need to stop. Jill Hennessy was meh again. I’d rather have seen Carrie Preston back, and I’m curious at how working with Elsbeth Tascioni of all people could be “too constricting.” I was more taken with Alan Cumming than I’ve been in a long time in this episode with Eli figuing out Alicia and Peter’s new “arrangement” and handing Castro’s new attack against Finn. Did they really drop the election fraud storyline with Peter? Unless it pops back up in the season finale, it was pretty much excised from the plot altogether post-Will’s death. That would have been more interesting to explore than Peter being jealous over Finn, being despondent over Alicia, or pining over a cliched intern. I wonder if Castro somehow finds out about the fraud somehow, loses the state’s attorney race to Peter, and then makes a play for/is appointed to the governor’s seat if/when Peter is disgraced/impeached. Oh well. With the breakneck speed they’ve taken this year with monumental series game-changers, a building episode like this isn’t the worst thing in the world. I think the season finale will deliver. Stockard Channing + Mary Beth Peil should be amaze together again, for starters.

    Grade for “The One Percent”: B 

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    http://smashcutreviews.com/?p=1975

    My full review is above, but I agree with most people’s sentiments. I think it is a vast improvement over last week’s mess, but it felt really stagnant for a penultimate episode. I was expecting the season to finale to be a big event episode, but I think the biggest thing we’re getting is maybe Diane getting pushed out of the firm. For an added twist she may join Florrick/Agos.

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