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'The Good Wife' recap: 'Discovery'

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Romantic entanglements get -- shock -- complicated on "The Good Wife."

You never know what you're going to get from one episode of "The Good Wife" to another (different directors? Guest writers?). Episode 9 seems to spew significantly less dialogue than other episodes, essentially allowing the viewer to sit back in their seats instead of digesting a huge amount of movements, words and petty quagmires.

This episode puts some of the more complicated and intelligent characters, i.e.: Peter and Ruth, on the back burner, taking a deeper look at more emotionally charged topics like discrimination and romantic affairs.

We have the return of the positively strong willed (meaning her strong will is a positive thing) Monica Timmons who comes to Lockhart Agos and Lee to ask for a favor after being overlooked for a lucrative job opportunity at the firm.

Her concern is racial profiling at the tech firm, Chum Hum, apparently a fictional Google-esque company. She voiced a concern that the company's navigation app was racially motivated, directing customers away from neighborhoods that were mostly made up of people of color.

The only interesting thing about this case is that Lucca and Alicia have to team up with Canning, who only recruits his frenemies because Lucca has a darker skin tone. Obviously, this has Cary and Diane creating an alliance with a new frenemy as they represent Monica who still harbors resentment for not getting a job with the firm.

Eli and the wealthy, beautiful Courtney Paige (Vanessa Williams) cozy up as Eli has never been coy about his major crush on her. With a bit of flirting, he weasels $50,000 out of Paige to conduct a focus group on Alicia, with plans to get her a seat in the Senate (as long as the feedback is positive).

I guess this is going to be a new storyline that is going to grow over the coming weeks because the writers have a hard time sticking to strong linear themes that won't puff out after a couple of episodes. Eli and Paige even share a kiss in Peter's campaign office, which sets up a very hypocritical set of actions on Eli's part when Ruth brings it to his attention that she noticed Jason and Alicia flirting in front of her staff.

Eli is forced to confront Alicia about the flirtation to appease Ruth and maintain the integrity of the campaign, but makes the crucial mistake of talking to Jason first. Another big reason why this episode embodies significantly less dialogue is because Jason Crouse is a part of the main storyline, while again, many of the more opinionated characters take a backseat to this gravely simplistic slow drawl.

Jason eludes to Eli's questions about his relationship with Alicia, telling him to speak to her about the issue. Eli takes the advice and confronts Alicia right as she returns home from getting her backside handed to her in court.

Alicia responds to Eli's prying, "When I sleep with Jason, you'd rather we keep it private?" Eli is taken aback by Alicia's boldness. She quickly kicks Eli out after he tries to give her ground rules for dating Jason like, "no touching in public."

The inappropriateness of the exchange of course puts a wrench in Jason and Alicia's budding affair, and Jason implies that their situation was becoming complicated, meaning he had placed one foot out of the door because of her public life's insanity.

Everything kind of fizzles out after this climax. Ruth ends up doing a background check on Crouse and finds that he has been looking into Alicia. Eli tries to act somewhat like a human being, opposing giving Alicia the file on Jason.

What Eli does is confront Crouse, and yet again Crouse tells him to buzz off with very little explanation. Because of Jason's arrogance, Eli does take the info to Alicia, who is rightfully seething.

The show ends with her so angry that fire is shooting from her eyes. Eli is just as angry, simply because they have some sort of strange connection ... and Cary and Lucca go out on a date.

Make sense? Of course it doesn't, but here we are. We find storylines that loosely connect the characters with one another every week only to highlight that sexual tension and tech firm cases aren't really enough to make an entire season of a show click.

Jason Crouse, just standing in front of the camera, tall, dark and handsome, with incredibly straight teeth and a deep, dark violent streak IS Season 7 so far.

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