Thirteen things I loved about the 100th episode of 'The Good Wife' (spoilers from Sunday's show)

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 12/01/2013, 09:48pm

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Looks like we know who knocked up Marilyn, and that means some major league baby drama on “The Good Wife,” whose 100th episode aired Sunday on CBS.

“Peter,” Marilyn Garbanza (Melissa George) responds when Alicia’s mom (Stockard Channing) is cross-examining the mother-to-be about her baby’s name.

The word was the bombshell that ended the episode. My jaw dropped as hard as it did in the season finale of “Scandal,” when Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) got in the limo with the dangerous head of the CIA offshoot B613 and said, “Dad?”

Of course, naming her unborn baby boy Peter is no guarantee that Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) is the papa. But it’s sure looking that way. I imagine Peter’s been so unfazed by Marilyn’s growing baby bump because he’s likely had a vasectomy (makes all that philandering so much simpler) and figures it can’t be his. Wouldn’t that be a great lawsuit against his surgeon? Maybe he’ll hire Florrick/Agos.

The development brings new meaning to an exchange between Marilyn and Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) earlier in the episode. “We have a small problem,” Marilyn told the wife of her presumed baby daddy. Indeed we do.

Other things I loved about Sunday’s episode:

2. The “100” on the car speedometer of Kalinda (Archie Panjabi). Nice meta wink to the audience in honor of the series’ 100th episode.

3. Damian Boyle (Jason O’Mara). He’s shaping up to be quite the fun nemesis for crafty Kalinda (“Me mum loves the Indians”), not to mention excellent comic relief in general. Looking forward to seeing more of the barrister with the Irish brogue.

Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Damian (Jason O'Mara) make for interesting frenemies.

Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and Damian (Jason O’Mara) make for interesting frenemies.

4. A good car chase through the streets of Chicago, even when they’re really the streets of New York where “The Good Wife” is filmed.

5. Leave it to Robyn (Jess Weixler) to record Damian’s discussion about Alicia’s exit package on her iPhone with the SmackTalk! app, rendering everything they say in a chipmunk voice. It’s a funny scene made even better by flatulence sound effects.

6. Fleeting appearances by Alicia’s daughter and son. Take note, “Homeland.”

7. I learned there’s such a thing as a pregnancy sound system, and that I don’t like anyone who has one.

8. Alicia only has bangs in flashbacks.

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and her bangs.

Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and her bangs.

9. Kalinda goes to bed with someone — anyone — other than her annoying ex-husband.

10. Nathan Lane (Clarke Hayden) nailed it as a bumbling, awkward litigator who’s all over the place when questioning the witness in court but manages to stick the landing.

Nathan Lane (Clarke Hayden)

Nathan Lane (Clarke Hayden)

11. Will Gardner (Josh Charles) drops the monster routine for a moment and shows some emotion. Ever since Alicia bolted from Lockhart/Gardner he’s gone into full-blown roid rage. I liked seeing him get weepy while drafting the decision tree (also the name of the episode) as he remembered happier times with Alicia. Reminds us how much he’s hurting and where his anger is really coming from.

12. Will thought he had Alicia figured out after doing his I-learned-it-in-law-school decision tree. But she outsmarts him, playing the David Lee card. Love it when Alicia wins.

13. Julianna Margulies’ performance when Will was playing out the decision tree in his head. Vulnerable. Sad. Honest. Heart-broken.

Confession: I’ve never been a die-hard fan of the show. I’ve tuned in here and there in the past more as a professional courtesy than out of genuine desire. Always thought “The Good Wife” was good, not great. This season has made me a convert. I hope Emmy voters are taking note, too, and the series will be back in the running for best drama next year.