Kalinda Sharma and Cary Agos in the Good Wife’s Season 5, Episode 2, ‘The Bit Coin.’
I’m really wondering where this show is going to take Kalinda’s character — she’s been strangely minimized so far, which might actually be a good thing considering how terrible most of her story-lines in season 4 were. (Remember her weird quest for health insurance and her shitty ex-husband? I sure don’t want to!) So far, she’s spent almost all her time being visibly conflicted about the formation of Florrick, Agos and Associates — and considering that she turned down Cary’s (pretty generous, IMO) offer to be their investigator last season, I’m wondering if she’s regretting her previous decision not to jump ship. I definitely do hope this show explores more of her feelings about the new firm — she needs some damn plot-lines that are not about violence and sex! I like the occasional pulpy stuff as much as anyone but I’m tired seeing of her bash bats into people or have nasty/kinky/’transgressive’ sex. It would be nice to see her more at work and in more platonic relationships — and navigating all the complexities coming there. Who will she be loyal to, in the end?
I’m also liking the apparent change in her relationship with Cary. He no longer seems to be groveling at her feet for sexual favors, to say the least! I’m sure he still has feelings for her — you don’t pine after someone for so many years and then forget about them instantly. But I like the idea of him finally manning up, hardening his heart to her a little, and maybe deciding only to pursue her if she can offer up more than a drink and a roll in the hay. Their scene together felt very… professional, thankfully. They still have chemistry together but I don’t want him to have to settle for a woman who doesn’t really want to be with him. I’m looking forward to seeing a (hopefully) more mature relationship between these two.
And one last, very petty thing — Kalinda, girl, you need to scrub off some of that make-up. I’m Indian so I know the allure of kohl eyeliner but you look like you got shot at with Homer Simpson’s whore gun. The ridiculously heavy eyeshadow and the dark purple lip-stick — seriously, I’d accuse you of getting your face done by a drag queen, only a drag queen would make you wear better clothes. That super-dowdy old-lady hair doesn’t help either. Tell the wardrobe department to start freshening you up from now on!
On a very shallow note, I noticed the eye makeup, too. Seriously, she doesn’t need to look like she has a black eye.