Your every-time-there’s-a-new-episode reminder that Kalinda is horribly written but could be drastically improved with minor changes
In 5x13, Diane asked Kalinda to verify Cary’s information that the firm was being wire taped by the DEA. She inexplicably decided to do so by sleeping with him - verifying Cary’s information means she needed to go to basically anyone who isn’t Cary.
There’s no problem with her not trusting Cary - she has no reason to do so. But not trusting that Cary is telling the truth means also not trusting that Cary is lying. She needed to verify what he was saying. This storyline could have worked, and come to the same conclusion, if Kalinda had actually done what Diane requested her to do and snooped around the DEA to see if they had a wire tap. She would have found that they did not, and reported that.
Having her go to Cary, and having her sleep with him, represents everything that is wrong with how she is written. Kalinda, once again, is attempting to use her sexuality to get what she wants, instead of doing her damn job. Also, it represents Kalinda’s inability to ever learn from her mistakes, to grow and change as a character. In the episode immediately preceding this one, Kalinda got burned because she did not investigate the information Cary gave her. In this episode, she does the exact same thing. This is incredibly disappointing, and represents the writer’s ongoing inability to write this character with depth and in new and interesting ways.
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My (excessively long) thoughts on The Good Wife season 4 and why Kalinda’s storyline is terrible (and why I’m concerned about the writer’s ability to fix it):