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.
gretamaya asked: Wow, I can't get over how awful the good wife writers saying Cary "handled" Kalinda is. Wow. It explains so much.
It really does.
The writers don’t respect or value Kalinda as a character at all anymore. She has existed this season merely to be kicked around, manipulated and taken advantage of by, to name a few; Alicia, Eli, Damien, Jenna and now we can add Cary to the list.
Whether she actually did miss him or not; Kalinda had no business apologizing to Cary in last night’s episode. She didn’t, as he accused her, initially pretend to be leaving L/G with him only to use it against him. Kalinda was genuinely considering leaving with them, in the middle of salary negotiations (she had offered to take a flat percentage of the firm’s first year profits and he’d told her he’d take that to the group and get back to her) when she found out from Robyn that Cary had made her an offer, thus clearly moving on from their negotiations without even having the decency to let her know. Kalinda was hurt by those actions to the point of confronting him and telling him to go to hell. It was in retaliation to THOSE circumstances that she posed as wishing to join F/A and then reported the location of their office space to L/G. Cary even got her back again shortly thereafter by having her deposed and used against L/G. There is an expected back and forth between them, that, when done right, I’ve actually found enjoyable. However, previous to last night’s episode I wouldn’t have expected either of them to owe the other an apology and if one were to be made it certainly shouldn’t have come from Kalinda.
Beyond that, apparently what we saw last night wasn’t just more of the same back and forth even though Cary pulled the cellphone sabotage and then Kalinda showed up at his apartment seductively asking him to go for drinks. That was Cary “handling” Kalinda and we’re not only supposed to “love” seeing that but to believe the Kalinda we’ve come to know is honestly turned on by being “handled” in that matter to the extent of seeking out more of it rather than the far more likely scenario of her working on a long-con style revenge of her own? SMH.
In the last few seasons the Kalinda I love has been DESTROYED by the very same writers that created her and allowed her to be so brilliant in the beginning. Just thinking about it makes my heart hurt.
I think Kalinda owed Cary an apology because her reaction was out of place - he had every right to get the best deal on an investigator just as Kalinda had every right to get the best deal as an investigator. I didn’t like that scene because I didn’t see where Kalinda’s reaction came from - why didn’t she just shrug her shoulders and say it wasn’t surprising Cary couldn’t afford her? Ugh, it’s just more of the same bad writing with Kalinda. The most recent episode was an attempt to fix that, and it came across okay on screen, but not because Cary “handled” Kalinda! UGH THE THOUGHT OF THAT IS SO GROSS SHUT UP WRITERS. Here’s what happened and why it worked: Kalinda was trying to be friends with Cary but couldn’t help looking at his phone, which was a dick move, and Cary’s response was basically telling Kalinda to stop being a dick, that’s why you don’t have any friends asshole (only in actions not words). He didn’t handle her, he just pointed out to her what she was doing, and that’s why she responded the way she did. (The writers do the same thing with Alicia by insisting that she left L/G because of Will - shut up writers that’s the grossest interpretation.)
The problem with Kalinda’s storyline at the start of season 4 was that EVERYTHING was wrong with it. Absolutely everything. From how characters were introduced to the fact that nothing made sense to not bothering to show the audience anything about Kalinda or explore the character in anyway to turning her into a blow-up sex doll to not centering her story on her role at Lockhart/Gardner… everything was wrong. And the problem with THAT is it unfortunately allows the writers to go ‘well, we did this wrong thing wrong and this thing wrong so let’s fix them’ without them acknowledging that everything was wrong and that everything needs to be fixed. For example, one thing the writers very clearly have been completely unable to grasp is that in scene after scene after scene for episode after episode Kalinda was barely interacting at all with the other cast regulars and instead isolated in a world were her sexuality was exploited for disgusting and perverted drama. This is unacceptable, and one thing they should have made absolutely sure of heading into season 5 is that Kalinda would not be isolated in any way, shape or form (AND they need to stop pulling drama out of her vagina. Seriously, give her an interesting storyline that is not based on her sexuality. Note: I don’t mean ignore it, but stop being all drama-y about it). Since the show is centered around Alicia, first and foremost they have to figure out how Kalinda is going to interact with Alicia heading into the new season. This one should be fairly easy: when Alicia leaves the firm she’ll take a lot of knowledge with her, and it would make sense for Kalinda to strike a deal with Alicia for information exchanges. It would make sense for both characters and have them interact in a new and interesting way. After that, the writers need to make sure Kalinda is still interacting with the rest of the regular cast. If they want to bring in a love interest (or interests) for her, that’s cool, but it needs to be 5% of her screen time. But if season 5 has Kalinda interacting with a new love interest plenty and Alicia never, that would be a really terrible example of how little the writers addressed the problem with Kalinda in season 4.