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Briefly: Alicia Florrick Bitch Slapped the Works of Ayn Rand in Last Night's 'The Good Wife'

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | May 12, 2014 | Comments ()


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Last night’s The Great Wife was its usual great self, and I don’t want to get too much into the details of the episode here (suffice to say, Eli learned some things about Alicia and her husband he didn’t want to learn, and Diane may soon make a move), but I did absolutely love Alicia’s divine condescension toward the works of Ayn Rand.

In short, Alicia had a wealthy CEO client claiming that — as part of the 1 percent — he’s being attacked and mistreated like the Nazis mistreated Anne Frank. *cough* *cough* Later, he even suggested that voting rights should be tied to one’s wealth because, he believed, those who work to earn their wealth deserve more say in the direction of the country.

Alicia took issue with the CEO’s politics, of course, and when the CEO suggested Florrick check out the works of Ayn Rand, she responded with delightful contempt. I only wish I could include an embed so could hear how much contempt were in her words.

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Perfect!

In other news, this:

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And this:

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You’re welcome.



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  • ZombieMrsSmith

    The only thing worse than Ayn Rand books is that dork-tastic jacket that Mr Goode is wearing in those photos above. He should definitely fire his stylist (or maybe he needs to hire one).

  • Pippa_Laughingstock

    OK, so I did not like that guy whose name I honestly can't remember in The Watchmen, like, at all. But I liked him in Stoker. A lot, the more times I watched the movie. And I'm liking him a lot here. I haven't had this kind of turnaround maybe ever. Was it all Snyder's fault?

  • tiny_bookbot

    Totally Snyder's fault. I first saw Goode in the Brideshead Revisited film with Hayley Atwell, Ben Whishaw, and Emma Thompson, and while the film itself was flawed (too much material, too little time), the cast itself was terrific. Goode is also fantastically smarmy and creepy in The Lookout with JGL. And then, yeah, totally wooden in Watchmen, but Snyder does not coax great performances out of actors, or make good use of their existing talents--there's a certain electricity Goode can bring to things, but Snyder seems to have cast him for patrician good looks alone, and given him direction along the lines of, "Just say the words from the script and we'll do the rest in post-production."

  • I only have a dim memory of reading these back in the (school) day, but I remember thinking even then that it sounded like an awful lot of self-righteous whining, written in the style of someone whose self-assurance exceeds her talent by a good stretch.

  • Guest

    No tea, no shade, Dustin, but given the (unusual) number of Objectivists (that are not regular readers) popping up here to defend Ayn Rand from the likes of us, I'm having difficulty seeing this as much more than mildly effective click-bait. And didn't you just have a problem with that kind of thing happening with your stuff on Salon?

  • Jeremy

    Her synopsis of the books was bizarre. Something like, "A man blows up a building and the rich go on strike." A man blowing up a building IS an event that takes place in the Fountainhead, but it's completely beside the point and not the main plot of the book. In Atlas Shrugged, it isn't "The Rich" that go on strike. In fact the person who started the strike wasn't rich nor were many of the people that join him - while the villains are all the wealthiest, most powerful people in the country. There can be legitimate criticisms of these books - but often, as is the case here, it seems like the critic hasn't even read them. Oddly, it is supposed to make her look intellectually superior - which maybe it does to those that are likewise ignorant of the subject matter. But to those familiar with the material, she looks silly.

  • Jezzer

    The important thing to take away is that the books suck, and objectivism is laughable at best, frightening at worst.

  • Jeremy

    Deep analysis.

  • Jezzer

    It's as deep as the subject warrants. You're lucky it wasn't a fucking haiku.

  • Jezzer

    "I got mine, but you
    got nothing? Sucks to be you!
    OBJECTIVISM!"

  • Jeremy

    Which character is that describing?

  • brainburst

    That is not he chartacter, that is the philosophy. Self interest rules, no such thing as the common good etc.

  • Jezzer

    Ayn Rand.

  • Adam Blomberg

    Such a juvenile attack on an excellent writer and philosopher horrified me. Truthfully only a twelve year old in today's America could so grossly misunderstand the philosophy of objectivism. The comment sickened me and I sadly won't be enjoying what is usually a fantastic show any more.

    Denigrating a proponent of the most class breaking, upwardly mobile economic system ever devised by man will surely alienate far more viewers than "the one percent."

  • Jezzer

    But they didn't attack an excellent writer and philosopher, only Ayn Rand.

  • mzbitca

    Hate Objectivism but wouldn't it be "devised by woman?"

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Can't tell if serious...

  • e jerry powell

    Examine the fact that it's a new disqus profile and the only comment on it is the one you just replied to.

    Interpret that as you will.

  • ScottMTuggle

    People who complain about Ayn Rand are obligated to only comment using the phrase "12 year olds", it seems like http://num.to/8845-7247-2991

  • Overburdened_Planet

    Do NOT click on ScottMTuggle’s links, they’re all spam! His profile is
    full of these deceptive links. Probably makes money every time you click
    through...Flagged...

  • Parsnip

    ...thank you kindly for Goode. Sigh!

    EDIT: best bit of the episode was Alicia's take on Rand...loved it.

  • Col. Kickass

    People who complain about Ayn Rand are obligated to only comment using the phrase "12 year olds", it seems like.

  • Dave Dorris

    That's because "retarded" isn't considered acceptable anymore.

  • e jerry powell

    I think that Ayn Rand merits an exception.

  • Guest
  • NateMan

    Just... Wow.

  • TK

    Straight up, Julianna Margulies is actually getting hotter with each passing year. She's exponentially more attractive than she was in the ER days.

  • Guest
  • Aaron Schulz

    She looks amazing with straight hair, i think they curled her hair for ER because no one would believe the ER nurse could be that crazy ass hot.

  • Parsnip

    I agree. Caught the first episode of ER and was quite surprised to see how much she had changed since those early days.

  • ...and boom goes the dynamite

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