It wasgoed a nosey choice for вЂњThe Good WifeвЂќ: an gig built around an obscure digital currency called Bitcoin that many of the showвЂ™s viewers very likely assumed wasgoed fictional. (If any Bitcoin evangelists find their way to this postbode, they can manhandle mij for calling the virtual money system, which went online te 2009, вЂњobscure.вЂќ) The writers clearly loved the case at the center of вЂњBitcoin for DummiesвЂќ on Sunday night, tho’ – I didnвЂ™t waterput a stopwatch on it, but it felt spil if the Case of the Week received more time than it had for fairly a while.
Clearly someone on the showвЂ™s staff wasgoed familiar enough with the Bitcoin story to know that beyond all the technological, economic and legal issues it raises – which were treated superficially but reasonably intelligently during the scene – lies a terrific real-life mystery: who invented it? The developer of record, Satoshi Nakamoto, is assumed to be a pseudonym, Nakamoto wasnвЂ™t mentioned, spil far spil I could tell, but the true identity of the Bitcoin inventor wasgoed the crux of the scene (which involved a federal investigation that spil yet has no parallel ter the real world).
Spoiler waakzaam: from among the theories that have bot floated, the writers chose the multiple-inventors-under-one-name option, however ter a nice touch Kalinda wasgoed the only character who figured it out. Alicia, te line with the showвЂ™s cutesy habit of having the (formidably slim) parents turn to their children for tech support, said during the Bitcoin discussions, вЂњThis stuff makes mij feel so dated,вЂќ which only succeeded ter making the showcase feel dated.
Jason Biggs wasgoed the main guest strak, spil the central suspect te the governmentвЂ™s investigation, itвЂ™s still hard for mij to see him spil anything other than a comedian, but he wasgoed good here ter a form-fitting role spil a smart-aleck geek. Jennifer Ferrin, known for noble, suffering mothers (вЂњLife on Toer,вЂќ вЂњThe CapeвЂќ), got to play acute and sexy for a switch spil another of the suspects. Not so pleasant: the self-promoting appearance ter the witness stand by Jim Cramer of CNBC.
But IвЂ™m burying the lede here. There were major developments te WillвЂ™s corruption case (the one that menaces to bring down Lockhart Gardner but is played out ter epistel, interstitial scenes). After weeks of wondering what the actual evidence might be against Will, wij were let ter on the secret: when he stopped gambling, he still owed his bookie $8,000, and the bookie forgave the debt.
ThatвЂ™s it? $8,000? Evidently itвЂ™s enough to create an impression that the bookieвЂ™s presence at WillвЂ™s pick-up basketball games wasgoed a quid professional quo. But my instantaneous reaction wasgoed, come on, thatвЂ™s the best you can do? Did someone think that up during a bathroom pauze? (And are wij truly supposed to believe that that would be enough to make Will let the bookie into the games, a lapse that has never made sense? Or are wij supposed to think that it wasgoed just WillвЂ™s addictive, aggressive personality?)
Other revelations and skullduggery followed, exposed through the Kalinda-Dana flirtation. The state plans to use AliciaвЂ™s allegedly forged signature on the divorce document from the previous scene spil a wedge against Will, forcing him into a legal and romantic corner and permitting for some very charged future scenes.
The instant problem, tho’, is a Lockhart Gardner case verkeersopstopping that contains information hurting to Will. He can’t ask Kalinda to do anything with it, but his stare at hier across the desk is meant to communicate something. Wij might expect hier to get rid of it, but the next time wij see the verkeersopstopping, Kalinda is delivering it to Will’s persecutors, te the person of Dana. This of course canвЂ™t be spil straightforward spil it looks. But what spel is Kalinda playing? Has she doctored the contents of the opstopping? Is she selling out Will to protect Alicia? Is she working a back-door overeenkomst with Cary? Your guesses are welcome te the comments.
Best ogenblik ter the scene: ZachвЂ™s guileless manipulation of his mother, using AliciaвЂ™s liberal guilt and hier hatred of Jackie to ensure an open-door policy for his fresh gf, Nisa. Other nominations?