I found most of the commentary on RL politics rather cathartic and amusing in this episode, but I agree that it's something that can be overdone and that'll eventually lose its effect if they keep it up on that level. The feeling I'm getting is that the show is struggling to balance its cast. As great as Audra McDonald's first episode turned out to be, it seems like her character is considered to be a direct replacement for Barbara Kolstad whose rushed exit made little sense to me, considering the finer points of her speech at Carl Reddick's funeral. Maia's fresh out of prison and facing more blasts from the past, yet neither her mother nor her girlfriend seem to be of any relevance for the writers in that context. Actually, Amy's sort of a weird case anyway since she also happens to be an ASA and, like Colin, works in the state attorney's office, yet she's non-existent in the day-to-day business world of the show even though including her would make more sense than adding more Good Wife guest stars for the courtroom scenes. Generally, I'd really rather the writing would make a bit more use of their own characters instead of trying to find new ways to bring over characters we know or may have already heard of on the mothership show. Especially if you end up retconning them, like they now did with Audra's character, anyway. Still, I'm glad the show is back. I enjoyed the premiere and I'm looking forward to 2.02.