Amanda Peet recently joined the cast of The Good Wife as a military officer who is almost raped while on duty. The episode, titled “The Art of War,” is earning the actress rave reviews.
Huffington Post reviewer Chris Harnick said:
“You know how sometimes you’re watching something and you can’t see the actor as anything but the actor? That wasn’t so with Amanda Peet. I completely forgot it was her, which is a compliment. Just add her to the list of guest stars who successfully play against type and turn in a fine performance.”
Series regular Josh Charles, who made his directorial debut in “The Art of War,” teased Peet’s role before the episode aired. He said, “You see a woman whose life is a little shattered at the moment. Something that she believed in and trusted has fallen apart on her, and she’s fighting it.”
Peet’s character, Captain Laura Hellinger, accuses Ricky Waters, a civilian contractor, of trying to rape her while she was on duty in Afghanistan. She tried to pursue a criminal prosecution, but she had insufficient evidence and had to file a civil court suit instead. Alicia steps in to help Hellinger with the case, but it seems military justice isn’t always swift, and she runs into several problems trying to prosecute Waters.
Although this isn’t Peet’s first small screen role — she appeared on an episode of How I Met Your Mother in 2010 and starred in the 1999 drama series Jack Jill — she is more well-known for her movie roles. She was in Something’s Gotta Give with Jack Nicholson and Diane Keaton and The Whole Nine Yards and The Whole Ten Yards with Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry.
You can watch a preview of the episode below and the full episode on CBS’s website.
Did you watch “The Art of War”? What did you think of Peet’s role?