We got a laugh out of The Good Wife tonight. In the episode titled “Affairs of State,” an IT guy is shown working on a generic silver laptop.
Except it’s not a generic laptop. It’s a MacBook Pro, with the iconic Apple logo grayed out. The erasure of the logo is hard to see, but I’ve cropped a screen cap here. Look in the yellow square.
When the IT guy turns the laptop around, it’s impossible not to recognize it as a MacBook Pro. But what’s that on the screen?
The Windows Blue Screen of Death!
Of course it is possible to get the Blue Screen of Death on a Mac, if you’re running Windows. (Not that I would ever tarnish my Mac with that operating system, but I understand that some folks do.) What I don’t get is, why use an Apple laptop on the set, but then go to all the trouble of disguising it as a generic Windows machine? Especially when the point is to show the Blue Screen of Death, which is not something the average Mac user ever sees?
My theory: this is a show about a very high-end legal firm. They have fancy offices, nice décor, and work on sleek computers. Windows laptops aren’t sleek enough, so the show uses Macs and disguises them.
Which obviously leads to the next question: why not just use the Macs openly? Is there some issue with product placement?
Of course, the fact that we even noticed this does give us Supreme Geek status. We’ll wear it proudly.