The Good Wife Review: Swinging for the Fences, Alicia

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Faced with the job of a lifetime, Will chose to continue doing what he loves on "Feeding the Rat." The only questions for viewers, following a stage-setting episode of The Good Wife, was this:

Is he talking about work... or Alicia?

Harvey Fierstein on The Good Wife

It was almost comical to hear Will and Alicia agree that she's a "no fuss, no muss" kind of woman. For two-plus seasons, the Alicia Florrick we've known is all fuss, entirely muss. She analyzes every situation. She wonders if she's a good enough wife, or mother or attorney. She's never entirely sure about the path she's on.

Yes, Alicia is trying to be the laid back gal who is eager to get it on with her boss in his private bathroom these days, but it's a struggle. A new haircut doesn't automatically equate to a new attitude, although it has led to a much funnier Alicia. Loved the jab at Jackie in her final conversation with Will.

But like most storylines this week, the L word debate mostly laid the groundwork for what's ahead. When will Alicia and Will go public? Will they remain on the same romantic page? How will Peter react when this relationship does get out? And, seriously, how tension-filled and perfectly-played are all Will/Peter scenes?

Elsewhere, pieces were moved within Lockhart/Gardner, as I can only hope Diane's decision to take on Legal Aid means more Romany Malco on the series. He's been a favorite ever since his stint on Weeds. Eli didn't exactly get what he wants, but I did: more Eli/Kalinda scenes, a humorous analysis by the former of the "mom and pop" company around him and more adult conversations between characters.

Meanwhile, is it safe to already say that Cary has a new love interest? The insertion of that UASA felt a bit random, but I wouldn't dare argue with more screen time for the man with the smarmiest smile on television. Cary hasn't had a lot to do so far on season three, so let's hope he and the Reverend's granddaughter make for an interesting duo, professionally, personally or both.

Finally, is this the last we've seen of Lisa Edelstein? Do you want it to be? Celeste has been a welcome addition, in my opinion, used just enough to shed more light on Will's past and to help him see what he wants from his future. It may involve circling the bases, but not as baseball commissioner, as Alicia's serious boyfriend. But will she give him the stop sign? Or will she let him swing openly, passionately for the fences?

And will I apologize for using such lame, obvious baseball metaphors? No, I will not: this episode was a double.


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Johnny boy I can't wait for your final remarks when this show folds and you see who the real love is for. Is anyone mature in college? They've both learned a lot from their experiences since, if thats experience than they better go back to school and learn right from wrong.


"...she told him if they had been going together it would only have lasted a WEEK. Does that seem like there is a deep love going on?" Hello? Is anyone mature in college? They've both learned a lot from their experiences since. Alicia has learned, for example, that she married the wrong guy, since he was a rat who lied to and cheated on her whenever he could, even as she was waiting faithfully for him at home. She took a very long time to kick the bum out. She should have done it two years ago. "...deep down she still has love and affection for Peter which will come out in the end" She USED TO, and all it got her was betrayed, degraded, and humiliated in public. Those days are gone. On the contrary, she has NOW realized what a dirty rotten bum Peter was to her, all through their marriage. He's history now. And good riddance, too.


Does anyone remember the late night cell call from Will to ALicia talking about the college days ? If I recall they never dated in college but she did know about him, also in their conversation she told him if they had been going together it would only have lasted a WEEK.
Does that seem like thewre is a deep love going on? She is playing a game because Peter accused her of doing it with Will, deep down she still has love and affection for Peter which will come out in the end.


What a quality show! What chemistry between Alicia and Will! I so agree with Blu's comments and realize that Alicia can risk her heart with Will only when she mentally believes she can trust giving her heart to him. So we give time....Will will come through. He likes to win and he's experienced enough as a bachelor to know Alicia is the love of his life. Alicia needs time to grow stronger and feel secure in her decisions about/within her relationships. Our writers show us in their court case developments they are cognizant of the importance of human goodness and values enabling happiness in today's stressing environs. Thank you writers.


QUOTE: I understand why Alicia no longer loves her husband. The moral of this story isn't Alicia is a bad wife but that Peter was a bad husband, says who? The writers are doing a fair job trying to pull the bad card out now but in the end she is going to realize that Peter has been very much up forward with the family and she is the one who has been hiding and lying to everyone.
We have yet to see the downfall of Will and the firm and when the big secret gets out about Alicia and Will, sparks will fly and they will be high.


I LOVED THIS EP!!! For me this was vintage The Good Wife. I love the direction the writers are taking with Will. everyone predicted he would have played Alicia but instead we see him as the vulnerable one. that's great writing to me. Do the unexpected. I watch this show for Will and Alicia and beyond the legal stuff, for me, The Good Wife may as well be called Will and Alicia. The writers are doing a good job with this couple. The whole situation is very complex and one I would never want to be in but I understand why Alicia no longer loves her husband. The moral of this story isn't Alicia is a bad wife but that Peter was a bad husband who is now facing the consequences of his wrong actions. The heart is a terrible thing to mess with so husbands love your wives and don't create an environment that will bring death to your marriage cause sometimes, as in Peter's case, the consequences won't favour you.


I guess everyone still thinks this is a real life affair, the bottom line is just as the title is THE GOOD WIFE. Will can say all he wants about love and Alicia will not respond as down the line reality will set in that she crossed the line with herself and is hurting her family very much. We have yet seen any of the black past of Will that will blow them apart also the SA office will be investigating Lockhart&Gardiner and blow them apart.
The bottom line is coming to an end Alicia will be begging Peter for his forgiveness for all the wrongdoings she did to him which was the same as what he did. Just because she decided to throw Peter out over the Kalinda deal years ago was not what you would call a separation, so what she has been doing is pure adultry. We have yet to hear what the real story was as to why Kalinda changed her name and was let go from her SA job, that doesn't sound like a one night stand to me. More like a coverup from her past involving a crime she had a big part in and Peter helped her out.


More Kalinda/Eli please, they have great chemistry so far! Best show on tv.


I completely agree, Maria! And I feel like at this point, Alicia being seriously involved with someone would just ruin the progression she's made. It would be great to see Alicia on her Peter, no Will...but maybe with someone new, eventually!


Well, what I really think is that Will has deeply fallen in love with Alicia, but she doesn´t feel the same...
I mean, of course she likes him, cares him, and is having a good time with him, but after her problematic marriage I think she doesn't want to talk about love and a "formal" relationship anymore.
She has finally taken the reins of her own life, and she knows everybody needs love and affection (and, of course, sex) but not a formal relatioship anymore.
And I'm sorry, because I think Will has found out the "hidden" Will he had inside, he's betting all he has... But that's life: sometimes you win, sometime you lose.
Anyway I like Alicia, but I like the new Will, I do believe him.
He's in love, and he knows and is afraid of it!

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