The Good Wife Review: Florrick for Governor!

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The Good Wife may have felt a bit aimless through much of season three - Alicia was secretly dating Will; then Will was suspended; Diane juggled a couple of men; Eli met a new adversary; the firm struggled financially - but, with "Pants on Fire," and with just two episodes remaining now until the finale, it's safe to say the show has found a direction.

And it's aimed squarely at your lying face, Mike Kresteva!

Mike Kresteva vs. Alicia

Seriously, I never trusted that Chandler Bing guy. Anyone that sarcastic must have an agenda, right? Turns out, that agenda went far beyond a simple Blue Ribbon Panel, as I found myself quite impressed with Mike's grand plan here.

Give the guy props for scheming his way to the (hopeful) top of Chicago, while doing the same to The Good Wife for making Peter Florrick into the ethical underdog.

That's something I never thought I'd write two season ago, much in the same way Alicia likely never thought she'd find her hand raised alongside her husband and a podium again. But things change, and the show has exhibited impressive patient in depicting just how and why when it comes to Peter.

He didn't make any grand gestures. He isn't thought of now as a saint or even an especially moral individual. But the simple fact of the matter is that time really does change almost anything. It can heal almost all wounds.

In this case, of course, it's spurned along by circumstance, namely an angry Alicia who can't get over her unplanned role in Kresteva's challenge. Is she standing by Peter's side because she believes in him as Governor? Because she yearns for her family to be whole again? Because she simply wants revenge against her new adversary? Probably a little bit of all three.

But that sort of grey area is exactly where The Good Wife is at its best.

Similarly, as I've often noted, the political realm is ripe for various scandals, storylines and difficult decisions. Eli faced one this week, in the kind of scenario I'd have to imagine really does play out on the real stage more often than we'd like to know. By placing Peter and Alicia in the center of this universe, the series is setting up a fascinating conclusion to the season and, I'd have to imagine, a significant focus of next season.

Elsewhere: get better, Jackie, I guess. And way to get some, Will... I also guess. Is his new relationship (can we even call it that?) with that attorney going anywhere? We'll find out in a week, but it certainly felt randomly thrown in to this episode. How will he react when he sees Alicia and Peter's latest photo op? That's the more pressing question.

Overall, a terrific episode that planted intriguing political seeds for the final two of season three, while also proving again that Kalinda is clearly better at doing the police's job than the police itself.

What did everyone else think? Do you blame or support Alicia for taking on the role of the candidate's wife once more? And - answer below - do you think Peter will win?


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Thumbs down on politicians today and political TV characters!! Americans used to applaud loudest the "nice guys". I still do. So now will I be turning off the GW?


She finnally grew up and stopped being slut.


I missed the eposode where Alicia and Will quit their sexual relationship. What caused them to stop sleeping together?

Beverly brooks

Do you blame or support Alicia for taking on the role of the candidate's wife once more? I totally support Alicia in taking on the role of the candidate's wife. And the character Matthew Perry shows the way politics is all about. He really believes that Alicia invited him to come to her office. The title of the episode tells it all.


I just have to comment about Mike Kresteva, brilliantly played by Matthew Perry. That guy is SCARY! In their scene together when Alicia tries to tell him to stop lying, it felt like she was Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, and he was a human who only revealed his demonic self to her while no one else was looking. Not even Eli has a clue about how amoral this dude is; and Eli's been in Chicago's political scene for a while.


Don't kid yourself. Peter is only slightly less of a scumbag than Mike, and Alicia has rocks in her head if she lets Peter back into her bed and life after all he's done to her. His "clean office" is already dirty, now that he's hired an old supporter, causing Geneva to lose her position. And he threatened and bullied the school principal into giving special treatment to his kids, against the rules. He hasn't changed a bit. Peter is still a dirty rat, who is also a wuss who does whatever his mother or his wife tell him to do. He said he was happy and didn't want to run, but Alicia "convinced him" just because she wants to get even with a guy who told lies about her. And Mike said she'll regret it. I can't wait. She deserves all the heartache that lies ahead for her.


Amen KansasGuest you couldn't have said any better.


Also wanted to add that I enjoy how TGW portrays the complexities of marriage, and what it takes to stay married. I don't know, or care, if the Florricks will stay married. But, they will have a relationship forever because of their kids. What form it takes is entirely up to the two people involved. Isn't that how it should be in real life? It's almost too shallow and trite to say that Alicia should hate Peter because he cheated, or Peter should hate Alicia because she slept with her boss. Really? Are people that easy and simple to predict? Hardly. This isn't math. X+Y doesn't always = Z. I see caring & respect developing between the two characters, which may be a better foundation for going forward than what they had before. You forgive someone because you love them. I like how they seem to be doing what is right for them instead of worrying about what people around them want them to portray.


Seriously, you all are missing the point. Can't you see more than what is on the surface? The whole scene between Peter and Jackie was meant to tell you something, namely Peter is not beholden to anyone. He isn't being played. He knows EXACTLY what he's doing and what he wants, and he's been on track to get it ever since he got out of prison. Peter's own mother got in the way of his relationship with Alicia, and he turned on her like a lion. Jackie was *scared.* I don't think Peter would have hurt her. But, Alicia and their life together is that important to him. TGW though isn't a romantic fairytale. It's what Peter said it was - two people trying to act like adults in a messy, unpredictable world.


Alicia wants Peter to run so she can put her head up again, Peter was the one who didn't want to run she pushed the button. With the big talk from Mike K it could be a campaign that Alicia might regret, my take on this is he has somebody giving him a lot of inside info.
Don't forget there are 3 people who know about her adultry with the boss from the grand jury case. Does she want the kids to hear this what a complete letdown it would be after all her work and coverup in hiding it from them.

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