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The Good Wife Round Table: "And the Law Won"

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X-rated ice cream eating. Courtroom bravado. And a new Democratic power player who really wants to befriend Alicia.

The Good Wife offered up plenty of intrigue and storylines on "And The Law Won," and our Round Table team of Carla Day, Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando and Tiffany Vogt (from TVAddict.com) are here to break it all down...

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What was the most surprising moment of the episode?
Carla: The Kalinda would go out for ice cream with her creep of a husband. What is she doing?

Matt: The final one. This is no act. Alicia and Peter appear to be on legitimately good terms now. I never thought I'd see that again.

Christine: That Diane didn't tell Alicia the reason she sent her to Maddie with the offer is that Maddie was asking about her. I really thought Diane would have given her a heads up.

Tiffany: Maddie Hayward's offer to donate to Peter Florrick's campaign was not something I saw coming. It was a fascinating turn of events as she vetted Alicia and then maneuvered to align herself with Peter politically. Not sure where that will end up going, but it is something to watch with interest.

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What the frak is going on between Kalinda and her husband?
Carla: I have no idea, but I don't like it or understand it. I hope her motives for sleeping with him become more clear. She hates him, fears him, yet can't seem to stay away from him. It's freaky.

Matt: Nothing I want to see. It's one thing for Kalinda to use sexuality as a weapon... it's another for it to be ALL we ever see out of the character. And it's still another for the show to paint this relationship with such a grey stroke, after making it so clear over the years that Kalinda was simply afraid of her awful husband.

Christine: I don't know, but I'm already tired of it. It's like they're trying too hard to get a strange Fifty Shades of Grey spin off out of this storyline. The only result for me is that I'm enjoying Kalinda less and less.

Tiffany: Kalinda is absolutely terrified of her husband and she is playing a very careful game of seduction to keep him from losing it completely and going after the people she cares about. He is incredibly dangerous and she knows it. Only by playing his games and seeming to be under his control can she keep his seething rage from raining down pain on everyone she knows and loves.

Should Will have taken the $800,000 offer? Why or why not?
Carla: At the time, I thought he should. After the twists and turns in the case, he definitely should have, but it ended up working in his favor, so he is either really good or very lucky.

Matt: No way. Go big or go home! Will is a brash risk-taker. It's gotten him this far. Why stop now?

Christine: He should have taken it to his client and let the client decide. Obviously he believed he could get more and I'm guessing he told the client so. Sometimes Will is like a dog with a bone and he can't let it go, especially when he thinks he can win.

Tiffany: Yes. It was a solid and reasonable offer and he should have recommended it to his client. It was reckless to turn it down. But this is television and Will is a gambler at heart, so it feels within his nature to want to roll the dice and push for a better offer. Still, it was reckless and it was incredibly foolish.

Do you think Maddie has an ulterior motive for befriending Alicia? If so, what is it?
Carla: Yes, though I'd love it if she didn't. Alicia could use a friend. After one episode, my guess is that she wants to groom Alicia to run for office

Matt: Yes. But that doesn't mean Peter shouldn't take her money if he needs it. All political donations of that nature come with a few strings, unfortunately. Peter and Alicia should be aware of that and careful with Maddie, but money talks in politics. Just listen closely to what it could be saying.

Christine: Absolutely! I can't believe Alicia fell for the I don't have many friends speech. She's out to take down Peter and she's going to try and use Alicia to do it. On the upside, I'm thrilled to have Maura Tierney back on TV. I've missed her.

Tiffany: Frankly, this baffles me to no end. Maddie seems like she is searching for a friend, but she is too smart a business woman to really align herself with someone as politically inciting as the Florricks. She definitely has to be playing a game that we cannot see yet. Though I would like to believe that she was on the up and up and just looking for a kindred spirit. But as we have learned in this series, everyone has an agenda.

What do you make of Peter and Alicia laughing together on the campaign bus?
Carla: It was odd to see, but refreshing at the same time. They have been through so much together and so much anger that it was kinda nice to see them relax and just hang out. But, and it's a big but, Alicia should not get back together with Peter.

Matt: See answer number-one. These two will be sitting in their house, near a backyard tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G at any moment.

Christine: These two have been through a lot together and the battles have bonded them. On some level they will always love one another. Last season I would have said their marriage was over. This season, I'm not so sure.

Tiffany: I really loved that scene on the bus. It felt so real and genuine. After all that Peter and Alicia have gone through it is nice to see them moving past their bitter pain and finding common ground for both their sakes. As they have seen time and time again, they are only strong when they work together - and with what they will likely have to face as the campaign continues, they really need to stand together and have each others' backs.

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Everyone seems to think Maddie is interested in "grooming" Alicia. I see something else. The character reminds me of Meg Whitman, who recently ran for governor of CA and lost against Jerry Brown. I think Maddie wants to get into politics and is surrounding herself with possible allies. She has no interest in starting at the bottom as some kind of junior state legislator. The woman is a billionaire, and will try to buy her way into a very influential position - something in Congress, or even Lieutenant Governor of IL. Maybe something Peter can appoint her to to launch her own run for governor some day.

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Although I don't want Peter and Alicia to reconcile I think the show is giving us great insights into why politician's wives put up with their misconduct; they love power as much as their politician husband.
Notice how Alicia distanced herself from Peter when he was in jail and Will when he was suspended? I'll bet she didn't pick Will over Peter in college because he didn't seem as ambitious and charismatic. The only way she will ever choose Will over Peter is if Peter becomes just a lawyer and Will wins an election. It's not about money, she likes a partner who can throw his weight around while she gets to keep her hands clean and look above it all. If she had discovered Peter's infidelity but it hadn't been made public, she would have kept her mouth shut and worked it out without separating.

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It is so great to have The Good Wife back on T.V.! Will's case was compelling this week. There is that element of rolling the dice when there is an offer on the table and a trial is in progress. Although I am enjoying seeing Alicia and Peter getting along, I would really love to see more scenes with Alicia and Will and Will and Diane. Their respective mixed professional and personal relationships are the most interesting to me.

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I ffw Kalinda scenes. And it's not a good thing. It's not just that I dislike Nick's character (he has no charisma, no conistency, no sense) but now I also dislike "that" Kalinda. And I'm not interested in that plot line at all. Too much screentime is devoted to it and it isn't doing the show any favor.

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That's just the way that Will roll...he knew he could get more money! :)
Almost backfired on him tho...WHEW, crazy jury. Alicia should NOT go back to Peter selfish cheating azz!

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to give new fresh air to the love triangle that everybody loves so much. Me included.
And, no I don't root for Peter, I agree with Maddie people don't change much, they get more careful.
I don't dislike P because he slept with whores (not my husband) but because of the choices, lifestyle, hunger of power and self importance the man radiates.
Don't like him don't trust him.
For the same reason I can not completely like Alicia. That and the fact she seems to have a 48 hours day, being everywhere at the same time even on the Bus home?
I thought she was there all along?! Oh well, tv.

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Good episode... not great but still...
I will take my seat at the oval table (^_°) and answer
1) agree with Christine, Diane is usually one to take advantage of situations, giving A. heads up could have played differently, not the smartest move so -since I adore Diane I will add- not in character. This way it may seem as she fears Alicia's growing influence.
2) I think we are missing the point here: they are feeding us details on K's background, turns out as not so "good" after all.
The man is ridiculously portraying a villain.. but still: she said she just changed name because she felt like it. turns out she was in a sad abusive relationship (that both enjoyed) and she called quits when he was ruined, plus ran away with money hoping he'll never recover and find her. Bah, not so interesting but also not a nice portrait.
Ice cream scene, really?
3) I would have played it safe, but that's why Will is Will. Loved that he's back on top of things.
4) Nothing except a desperate way to give new fresh air to the love triangle that everybody loves so much. Me included.
And, no I don't root for Peter, I agree with Maddie people don't change much, they get more careful.
I don't dislike P because he slept with whores (not my husband) but because of the choices, lifestyle, hunger of power and self importance the man radiates.
Don't like him don't trust him.
For the same reason I can not completely like Alicia. That and the fact she seems to have a 48 hours day, being everywhere at the same time even on the Bus home?
I thought she was there all along?! Oh well, tv.