The Good Wife Review: Making Her Choice

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"Death of a Client" was unlike any other episode of The Good Wife. It was St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and craziness ensued everywhere.

Instead of focusing on a legal case or matter, the hour revolved around the death of Alicia's litigious client, the political campaign and ultimately to the past and present of Alicia's love life. It was a whirlwind of activity and even when it got rather convoluted it was still entertaining. 

Alicia & Mike

The murdered Matthew, played by the brilliant John Noble, was seen only in flashbacks through Alicia's memories of her client. While he drove her nuts with his numerous lawsuits and repeated Bach tune, she had a friendly relationship with him. The lawsuits provided his life with purpose and a much adored relationship with Alicia. Unfortunately, it also cost him his life. 

Initially, the focus of the inquiry was on Matthew's police harassment suit, but in the end, Kalinda speculated that it was the seemingly harmless dog barking case that led to his death. The investigator's treatment of the case from the beginning was suspect. Why would Alicia need to go down to the police station that night to answer questions? With all that happened at the police station and getting Kalinda involved, the timing didn't come across as realistic. The unbelievable set-up is forgiven because of the story that it was able to tell.

Alicia's flashbacks of Matthew and Laura's inquiry about Will provided the links she needed to work through her relationship with her former lover. The viewers never got to see much of Alicia and Will together romantically and her memories showed that they did love each other and had amazing chemistry together. And, that closeness was still there when they were in the interrogation room together. 

Even Laura saw something between the two of them. Regardless, Alicia made it as clear as she could that they both needed to move on. Even if their hearts didn't want them to, it was what was best for them both. Plus, she said she was with Peter again. What? That was a shocker. Sure, she and Peter had hooked up a few times, but the last time she rejected his invitation for a date.

Later St Patrick's Day evening, Alicia had to deal with her mother's big mouth about her children's conceptions. It was no surprise that Alicia loves her children. She shows that every single day, but it was a shock to hear her say she loved Peter. This statement on the surface makes sense, but the depth of meaning behind it was as out of nowhere as when she told Will she was back with Peter. 

I have a difficult time believing the Alicia that we saw here. There was absolutely no basis for her actions and I blame it on poor writing. The transitions between Alicia's actions have had little basis throughout this season. She's pined for Will, while having quickies with Peter. And, now she proclaims she's in love with Peter. I've never been a fan of her getting back with her husband given what little regard he has had for her.

If he wanted to win her back, he should have made a grand gesture and earned her respect back. Instead, Alicia acted like one of the floozies that Peter had affairs with and that's not the basis of a successful relationship or marriage. If Alicia does love Peter, they have a lot of work ahead of them to make the marriage work. 

While Alicia was pondering her relationships, Peter and Mike Kresteva were battling each other for a hug from the Cardinal. Politics is a dirty game and this one evening showed just how low the candidates would go. Mike was willing to sully Zach with a well-place lie in order to better his position. There was no way for Peter to out the lie because it required telling a horrible truth. The dirtiness of politics.

If anyone deserves getting punched then Mike did for his actions. Peter cracked me up the way he punched him, busted the glass, and taunted him. Peter went all in just like Mike. Way to play the game! Ultimately, the Cardinal didn't hug either man. They both disgraced the other leaving neither of them worthy of the subtle endorsement. I give the Cardinal credit for seeing them both for the relentless politicians they are.

Even though I have issues with the way Alicia's character has been written regarding her love life, I love this new spunky Alicia. Her interaction with Mike at the beginning of the party was hilarious. She just laid it all out there no holds barred. And, as always, she is one of the best mothers on television. She demonstrates how it's possible to be a hard-working woman, while loving and mothering her children.

Odds and Ends

  • The potential threats to Matthew were quite far-reaching with 18 pending lawsuits and even Mossad mentioned.
  • Even though it was St Paddy's Day, there is no way that police station would have been like that. It was insane and rather creepy. And, the music. It was too much.
  • Alicia's mother proved again that she has a big mouth. How could any grandmother think it's okay to tell your grandchildren about their "unfortunate" conception. Despite her horrific behavior, Alicia handled it perfectly. She's an admirable mother.
  • The fake GPS move by Detective Young was despicable. Why in the world would he make her think her family was in danger? It was not worth it and he should be reprimanded for his action. I'm not sure if this story is over or not, but I hope we get some resolution about this.
  • Peter asked Diane to consider being a Supreme Court Judge. Wow. That would definitely shake things up on the show and at the firm. It's an amazing opportunity. If she decides to take it, I wouldn't be surprised if something comes up to prevent her from actually taking it. 
  • Kalinda was out on a date and left to help Alicia, but then when she saw Cary he grabbed her hand. What's is the story between those two?
Do you buy that Alicia is in love with Peter and over Will? Or is she just fooling herself about her true feelings? Was Mike or Peter worse with the lies and manipulations? 


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I can understand why Alicia is in love with the idea of love for Will, since this is often the effect of illicit affairs – there is that sense of excitement, romance and danger that is intoxicating. It is ironic, however, that Alicia who adamantly threw Peter out of their home upon learning of his affairs with the prostitute and Kalinda should fall so low as to become what she hates most --- a cheater. If she continues to pursue this affair with Will, she would ultimately destroy her family with no fault of Peter.


I just have one thing to say: Those scenes between Alicia and Will were H-O-T!


I don't care one way or the other if Alicia and Peter reconcile but if this ongoing unrequited love with Will story line continues I am done.


Why not she did, separated or not she still is married and lying to herself and hiding it from the kids. That makes up for his cheating like it or not, do you think Will wouldn't cheat on her my money says YES. That's his way of life screw and go and don't look back.
Peters cards are on the table I know Kalinda was to save her from complete letdown not meant to lie, I still say he never did her he helped her out of a felony charge and the name change.
AS for Zack I doubt it, but in real life Jullianna had the same happening.


I cannot believe that you people can say that Alicia has to go back to Peter....He is a lying cheat. I know it is called the good wife, but seriously, go back to a husband that was sleeping with prostitutes???? I personly, would kick is ass far away from me. It is okay to be a cheat in a marrige?


My vision for season 5 is that Peter will finally get his revenge on WILL and Alicia will see what kind of a underhanded person he really is and that she believed he was her friend. The firm of Gardiner will go down from corruption along with other partners also. The hand of the law will also pull in Dianne from the bench.


Melissa@ In season 3 Alicia dumped WILL but Will was going to dump her on the advise of Dianne.


Alicias mother said that Alicia liked the bad boys..... Zack could be the result of a one night stand with Will. We don´t know if that ever happend???? In season 1 episode 17, Alicia say:"whatever we had at Georgetown...." Maybe a one night stand???? I am just saying. It would really spice the story a bit ;-)


@ Jack-Alicia dumped Will in season 3 not the other way around. Will was going to ask her for a more serious commitment when she broke it off.


Who the heck are you to say all these things that make no sense about who loves who. She has someone who loves her and she loves him, the handwriting is on the wall so start reading. When someone who is still married the vows are intact till death or divorce, it doesn't matter if you are the worst SOB in the world if deep down there is that spark or flame it won't end. So Alicia see the flame flaring up around Peter and the smoldering of Will.

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 18 Quotes

Alicia, you are saint Alicia. I know you don't like that, but you are. For tonight, go for it.


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