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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? 

Review

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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I've been thinking about this for a while and am wondering why so many people want all political wives to be like Hillary Clinton. At what point can a political wife be allowed to be Elizabeth Edwards; forgiving of her husband's mistakes, yet recognize that the marriage is over.
So many people who have commented have said that "Alicia cheated too." Are you freaking kidding me? Why is it that Peter can schtupp everything in a skirt yet Alicia must be the "good wife" and take him back? Why can't Alicia have somebody that loves her and who she loves? Doesn't she deserve that? Does Peter's career have to completely take over Alicia's life so that she can't have the love that she craves/needs/deserves?

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Jack, You have hit the nail on the head great going. With you 100%.

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But Will showed her nothing except overdoing sex with her till he finaly dumped Alicia in order to avoid the catastrophic consequence caused by the judicial bribery charge brought by Peter(season 3,episode 10). Will is a purely coward and irresponsible person,who didn't deserve Alicia true love. That was smart for Alicia to marry Peter rather than Will when she was in Georgetown, and it is smarter that Alicia finally got back to “new Peter", who had totally transformed into a good father and husband.
I believe it is absolutely impossible that Will and Alicia can get together again in the upcoming season 5, because Peter would not let his kids' mother and his beloved wife go, it is so easy for him to figure out some way to scare Will away again,just like what he did in season 3. For Alicia, a real good mother, who has got balanced psychologically after the affair with will, has accpet Peter's past flaw and grown to love Peter again, just like what she told Grace, becasue they are family.

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I don't believe that Alice is truely in love with Will, they are just attracted to each other sexually.Does anyone still remember what Alicia confessed when she talked to her brother in the bar(season3,episode 11).
Her brother:Are you in love with Will?
Alicia:No,I don't think I am.
Her brother:Seriously?
Alicia: Seriously.I think I was in love with "it." You know the attention...
Her brother:the...-Raw,animalistic sex?
Alicia:Yeah!
Alicia clearly knows what she realy wants. She did ever have some passion with Will, but passion fades out as time passes. Only Famly,kids and common interest can bring a couple together permanently. For Alicia,a marriage means commitment,responsibility,and security, not just love or sex. Alicia has ever asked Will to "show me your plan" at Peter's press conference(season 1,episode 23) becausw she has kids,a husband,and the press waiting for a whiff of news scandles. But Will showed her nothing except overdoing sex with her till he finaly dumped Alicia in order to avoid the catastrophic consequence caused by the judicial bribery charge brought by Peter(season 3,episode 10). Will is a purely coward and irresponsible person,who didn't deserve Alicia true love. That was smart for Alicia to marry Peter rather than Will when she was in Georgetown, and it is smarter for her to finally got back to “new Peter", who had totally transformed into a good father and faithful husband.
I believe it is absolutely impossible that Will and Alicia can get together again in the upcoming season 5, because Peter would not let his kids' mother and his beloved wife go, it is so easy for him to figure out some way to scare Will away again,just like what he did in season 3. For Alicia, a real good mother, who has got balanced psychologically after an affair with will, has accpet Peter's past flaw and grown to love Peter again,just like what she told Grace, becasue they are family, Will isn't.

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I hate the idea of Peter and Alicia being together. I think that Alicia loves Will and viceversa (or at least that's what the writers made us believe). All these years since college there's been an attraction between them, but they've simply had "bad timing". Well... now there seems to be "good timing". They are not boss and employee any longer, they are peers. She's separated, her children are not so young and there's nobody important in Will's life. So, why are they complicating things? Is it only to justify a fifth season?

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biszara@ There is no undying love just pure hot sex, that is his way of life and has been all these years. He wants his cake and eat it too there is no time for family relationships which he can't handle. She has seen this and trys several times to cut him off when the smooth talk starts.
Why does everyone think Peter is the scumbag, as a woman I for one would take Peter over Will anyday, since season 1 till now Peter has been the angel where Will the devil which can't be trusted. As a lawyer noway as a person a very dark past. Everybody keep saying she loves Will, all I see a way of payback that took place with Will to Peter then quilt took over and disgrace that the kids would find out which leads to denial from them.

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One more thing, I agree with some of the reviewers who wonder why people say Will is the bad boy when Peter was the scumbag who cheated on Alicia. Will has been wanting to express his undying love for Alicia since day one, but Alicia was the one who ran away. So, who is the bad boy here? Did we all watch the same show?

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Interesting. While going back to Peter is the right thing to do (just because Alicia is his wife), I can't help but find that Alicia and Will's connection/attraction is so real. Well, at least that was how the writers made it. I just wish that Alicia is stronger and not indecisive when comes to what is best for her. Going back and forth made her one confused lady!

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At the beginning of this episode, Eli referred to Alicia as 'Saint Alicia'. Is that really true? She is far from being a Saint! Also, in this episode Peter wanted Dianne to leave her firm and become judge. Is this really the best thing for Peter? With Dianne out of the Law Firm, Will and Alicia will be the main partners in the firm. This meansr close interactions between Will and Alicia. Partners have to rely and trust each other just like Will and Dianne. Just wonder where this show will take us from here.

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Does anyone know what type of phone Alicia has, it look like it fits in the palm of your hand.