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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For all you Will lovers dream on, as a woman I would not give the time of day his ways are far worst than Peters hooker. Alicia may have thoughts but so do most women today, that doesn't mean anything to the real meaning of love. When she told Grace she loved him there wasn't a flinch or flash back, there was true passion.
As for the kids they come first in her life and Peters also, Will would be a true backstabber to get his way and would destroy any relationship.
Did anybody catch the thank you from Peter to Will at the fancy party where he mentioned the partnership for Alicia, it wasn't meant as a compliment but a dig. Don't think Peter has forgotten Wills comment seasons ago about no balls, he is going to use them as a clapper. PS..Does anyone remember the phone call to Cary from Peter at the welcome drink at the bar on his back in at the firm, what was that about?


I do no see Alicia "loving" Peter. She is pragmatic and very much a realist and made her decision, for now, not to divorce. Her affair with Will started to torture her when her private time away from her children caused her to slip as a parent....that is the only reason it was ended. She told Grace she loved Peter, because a woman like Alicia will always love the father of her children, but make no mistake Peter will never occupy her heart in the same way Will does...she is way more complicated and far from the stereotype of the "little wifey"...the conception of Zack foreshadows more complicated behaviors from Alicia....


TGW Alicia/Will story line is intriguing. The chemistry is very believable, they are hot together. Alicia makes Will a better person, I read him as actually loving her very much and to him, other women are well, just other women. At the height of their affair, the writers made it look like for Alicia it was all sex, but now in the quiet moments of her mind she finds herself drifting back to him...with the writers telling us you can quickly move on from sex....but not so easy with love. The tricky writers may show snippets now and then about how they love each other, but will never get them together as a real couple. After all, The Good Wife is a fairy tale and as in all good story-telling...a good dose of fantasy mixed in, makes for delicious story-telling. I love The Good Wife and appreciate the writing and wonderful players.


No she has seen through him for sometime now that its all about one thing SEX and that's all, he is not relationship material only out for one thing money and power over everyone except Dianne she controls him. There is no love there she deep down loves Peter and for the kids they are her world and Will isn't any part of it.


Alicia is trying to make Will move on, but I believe she is not over him,she loves him.
I think she is scared of this feeling bacause of her kids, of what they would think of her as mother.
Alicia cares deeply for Peter, because of their past together, the kids, and so on. But I think she doesn't love him anymore, not just for his betrayal, but because he is not right for her anymore, she is a diffent woman now.


Carla, you have a hard time believing Alicia because of your own bias against the relationship in the first place, and it's unfair of you as a reviewer and writer to accuse the writers of poor writing. There are those of us who like Peter and Alicia together. It's great that the writers are brave enough not to succumb to people who believe that if a man cheats his wife should not forgive him and should move on. I think it shows strength in Alicia to stay with Peter, and to admit her love. Yes she will always have feelings for Will, but love is a choice, and she chooses to love her husband. I commend her and the writers and I disagree with you.


PS....There is no way Will is Zachs father, again she did not date Will in college !!!


I thought it was a very good episode (even without a court case). I agree that Alicia's mother was way out of line. I hope they don't write Diane out of the show as a judge. I am quite happy if Alicia and Peter get together. I think he's been a pretty good guy in the recent seasons. Frankly, there have been lots of times when Alicia hasn't been the "Good Wife" so he deserves some slack. I think Kresteva is a real jerk and I was so glad Peter punched the SOB. One thing that was annoying was the singing drunk the police station. He added nothing to the plot and was a stupid distraction to some interesting dialogue. I agree that it sure would be interesting if Will is Zach's father!!!


I started to watch TGW not too long ago (season 4), so I do not have all the backgrounds of the previous seasons. One thing I feel for sure: I do not like Will at all! He is VERY borderline unethical and while challenged acts plainly ugly (mock trial against Alicia and Cary). I feel Alicia still loves him, and is trying hard to refrain that emotion, which is the right thing to do. I don't think her romance with Will will go anywhere even if she is divorced. Her attitude towards Peter is somewhat confusing. Has she totally forgiven him? I doubt it. She acts like she genuinely believe that Peter could be a good governor and she supports him in his political campaign. But it feels more like a partnership rather than a couple although they do have intimacy. I believe she loves Peter, just not the way she loves Will. The latter is filled with passion (because it was forbidden and short-lived), and the former is a long-lasting stable relationship like any couple who have married a long time.


Does everyone seem to be on the same thought wave, she never dated Will in college remember the cell phone call way back which Grace overheard. She told him if they had it would not of lasted a week, where does Zack come into that picture.
Now her conversation with Will was very real as I see it, she wants to move on with her life and doesn't want him in the picture ( finally opened her eyes to the real reason "sex" only) The conversation with Grace was right on, she was asked about dad and the response was I LOVE HIM. I don't see any second guessing about it!!!

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 18 Quotes

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