The Good Wife Review: All About Love

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"The Wheels of Justice" moved quickly on this week's The Good Wife, as Alicia expedited a trial for her infamous client Colin Sweeney.

When we last saw Sweeney, he was being charged with sexual misconduct with Isobel Swift in "Long Way Home" after previously getting away with murdering his wife. Now, he's engaged to Isobel. 

While the fast tracked trial was the case-of-the-week, the overriding theme of the episode was all about love and its various incarnations. 

Defending McSweeney

Instead of a normal trial involving Colin Sweeney (if there is such a thing), Alicia demanded that the trial start within the 160 days required by law at a defendant's request.  That meant the trial needed to start the next day. This maneuver was all about protecting Sweeney from a potential life sentence in prison. Sweeney already had two strikes against him and with the coming Supreme Court ruling and a third strike in this trial, he would be sent away for a life sentence.

While Sweeney probably deserved that sentence for killing his wife, he was found not guilty in that case. Alicia needed to do what was in her client's best interest to keep him out of prison. In the end, Sweeney's case ended before the Supreme Court ruling came out. He was found not guilty of the major charge and guilty on the lesser charge of Disorderly Conduct, which meant 30 days in jail. Not bad.

The more entertaining aspect of the episode was the revelations about love however messed up the situation may be.

Messed Up Love After accusing Sweeney of sexual misconduct, Isobel continued a relationship with Sweeney and they got engaged. Even though Isobel knows that Sweeney killed his first wife, she still continued a relationship with him. In an oddly funny moment, Isobel asked Alicia if Sweeney would kill her too if they got married. The lawyer responded that since she didn't have any money probably not.

Then, Isobel purposefully hurt Sweeney's case by lying on the stand about where they were when the shots were fired. Why? To get him to agree to marrying her without a pre-nuptial agreement. Wow. She forced his hand and made their relationship about the thing he killed his wife over. Isobel is one manipulative and risk taking gal. But, they love each other, right?

Love for a Father Before putting herself out there for the Supreme Court nomination, Diane had Kalinda do a background check to see what issues she'd have to face under scrutiny. When Diane found out that her father had betrayed his best friend, she was devastated. Instead of seeing her father's name tarnished, Diane considered declining the offer. That's a special and true kind of love.

Opposites Attract Diane and Kurt are about as opposite as two people can be. They are like Newton's Cradle kinetic balls that keep bouncing together and then apart. Despite their differences, they love each other. When Diane asked Kurt to marry her, it both was a shock and made sense. They aren't young teenagers in love for the first time. If they love each other, they should just be together.

During Kalinda's investigation, she found a reason for Diane to stay away from Kurt. And, then Kurt responded to her proposal by asking for time. Even though, it was in her best interest to wait too, she again decided to put love before career. She would take the man of her dreams and protect her father over being a Supreme Court judge. I hope they elope! It would be a fitting wedding for both of them. I've never appreciated Diane more than I did in this episode, she showed her true heart for the first time.

Unrequited Love ... Maybe Alicia and Will have an odd romance. Neither of them have been completely honest with the other, so it's unclear what's in their hearts. They both push the other away for fear of being hurt or rejected. Is it unrequited love? Or, is it stupidity? Even though Alicia said she loved Peter, she definitely is still smitten, if not, entirely in love with Will. He hasn't revealed his true feelings, but it seems he still has a think for her too. 

Alicia needs to look inside herself and decide who and what she wants and go for it. Rejection would be better than what she's going through now. If Laura can see the love between Will and Alicia, why can't they?

Odds and Ends

  • Alicia has a new gorgeous office with a $10,000 decorating budget, while Cary gets a new office with folding chairs as a couch. Will he get Alicia's old couch? It's still a step up in office for him. No more sharing. Will Diane follow through on Cary's partnership even if she doesn't leave? 
  • Robyn is proving to be just as capable an investigator as Kalinda. Though her "mean face" isn't nearly as intimidating as Kalinda's though it's close. And, her con on the lawyer at the bar was very convincing. It was hilarious that he tried to ask her out even after he knew what information she was after. Nice job, Robyn!
  • The Vampire Diaries fan fiction will go down as one of the oddest, but funniest moments in The Good Wife history. Poor Kalinda having to read that and Diane having to listen to it. Would Damon and Elena ever do it in a pick up truck though? That sounds more like something Diane and Kurt would do, right?
  • "I'll just kill her." Oh, Sweeney. I really hope Isobel doesn't end up dead. That would be horrible and a stretch for the show. 
  • I've liked Laura since the beginning, but she earned a bump up in the respect department when she ended it with Will. She may have lied, but she did it with good reason. She's friends with Alicia. Even if Alicia can't acknowledge her feelings for Will, Laura knew it was best for the friendship and for herself to get out before things got more complicated.


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When you forgive someone of an offense it is precisely to restore the relationship that has gone south with the goal of avoiding and resolving the mistakes that have caused the pain and suffering. Never forgetting the offense becomes a positive force when both the forgiver and the forgiven remember the pain and high cost the offense had brought about for both parties. So to apply it to Peter and Alicia, they both must come to terms with what has been and the positve outcome they can build on for the future. Peter as portrayed in all the episodes, by far, appears to have resolved the errors he had made and has worked hard to restore his relationship with Alicia.


Ms. Hampton, I agree with your assertion "to forgive and never forget." But, I totally disagree with the way you apply this principle. I find your "at-one-ment" resolution insincere, absurd, unreal and one-sided. Only God is able to forget our sins once we repent and He forgives us, but for a human being like me it is difficult to forget the pain others may have brought upon us. So, I understand why we should never forget. However, true forgiveness is a two-way street wherein the forgiver and the forgiven come into agreement - a covenant is more apt - to work hard on restoring and rebuilding the relationship and the trust they have for one another.


I believe in forgiveness. It's my stock-and-trade. But I do not believe in the "forgive and forget" type of forgiveness. I believe in "forgive and never forget". And there is a difference. The type of forgiveness I believe in is the at-one-ment that the forgiver gets when they are ready to forgive. I think Alicia is at-one-ment (at peace) with what Peter did. I also think that she will never trust Peter the way she used to. Forgiveness does not mean that Alicia and Peter's relationship has to return to marriage. Peter's actions created a new reality. I continue to believe the new reality is that, while Alicia will always care about Peter (he is the father of her children after all), she's not in love with him anymore. And life is too short to not be with the person one is in love with.


Ms. Hampton, you must be be an angel or spiritual being who never errs. Your statements seem to reflect a sentiment that doesn't give anyone who makes any blunder in life any opportunity to redeem themselves. The last time I looked around the world I found humans being always prone to error. Wouldn't it be wonderful if people could be more forgiving and allow others who fall the opportunity to redeem themselves and make up for their errors? At least for those who are genuinely repentant and actively working to restore what they have broken down. To me, it is important to realize that we all have several flaws, and capable as other human beings to commit terrible blunders. So yes, everyone deserves a second chance, but only for those who are genuinely repentant and strive hard to earn back the tust they had lost.


@Diego, you write: "I love your optimism about the Peter-Alicia-Will saga because almost everyone would want a happy ending and I for one would like that to happen." I have a question: Why does Peter deserve a "happy ending" with Alicia? Actions have consequences. And since Peter chose the action (sleeping with Kalinda and the prostitute) that brought about the breakdown of his marriage, why should he get a happy ending? At what point does a person's actions make it not viable for them to get the "happy ending" that they want?


For the show, not necessarily, Ms. Hampton, but certainly I would also have wanted the writers to clarify that matter further if time and episode space permits. However, there have also been a lot of dialogues and scenes that implied and hinted that Alicia and Peter had somehow gotten that issue off of their chests -- like how Alicia has started to warm up to Peter as of late. Ideally, and in real life, your observation about that issue is valid, but alas, again we only have to glean through the episodes, dialogues and try to connect the dots for the answer. Peter's reformation is a vital clue that he is on track and done something right.


We have seen Kalinda repeatedly apologize to Alicia for sleeping with Peter. If Peter had apologized, don't you really think they would have shown us that? I'm not saying that Peter hasn't reformed in some way; I'm saying that since he has never apologized for sleeping with Kalinda, the reformation only goes so far. And if you never apologize for the action that causes irrevocable harm/hurt to your spouse, are you really reformed?


Kao, I love your optimism about the Peter-Alicia-Will saga because almost everyone would want a happy ending and I for one would like that to happen. So if it goes the other way Peter stands to lose the most -- his family life wouldn't be complete, his hard work to return to prominence and power empty because he would not have those he cares about with him to share with. Either way the ball bounces, Will has nothing to lose but all to gain. If Alicia chooses him he gains a hot chick lawyer, a prospering firm, and all the perks that go with it. If Alicia dumps him, I don't believe it would hurt much because he doesn't have a family to worry about...and he has an array of top quality ladies waiting in the wings for his love and attention.


The end results is she reunites with Peter and Will ends up in a world of hurt.


A TV series, with the limitations of time (and space???), cannot crowd in all the details and scenes about the interactions of all its characters, so the viewer is left to glean from the various scenes and dialogues to determine where the story is going and how the characters are portrayed. Insofar as Peter's character has developed, four seasons seem to imply that somewhere in between he got to finally realize the error of his ways, acknowledged it and is rising up from where he had fallen. It is therefore important to always consider the context of all that is happening as a whole not only its parts.

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 19 Quotes

If I marry him, will he kill me?

Isobel Swift

We have to run the fastest trial in history.