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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Peter could not keep his penis in his pants, but Alicia should go back to him because he hasn't been with anyone since he got out of prison? Really? I'm supposed to believe that Peter is less of a sleaze than Will yet Peter is the one who was with prostitutes and had coercive sex with Kalinda. Really?!? As far as we know, Will has never lied to any of the women he has been with. He has never pretended feelings he doesn't have. As a single woman who has been with more than one man, I find Will refreshing. He doesn't use slick lines to get women to go to bed with him. He tells them he's attracted to them. If they choose to read feelings into that, that's on them. If Peter had kept his penis in his pants, Alicia nor Will would have acted on their feelings for each other. So let's not act as if Peter is the injured party here.


Marcus, of course the many scenes showing illicit encounters between Alicia and Will will always project chemistry between the two characters on screen. And if there were more intimate moments shown between Alicia and Peter a special chemistry would also be established between the two. But, if you were to step back and analyze what you said that Peter did so many terrible things -- except for the time he committed the error of using a prostitute and sleeping with Kalinda, I challenge you to list down all the terrible things he did after he got his freedom back and has been trying so patiently to win Alicia back. So far all the episodes show a man who is trying real hard to restore his relationship with his family, especially his wife. You should give the character of Peter a second look.


Kimberly, you seem to define a sleazeball as someone who sleeps with prostitutes and regard someone like Will who sleeps around with various women who are not prostitutes as normal or acceptable. As a woman you should be the first to realize that women have to be regarded with honesty, respect and dignity. Anyone who uses smooth and empty talk or guile just to entice women into their beds is a sleazeball -- sex/physical pleasure is a sleazeball's only goal and true commitment is far from their minds. The tragedy these days is that more and more women willfully spread their legs for a cup of coffee or just a song. At least the prostitute comes out wise enough to demand a fee -- a commitment -- for services rendered in order to survive these difficult economic times.


Peter’s fall only establishes that he is like any other human being prone to fall into temptation. And because he held a position of power, he like most mortals committed the error of taking advantage of his position for physical gratification.
What he does after this fall is what makes his character most inspiring and worth emulating. First, he admits to his faults and serves his sentence – which most politicians/public servants these days avoid – since often times they go scot free and evade due punishment. And based on all episodes following his incarceration and return to power, Peter is characterized as a man who strives very hard to make right where he did wrong – fighting hard to mend and restore his reputation and to regain, rekindle and strengthen his relationship with his family.
The fall from power and punishment brought him to a genuine realization of what was most valuable in his life – his wife and kids, his integrity and the respect of his peers and even of his enemies.
I admire how the writers present Peter as one who does not force himself on those whom he values most – but with understanding and patience takes all the extra effort to win them back – hopefully completely.


Kimberly, Will could never get a plan into place because consistent with Will’s character as portrayed in the series, he is fearful of commitments. He knows full well that Alicia’s kids are a responsibility he does not want to have. Sex is his only aim – getting in between the legs of the women – whether they be sisters, which he both plugged, students with whom he has influence over, opposing counsels, clients and a host of women characters he continues to pursue while claiming he loves Alicia. Running true to form Will goes on his merry way using women whether they be too young to be his daughters or old enough to be his mother. He’s really sick. This is one area in which Alicia becomes a dumb fool not to recognize that Will is more disgusting all around than Peter was when he fell.


Maybe i'm out of touch but as an avid TGW viewer of this fiction show everyone seems to be taking sides, try looking at the bigger picture and look ahead where the writers are going to make the end happily ever after.
I would like to see Alicia divorce Peter get rid of Will leave her job at the firm and move on with a clean slate in life, but it won't happen.


How to say the girls Will have been with have passed it along and he is passing it along. That means Will is the sleazeball, not Peter.


"You wanna know my plan? My plan is I love you, okay. I've probably love you...EVER SINCE GEORGETOWN. So phone me. I will meet you anywhere and together we will make a plan." Remember Will saying that? I do. The phone conversation that Grace overheard has nothing to do with whether or not Will has loved Alicia since law school. He has. Will has had his share of women, no doubt. None of them have been prostitutes. So no matter how you look at this, Peter put Alicia's health in jeopardy by going with the prostitute. That means Peter is the sleazeball, not Will.


Who's to say Will doesn't have any STD's with all the different ho's he had ?
PS He didn't see her for 20 yrs no love there, plus she never dated him in law school. Remember the cell call that Grace overheard about if they had it wouldn't have lasted a week.


I get it. Really I do. I get that there are some who are never going to like, or accept, that Alicia and Will made love. I really do get that. Yet to say that Will, who made love with a woman he's been in love with for 20 years, is sleazy; but Peter, who had sex with a prostitute 18 times, is not sleazy....that calculus does not compute to me. Forget for a moment that Peter had sex with her 18 times, he had sex with a pro. He put Alicia in danger through his sexual activity. He didn't know whether that pro had any STIs (we know that she didn't now, but they didn't know it then). And so in his selfishness Peter just did what he wanted with no thought of the consequences. What's not sleazy about that?

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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.