The Good Wife: Closing Arguments

E:  The second season of our favorite show closes with an episode just as steamy as the one which began it.  Oh, Good Wife. You’re pretty sparing with the sex, but when you decide to have it, boy do you decide.

Besides rather a lot of sex, we got a pretty fun case this week, from quite an unusual angle.  Always challenging themselves, the Kings, to come up with new bits of the legal process to fascinate us. And so we begin, at the ending of one thing, at the beginning of another, in a peculiar limbo, our moorings loosed, fully adrift.

“Thank you, your Honor.  And thank you for your patience and attention.  Now it’s time for you to go into that room and judge.”  Will Gardner’s making his – yes – closing argument.  An interesting introduction to the judge murder trial, no?  Perhaps that’s why we ended last week’s episode with the mention of it, so this might feel less abrupt. “So let’s hear the facts. Jake Rickter.”  Will rests his hands on the man’s shoulders to suggest their friendship, that Jake’s a good guy.  “Family man. Business owner. You’ve probably seen his wife and child here throughout the trial.”  And indeed, a young woman with an adorable little boy sits next to Alicia ‘Hand Holder Supreme’ Florrick in the gallery.  “So why is Jake here on trial for first degree murder?  His 9 year old son died during a routine oral surgery, and a broken-hearted Jake decided to sue the dentist.  That’s all.”  Wow.  That’s a lot.  “Jake came to our firm and we helped him sue the dentist.  That was a year ago.”

“As you know, that suit was adjudicated by Judge Philip Ellerbee.” Will displays a formal picture of a round faced, well dressed man. ”Judge Ellberee decided against Jake, and that’s where all this should have ended except 2 months later, Judge Ellerbee was found stabbed to death in his home.”

Now we see the round faced man lying on a tile floor, his black blood an enormous  shadow swooping beneath him.  His body is twisted to the side, and there’s a red puddle where his trench coat bunches under his belly.  Ellerbee was stabbed in the stomach, but there’s blood trickling from his mouth, too.  Mrs. R, I hope you’ve got your son’s eyes covered!  “Now why do I find myself showing you these crime scene photos even more than the State’s Attorney?  Because this murder cries out for justice!”  There’s a theatrical rage in his tone, wailing and gnashing of teeth. “But instead, Glenn Childs, knowing his term as State’s Attorney would be over in two days…” Childs sits at the prosecutor’s table, but it’s Cary who leaps to object.

A slender judge with short gray pixie cut sustains the objection, and Will rolls his eyes at the jury, as if they were in this with him against everyone.  “As has been testified to previously, Judge Ellerbee was wearing both gloves that evening, but as you can see, one’s missing.”  They really needed a witness to confirm that, unlike Michael Jackson, Ellerbee wore his gloves on both hands?  Whatever.  But, really?  A bloody glove?  That’s so O.J. Simpson.  I almost expect a mantra from Will.  “The police can’t locate it.  Glenn Childs can’t locate it.”  Well, that’s something, but it’s not quite “if the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.”

Alicia’s phone hums, and she exits the courtroom. “You heard testimony from our expert witness that given the direction of the knife attack, this glove would most certainly have the killer’s blood on it.  The one piece of evidence that could have lead to exoneration is gone.  Why?”  Well, by the same token, that glove would be the clinching evidence against the defendant, right?  So the SA’s office ought to have compelling reason to produce it.  Unless they’re railroading our client.  And indeed, we’ve heard nothing but motive, which surely shouldn’t enough to try anyone.  ”We’ve also heard testimony that Judge Ellerbee was also involved in several other controversial decisions and has a multitude of enemies, yet Mr. Childs here would have you believe…”

“Okay.  How’d it go?”  Diane accosts Alicia as she exits the elevator in the Lockhart/Gardner lobby.

“Will’s doing well, but I don’t know.  I think we only have one juror,  Juror #2. “  Wow, that’s kind of nutty, considering that the prosecution’s facts seem pretty thin.  Course it’s not really fair to judge their case without hearing it. Diane shrugs. “People wanna blame someone for a judge killing.”  Abruptly, she shifts gears. “Oh, hey, we need to talk.” Immediately Alicia’s apprehensive, but Diane’s expansive smile allays her fears. “Nothing bad. We’re expanding.  And I think you should consider taking on a bigger role.”  Diane thinks they should save discussion of what role for later, after she’s done scouting for office space on the 30th floor.

As Alicia reflects on this happy development, her phone rings. “Hi, Owen.  How’s parenting?”  “Oh, it’s rough,” Owen sighs dramatically, lying on the couch with his hand in a bag of chips.  You know, the Florrick apartment isn’t really furnished for lounging.  That couch doesn’t really fit more than one lounger. It’s somewhat Puritanical that way, as if to inspire a solid work ethic and public virtue in its young people.  Just saying. “What’re you watching,” Alicia laughs; she can hear the giggles and roaring surf of some Spring Break looking show. “I’m working hard!” Owen claims in mock outrage. (How else?) “Have you seen reality tv during the day?  It’s so, I don’t know, last days of Pompei.” Hee.  Love the classical allusion, Owen!  You smarty pants college professor.  Excellent boy.

As she walks down the stairs to her floor, Alicia’s caught by -Hee! – Courtney!  Oh my gosh, have we even seen her in 2011?  Awesome.

Not knowing she’s an object of glee, Courtney merely hands Alicia an large manilla envelope. “More on the Rickter trial?”  Alicia asks.  (Though I swear she gets the name wrong.) “Yeah.  Will’s office?”  Courtney wonders.  “No, I’ll take it,” Alicia decides, concentrating on Owen’s dinner plans – Italian at Johnny’s.  Will she be free at 6?  She will be.  Her tone shifts as she thanks him, seriously, for helping out. “Oh, come on, you’re my big sis,” he demurs. “And you know, don’t worry.  They seem fine.  Really.”  Better news you could not have given her, Owen, though she’s hesitant to believe it. “Yeah. You and I were catatonic when Mom and Dad split.”  Oh.  Poor little monkeys.  Also, it’s true; Zach and Grace are coping very well, better than I would have imagined.  Maybe when you live under the threat of something for so long, it makes bearing up under the eventual catastrophe easier.

Like lightning, he shifts topics. “So you’re not telling anyone?”  It takes her a second longer to catch up, but when she does, she seems vulnerable, as if someone might over hear. “About the separation?  No, not yet.”  Not even Will, Owen teases, his voice dipping low.

Alicia, however, misses the innuendo entirely, because she’s tipped the envelope open and its contents dropped onto her desk; the bloody glove topples onto a piece of paper, and she freezes as if it were cursed object from a fairy tale.

“Uh, that was a joke, Alicia,” Owen speaks into silence. “Hello?”  Slowly Alicia tells Owen she can’t talk, hangs up, the calls for Courtney to run for Diane.  “Tell her it’s urgent!”  She stands, unmoving, her arms bent awkwardly, still holding the corner of the envelope and her phone, not daring to move, barely daring to breathe.

Kalinda walks by.  Of course it’s Kalinda, right at this moment.

Alicia’s phone rings.  Of course.  Alicia doesn’t move.

Kalinda walks back the other way.

“Hey,” Alicia calls out, giving in, and Kalinda stops, shooting her a challenging, ‘don’t mess with me’ glare. “Look,” Alicia says simply, pointing her chin at her desktop.  “Kalinda raises her eyebrows and steps into the office.  The phone continues to ring.  Kalinda bends to examine the strange apparition.  “Okay, don’t move.”  “I’m not,” Alicia replies. “It came in that envelope?”  It did. “Keep your fingers where they are.”  “I am,” Alicia replies, exasperated.  “Courtney’s getting Diane.”

“Did anyone else touch it?” Kalinda “The glove or the envelope?” Alicia asks, and it’s Kalinda’s turn to be exasperated; she means the glove.  “No, I didn’t even touch it.  It just slipped right out.”

Sophia Russo is packing up her desk when Kalinda calls her.  How soon is she moving to the SA’s office?  “Why, wanna come work for me?”  Hardly. Does her firm still run DNA testing?  Why yes. “We want to hire you for a few days, but you have to come here, now.  My next call is to the police.”  Sophia’s eyes pop.  She’s on her way to Lockhart/Gardner, 27th floor; Kalinda’s going to give her a ten minute lead on the police.  Alicia rolls her eyes when Kalinda identifies Sophia as a friend, probably because she identifies most of Kalinda’s so called friends as occasional casual lovers.

As Kalinda photographs the envelope with her phone, the phone keeps ringing.  Would you please answer, Alicia begs – it’s probably Will, because jury instruction should be over.  But it’s not; it’s Eli, bewildered to get someone other than Alicia on her phone.  Without even a glance at the caller id, Kalinda hangs up.  Hee.

Eli, meanwhile, is besieged by the Democratic Committee.  Eek!  And, wow, that’s a purple shirt. Yikes. ‘Where’s the candidate’s head on this one?”  Frank Landau wants to know.  “On running again?  He’s not ready,” Eli shakes his head. “He wants to make a good show with the State’s Attorney’s Office.”  “Good,” Frank replies cheerily,  “he shouldn’t bother with any of this – that’s our job.”  Eli squints and smiles, as if blinded by the reflections off Frank’s bald head.  (Oh.  That was mean, wasn’t it?  But he really is acting like he’s looking into the sun.) “And yours.  Eli, make yourself comfortable.  The Democratic Party takes care of its own.”

A genuine smile spreads over Eli’s face. “Good. I like being taken care of.”  Frank’s minions laugh like they’re the bridge crew of the Starship Enterprise at the end of an episode, and Eli fake-laughs back at them.  Frank tosses him a list of law firms that will rent him office space and pay him a salary.  Damn, playing with the big boys does have its perks.  “We need to get you paid between the campaigns.”  But, hmmm.  What happened to his office from last season?  His freaking enormous office with the stunning view?  You remember, the one where Alicia went to beg him to transfer his business to Lockhart/Gardner, and so saved her job?  I distinctly recall that he’s mentioned having other clients as well.  “And you need to take this time to think statewide.  Illinois is more conservative than you might think.  We’ll need Peter at family events, with his kids, his wife – especially the wife. You should see the polling on Mrs. Florrick after her interview.”  Poor Eli looks like he’s going to swallow his tongue.  “I don’t think she’s going to want to get too involved again.”  Well there’s an understatement.  To Frank, that’s hilarious. “Oh, I don’t think that’s her choice, is it?” he chuckles.  Oh, I don’t know, Frank.  You’d be surprised at her ability to choose for herself.  “Look, without her, Peter’s a john who overpaid for a prostitute.  With her, he’s Kennedy.”

Eli, the bright and shining star you hitched your wagon to?  Yeah.  Looking kind of like a meteor burning out.

“And now we leave it in your hands,” Jane Alexander instructs the jury. “If you have any questions, Petey will be at your door.”  We get to watch Petey, the bailiff, usher out the jury.  Jake Rickter beams at his super cute kid, who brought a great picture he drew of them to court.  Who lets a five year old come to a murder trial?  Seriously?  Will gives him a measuring look. “You okay?” He is.  “I don’t want to lose them,” Jake says, nodding at his wife and son.  One child’s loss is surely enough.  Will leans forward and peers into his clients eyes. “Whatever the jury does, we’ll appeal.”  What, even if they acquit him?  That’s not quite as inspirational as I was hoping for.  Then Jake struggles for words, and when he finds them, bewilders me. “Kids should make it easier. It just makes it harder.”  What?  What does that mean?  I literally don’t understand what that means.  What should they make easier?   A consolation in age, surely, and a joy, but never easy. What parent would ever say that?

Will’s phone rings, and he excuses himself to take it.  “What’s wrong?”  He’s coming in twenty minutes. To the office?  Huh.

“This is a tough one, because you have no chain of custody.”  Right.  The voice here turns out to be Sophia’s.  “Could be a prank,” Kalinda suggests.  Alicia, now sitting but still holding the envelope in exactly the same spot, glares at them both. “Could be someone from the police department who didn’t like the way this went down.”  Huh.  That’s cool. “A whistle blower?” Alicia interjects. “Yeah,” Sophia shrugs. “I mean, the State’s Attorney’s office is in transition.  Anything goes.”  Would that affect the police?  General point well taken, however.

In the main office just outside Alicia’s door, Diane takes a call on her cell. It’s Will. “What’s going on?  I got 8 calls.”  “Yeah, we have an issue here,” Diane tells him in the understatement of the episode.  “The glove was sent to our office.”  Will freezes. “What?” “The judges glove?  It’s sitting on Alicia’s desk right now.”  “I…  who sent it?”  No idea. Diane watches Alicia pinch the envelope morosely.  The police are on their way; you need to get to the judge, Will.  “They’ll say we created it.  They’ll say there’s no chain of custody.” Diane knows, but there’s no help for it.  “Get to the judge.”  After Diane hangs up, Will thinks for a tiny moment, and then flies in the other direction.  To the judge’s office?  No, back into the courtroom. “Wait a second! Wait a second!”  It’s not the judge he’s talking to, but court officers who are hustling Jake away.  Will, panting, puts his hand on Jake’s shoulder and leans in close.  He pitches his voice too low to be overheard. “Jake I’m sorry to ask you this, but I don’t have time to be diplomatic.  Is there a chance your blood is on the missing glove?”  Jake doesn’t even understand what he means, but we do. “The bloody glove.  There’s a change we have it. Could your blood be on it?”  No, says Jake, and we see his eyebrows tighten.  No.  “Okay.  I just had to ask.”  Will runs away again – this time, presumably, for the judges chambers.  “What’s going on?” poor puzzled, hopeful Jake calls after him in vain.

Outside Alicia’s office, Diane explains her fear to Kalinda – that the State’s Attorney’s office will stonewall them by dragging their feet over the genetic testing.  “We have to rush this.”  Kalinda nods, and goes back to Sophia, who’s leaning on the doorframe not talking to Alicia.  “What’re we thinking?” Sophia looks at Kalinda. “What do you want me to be thinking?”  Yeah, these two definitely speak each other’s language.  How quickly could Sophia’s firm do the testing?  24 hours. “It’s going to cost you,” she warns, but Diane signals her willingness to pay.  “And we need something to test,” Kalinda notes, “and that memo is privileged Lockhart/Gardner work product.”  Indeed.  There are a few scraps of blood which have fallen off the glove onto the fortuitously placed paper.  “Mmm hmm,” Sophia notes.  The police are on their way?  Yes, though slowly, it seems; there’s enough time for the co-conspirators to pull the paper out and drop the blood into an envelope.

In judge’s chambers, Jane Alexander calmly pours tea.  The assembled lawyers go crazy. “Your Honor, this is insane.  Ten minutes after the jury’s instructed, Will?”  Not my fault, not in my control, Will insists. “But you can control when you send it to yourself,” Cary barks.  Ouch.  Will’s offended.  “You’re saying I created this?”  “Absolutely,” comes the forthright answer.  “Please,” waves the judge, sitting down with the tea she’s poured for herself (and no one else).   “Yes, everybody’s indignant,” the Honorable Suzanne Morris confirms wryly.  Snort.

“Mr. Gardner has a point, Mr. Childs,” she continues. “I myself have witnessed prosecutorial misconduct.”  Glenn tilts his head. “Meaning what, your Honor?”  Relax there, sparky. She thinks Childs is right, too.  The jury is deliberating.  Will takes that as an opening to ask for a mistrial.  Cary howls.  “We were not given access to exculpatory evidence. A clear Brady violation.”  Will insists. Why would the SA’s office want to frame this guy, anyway? I mean, if they had the glove, which they would have clearly removed immediately (before the crime scene photos, even, which is a stretch) without knowing who’s blood was on it, then why wouldn’t they use it to find the killer?  As a frame, it seems weird.  Childs wants Judge Morris to believe so, anyway.  “Excuse me. It’s not our evidence. We don’t even know what it is!”

“Thank you everyone!” Judge Morris cuts through the yelling. She denies the mistrial request.  “But.  Bring me proof that this glove is THE glove.  That it has been purposefully kept from you – or that it has some probative impact – and I will reconsider.  Thank you.”  Cary and Glenn beat a quick path out of the office.

“Mr. Gardner,” Judge Morris calls before Will can follow them. “I’m your friend here. You won’t have many friends in appellate court.” Mmm. Curious.  She doesn’t look up from her papers; you can see Alexander’s talent and theater training in the drama she creates here, just from withholding her gaze.  “I know,” Will nods.  “No, I don’t think you do.”  Finally, she looks up at him. “Judges protect their own.  They won’t be tempted to reverse a guilty verdict.”

Will stares at her. He moves forward, hypnotized.  She’s turned back to her pages.

“What’re you suggesting?”

“If I were in a suggesting mood, I’d suggest you use your time wisely, because when that jury comes in it’s out of my hands.”  Now Will does understand.  “Thank you, your Honor,” he says, standing upright before he turns to exit the room.  He’s on his phone before he’s all the way through the door.  “We have until the jury comes in,” he says.

Associates file into the main conference room at Lockhart/Gardner.  “Well, to say the least,” Diane instructs them, “we’ve had an dramatic turn of events lately, so, we’re having the blood on the glove tested independently, and we should have the results tomorrow.”  She explains the firm’s three pronged strategy: watch the jury closely, make an overture to Peter to see if he intends to continue the case if there’s a mistrial, and look for the whistle blower.  Will’s on number one – he knows the sheriff.  (Oh, the Bob Marley jokes I want to make…)  Fine.  Childs wants this case as a swan song, so he’s not going to be open to new evidence.  (It’s a terrible swan song, but completely in character for Glenn Childs.  It’s a bad prosecution, a rush job, a fitting epitaph for his administration.)  So, Diane wants someone to prep Peter on Childs’ intransigence (like he’d need it? ha). She gives Alicia a meaningful look.  Wouldn’t that be a conflict of interest or something, even if they weren’t, you know, living separately and furious at each other?  Alicia looks awkward – and away from Diane – and Kalinda bites her lip.  Aw.  Will steps in to the rescue.  He’ll take this prong too; he’s headed to the Courthouse anyway.  Alicia shoots him a look that’s grateful to the point of worship.

Finally, there’s the whistle blower.  The police say they’ll check the finger prints on the envelope, but Diane doesn’t trust them to be expeditious here either. She’s looking for a little collective brainstorming. “So, how did this envelope get to us?” Alicia’s got the answer, though it’s not the one Diane expects. “It’s not the envelope,”  she says. “What?”  She’s lost Will. “The envelope the police collected is not the envelope.”  Will still doesn’t get it. “What do you mean?”

Courtney speedwalks through the office, Alicia behind her, to find the Lockhart/Gardner mailroom.  Wow.  The dark underbelly of Lockhart/Gardner!  Or maybe it’s the bright white underbelly.  A hairy fellow named Bob seems to be responsible for opening the package that was addressed to Will.  “The one an hour ago?” he sighs. “Yeah.  Why?”  Wow, only an hour?  I love the speed and intensity of this case a ton.  Where is it, Alicia asks, and Bob nods his balding head toward an enormous bin filled with discarded mailers.

One such mailer, in a neat evidence bag, slaps down onto Sophia Russo’s desk.  “Well you just can’t stay away, can you?”  Kalinda wants it tested for prints.  “Sure.  What else do I have to do?  Want me to do some random urine testing while I’m at it?”  Sophia, I highly doubt that it will be you doing the physical testing.  It’s not like they’re not paying you for it, either.  “No,” Kalinda smiles, “but it’s a long day yet.”  Cute. Kalinda’s sprinting back to L/G, but Sophia wants to know if her old pal still goes out for drinks after work.  She slinks down into her chair and bites her finger as she says it.  “Do I… yeah,” Kalinda answers.  “Where?” Sophia wonders innocently.

On his way to the elevator, Will notices Alicia and congratulates her on her envelope wizardry.  “I’m heading to the Courthouse now, you looking at suspects?”  Yes, she is, so they have people to compare dna with the glove, but that’s not what she wants to talk about.  (I don’t think I’ve mentioned, but I love Alicia’s suit – it’s sexier than her usual with the flowy blouse and the deep v neckline.  The color is a sort of olive, warmer than all the black she’s been wearing, less severe, less priestess-like.)  “But Will,” she starts.  The elevator doors open, and she’s caught mid-sentence, flummoxed. “Rise down with me,” Will urges.

Once in the elevator, Alicia finds her tongue again. So to speak.  “When you talk to Peter,” she begins. “Don’t worry.  We’ll be fine.”  “No, no, I know,” she says carefully. “It’s just – there might be tension. I just don’t want you to be unprepared.”  He looks at her quizzically. “For?”  “We’ve been having some… troubles,” she chooses her words carefully, then smiles, sad.  “Oh.  I’m sorry.”  “No no.  Don’t be.  It’s, um, it’s a long time coming.”  He sighs and puts his hand on her arm consolingly.  It’s maybe a good thing he’s looking at the floor and not the big ole dopey smile she’s giving him.  He’s so sorry.  Again.  But when he looks at her face, he reads something into her expression, and realizes there might be more going on. “He thinks?” Will gestures between the two of them.  “No. It’s nothing. I’m over worrying it,” she lies.  Why warn him at all if you’re not willing to tell the truth, Alicia?  Although I suppose it’s possible that she believes Peter only accused her of sleeping with Will to hurt her, that he doesn’t actually believe it.  Will gives her his shrewd look.  “It’ll be fine.”  “You alright?”  They’ve reached the bottom floor.  “We’ll talk,” she says brightly.  Right.  “I have to look through some cases.” He squints at her as the doors close.

Does Will’s furrowed brow look remind anyone else of Joey’s “fart smelling” face from Friends?  You know, the one he’d end a scene with when he was on that soap?  Just saying.  That bit was funny because it’s pretty accurate.

“The Democratic Party has given me my pick of Chicago firms to help me set up my political consulting shingle, but I know you’re expanding here.”  Diane looks up from her paperwork at Eli, who’s sitting in front of her desk, giving her significant glances.”I also know that one of your most valuable clients, Patrick Edelstein, took his lobbying business to Greybridge & Associates because you had nothing in house.”  Now he’s got her full attention.  “You’re offering your services?” she smiles.  “I’m offering you the change to vie for my services.”  Hee hee!  Eli and Diane smile at each other; even as she sits, they don’t break eye contact. Nice for Diane to get a fun conversation again, huh?  Even if it’s not with Kurt.  (Pout.)  “And why do we warrant this …largesse?”  Eli turns his eyes piously to the heavens. “I think of you and Will as family.” She snorts.  “This is confidential, but I want to run my first campaign, in house, from here.”  He nods. “Peter Florrick for governor.” Diane strokes her chin as she imagine the possibility. “With Mrs. Florrick here, it feels like the perfect fit.”  Yes, purrs Diane.  “A strangely perfect fit.”

Kalinda’s got her hands on a stack of folders, containing information on all their possible suspects.  “Every civil case Judge Ellerbee presided over in the last 5 years – it’s too much DNA to collect, so we need to prioritize.”  Him, says Alicia quickly.  “Sal Barberini – his construction company lost a Federal bid, he sued, and Judge Ellerbee decided against him.”  And, Kalinda asks? Alicia looks annoyed to be asked. “And Barberini has a history of violence,” she says shortly, waving off the question.   Nothing that stuck, but Kalinda’ll check put him on the shortlist anyway.  Her phone rings. She smiles cutely, seeing that it’s Sophia, who has the happy news that two sets of prints turned up on the envelope – one ex-con, one ex-military.  Either the whistle blower was wearing gloves, or he’s one of those two people.  We see Sophie walk off with two files, one with a picture of a guy with a round face and a buzz cut.

The next face we see is Peter Florrick’s.  He bites his lip. “I’m not here.”  He gives Will a significant look. “You’re not here?”  Will’s not quite getting it. “I’m not here officially.”  The two men sit opposite each other in a deserted office filled with excess office furniture.  Will understands. “All I’m saying is this case was mishandled. Childs wants to go out with a bang, so he’s not thinking rationally.” A man starts to open the door, but Peter holds it closed with his hand and the man leaves.  Ah, the perks of power.  Peter sighs.  “What is rationally?”  “Well, if there is other blood on the judge’s glove then maybe it’ll point to the real killer.”  “And this glove just wound up on your desk?”  Oh, Alicia, you were so not overthinking this.  This is not going to go well.  “Alicia’s desk,” Will assays, as if that’s likelier to make Peter more friendly.  Wrong thought.  Peter sighs. “Oh.  Alicia’s desk.”  He considers this, taken aback, and then smiles. “I just find it odd that it should appear at such an opportune moment.”  “Well, it’s not that opportune, the jury is deliberating.  Look, just so I’m clear,”  Will starts, but Peter slices into his words.

“I think you’re making yourself perfectly clear, Will.”  Oh, very creepy. “You’re asking me to get involved in a case that might have been mishandled by Glenn Childs.””Yes,” Will agrees, “and might embarrass him.” “And I’m saying I’ll look into it,” Peter smiles, “when I’m in office.” Cary calls Peter away, and he rises, shaking Will’s hand. “Things are good, right?”  Will, you should have left well enough alone.  Peter puts his arm up along the top of a cabinet. “Good?  Yes, why shouldnt they be?”  Will stares suspiciously. “I don’t know.”  “Well then they probably are,” Peter smiles like a wolf. His voice gives me chills here. “How’s Alicia?”  Will stops, considers the implications. “Good.  She’s doing well.” Good, says Peter.  “At work?” Peter can’t help but add it. “Yes,” Will replies with some heat, and a lot less grace.  Peter sighs, crossing his arms over his chest, walking in toward Will.  “It will be funny to be on the opposite side in court.”  “It will,” Will agrees, deadly serious. Peter grins, but looks frighteningly thoughtful and imposing.  “But not laugh out loud funny.”

Holy crap.  The coiled power of Peter, his bitterness, the sense of him as a wounded predator, the way so much roils under the surface – wow. I hate it as character development, but I’m not sure I’ve ever seen finer work from Chris Noth.  He owned this scene. Much as I lament his lack of availability and what that does to this show, no one else could ever have played this role.

Will’s headed out, looking like he wished he had a map for these sort of conversations, when Petey the sheriff accosts him.  Turns out the jury just told the judge they didn’t need dinner.  Panic time!  They can’t come back now!  Will starts a phone call, then sprints back to insist that Petey ply the jurors with coffee.  Lots and lots of coffee.  Um, okay.

Looks like she still trusts Alicia’s judgment, anyway; Kalinda’s out at a construction site, talking to Sal Barberini.  He’s not happy about it.  Just because he’s an Italian American in construction, he’s “automatically mobbed up?”  They’re riding one of those elevated platforms, and the guy is comically defensive. “Italian Americans have contributed to the backbone of America, and this is the crap we get?”  Sing it, brother.  What’s the big deal asking you where you were the night of the murder, Kalinda wonders.  (Um, duh.)  “I told the cops already – I don’t hold a grudge!  What I did say is I thought the judge was a little disrespectful for delaying court for a personal matter.”  The wheels in Kalinda’s head start turning. “Joe Dimagio – Italian American.  Bank of America, ever head of that? Started by an Italian American.”  Was that product placement?  Also, this tirade is reminding me strongly of Do The Right Thing, and it’s totally awesome and completely hilarious.  But maybe I just think that because I’m part Italian.  And Lebanese.  And Catholic.  So I know a little bit about culturally acceptable stereotypes. Kalinda wants to know more about the personal matters, but Sal doesn’t know much – something about the judge’s daughter.

“What’re you?” he says instead. “Huh?”  “Persian?”  She groans. “What if I looked at you and said ‘yeah, she’s a terrorist.”  Hee.  Sing it!

Back at L/G, Alicia’s on the phone, looking for ex-con Robert Clayton.  He’s the dude with the military style hair cut – huh.  She’s not having any luck.  After she yells the name about 4 times, Courtney pops in, wondering what she’s looking for. “An ex-con whose fingerprints were on the envelope.  Why?”  Courtney has an odd expression on her face, like she’s not entirely sure what she should do.  But she leads Alicia back into the mail room, where it is determined that Robert Clayton is actually Bob the hairy mail room guy. D’oh!  “Why?  What’s the problem?  What’d I do?” Nothing, but Alicia notices the clock behind his head and realizes that it’s 6:30, and she was supposed to meet the family for dinner at 6.  Shoot.

Accordion music and red checkered table clothes – hey, we’re back at Johnny’s.  That’s where the waitress hit on Peter, right?  Owen sits with Zach and Grace at a table for 4.  Aw.  “How about Buddhism?” Owen asks Grace. “Buddhists love the gays.”  Hee!  Do they?  I had no idea.  “Christians don’t dislike gays,” Grace insists rather feebly (we don’t have the best record, that’s for sure) and Zach begs them not to talk about religion.  Owen’s phone rings.  “Here it comes,” he grumbles, looking at the screen. “the obligatory apology.”  Then he remembers his duties as parent surrogate. “But, I mean, she works hard because she has to work hard.”  Yeah.  But also because she likes it.  And because it’s who she is.  Owen’s letting Alicia off easy when he notices Jackie – oooh, creepy – smiling from the shadows.  She inches toward their table.  The timing.  It’s like she knew this would happen, that Alicia wouldn’t be there to keep her out.  Which, to be fair, I guess they all did. “Oh, they’re fine,” Owen finishes, having promised to get Alicia take out. “Just go save a life!”

“Owen!” Jackie chirps, sizing up her replacement. “look at you, hello!”  “Jackie!  Kids, look, it’s your grandmother, what a … oh, what a coincidence!” Owen waves before leaning over the table.  Hee.  “No.  I must confess, this was our usual Wednesday night dinner, so I thought I’d stop by to see if you were keeping the tradition alive.” You know, the infantalizing way she talks to Zach and Grace is annoying – but at least they can comfort themselves that she talks to everyone else that way, too.  And, points for being honest?  I wonder if Alicia’s warned Owen about this.  I can’t imagine she’d like it.  “Grace, look at you, you’re so pretty.  And Zach, taller and taller!”  Didn’t she just see them last week?  She really is a lonely old woman with nothing to do and no one to love her back, isn’t she?  God, that’s so sad.  “Would you mind if I join you for a brief second?”  Owen grudgingly lets her sit.  Clearly not briefed, then.

“Kalinda got his DNA,” Diane tells Will over the phone, “but she doesn’t think Sal Barberini did it.”  Will, pacing the Courthouse halls, doesn’t get the thinking.  “Construction? Italian-American?  Did she talk to him?”  Ouch, Will!  Writers, that was a cheap laugh at the expense of Will’s morals.  What morals?  (Sorry, couldn’t resist,I know he has them.) Oh well.  Worse yet, at least as far as solid leads to follow, the ex-con actually works for them.  What?  “Yes, did you know we have a sex offender in our mail room? The baritone at the Christmas party.”  “Okay, I – I – I can’t process that just yet.”  Will windmills his arm, trying to grasp onto some solid truth and failing. “I’m at the door. I just saw one go in.  Ask me about the case.”  What?  Oh, the case, Diane answers.  “Uh, yeah, how is Jake doing?”

Will walks into the men’s room, still talking to Diane.  Hee hee! Coffee!  Now I get it.  Wow, so tricksy.  “Jake Rickter?  Good.  He’s optimistic now that we have a new suspect.”  Will is really, really loud.  “Oh, really, uh huh, that’s good to know,” Diane plays along terribly.  She’s cute. “We needed a break, and this missing glove is it.  Now we just need to compare the DNA…”  Will turns from checking his tie in the mirror and pretends to notice the grey haired man stepping away from the urinals.  Oh no!  The horror!

In her chambers, Suzanne Morris pours herself another cup of tea.  Glenn, Cary and Will argue about Will’s obvious duplicity – which he, of course, vehemently denies.   “He wants to eject this juror so the jury will have to start deliberating all over again.” You know, Will, you can call Childs paranoid, and you’d be right.  But he’s also right for once.  Funny, that. “Even given that, Mr. Childs, I don’t know what other choice I have than to replace him with an alternate.”  “We urge you Honor to sanction Mr. Gardner.”  Childs sends his opponent a dark, smug look. “I will resist that temptation,”  the judge replies, just as smugly.  She must really think the case is bad, too, to let Will get away with that.  “But I do understand that there was a second juror in a bathroom stall,” she adds.  Will does not look so pleased this time.  Shouldn’t have been so loud, Will!  “You didn’t know that, Mr. Gardner?”  You can bet he didn’t, considering that the juror turns out to be Juror #2.  And yes, he heard every word.  Good bye, tiny little man!  You take our hopes of a hung jury with you.  Deliberations will start up anew in the morning.

“My, you got here fast,” Sophia purrs at Kalinda.  Well, she’s pretty motivated to hear the DNA test results.  And, man, that top is even more low cut than I remembered. Didn’t she tell Kalinda last week this was a conservative corporate environment and there was a dress code?  “How do you like mysteries?” she asks Kalinda after handing off a file to a subordinate (“not my problem!”).  “Not much,” the professional mystery-solver replies. “You’re no fun!” Sophia complains.  “Who’re your suspects for killing this judge, they’re mostly men, right?” Oh.  I think I can guess something about the DNA test results then. Kalinda, surprisingly, doesn’t.  “Yeah, why?”  “It’s too bad.  The DNA’s female.”

Dum dum dum!

“Look, it might mean nothing,” Will says solemnly as he leans across the prison visiting room table, “but we think this DNA might possibly lead to the killer.”  Jake Rickter shakes his head. “Oh my God,” he says, his hands clasped on the table top. “I just don’t want you to get your hopes up,” Will cautions. “Why not?,” Jake replies, “What do you want me to do with my hopes?”  Good point, my friend, good point.   Will laughs. “The jury starts deliberating tomorrow with alternates. So we bought some time.  Once it goes to appeals it gets more difficult.”  Wow,  Will really sounds like he’s given this thing up for gone, doesn’t he?  It’s hard to form a clear opinion, however, when there’s no actual evidence we’ve seen against Jake.  Just motive. Will switches topics. “Did you see your son tonight?” Jake rubs his head. “Yeah.  Danny won a spelling bee.”  Wow.  He doesn’t actually look old enough to spell.  “He’s smarter than I am.”  Jake’s clean cut and very articulate, really appealing in his modesty and love for his child.  Also, dude, if Danny’s winning spelling bees at 6, then he’s smarter than everybody.  “And stronger.  I don’t know what I would do if my Dad were in prison. I definitely wouldn’t be winning any spelling bees.”

A cell phone buzzes; Cary’s on the line.  But the call is to Kalinda, and the first thing we see of her is her red painted toenails. She doesn’t take the call.  “Work?” asks Sophia, who’s collapsed, naked, face down on a bed.  Kalinda, perched on a pillow (and still mostly dressed) confirms it.  “Tsk tsk tsk.  You used to be more fun.”  Really, Sophia?  You look like you’ve had a lot of fun.  Kalinda just says “yeah.” “Maybe it was me,” Sophia wonders, wiping drool off her mouth, “maybe I was more fun.”  “No no no no,” Kalinda smiles, crawling over to Sophia and brushing up against her back, “it was me.”  They’re cute and playful with each other; Sophia half turns over, covering herself, with a playful little grin.   “Miss me?” she asks, turning completely over and looking up into Kalinda’s face.  Kalinda nods. “Now you gotta kiss me,” Sophia sings, and Kalinda does.

Aaaand the phone rings. “Now that’s mine,” Sophia admits with a moan, and picks it up. She flips over, and Kalinda starts kissing her back. “Yeah?  Yeah?  When?”  Work?  Her tone is cool. “Okay, no, I’ll be there. Love you!”  She’s stroking Kalinda’s fingers as she says it; Kalinda rears back.  Who does she love?  Wow. “I have an hour,” she says, flips back over and throws her arms back around Kalinda’s neck.  “Who was that?” Kalinda asks quietly. “That was my husband. I have to go pick him up at the airport, he was calling to remind me.”  I love Sophia’s odd sing songy way of talking.  What she’s saying, not maybe so much.

Kalinda resists being pulled down. “I didn’t know you were married,” she claims. “Yes you did,” Sophia returns, surprised. “No I didn’t.”  Sophia’s clearly surprised by this. “Kalinda – at the State’s Attorney’s office, I showed you his picture.”  Damn.  So she’s had this on and off play time relationship, not even bothering to remember what her marital status was.  (Where are they, anyway?  Do you suppose this is Kalinda’s new place?  It’s pretty lush.  The sheets are gorgeous.) “Griffin – at the North Korean border.”  Absentee soldier husband, I see. Kalinda draws back, and Sophia laughs. “What, come here, he’s not going to come find you and shoot you.” Kalinda pushes away Sophia’s hands. “I have to go to work,” she lies.  “Did you become born again or something?” Sophia asks, offended. “No, I just have to go to work,” Kalinda finishes lamely. But she doesn’t.  Sophia lets the lie stand.  Kalinda goes out to drink.

And the next morning, there’s water in her eyes as she waits for Will and Diane. She actually has to compose herself for a moment as Will asks her where they stand on suspects. Wow.  She blows out an unhappy breath.  She thinks they need to widen their search net to more than his cases, and follow Barberini’s lead about the daughter.  Well, she is presumably female.  That might help.  This was a month before he was killed, when she was in rehab down in Arizona.  Alicia steps up, and confirms that there are no other cases with disgruntled females around the time of the murder.  Hmm.  She’s wearing white today, or some sort of pale something – a fresh new start?  Interesting.

Where’s the daughter now, Will wonders.  Happily for us, at a rehab here. “Well, you two go question her,” Diane orders. “Um,” squirms Kalinda, “Actually, Alicia’s on the military fingerprints on the envelope.”  She was able to trace them to the post office two blocks away – you guessed it – from the State’s Attorney’s office.  Sweet. “So you think the whistle-blower was an ASA?” Will’s surprised. “That’s the thinking.  I was going to go check.”  “No,” Diane cuts her off. “I’ll take that.  You two go question the daughter.”  Kalinda just looks exasperated, but the pouty look on Alicia’s face!  Ha ha.  That’s just awesome.

They stand at a door awkwardly.  Alicia knocks, and the longer they wait, the worse it is.  Hee.  I shouldn’t laugh at that.  It’s a terrible situation.  No, no, I shouldn’t laugh.  The rehab is full of kids, made out of painted cinder blocks, and looks like a particularly ugly (and tiny dorm room).  Hey, maybe it is a dorm room.  I guess they didn’t say.  A long haired girl opens the door, and they start three times before they can separate out who should be talking when.  Hee.

“My Dad is just such a hypocrite,” Miss Ellerbee complains, perched on her dorm room bed. “Coming down to Phoenix like he could change the world. The only reason he sent me to Arizona is he didn’t want his judge friends knowing he had a junkie daughter.”  From the way she talks, you feel like she might be friends with Marissa Gold.  If not for the whole junkie thing, that is.  She gives Alicia a defiant stare. Mrs. Florrick sits primly in a wooden swivel chair, legs crossed, hands on her knees.  “Did the police question you after the murder?”  “Oh, yeah.  But I had an alibi.” Come to think of it, both girls have long curly dark hair.  Definitely of a piece with Marissa Gold. “But you had a grudge against your father, didn’t you, Melissa?”  “No.”  She looks down, discomfited. “I just hated the way everybody treated him like a saint, when he was taking bribes left and right.”  Alicia’s mouth drops open. That’s a skeleton worth shaking out, right there.  “Is your friend alright?” Melissa Ellerbee wonders.  Kalinda, of course, is tossing the tiny bathroom.

Alicia explains that they’ve got this blood – would she mind giving them a DNA sample?  You’d kind of think they could run a comparison with Judge Ellerbee to rule her in or out, but maybe they don’t have access to his DNA? Hell no, they can’t. “It’s non-intrusive.”  “My body is a temple,” Melissa answers, chin up.  Hee.  Is that your recovery talking, or your inner snark demon?  Alicia doesn’t buy. “And you’re not getting anything from it.

But they are getting something from the illegal search of the bathroom. After looking in some more obvious places, Kalinda finds a bloody needle in the towel rack.  DNA, baby!  Some temple…

That envelope gets slapped down on yet another desk. “No,” Cary huffs, indignant again.  “The postal worker identified you,” Diane smiles. “A postal worker identified me as the person who brought in that envelope,” Cary goes into legal mode, poking the envelope with his pencil. “No,” Diane smiles, appreciating his precision, “I showed him photos of ASAs, and he recognized you as someone who brought a package to the post office that day.”  She smiles, clearly believing she’s got him. “That is an air tight case,” Cary observes. Well, it’s far more substantive than the one we’ve seen against Jake Rickter.  “He said you would have received a receipt for it that looks like this?”  The receipt is white and blue, and has all the tracking information on it, including a prominent bar code.  Product placement again?  Diane suspects he hasn’t shredded it.  “Just tell us who was trying to hide the glove.” That was one of Judge Morris’s requirements, right?  Exculpatory evidence –or evidence of a conspiracy.

Cary thinks that this would make him very peculiar, prosecuting Richter on the one hand and secretly working for the defense on the other? “A time honored tradition,” Diane nods.  Well, I wouldn’t put that past Cary.  He genuinely cares about guilt and innocence, even when he doesn’t always get them right. “The transition dump,” she continues. “Every time there’s a new State’s Attorney, little skeletons gets kicked out the door… so they don’t blow up in the new State’s Attorney’s face.  Sorry for the mixed metaphors, but sometimes they’re – apt.”  Oh, that’s the time honored tradition, the so called “transition dump.”  I thought she just meant whistle-blowing in general.  OH.  Dumped for Peter? With or without his knowledge?

Waving the pencil, Cary sighs. “As flattering as this is – or maybe that’s not the right word, as offensive as this is, I would never jeopardize a job that I love, or a case that I believe in.”  Hmmm.  “In the pursuit of truth?” Diane gives him the hairy eyeball.  She’s not buying the excuse at all. “I have a niece,” Cary explains, “I sent her a University of Michigan t-shirt in an envelope, and that envelope was about, mmm, ”  he picks up the bagged envelope, “was about yeah big.  That’s why your postal worker saw me, and that’s why you need to keep looking for your leaker.”  Diane smiles, still convinced otherwise. “Come on, Cary.  Help us.”  He shakes his head at her recalcitrance. “It is always a pleasure, Miss Lockhart,” he says, dismissing her from his tiny bastion of moral clarity.  Er, office.

In marked contrast, Alicia stands in Diane’s corner office, soaking in the view and everything it represents in sensual enjoyment.  Wow.  That side of her is so foreign to us.  It’s a bit like the way we saw her appreciating the pretty new house, but this is even more visceral. Diane glides in “I’m sorry to keep you waiting, what a day!”   Alicia’s so startled she almost falls, and her bearing becomes demure and subservient again.  It’s most peculiar.  Diane, of course, notices, but doesn’t say anything.

Alicia composes herself and begins her recitation.  “We found the daughter’s works, and we’re comparing the blood on the syringe to the DNA, but …” Diane sighs. “You don’t think it’ll pan out?” “I don’t know,” Alicia explains. “The daughter was talking about her Dad taking bribes, and I’m wondering if he was hiding something.”  Hmm.  Diane considers the idea.  “Good.  Probably worth a look.”  She tosses off her glasses, and invites Alicia to sit. “You have a good relationship with Eli Gold, don’t you?”  “I do,” she replies pertly.  “I thought so.  I like him.”  “Me too?” Alicia can’t figure out where this is going. “Oh, my poor Alicia. You have no idea.  “We want you to liaison with his department.”

Alicia does a double take.  Oh, honey. “His…”  Diane explains that they’re probably going to bring Eli’s consulting firm in house, and oh, bright and shiny joy, she wants Alicia to be the official paid link between them.  Great.   I know you don’t want to tell people, Alicia, but this might be a good point to start. Diane notices Alicia doesn’t look thrilled at the idea of being “the bridge between the legal and the political.”  “You seem startled.”  “It just seems so…” Alicia can’t even put it into words. Oh, the look on her face… “Incestuous?” Diane suggests. “No. Sudden.”

“Oh!” Diane grins.  If it’s only that… “Well. The path to the corner office is sudden.  And incestuous.”  Yep, Diane didn’t miss that covetous moment at all. “Grab the chances when they come, because they don’t come again.”  Well.  What else can she say to that but yes?

“We got a problem,” Will breathes, rushing to the door. “Of course we do,” Diane agrees, taking it in stride.  “The jury just called for the judge.  They’re calling the lawyers. Looks like the verdict’s in!”

Cary and Childs are smiling at each other.  “They look cocky,” a dour Will observes, speaking to a panicky Jake. Kalinda sashays into the gallery.  Cary nods toward her, but she doesn’t look. Diane pushes her chair back to the first row of the gallery where Kalinda’s just sat down with Alicia and sundry L/G minions. “Try cases with husband and wife defendants.”  “We did,” Alicia regrets, “there were only 8 in the last five years.”  Huh.  Their clientele wouldn’t reflect it, but it’s sounding like men are more litigious than women, huh?  Diane slides back. Jack mutters to Will, unhappy. “You were right.  It was a mistake to get my hopes up.”  ‘We’ll make this work,” Will insists. This must be agonizing. Jake gets a wide smile from Danny, but it doesn’t calm his pounding heart.

With a sudden flash of inspiration, Diane pushes back to her team typing furiously in the row behind. Recusals.  Look into cases where Judge Ellerbee recused himself. Alicia doesn’t understand. “We’ve only looked at cases Judge Ellerbee presided over.” Well, sure.  That would make sense, right?  But not if he was taking bribes. “If there was a bribe involved, somebody might have been angry that he dropped out.”  Right.  Good thoughts.

Everyone is requested to rise for Judge Morris, who waives them down. “I understand we don’t have a verdict, Petey, we just have a question?”  There’s palpable relief on the defence side, where Jake can’t stop twitching, and annoyance for the prosecutors.  Has a case been this tense since 9 Hours?  (Interesting.  Now that I think about it, this is the third unjust murder prosecution of a black man this season.  Is that becoming a mini theme?  I’ll have to go through the cases individually to see.) It seems the jury would like to have some of the judges thoughts from the civil case read to them.  Is that cool with both sides?  It is with Glenn Childs.  Diane whispers a reminder of their time crunch to Will, who suggests that “the whole transcript is important in context to the understanding of the case.”  “You’re kidding,” Childs grouches. “And therefore, we would ask that the whole transcript be read and not just a portion of it.”  “Your Honor,” complains Childs reasonably, “it’s 186 pages.” “The purpose of justice,” Will jumps wildly at straws, “we believe it’s the foundation of our judicial system, as promulgated by our founding fathers…” Oh, God, Will, you’re lying it on just a leetle thick, aren’t you? “…that comprehensiveness be chosen over…” Judge Morris gives him hilariously encouraging looks, twisting her head around trying to will him to an argument she can rubber stamp.  Cary collapses snickering face down on the table. “…the opposite.”  Oh, Will.  That wasn’t very articulate.  But happily for you, it was enough.

But it’s enough for pro-defense Judge Morris. “Okay.  In the name of comprehensiveness.  How’s your reading voice, Petey?”  Hee – all 186 pages of it. Awesome.

Will and Diane sprint out of court, guessing they’ve bought themselves around 3 hours.  Hmm. Back at the office, Kalinda and Alicia have taken over the conference room with the minions. “Senka Park development suit, husband and wife defendant lost a suit against the city. Judge Ellerbee recused himself for personal reasons.” Alicia pricks up her ears. “He was visiting his daughter in Arizona?”  She snaps a folder shut and rushes from the room as Kalinda reads out more about the case. “Defendants were Mr. & Mrs. Gothard of Lincoln Park.  We need to get her DNA!”  “I’m on it,” Alicia calls over her shoulder. Ah, give me an army of women and I’ll take over the world.

Her hair swings as she turns the hall corner. “I can’t talk, Eli!”  “You called me,” he answers in some (justified) surprise. “Yeah, then catch up.”  Hee.  Back in her office, her fingers flash over the keyboard, and searches – not on ChumHum or Thetapedia, by the way – reveal that there was a $33 million dollar verdict.  “It’s ridiculous. It’s unjust,” Mrs. Angela Gothard told the papers. “We’ll appeal.”  The articles reveal that Ellerbee seemed to favor the Gothards, but stepped out of the way.  Right.

“I thought you’d be happy,” Eli insists.  Really?  Why? “That you’re bringing your business here?” “Yes.  It’s a boost for the firm, it’s a boost for you…”  Right.  And trying to make sure she stays married to Peter so that he’ll still be Kennedy and not some slime you just hitched your wagon to…”You’ll be my boss, Eli!”  Really?  Wow, I hadn’t thought about it that way. He’s amusingly dismissive of the idea. “No, I won’t, that’s not how it’ll work.”   ‘That’s exactly how it’ll work!”

No, no, he insists as she pulls up a glowing picture of suspects Brad and Angela. “You’ll be a liaison, that’s all.”  She turns to look at this prevarication. “You are so transparent, Eli.”  Hee.  “This is about Peter’s campaign.”

“What’re you talking about?” Eli hisses, shutting the door.  Oh, heaven forbid anyone overhear that Peter’s campaign manager has larger ambitions for his client!  I love Eli.  “He’s going to run for Senate, or governor, or something – you don’t just run for State’s Attorney, it’s a stepping stone.” Heh.  Of course she knows this. Eli refuses to admit anything – but Alicia’s more interested in some links she’s found to the Gothards and infertility.  She motions to Kalinda through the glass wall. “I’ve got to bring my business somewhere, and this place has been good to me,” Eli insists. Hee.  He opens the door for Kalinda. “A profile from two years ago, Mrs. Gothard was at a fertility clinic. Can you get DNA from a genetic test?”  Sure can. (I didn’t think places kept that sort of medical waste, but okay, good thinking.  As long as you’re not asking for any frozen embryos I’m good.) Kalinda’s off and on it.   She’d need the clinic’s name, though, wouldn’t she?  Oh well, she’s Kalinda. She can Google at least as well as anyone else.

Eli shuts the door behind Kalinda, standing straight like a good butler. “I’m not doing this, Eli,” Alicia tells him, her tone commanding. “You need to bring your business somewhere else.”  “No,” he answers, to her complete surprise.  Well, you leave Peter, and his campaign (such as it is) doesn’t have to cow tow to you anymore. “Alicia, I defer to you in many things, but this is a business decision.” Yes, as in, how to get Peter into office. “I am bringing my consulting business here because it is a good fit and you are going to be the liaison because that is a good fit too.”  She’s mightily annoyed. “Now you can find any hidden agendas you want…” and how hidden is that, anyway? “but I’m not changing my business plan.”

Is it lame that I was a little impressed with him for not letting Alicia tell him what to do? Maybe, but I still enjoyed it.  Is it  good strategy?  That I’m less sure of.  Will he want to be there when things go south?  Oh well. I want Eli around, so all in all, I’m good.

In the bastion of moral clarity, Kalinda stands with her back to the door. “Hey,” says Cary as he discovers her.  He leans on the door frame. “What’s up?  Why aren’t you returning my calls?”  Hmm.  Has she been making a habit of that?  It wasn’t just the once? She seems really awkward, and claims to have been busy.  (Getting busy, anyway.)  He sputters with laughter. “Okay, all’s forgiven.”  What’s he got to forgive? Oh, I guess her ignoring him, because she’s looking so much more attentive now.

So why has she favored him with her presence?  She’s got a present for him.  “We found the DNA that matches the glove – Mrs. Angela Gothard.  She bribed Judge Ellerbee in the Senka Park development suit.  He recused himself and she lost. A 33 million dollar settlement.”  She looks as excited as if this really were a present; he doesn’t.  “We have a jury deliberating,” he says.  Dude, if you know that guy couldn’t have done it, doesn’t that give you pause?  Seriously?  Wouldn’t you rather get the right person than any old person?  “Yeah, on a botched case,” Kalinda replies. “That’s a matter of opinion.”  Um, Cary, I don’t think it is.  It seems to be botched on a rather significant matter of fact, whether or not you’re ready to admit it.

“Well, I think you’d find if you read this,” she tosses him her folder, “it’s not.  She rises to leave.

“Talk to Alicia?” he asks.  His face is grave, his glance speculative. “Tell her you slept with Peter?” Kalinda decides to ignore him. “Um, you should read the file, Cary.”  “So you’re freezing me out because you talked to Alicia?”  No, she’s freezing you about because she thinks having any friends at all is a good idea – because she doesn’t want to be close to anyone now that she and Alicia have ripped each other’s hearts out.  “I’m not freezing you out,” she declares with a perfectly straight face.  “Uh huh,” he replies, eyes narrowed. “This is the usual warm and fuzzy Kalinda?”  The girl is all business. “Read it, Cary – it’s the right thing to do.”

Well, yes, but freezing him out isn’t right.

But because he’s Cary, he does read it.

“Court is now in session!”  Cary and Glenn Childs stand at the ready, chins up, waiting for the judge, waiting for the end of Childs’ swan song.   Judge Suzanne Morris has something to say. “New DNA evidence has surfaced in the Judge Ellerbee murder trial.  This evidence has lead me to declare a mistrial.”  Will’s eyes close in profound relief.  Somebody – Jake? – shouts “Yes!” from off screen.  Jake barrels at Will, tackling him as much as hugging him.  Little Danny hides his face in his hands, completely adorable in his joy.  Alicia smiles widely. “And I would urge the new State’s Attorney to reconsider prosecuting.”  Jake hurtles into the gallery to pick Danny up and toss him in the air.  All in all, it’s really very satisfying.  Judge Morris closes the proceedings with a bang of her gavel, and Will stand by Alicia. She smiles up at him, but his eyes are all for the happy family celebrating nearby.

“It’s nice,” he says.  Surely this has to be one of the more satisfying moments of his career, giving his client this.  Alicia braces her hand on Will’s forearm.  Now she’s the one looking way, and he’s looking down until she moves.

Jakes runs through the hall, jiggling a rapturous Danny (riding piggyback), dodging passersby.  And from his shadowy storage room/office, Peter Florrick smiles in satisfaction.   He starts tearing up something in his hand, a slip of paper.  Peter has the postal receipt!  Hah.  Justice is served – and vengeance as well.  Perfect.

We see the facade of a swank old hotel, brick and uplit Grecian columns and tall, gracious windows.  Will and Alicia sit at the bar, doing shots. Will winces and almost spits his out, half choking on a lime.  “God, I hate tequila!” he sputters. “Oh, but it’s so good,” Alicia laughs. She looks lady-like as usual.  Ha. Don’t be a wuss, Will!  “It’s always the good girls, isn’t is?  They’re the ones with the deep dark secrets.”  Alicia can hold her liquor, anyway. “Yeah, well – because we’re catching up,”  Alicia smiles.  Will orders two more.  “Any time!” the pretty young bartender informs him, which is a little ballsy, consider that he’s, you know, there with another woman.  (Also, I love Will, but really?  Is this the venue that shows him off to his best advantage? To me, his charms are more personal than obvious; they come out of who he is, his passion and caring, not what he looks like. Though I suppose a bartender might at least see his wittiness.)  “You and the women,” Alicia mutters. “What?”  “You and the women!” she practically hollers. She’s got her jacket off, and her arms; well, let us just say it is a shame she doesn’t get to show off how toned she is more often, because it’s kind of awe-striking.  Will foolishly gazes after the bartender. “Chicago’s 16th most eligible bachelor!”  He smiles to himself, a bit ruefully.

“Yeah, women like me.  Until they discover the real me.”  It’s a very sedate place, don’t you think – tinkling piano music, lush – but not overblown – floral arrangements.  Everything’s tasteful and subdued.  It’s a staid and genteel spot to slam tequila.  Alicia pounces on Will’s bit of self mockery. She juts her head forward. “Which is?”  “You don’t want to know.”  Now she’s hooked. ” Oh come on. I”m constantly spilling it. What’s the real you?”  She nods her head to encourage him, a bit drunkenly; her chin wagging is hysterically unAlicia-like.  He tilts his head toward her, and she leans in to hear. “Uncontrollable bladder syndrome.”  She cackles.  She must really be drunk.  (But no, I can see why the build up would make that funnier.)  She sways side to side in laughter – then surreptitiously peeks to see if his pants are wet, and now he’s howling uncontrollably.  “You have a good laugh,” he notices, and he’s right, she does.  We don’t get to hear it much, do we?

When Alicia’s done laughing, she becomes daring. “And Tammy? How about Tammy?  How’s Tammy?”  Wow, she really does love to hate that name, doesn’t she?  Will looks at her. “My girlfriend?”  Huh. We’ve never heard him use that word. Alicia nods. “I think she’s in London.”  Oh.  Wait, wasn’t she staying? He gives Alicia a long grave look. “She called me yesterday after the closing arguments – her bags were packed, I was supposed to rush over there to see her and convince her to stay.” He shakes his head. “And…” “And?”  Alicia won’t let him off the hook.  He returns her honest gaze. “And I got the call about the glove.”  They share a long look – then she blows out her lips and drinks again.  OH.  That was what the “I’ll be there in 20 minutes” call was.  Right.

Will stares off into the distance, into their past. “We’ve always had bad timing, haven’t we?” “We have,” she agrees. For the hundredth time, she flips her hair back over the shoulder with her fingers. “What if we were to suddenly have good timing?  Just for, an hour?” Alicia turns toward him, breathless, spellbound. “What would that look like?” She catches her breath, first at the words and then at the internal vision.  “I think that … would look like an exceptional moment.”  Her face now is challenging, hoepful.

Gently, silently, without even looking down, Will lays two thin fingers on top of hers. Is this delicacy, giving her an out, or can he simply not use the words?  He sucks on his lip. She looks down at their tangled fingers in wonderment.

And there they are, at the receptionists desk, asking for a room.  Oh my God, they really are. Just like that – two years and fifteen years and one kiss and a broken marriage and who knows how many failed relationships and many many years in the making, just like that.  Will leans in to do the asking.  Alicia’s got her back leaning against the desk, looking out into the lobby, looking elated by her own daring.  The young receptionist chatters on the phone, ignoring them.  It takes Will a couple tries to get her attention.

Alicia looks out across the lobby as the young woman smiles at Will. And – oh. The piano player winks at her.  Eeek!   The saucy gesture marks their obviousness, and it punctures her blissed out, lustful, drunken haze a little.

And, of course, there aren’t any rooms.

Sorry, star crossed would be lovers, but there’s a big convention in town?  They look at each other and Alicia nods, as if to say ooops, there’s our luck again? Did the desk clerk say the convention is for a bird association?  That could be right, because whatever it is strikes Alicia as funny.  Will’s not ready to give up. Is there really absolutely nothing left?

Well, I suppose there is the Presidential suite, admits the clerk, but it’s $7,800 a night.    Yikes.  Will looks to Alicia, who gives him a sort of “yeah right” look.  But no, you can see from his face that he’ll do it (wow, that must be nice) and she raises her eyebrows in surprise.  He lays an Am Ex card, no doubt a sponsor, down on the counter, and they’re rewarded by two room key cards. The receptionist beams at them.  “The name of your personal butler is Jerome.”

Of course it is.  Will and Alicia walk off, suppressing giggles.

The first elevator, of course, is full.

The second contains a conservatively garbed mother and a ten year old girl. No, says the mom, and we see why – the primly dressed daughter (surely to old for such shenanigans) has pressed half the buttons on the massive elevator panel.  Will and Alicia will stop at roughly every other floor.

A door slides open, giving us a glimpse of a face, then slides shut.  Music accompanies the journey. First Alicia, looking straight ahead.  Will, doing the same.  Will, turning toward Alicia. The opening and closing of the door tracks their ascension of the building – and also, Alicia’s escalating doubts.  After a few floors, her face begins to crack with panic.  She’s losing her cool.  Are they really doing this?  Does she really want to do this?  She speaks his name: “Will.”  Doors close, open. Will’s face, turning again to look at Alicia.

The soundtrack, like Kalinda, begs her to give in.  “And let it all unfurl/into broken remnants…”  “Maybe…” she begins, and the doors close on her confusion.

Will extends his hand, not looking, and again I can’t decide if it’s juvenile or just polite, but she reaches out to him, too, and in another moment they’re face to face, and for the second time, just as slowly, he cups her face with his hand, and kisses her, gently.  “Smile like you mean it/and let yourself let go,” Mika sings to them.  They smile at each other, and the next kiss comes faster, harder.

The violins throb and swell, and Will’s backed Alicia up against the wall; they look into each others eyes, breathing each other in. “Say goodbye/to the world you thought you live in/to the world you thought you lived in.”  The doors close.

When the doors open on Will and Alicia again, their hands are moving, their hair mussed.  Close and open, and they stare at each other again, and Alicia gives a sneaky, saucy eye flick out the door. Close, open.  She’s climbing up into his arms, and for a tiny second I think they’re not going to make it to the suite, and what a very good thing it is that no one happens to be waiting on any of those many stops.

They’re at the suite, finally.  Will puts the card in the door.  “I tried to live alone/but lonely is so lonely,” sings Mika.

And the card doesn’t work.

He tries again, and again, jamming it in, disbelieving.  Somehow forgetting the second card, he pants in frustration.  “Come on, please.  God, just one hour.  That’s all we want.”  “It’s okay,” Alicia tells him, soft and low, and you can see he thinks – we think – she means it’s a sign.  He wants to go down for another card – he’ll be right back, he swears.

Alicia grabs his hand, stopping him. “What,” he wonders. She cocks her head, her lips curled up, so sexy and confident, and slides the card out of his hand. She smiles at him as if he shouldn’t have doubted. This is their hour.  Their time. She’s certain of it.  She raises an eyebrow, and he leans against the wall, watching.

Slowly she turns it over, inserts it into the slot – and the light turns green. Alicia grins at Will, and walks in the door.

“Say goodbye/to the world you thought you lived in,” the soundtrack blares, reaching it’s crescendo. “Say goodbye/to the world you thought you lived in.”

Wow, there is a lot to say.

First, let me say I loved the case related theme – what comes after the closing argument, after you make your case, seal the deal, do whatever you can do to influence a decision?  The case took place in a sort of in-between space, and it leaves our main characters in a similar spot.  What are Will and Alicia to each other now?  Is this just their one moment?  Is it possible just to get that kind of love or attraction or fascination out of your system?  Is this the start of something, or is it just a separate moment in time?  As you know, I have ideas about where the writers are going to take things next season.  Ideas I hope are wrong, actually.

I enjoyed this case, especially the tension of it.  The defendant was so appealing and so clearly wrongly accused that it does bother me a little how he could have ended up in this position – although Childs has a history of landing on expedient suspects despite the truth, so maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. It occurs to me it still could have been Cary acting on Peter’s orders, but you can bet Diane didn’t show a picture of Peter to the postal clerk.  Either way, I loved that twist.  It works for Peter, who was hounded out of office by the singularly incompetent Glenn Childs.  I’m going to be fascinated to see if Peter’s going to put up as many terrible prosecutions next year, aren’t you?

Maybe this is a weird thought, but I can’t help it. After Amber, and the terrible price in confidence Alicia paid,  is the exorbitant cost of the suite a sort of, I don’t know, proof that she’s that extravagantly desirable?  That’s – nice?  The trick with the card is a little silly, considering that the desk clerk clearly gave them two cards, but it illustrates that Alicia choose this. She had her moment to back out, to reconsider what she wants, and she chooses to act.  We’ll leave it to next fall to determine whether this was a good idea or a bad one; there’s still Tammy, and Peter, and the custody battle I’m horribly certain is coming, and Peter’s wrong belief now given substance.  Can they leave each other alone after this?  Can they go back to the way things were before?  Doubtful.  Very doubtful.

I suppose there’s no guarantee that in the season three premier (when the show, as you may have heard, is going to be moving to Sunday at 9) we won’t find out that one of their phones rang with some emergency, but right now, for the summer, we’re only left with the afterglow.

I’m a little surprised that I feel an afterglow.  I’ve said many times that the thing I’ve feared the most is an affair between Alicia and Will.  They’ve just had a fling, she’s still married, he’s still with Tammy who of course will have stayed home like an idiot and not gone to London.  It’s not what I hoped for Alicia.  It’s not exactly a perfect romance.  It could cause her to lose her kids.   It’s trouble, I tell you.  But they sold it, at least as a personal moment.  I suspect the music had a lot to do with it.

Okay.  Moving on from my discomfort with the whole separation/lack of divorce issue and sex.  I love that Alicia and Kalinda were forced to work together and reminded of how well they do it.  I adored that.  I also loved seeing how taken aback Kalinda was to realize that Sophia is married – and how it put an immediate chill on her emotions and behavior.  I do like Kelli Giddish’s Sophia a lot – she’s capable, confident, funny and hyper sexy, but somehow not as predatory (if that’s not too harsh a word) as last year’s similarly smart and sultry lesbian dalliance, Lana.  But I love Kalinda realizing that maybe she doesn’t want to be somebody’s bit of fun on the side if it means the kind of devastation she’s just caused Alicia.

You know, it hadn’t occurred to me before, but Kalinda reminds be a bit of Lisbeth Sander – tiny, determined, walled up, bisexual.  Of course Lisbeth’s more of a hacker than an general investigator like Kalinda, but still.  I’m sure this is not news, but it just hit me, and I think it’s fun comparison.  I wonder if the Millenium series opened up network execs minds about a character like this?  In which case I say hurrah!  Winning!

And – hmm.  Maybe Peter needs Alicia too much politically to engage in the horribly dirty custody fight I’m anticipating?  Frank Landau seems to think so.  But if she’s burned his political career to the ground – if things become too strained – how low will they go?  Will it be a war of threats, or a media one?  Is this the absolute end of the love triangle?  And if so, does that mean that Will has won, or that Alicia’s going to go it on her own?

Friends, it has been a spectacular season debating and discussing our show and our characters together.  Thank you so much for that!  I’ll be back during the summer with more on the show, I hope – thoughts about the season, etc – but for now, I’m on vacation!  Hope you enjoyed it, guys.

113 comments on “The Good Wife: Closing Arguments

  1. Angee says:

    E! I just want to say thank you for all the wonderful recaps/reviews over the course of the last two years. Have a great summer! I see what they mean about season 3 being a reboot, it will definitely be different. I hope they are very real with the Will/Alicia relationship, I want to see them work through all the obstacles both personal and professional that accompany this new relationship.
    Thanks again E you are truly a generous, insightful and witty person with a remarkable gift for commentary and online hospitality (you make everyone feel welcome and valued).

    • E says:

      Aw, Angee, you’re the sweetest thing! I really really appreciate you and the little community of posters who come here. It’s been a pleasure and honor to talk Good Wife with you all! You guys are insightful and super supportive and really interesting to talk to.

      Season 3 is going to bring some big changes for sure! I really respect them for making such a big change – but of course it makes me nervous, too. (Granted, I was nervous when they let Peter out of prison, and that’s been going okay, even if he isn’t around as much as I wanted him to be. But maybe with him in the SA’s office, and living apart from Alicia, there’ll be more balance between where we need to see him and how much of his time we get.)

    • E says:

      BTW, I won’t be gone all summer. Hopefully some TGW fans also like So You Think You Can Dance… Don’t know how much natural overlap there’s going to be, though. 😉

    • E says:

      Seriously, this is going to make me cry.

  2. koz says:

    As always, thank you for your great recap…

    As for Will and Alicia, there are so many mixed emotions about what happened at the end of the episode. Till the last minute (second actually) I expected her to change her mind, and as you correctly observed – there were so many opportunities for her to say – hey, let’s just drop this, this is bad idea. And that would be so Alicia’s casual way of thinking and acting – not to take a risk, to think rationally ( and she had a lot of to think about before going upstairs with Will) So I was surprised in really really good manner to see her so decisive and ready to go through it till the end.

    What I was also afraid of (speculating over the promo and her recent separation), is that she is doing it just to hurt Peter or Kalinda or as you said check whether she can be still desired as a woman, But ( thanks God) – no, thare was nothing revengful about her being with Will. It was not about Peter or Kalinda, it was WILL’s and HER personal moment, their longing for each other, their very very old story of relations ( which I assume is even older than her marriage). And let’s say honestly, she had been starving for that moment for such a long time, she looked like a hunger person who was finanlly fed up.

    And I could not agree with you more about Chris Noth’s performance in the last episode. Being a faithful AW shipper, I am not a huge fan of Peter of course, but their scene with Will was brilliant – so honest, there was said so much with so little words. It was an open announcment of war by Peter who smiled but none of them found the situation funny. Great performance, enjoyed the scene. By the way, there is interesting aspect of him dispatching the glove to LG. In my coutry (and I am pretty sure that in the USA too) to send someone the glove means to announce and commence the war. Let’s remember who sent the glove – Peter. Who was supposed adressee – Will! ( Alicia got it accidently).

    Talking abou the overal season, well, it did not become my favorite but had some brilliant episodes and kept tuned till the last episode.

    • E says:

      Hey, Koz, it’s great to hear from you! It’s been a while. 🙂

      I love your comment about the glove – the expression in English that might be similar is throwing down the gauntlet, so they might be coming from the same Medieval tradition. I totally did not see it that way, but it’s a fantastic layer to the episode.

      I think you’re so on, too, describing Alicia as hungry for that moment with Will. I can see why you were afraid – it’s so soon after her not even full break from Peter that you do wonder if she’s just flexing her wings. I had a lot of reservations after seeing the preview, but I was surprised at how well they pulled it off; you felt like she was completely there, in that moment, and sure that’s where she should be, and that was so cool to see. I still think it’s going to cause them a lot of trouble, though. But what would a tv show be if everyone made only safe choices? 😉

  3. Cantremembermyname says:

    I agree with you 100 percent about Noth. He was really good in that scene. I think he’s very important for season 3 and I hope we see him in more episodes.
    Thank you for the review.

  4. Kiki says:

    Hey E!!!!

    Have a great vacation!! And thank you for every week providing us with a recap of the episode, after the episode your review was the highlight of my week. You last review was great as always!

    I just loved K/S hot hot hot hahaha sucks she is married lol…Also loved that K/A where forced to work together! is going to be great to see those two work together next year!

    As for A/W…you know how I feel about them haha, so I obviously did not appreciate the scene as much as others LOL but I do love how confident, calm, cool Alicia was. She felt like a different Alicia to me, the Alicia from S1 would have never agree to “one night of passion” So I am glad to see a new Alicia. However I just do not think Alicia was ready to take that step with Will, but its gonna create great drama next season. I also felt that the writers got rid of Tammy a bit to conveniently for me. Looking forward to seeing how the A/W hook-up affects Alicia next season! (also 7800 *eek* I can pay off my student loans with this LMAO)

    Overall very good episode, however I do not believe it was as strong as the last two! But still one of the best of the season!

    Mostly looking forward to next season! I hate that I am left to speculate for 4 months, sucks so bad LOL

    Also what do you think of the move to Sunday! I am happy about the renewal but the move feels bitter sweet to me, but I guess we will have to wait and see.

    Thanks again E for making us happy every week with your review!

    (Also got to meet Julianna, Archie this week 😀 at the CBS upfront :D)

    • E says:

      Kiki, I’m so jealous! That’s amazing! Wow.

      And, hee, must be nice to be able to afford $7800 for a hotel room. I like A/W more than you do, so I was more okay with it, but it’s not my idea of the most perfect romantic get together, either! But it was fantastic to see Alicia so confident and sure of herself, so centered. And yes. We’re going to get some real drama out of it next season, I’m sure.

      It was a great episode for Peter, I thought! Really amazing acting.

      Now, the move to Sunday. Hmmm. I don’t know. Maybe it’ll be okay. I’m bummed it’s up against Masterpiece Theater, though! Desperate Housewives doesn’t matter to me, although it might be a tough ratings pairing (which MT, alas, isn’t). I hope we kick Housewife butt!

      • Kiki says:

        Hehe yea it was great fun! (here is a pic 😉

        Heheh yea you do like A/W…I am too biased to have an opinion lol…but totally agree, it was great to see a more confident Alicia indeed.
        And totally agree great acting by CN *nods*
        As for the move, I am gonna be honest I have watch DH for seven years (it has nothing on TGW of course) its a tradition me and my sister have, we watch DH every Sunday. So it saddens me a bit that its over but TGW will always be #1 for me, and I too hope we can kick some DH butt hahaha

        • E says:

          I loved Desperate Housewives at first (that snarky tone), but I feel like it’s been really uneven. I have friends who say it’s terrific now (or,hmm, was that last year? now I can’t remember) and I can totally see watching it – that’s the scary part about the move to Sunday. For my person viewing habits it’ll be okay, though.

    • E says:

      By the way, thank you so much for always being so kind and supportive. You’re not only great to talk to about the show, you also just make me feel awesome about doing this. So thanks! 🙂

      • Kiki says:

        No problem!! the moment I found this site I just felt in love with it! and had to share it hehehe! I make sure your review is posted every week on our forum lol (and now I do not even have to post it, other posters make sure its posted as soon as you uploaded it hehe)

    • E says:

      Bah, I keep forgetting stuff to say – I really like Sophia, too. My friend MMGF, who posts here sometimes and is a big fan of the show, loved her in Chase and was really excited about her guest stint here, and I can see why. I hope we get to see her more next season! It IS a shame she’s married. But I really loved that plot line for Kalinda.

      • Kiki says:

        Kelli was an AMAZING addition! And I hope she sticks around! I love love the K/S dynamic! So much chemistry! I am so glad! Hope they do not forget about her hahah

        Again enjoy your vacation!

        • E says:

          I sure did! It’s good to be back, though. Now I’ve got to look through and figure out all the stuff I haven’t responded to yet – wow, there’s a lot!

  5. John Graydon says:

    E, I loved your recreation of their breathless trip up in the elevator, with all of the awkwardness, the misgivings, the glitches, the growing passion — culminating in a glowingly confident Alicia taking charge, and leading Will into their nest of love. After two years of dithering, she was a woman who had finally decided what she wanted and who took it for herself. I was so glad to see that side of her appear at last.

    As you know, I’ve wanted A and W to hit the sheets from Episode One. Peter is a creepy and sleazy rat, while Will is a kind and gentle hunk who has always loved her. I wouldn’t hesitate for a second.

    It amazes me to see people try to pretend that Alicia is now an adulteress herself. She’s not at all. She had sat at home waiting for Peter every night like a “good wife”, still thinking they were happily married, all while he was out whoring on her.

    Now, in contrast, she’s made it clear to Peter that their marriage is OVER, he knows it is, and he’s said good-bye. All a divorce would be now is a piece of paper.

    How can anyone think she just destroyed her chances of getting custody of the kids, with Peter’s sordid history of lies and betrayal? She’s got nothing to be ashamed of at all.

    One last thing: I’m glad (and relieved) that CBS has renewed the show for another season, but I’m NOT happy with the move to Sunday night. The ugly reality is that, anytime a football game is being played, the rest of the schedule gets kicked around and pre-empted without the slightest consideration for those who tune in to watch what was scheduled for that time! The game can take as long to finish as they want, as if they imagine that nothing else is anywhere near as important. I strongly disagree!

    • E says:

      John, you raise a good point about football. I hadn’t thought about that, and it’s really disappointing. (One thing I hate about that is that sometimes they’ll just go ahead and air the show at 1am, or some completely crazy time. Thank heaven for dvrs, but its not fair to those who don’t have them! So, boo hiss.)

      As for the custody thing – well, Peter’s a lawyer. He can make that fight ugly if he wants to, and he’s both jealous of Will and looking for someone to blame other than himself. I hope it won’t come to that, but after all, this is a drama. I think it’s hard to imagine the Kings not going for whatever would hurt and challenge Alicia the most, and that’s very clearly an attack on her kids.

      I loved seeing her so confident, so assured of herself and her power.

      I will say, however – and more on this below – that she still seems hesitant to pull the trigger completely, to tell Lee to begin divorce proceedings, which puzzles me a little and makes me wonder where her head is. She’s still insisting to the kids that it’s not over, whatever she’s told Peter. So I think that could complicate things from her perspective.

      • John Graydon says:

        About the football — it always seems like the networks have limitless contempt for their viewers, as if they think when we sit down at a certain time on a certain day with a certain channel on, that we’ll be content to watch whatever else they decide to show us instead of what was scheduled, even with no forewarning at all. Not me! It’s “appointment TV” for me, where I’ll often plan my day or week around a favorite show.

        Where I live, there are dozens of special channels that show nothing but sports all day long. That’s where ALL games should be shown. Either that or they should be given a strict time slot, and if they can’t manage to be finished by the time their time slot runs out, the game should just be considered OVER.

        Sports broadcasting is like the schoolyard bully who always feels entitled to push his way in whenever he likes, and to do whatever he wants for as long as he wants, even when there’s a large group of others who were there to do something else. There’s really no excuse for it at all.

        • M says:

          Really, the problem that CBS has is that they try to jam too much into their Sunday night post-football schedule. As sports games are real-time, unscripted events, like awards shows, the actual end time is not know and can only be estimated. CBS specifically, because of its devotion to 60 Minutes (which no one under the age of 60 watches), does not have any flexibility when games run long, which is just a poor job of them running their network schedule. Fox specifically schedules time between 7:00 and 8:00 for the potential run-over of the games, and that way the Fox Sunday night shows happen on time.

          As for sports broadcasting being the bully, they are more like the benevolent kid who helps the bullied kids, as they provide the network with the profit to allow them to keep lesser rated shows alive and give them a chance. Shows that are good and have a decent budget, but haven’t quite found an audience yet, die on networks like the CW where they need all their shows to make a decent profit to survive. Nets that have a big sports department, on the other hand, can take more chances and stick with shows longer, giving them a chance to find their niche.

          • John Graydon says:

            It always seems like the real reason sports games so often “run long” is that they stop the clock every time someone falls down. How is that fair?

            Why can’t they give them a three-hour slot, and tell them that that’s all the time they have, because the next scheduled program will start then?

            And they can sure lose all that post-game blabber, where they interview inarticulate, exhausted, and sweaty jocks who just want to have a shower and go home, asking them about their personal evaluation of the game. Does anyone really need to hear inane exchanges like, “Bubba sure played a great game.” “Yup, it was a great game.”

            The game is OVER. Just GO.

      • Angee says:

        I also don’t understand Alicia’s reluctance in regards to pursuing a legal separation or divorce, if she is as disgusted and angry with Peter as she seems why not go ahead with at least a legal separation? Does she really only want an hour of exceptional timing with Will? Is it the kids, work, money , fear of the future that holds her back from moving forward with her life? I hope we get to understand what is going on Alicia’s head better next season.

        • E says:

          I’m so baffled by that. How can she tell Peter there’s no chance, but not be willing to bite the bullet and initiate the proceedings? What’s worse is her telling the kids that this is just a “thinking things over” period. Grace is totally right to complain about that being a cover.

  6. John Graydon says:

    Oh, and now that we’ve had Kalinda in a lesbian scene with YET ANOTHER woman (with the cute nurse waiting in the wings for her turn with her too), I hope they’ll find a love interest for Owen.

    Somehow though, the same people who think two women equal “hot” get all squirmy if the gay male characters aren’t always shown as being sexless, alone, and miserable, like on Will & Grace. Such hypocrisy……..

    • E says:

      Hoping I have enough time to respond to everyone before I go, so I’m taking the quick ones first – YES! I’m so with you. That’s why I loved the slow, season long build up to Blaine and Kurt’s romance on Glee, even if I was generally disappointed with their season. They had a whole country rooting for those two kids to get together, which I just think is groundbreaking and amazing – but, on the other hand, normal and sweet (which is how it ought to be).

    • E says:

      Well, er, Owen wouldn’t have a sweet and romantic liaison, most likely. I meant for young teens on that kind of cartoony show.

    • E says:

      BTW, though I definitely agree that there’s a double standard when it comes to portrayals of gay sexuality (I remember reading an interview with Natalie Portman about Black Swan where she said something to the effect of “how do you get guys to go to a ballet movie? lesbian sex scene!), we’ve mostly only seen Owen in family situations. I hope we see him more next season, though, and maybe there’d be an organic opportunity to see him in an intimate/romantic setting.

      • Angee says:

        The only reason I do not want more of Owen independent of Alicia is because I want The Good Wife to be more Alicia-centered next season and too much Owen, too much Eli, too much Kalinda detracts from the show’s focus on Alicia. Alicia has grown so much over that first two seasons both personally and professionally, I want to see more of the strong, confident, and independent Alicia’s personal life.
        But I agree, there is a double standard in terms of gay sexuality on network television.

        • E says:

          Well that’s the trick, isn’t it? I actually felt like this season was focused less on Alicia than the original, and I wasn’t super thrilled about that. I’m not sure what the solution is there, though; I mean, I like seeing Owen, but at what expense? Hmmm.

  7. ndeep says:

    I love these! whenever i dont get a certain part of the show or miss a bit, i can always rely on your attention to detail! Just wanted to say that i totally agree with you on the lisbeth salander bit! I actually imagined kalinda as her when i started reading the book 😛

    • E says:

      Thanks, ndeep! Glad I’m not the only one making the Kalinda/Lisbeth connection.:)

    • Having seen the Swedish-made movies, to my mind, the actress who portrayed Salander was perfect. Perfect. I know that an actress has been chosen for the American-made movie (and having seen the Swedish movies, why bother – oh yeah, that’s right; God forbid we have to read subtitles), but I too was thinking that Archie Punjabi is the only person who could come close to capturing what Lisbeth is all about.

      • E says:

        Okay, Barbara, your crack about the subtitles made me laugh out loud. I keep waiting for Mr. E to read the books so I can see the blasted movies, already, but I’ve heard nothing but glowing reports. I’ve even heard it said that the films are better than the books.

        Thanks for writing in!

  8. Jennifer says:

    Hi E,
    I don’t reply often but I look forward to and read/devour every week – thank you so much. It is bad enough to go without a new episode for 4 months but ne RE either, Boo.
    I LOVED this episode. Possibly my favorite so far, I have re-watched it an embaressing number of times.
    I had no problem with the timing of Alicia and Will. Tammy with her bags packed for London playing the game with Will was enough closure for me and Alicia didn’t suddenly start having feelings for Will in some kind of rebound way. This was a long time coming and finally good timing in my opinion. That last scene was sweet and sexy and is the only consolation of having to wait all summer.
    All of that being said I am sure things are not going to be rainbows and butterflies for them next season but I trust the writers to make it great.
    Nit-picking observation: I noticed in other reviews and blogs as well as yours that we assumed this episode was a week later (your re-cap of dinner scene with Jackie and the kids) Last episode Peter was 1 month from becoming SA now he is 2 days. Diane was also telling everyone that the next 2 weeks of trial prep for this weeks trial was going to be intense and we started this episode with the closing arguments. So Jackie very well could have not seen the kids for a month. Also puts a little more time between Alicia kicking Peter to the curb and having “good timing” with Will.(Like I said – I’ve seen it a lot:)
    Thank you sooooo much for all the work you put into this. It really completes the show for me.

    • E says:

      Okay, literally leaving for vacation today – will reply more fully when I get back – but I had to say, DAMN, you are totally right about the elapsed time period, and it’s not an insignificant point when it comes to the way everyone’s interacting. So thanks – I feel like a bit of an idiot, but I totally did not notice that.

      • Jennifer says:

        Please don’t feel like an idiot – not my intention. Like I said it seemed to be a mistake a lot of people made. Just another reason I like this show. It makes the viewer put things together

        • E says:

          I agree, I like that the show makes you work for it – but sometimes I wonder how I can type pretty much every word of dialogue and yet miss stuff! Just a testament to the complexities of the show… (Although I fear sometimes I pay more attention to transcribing than to the sense of things.

          So, hmm, could Zach really have grown in that month? I guess that’s not as silly a line as I thought. I feel bad for Jackie, even if she’s kind of evil and brings it on herself.

  9. Jennifer says:

    p.s. I also noticed the parallel of Will paying that kind of money for a moment with Alicia compared to Peter having her at home but paying a prostitute. And the look he gave her right before he pulled out his card *Swooon*

    • Rob says:

      Yeah, I loved that look, too. It’s like he was telling her ‘you’re worth it!’ Awwww!

      Yes, I too thought about how Will is willing to spend $7800 for an hour with Alicia and Peter didn’t appreciate her, instead going out and hiring prostitutes!

  10. akaleikehe says:

    ummm; so I caved!! Not only did I read this entire review plus comments, I then proceeded to youtube any clips or scenes I could get from this episode!! Managed to find the last 5 minutes or so, and all I can say is wow. I can’t wait until I can see the full show on Thursday night so I can put it into context (although the review did a marvelous job of that as well :))

    The ending doesn’t really sit too well with me, even though I love the idea of Alicia and Will getting together. Firstly, they’re drunk!! How romantic, not. Well, they may not be completely drunk, but they aren’t sober. I really hope they don’t wake up, with hangovers, and regret “the hour” that they’ve had! My heart cannot take that.
    I noticed that Alicia still had her wedding ring on. Appearances? or is she unsure of what she wants? That look she gives will when swiping the card to open the door suggests otherwise. *swoons* oh and I absolutely loved Will’s response to Alicia’s worry in the elevator. That hand holding was SO cute.
    That last scene definitely delivered, I’m just so anxious of what’s going to happen next season!
    I’ll comment on the other 45 minutes or so when I finally watch it this Thursday.

    • E says:

      Hee hee! I love that you couldn’t wait.

      I’ll reply fully when I get back – but thanks for writing, and I can’t wait to discuss the full episode when I do!

      • Jennifer says:

        Definately think the wedding ring is an appearances thing. She does not want it out that they are seperated but she also said to David last week that she didn’t know if she wanted a divorce. I was reading that more as an appearance thing also since she did tell Peter that it was done.
        They gave the impression in the bar scene that they has 2 shots each so not drunk but not sober….a little liquid courage

    • E says:

      So, okay. I think Alicia’s not ready for anyone to know that she’s left Peter. Is that for him, or to avoid the press, or just to be private? I don’t know. Maybe all those things. But I can see why she still wears the ring. Taking it off would invite comment on something personal, and she’s a fiercely private person (which is almost unfortunate, given her situation).

      I hope they weren’t drunk, but yeah, it’s – it’s good timing in some senses, but not in others. They certainly knew what they were doing. I’m super curious to see whether she has regrets afterward. More on this below…

  11. Kim L says:

    Hi, hope you’re having a nice vacay E, just wanted to comment about the move to Sunday night. I suspect (although I have no facts to back me up ) that TPTB know that the audience is willing to DVR this show, or watch it On Demand, due to the fact that so many of us rewatch and comment about the show in the week following – that we will find it and watch it, even if it takes a little work. So they ‘sacrificed’ the show to the crappy post-football slot.

    We loved this ep BTW.

    • E says:

      Hi Kim! I had a great trip! I’m still adjusting to being back in the world of wrist watches and responsibilities.

      Ugh, the more I think about this move to Sundays the more it worries me. It’s not like football is our perfect lead in, either. BUT. I’d like to think you’re right, and that people will go looking for the show because it is just that damn good.

      Thanks for writing in! I loved the episode, too.

  12. music says:

    You are probably gone on holiday but I wanted to thank you E for making the pleasure of TGW last with your reviews!

    The series does need repeated viewings to get it fully and what I got the second time around is Alicia’s great motherly instinct.

    Remember the first kiss happened after Will really needed a pick me up during a losing case. This time, they won the case but looking at the reunited family hurt him more than made him rejoice. Alicia’s double take on his expression and her giving him strength with her hand on his arm was a precursor for the elevator scene.

    Alicia has all the proofs of Will’s love for her. While she hasn’t heard the exact words on her phone, she’s heard the tapes and seen him protect her over and over again.

    Will however, only has that first kiss, that’s all. He knows she is committed to her family but doesn’t know if she still loves Peter. Her face is a monument to nondisclosure.

    Her calmness and bravery at the end had to do with doing right by him, her actions are saying “I love you, everything will be all right”.

    Have a great summer everyone! Loved the photo Kiki, your smile is a wide as Julianna’s!

    • E says:

      Hey, Music! It’s great to hear from you! And I agree – Kiki’s got a fantastic smile.

      Her face totally is a monument to non-disclosure. Love that. And you make a great point, that it matters so much to her that she be the person doing doe others, that she calms him. That’s really how we see her choosing the action, not merely by being there. So despite the kind of silliness about the two cards, I think that moment was vital.

  13. Cailey says:

    Hey E! Seems that I have just missed you, but thts okay. I can wait for your highly anticipated return. ( :

    I really liked that we had an interesting case. It seemed to have a bit more flesh to it as usual, which was really nice to see.

    First off, I think I shall tackle the whole Democratic/Eli/Diane/Alicia plot.
    -> I really hate the Democratic committee. They seem so slimy, idk maybe it’s just politics, but there’s something about them that just makes me cringe every time I see them. If I were Eli, I’d be outta there so fast. I have to admit, I am not really sure why Eli would be setting up shop at a law firm. What role would the firm play in being involved in Peter Florrick’s politics? And even more so, what role is Alicia going to have? Is this going to change her position as a third year associate entirely? I’m intrigued by this little change, but so utterly confused.
    -> Another thing I always notice: Whenever Eli needs something, he goes to Diane. I wonder why that is. Is it because he’s wary of Will and the voicemail? But now that Alicia separated from Peter, the wariness should be gone, correct? Idk, but next season I’d love to see a Will and Eli scene.
    -> I was so happy to have this much Diane in this episode! I’m pretty sure I mentioned my displeasure at the lack of her lately, and I was glad to see her (and looking very hot, I might add.) When Alicia was standing behind her desk, my thought was she was envisioning herself one day being a senior partner and having that corner office. And then of course, Diane walked in and saw her playing pretend. I felt so awkward watching that scene.

    Secondly, (Alicia/[Kalinda)/Sophie/
    – Like all my brackets? ( :
    -> AK was awesome. There wasn’t any of that frostiness

    • E says:

      Hi Cailey! Sorry to take so long to get back to you! Sometimes that happens when you’ve written so much interesting stuff. 😉

      So, okay. The DCC makes me want to cringe/vomit, too. Although, on the other hand, I kind of want to laugh as Frank makes his blissful plans to turn Peter into Kennedy, assuming he’ll be able to bend Alicia to his will.

      As far as why Eli would be there – well, I do still wonder what happened to his own fantabulous office space and why on God’s green earth anyone would ever give that up, but I can see that with the campaign over they needed a way to keep Eli and Alicia talking. And they’ve set up pretty effectively that if Eli wants to keep Peter moving as a candidate, he needs Alicia. I’m not sure why he doesn’t just forget about Peter, given Frank’s warning, but I suppose it’s because we wouldn’t have a story then. 😉

      I’ve also been lamenting the lack of Diane. The troubles of a fantastic ensemble – you don’t get enough time with all the people you love. It’s a good problem to have, though. I’m so with you about the awkwardness of that moment. It was so odd to see Alicia have that moment, pretending it was her office, and then collapse back into deference.
      Okay, on to the next set of comments. 🙂

  14. Cailey says:

    (^^and i shall continue because I cut myself off)

    -> from the last episode, and even if they didn’t like it, they were professional and curtious and that I can deal with.
    -> I think that KS are steamy, but I really enjoy the fact that Kalinda is trying to be a better person. The funny thing is is that no, she doesn’t know Sophie’s husband, but what if in 5 years they become friends? Its really a big thing for Kalinda, and I’m really enjoying this change in her. I love that (also as a result of her ruined friendship with A) she is cutting herself off from Cary. It really shows us what Kalinda does when her world crumbles- she either runs, or cuts off old ties. Since she doesn’t really have anywhere she go, she has to stay, but she can still start clean. And Cary is the only one to break ties with.
    -> Cary is really starting to bother me. I don’t hate him by any means, but his attitude to Diane and Will lately has been uncalled for. It just seems rude to me, and I find myself insulted for D and W.

    Thirdly: Random People – Owen/Jackie/Judge Morris
    -> They under-utilised Owen in this episode. I love him so much, but I wanted more of him.
    -> Jackie! Ah! Doesnt she see Peter ever? It seems like she and Peter have been cut off from the kids. But I do feel sorry for her. But not in a sympathy way, more in a pity way.
    -> Fun Fact: Judge Morris’ first appearance was in Silly Season on Feb. 1. Which was my bday! I was really happy to see her back. I really like her.

    And for the final parting on insaneness: Alicia/Will/Peter.
    -> I love the writers of this show. They have been painting Peter as scum for a little while now, and BAM! He redeems himself slightly for me. I couldn’t have thunk of a better person to have delivered that glove.
    -> Will and Peter’s conversation was so awkward. At first Will was just trying to get to the point and ask for a favour, and then Peter is just being so, idk, cold- but not really. Cold, creepy, fake, intense and all these things and I loved it. All the awards to Chris Noth LOL. And when Will left, the look on his face was like ‘WTH just happened?’
    -> ALICIA AND WILL. OMG. NO WORDS LOL. So, you shall get a glimpse of how big an AW shipper I am. I haven’t really had a chance to show it much this season, but boy did this finale reawaken my soul. Everything in this episode was beautifully done, but whenever AW have scenes, I go crazy. They have great chemistry. The smaller scenes, like Will volunteering to talk to Peter and Alicia warning him about Peters not so cordial response were well done. But those last fiveish minutes. Oh my. They were cute at the bar, and I loved his comment about her laugh. It was refreshing to hear him compliment her on something that is so her, y’know? Everything about the bar scene just killed me cause it was so cute/funny/refreshing/etc. I thought it was really creative of the writers to say, ‘Well Tammy is off godknowswhere, and your separated, so let’s give this a go, cause we may only have an hour.’ LOL. That’s what it felt like to me anyway. But no doubt Tammy will be back. The obstacles were wonderfully done, they were most definitely signs from God to stop what they were doing, but (God forgive me) I couldn’t help but be glad they prevailed. It seemed like Alicia was going to stop what they were doing in the elevator, but when Will grabbed her hand, all sense went right out the door. They were so cute. I shall continue to say that. LOL. I was thoroughly annoyed with all the elevator doors opening and closing, and at the end when the hotel room door just shut! I was hoping we’d get a tiny glance as to what wad gonna go down.

    Anyhoo, I loved this episode. And it was so much fun for me (a faithful AW shipper ( : ) to watch. I do agree however, no matter what, what Will and Alicia did is gonna start some serious drama.

    PS I’m Catholic too! ( :

    • E says:

      Okay, back again. You know, no matter how personally uncomfortable it is for Alicia and Kalinda to work, even they can’t help admitting they do it well. I hope that goes toward convincing Alicia that Kalinda really was her actual friend, that it wasn’t all about guilt even if it might have started that way.

      I think the change in Kalinda is that Sophia’s marital status used to just not exist to her, and now, she realizes the husband, Griffin, is an actual person who might care about his wife sharing her bed. And yeah, I like that a lot as a character development. She’s actually thinking about her actions, seeing the consequences for more than just the moment’s pleasure.

      Cary’s been unnecessarily rude to Will and Diane, I agree. And I’m disappointed that he hasn’t gotten over the whole Alicia thing. On the other hand, I’m really sorry for him that Kalinda seems to be cutting him off now that she’s decided becoming close to anyone was a mistake. That’s tough to see because they’d developed a really lovely friendship.

      Now, Owen. The more Owen, the better. I must say, though, I don’t understand what’s going on with Peter. Has he really not seen the kids? Not even called them? That doesn’t make any sense to me! Is he embarrassed? Does he assume Alicia told them why he left? I fully believe that he loves them and cares, so what the hell is up with that? I feel sorry for Jackie, too, even if she can be a poisonous old hag. (Mean, I know, but wow, some of the things she’s said and done…)

      I totally do not remember Judge Morris from Silly Season. I think I need to go reread that recap! I really liked that episode, but the parts that stick in mind have more to do with Becca and Wendy and Eli and Zach and Peter than with the actual case.

      Okay, more to come on the A/W bits. Slowly but surely getting there…

  15. MMGF says:

    I love this line, heh.
    “Oh well, she’s Kalinda. She can Google at least as well as anyone else.”

  16. gigi says:

    Thanks for this awesome blog! My first time to read it today, and it is wonderfully entertaining writing and insights.

    I have also watched this episode too many times…it was so rich with detail and so fun to analyze.

    My take on Alicia: I think that she has been so wounded. She is in a liberation mode of sorts. She is angry, and ready to take her place in power. She finally made a move with Peter by moving him out a few weeks ago. She told off the person who she thought was her best friend, Kalinda. She stood up to Jackie. She remembers Owen’s words of her “being a good person” on the trip from Washington, and not being able to “change”. She admitted to Kalinda that her friends have all changed, and I am sure that has wounded her too. She has yet to find out that Eli burned her too. She is utilized by the firm, by her husband and mostly she is dutifully okay with that because it makes sense to her. But now she is evolving to decide what she really wants, and what is and isn’t okay with her.

    I can’t help but think of a couple of random thoughts on future plots. Can you tell that I can’t wait? (Hey, maybe I can get a job writing on the show – NOT! E could, though!!!) I wondered if Peter was being a good guy, or if the glove being mailed (directly or indirectly) by him was a sort of atonement of some past wrong in that case, or is it just deciding to go on the straight and narrow? Who does he know in the ASA to help him make things right (is it Cary?/Kerry?).

    Another weird thought was will it be Alicia or will it be Tammy who ends up pregnant, and who will Will have to choose (as he obviously desires a family)? Just plot guessing…

    I can’t help but wonder when Alicia will find out about Eli and the message…and will it be when she is liaison? How will it be when Alicia and Peter work together in some capacity during the governor campaign? Will they make a deal about custody with all the complexities of the appearance and campaign? Will she end up running for something, and who will stand by her (besides Eli! lol.)?

    What was Will’s secret with Blake? What happened in the past and will it affect his future at the firm or with Alicia?

    When will Kalinda’s past catch up to her, or her husband?

    So many thoughts. It’s such a fun show! LOVE ALL OF THE RICH CHARACTERS, and the rich moments of awkward and real life-like moments that we all recognize!

    • E says:

      Hi, Gigi! Thanks for joining the conversation.

      I like your description of Alicia as wounded. I keep wanting to compare her to some sort of wounded predator, a wolf or a big cat, because she bites when you hurt her. It’s kind of a fun image.

      What a great job it must be to write for this show. 🙂 There are so many possible storylines to consider! If I had to guess, I don’t see Alicia running for office now – too public, too constrained, I imagine Will’s secret will come out at some point, but I hope they don’t bring Blake back to do it! It’d be great if Alicia found out about Will’s message, but I don’t know if I see it happening so soon. I’m intrigued to see how Peter’s campaigning might work out. It sounds like this is going to be an sort of off time period – not so much official campaigning, anyway – but still, what’s that going to mean for Alicia? Frank Landau’s still going to be busy fundraising and laying groundwork. And wow, that’s a sudsy idea, Tammy being pregnant. I can’t imagine Alicia wants more kids, not at the point she’s at in her life, and you’re right, Will easily could. So that could be very very interesting.

      There’s a nice article in Newsweek called “The Good Wife” – though they don’t reference the show at all, it’s about that idea of what makes a good political spouse, and why anyone would ever want the position!

  17. gigi says:

    Hey, do you know what song the pianist was playing when they were at the hotel desk? Just wondered if it had meaning. I recognized the tune as familiar but couldn’t place it. Anyone know? Knowing these writers, I am sure it was well placed.

    • gigi says:

      It was, “I Only Have Eyes For You,” I think…

      • E says:

        You know, it’s interesting. I think it’s mostly just jazz riffing – until they get to the point where Alicia says that if their timing came together it’d be extraordinary, and then we get the main melodic line of “I Only Have Eyes For You.” That melody appears again at the desk. It’s so subtly interspersed I didn’t even recognize it at first – good call, Gigi!

  18. gigi says:

    Thanks for this awesome blog! My first time to read it today, and it is wonderfully entertaining writing and insights. I have also watched this episode too many times…it was so rich with detail and so fun to analyze.

    My take on Alicia: I think that she has been so wounded. She is in a liberation mode of sorts. She is angry, and ready to take her place in power. She finally made a move with Peter by moving him out a few weeks ago. She told off the person who she thought was her best friend, Kalinda. She stood up to Jackie. She remembers Owen’s words of her “being a good person” on the trip from Washington, and not being able to “change”. She admitted to Kalinda that her friends have all changed, and I am sure that has wounded her too. She has yet to find out that Eli burned her too. She is utilized by the firm, by her husband and mostly she is dutifully okay with that because it makes sense to her. But now she is evolving to decide what she really wants, and what is and isn’t okay with her.

    I can’t help but think of a couple of random thoughts on future plots. Can you tell that I can’t wait? (Hey, maybe I can get a job writing on the show – NOT! E could, though!!!) I wondered if Peter was being a good guy, or if the glove being mailed (directly or indirectly) by him was a sort of atonement of some past wrong in that case, or is it just deciding to go on the straight and narrow? Who does he know in the ASA to help him make things right (is it Cary?/Kerry?). Another weird thought was will it be Alicia or will it be Tammy who ends up pregnant, and who will Will have to choose (as he obviously desires a family)? I can’t help but wonder when Alicia will find out about Eli and the message…and will it be when she is liaison? How will it be when Alicia and Peter work together in some capacity during the governor campaign? Will they make a deal about custody with all the complexities of the appearance and campaign? Will she end up running for something, and who will stand by her (besides Eli! lol.)? What was Will’s secret with Blake? What happened in the past and will it affect his future at the firm or with Alicia? When will Kalinda’s past catch up to her, or when will her husband catch up to her…or is he even living anymore (she is really great with a baseball bat – I’m just sayin’!)?

    Just plot guessing…so many thoughts to wonder about. It’s such a fun show! I LOVE ALL OF THE RICH CHARACTERS, and the rich moments of awkward and real life-like moments that we all recognize! Thanks for all of these fun conversations!

  19. Charlot says:

    I am very surprised, how many women accepting Alicia in this episode.
    In my mind in this episode she went from a maybe good wife to what she herself blame Peter and Kalinda, cheating and sleeping with another man who are in a relationship.
    Is she cheating?
    Of course, she is not divorced yet, and this episode showed what Peter said, the last two years she had only one thing on her mind, Will.
    Her long not fulfilled love who she met again.
    It certainly did not take long time for Will to be in her pants did it?
    I think that maybe she even herself believed she tried to work it out with Peter, but her mind was totally obsessed to another side, and therefore she cheated herself, Peter and her children.
    She totally forgets her children right now. She knows how a divorce is to children. If she really tried, their marriage maybe would be O.K. but she did not even try, and that is why she is not a good wife.
    There might be happy divorces, but definetely no happy divorces to children.
    I work with children from so called “happy” divorces, and believe me, for children there is no happy divorce. Every time parents divorce they harm their children for lifetime. Even late teens (19 years) are harmed when their parents divorce, and that is a fact. NO NO way there is happy divorces for children.
    I dont understand so many women A/W fans expressing how happy they are with this episode. Peter did the worst thing you can do to a marriage, yes, but are he doomed for lifetime?
    Does two wrong make one right. Is it an eye for an eye? To forgive impossible? It makes me sad to how many revengeful women witing this. Is that really so? Well, that is their problem.
    As E often point out, we never saw P/A at home, but they must have talked a lot. I think Peter believed they were on track, i think the children thought that too,.The breakup because of Kalinda was just an excuse.
    Now Alicia has a relationship to Will (who Alicia knows are in a relationship with Tammy) and is doing exactly the same thing as Kalinda. Will would tell any woman anything to get in her pants, and so will he in the future.
    The only person who really developed in this season is Peter.
    He startet out being the big cheater, and of course that was dead wrong. But after jail he said he would be a better man. And is he a better man?
    Every time in his campain he was offered support for favors they vere turned down exept for one thing that could harm his wife. He has come to very good terms with his children. He said he would be a good SA, and after the election he says no favors, you got the wrong Florrick. I can understand he is very angry at Alicia, because he really believe he has been cheated for 2 years.
    By the way, what are W/A thinking about., certainly not thinking with their brains? They are at a hotel in a bar? Alicia must be well kown? I know people earning great money for tipping of things like that. How would they feel being frontpage cover the next day?
    Could you imagine the reaction from Diana, Peter, the children, everyone else?
    Ant Peter could divorce Alicia with little money for her, and maybe even the children wants to live with him?
    We dont know what heppens in the hotel room, something very dramatic could happen, or Alicia having second thoughts, (I would not be surprised).
    But now all left of the good wife is the title.

    • Cailey says:

      You have the meaning of the title ‘The Good Wife’ wrong though. It is supposed to be ironic, you knoe, how the public views Alicia, standing by Peter. It doesn’t necessarily mean she is the good wife.

      You are right, she didn’t really try to fix her marriage, but at least she gave him that second chance. Do you think that if she hadn’t found out about Peter and Kalinda, she would have left him? No. Do you think that she would have slept with Will while she was married to Peter? Not after that close call last year in ‘Heart’, and definitely not since he started seeing Tammy. She may not have done much to fix the marriage, but she certainly wasn’t the downfall of it.

      Of course the kids will be hurt if she files for divorce. It is a sad thing, it’s the end of a life long bond. Yes her kids will hurt for a while, they’ll be angry, but they also love their parents very much (Ie. Zach broke up with Becca cause she was saying bad things about Alicia) and eventually will understand that that was what was best for their parents. And they seem sad now, but they seem to be coping well. Hell, in ‘In Sickness’, they seemed decently supportive of her decision to separate.

      But Alicia knows that that relationship just wasn’t healthy anymore. He slept with a hooker 18 times, and she specifically asked him in 1.02 to be honest with her about any other indiscretions. She told him that when he was honest with her, then she’d forgive him. And the sad thing is, she gave him the opportunity to come clean (even before she and Kalinda got really close) and he lied to her. Granted, she didn’t know that, but when she found out about P and K, it was probably an added knife in her heart knowing he lied to her again.

      You can call it (AW) cheating, sure. But it isn’t really. She’s left her husband, and Will and Tammy are through (usually when someone packs their bags without notice and just leaves the country to go over seas means that relationship isn’t important enough for that person to continue). Sure, people will be baffled if it gets out. But what does other peoples perception really matter in the long run? They might think ‘OMG, alicia and Will are having an affair’, but that’s not the truth so their perception doesn’t matter.

      Just some food for thought…

    • Cailey says:

      Sorry, I have more. You have given me more to think about, which is good. I enjoy the mental stimulation. ( :

      LOL, you are correct, in a way. It didn’t take long for Will to bed Alicia. But if you think about it, he’s loved her since Georgetown, and that was 16 years ago. So you could also say he’s waited 16 years to het in her pants. And that’s a long time to wait.

      I don’t think she’s forgotten her kids; I think she constantly thinks about them. But this is a decision that she has to make on her own. She made the choice to stay with Peter the first time (partially because her kids would’ve been devastated). I think her kids would’ve been mire hurt had she divorced him the first time, because they same him as perfect. But now they know about his indiscretions and he’s nit on that pedestal anymore, so it would be more understandable.

      I don’t think her breaking up with Peter (due to him and K) was an excuse. I think that to have a healthy marriage, you need respect and trust, and she just found out that he lied about more past infidelities so that breaks her trust and respect for him. And that trust and respect was already broken once before, so how is she supposed to bounce back a second time? She’s probably questioning everything he ever said to her (she certainly did in the first season) and wondering if he lied about everything to her.

      And I don’t think Will is a cheater, sure he likes women, but he’s not savage about it, he doesn’t treat women like his toys or meat.

      Peter has certainly developed, but he isn’t completely perfect yet. Instead of focussing on fixing his marriage, he put his focus back on running for SA. He denied favours because he was angry, not cause he’s changed. Who’s to say what he would’ve done if he had been happy? And his children love him as much as they love Alicia. And he and Alicia love them with every once of life in them. That’s how their family is. And Peter did cheat on her. He was found not guilty of corruption, but he even admitted he cheated on her with the hooker and Kalinda.

      You are right, the kids won’t be happy if they find out. But isn’t any of their business who she starts to see. They have a say, sure, but in the end it’s up to Alicia. Will is not an unlikable guy. For all we know, he may get to know her kids and eventually they might like him. I don’t think Peter will get full custody of the kids, if anything, it’ll be split between them.

      And I’m pretty sure A and W sleep together. And there most certainly will be drama following that. But it wouldn’t be TGW without a little drama, would it? ( :

    • E says:

      Hey, Charlot!

      So, okay. I agree with you that this season showed Peter as a much better man than we would have expected from the first season.

      Also, that hotel bar is pretty public, and yes, Alicia and Will are taking a huge risk from any passerby with a cell phone camera (I won’t be at all surprised if it ends up in the press) and no, they’re not thinking. And yes, I can see how it would play into an ugly divorce case – although, we can see from Frank Landau that Peter would be torpedoing his own career if he loses Alicia. That might mean that he’s got to destroy her in the public view, or use the knowledge of her tryst with Will as blackmail. Would he do either of these things? I don’t know. I think it could certainly factor in to her relationship with her kids.

      That said, I think the question of whether or not she’s cheating is an interesting one. A month has gone by since she kicked Peter out of their home and told him there was no chance of reconciliation. Of course, that’s not what she told David Lee, or what she told her children. So, interesting. I will say that it’s not exactly a promising way (in my opinion) for Will and Alicia to get together. It’s not, on paper, my idea of romance. It was much more romantic in the execution than I remotely would have expected, but it’s still not what I would consider smart.

      I agree with Cailey completely, though, that the title The Good Wife is meant to be ironic. What makes some a good wife? What does it mean? And what do you find underneath the blank surface of the woman standing at the press conference as her husband confesses his indiscretions?

      • Angee says:

        I think the most interesting question is do Alicia and Will really genuinely want a long-term relationship or seriously just want an hour of good timing? I think if Alicia had not found out about Kalinda and Peter, she would still be half-heartedly trying to make her failed marriage to Peter work and if Will had not gotten a call about the glove, he would be half-heartedly begging Tammy to stay in Chicago. I think part of the attraction to each other for Alicia and Will to each is that it is the impossible dream perfect relationship that neither can have or have to worry about failing at. Up until “Closing Arguments” Alicia could not definitely say that she is divorcing Peter.

        • E says:

          I’m willing to bet that Alicia isn’t thinking that far ahead right now. Normally, she wants to know the plan, and wow, isn’t that a hard thing to have to have before you date someone? You can have had a crush on them forever, but that’s no guarantee that a relationship would work. But on the other hand, when you’ve got kids you need to think about where something is heading. And obviously, when it was a question of potentially leaving her marriage for Will, she couldn’t when she didn’t have the plan.

          Now – I guess we’ll see. It’s an interesting thought, though, of what they want v. what they think is achievable in the moment.

  20. Charlot says:

    You have good points.
    However, You write the children will be harmed for a short time. No they will not. many large surveys shows, that children with divorded parents are harmed for lifetine. Most surprising, children in their late teens are as affected as small children, but enough about that.
    Let os imagine something.
    We go 2 yers back, and Peter has not cheated Alicia.
    The kids have grown up, and Alicia would like to work again.
    She have her job in L/G.
    How do You think it would have developed?
    No love affair at all? or the way things have happened in the two seasons?
    You mentioned, Alicia have met her crush from many years back. Oh yes.
    And from that point she was absolutely not interested in Peter. When You are cheated You say i forgive You or You divorce.
    She said she could forgive him, but basic things had changed in her life by meeting Will again. She has an obsession about him.
    Therefore all about Peter is an excuse for leaving a marriage she now want to stop.
    As mentioned I think she not even realises this herself.
    So bottom line, this is the old story about a wife meeting another man.
    Of course this is a show that needs a lot of things to happen to keep the viewers watching, and in this show Peter is just the scapegoat for everything.


    • Cailey says:

      I must be in the minority then. When I was 1, my parents divorced, so it was okay because I never knew their marriage. I would see my dad three times a week, yet I loved him just as much as my mom. Around the time I turned 6, he and my mom had a fight and he stopped coming to pick me up during the week. He only came at Christmas and sometimes my birthday and Easter (now, ten years later, I don’t see him at all). He eventually became a stranger to me. What could I have done? Was a little girl supposed to keep that relationship alive? No. I didn’t know what a relationship needed then. I used to be angry that he left, but now I’m okay with it. I think not having a father made me stringer, because I am careful about who I put my trust in, and it taught me never to keep my hopes up to much, in case I am disappointed.

      As for AW and Peter, if he had never cheated on her, I don’t think her attraction to Will would’ve mattered. I think that Alicia loves Will now, and I’m sure she would’ve had love for him when she came to work for him, but it was always of the same amount as she loved Peter. The writers showed us a flashback of AP from Highland Park and the were absolutely smitten with each other and I think that if Alicia went back to LG and everything was okay with Peter, she would’ve barely looked Will’s way because she had Peter and she was happy with him and she lived him more than anything sans her kids.

      And Peter is the reason she wants to end her marriage. She would’ve stayed with Peter. But he betrayed her trust again, so she just couldn’t do it anymore. You saw her crying when she found out. Was that just an act? I don’t think so. She was genuinely torn up about it.

      And I also think the amount of people who like Peter and dislike Alicia are in a minority, so the show should be okay.

      • E says:

        Cailey, thanks for sharing your story. I will say, among my friends who come from homes of divorce, there’s an enormous variety of experience. People who are well shot of uncaring or unstable parents, ones who have strong relationships with both parents, even one whose parents’ divorce led to her suicide. And then I have friends who were scarred by parents who fought viciously through their childhood. It’s only anecdotal evidence, of course, but I don’t feel like it’s reasonable to say that children of divorce always respond in X manner.

        And if we can say anything about the Florrick marriage, its that Peter’s cheating will affect his children as much as the divorce, especially considering the brutal way knowledge of it was forced on them by the press. If you can Google alert your Dad’s misdeeds, I mean, come on. That can’t be good!

        But I do keep saying it – I am really afraid Alicia’s going to come in for more than her share of criticism when it comes out (and of course it’s going to come out) that she left Peter and has slept (presumably) with Will. It’s a tv show. There’s got to be drama. And the idea of people misunderstanding the timing of the break up (given her interview, and also her decision not to disclose the Peter/Kalinda affair) – well, I fear it will happen. It’s tough.

        Also, we know Tammy isn’t gone for good. I bet you anything she’s not in London after all, but waiting pathetically (depending on how you look at it, anyway) by the phone for Will. So again, drama.

        Anyway. I think I’m responding to stuff you didn’t write here! I can only agree that Alicia would never have left Peter for Will, even if she felt that he was the love of her life. She married Peter. She left Peter because of Peter. Will’s sort of a complication turned bonus. Maybe. 🙂

        • John Graydon says:

          I think you’re right that different children react differently to their parents’ break-up. It depends how it’s handled, and if they still feel loved and safe.

          So many people seem to believe parents should always stay together “for the children”, which I think is an ugly mistake. Kids aren’t stupid, and they know when their parents hate each other’s guts, criticizing and belittling each other all the time. I’m sure that hurts kids even more. Who can seriously think that’s better for children?

          And even when the parents wait till the kids are in bed before they fight, do they really think their kids won’t ever hear them? The poisonous atmosphere in the house would be impossible not to notice. Yes, it’s disruptive for kids when their parents split up, but I sure think it’s better to get it over with and start healing. (Besides, nowadays, so many kids are children of divorce that they have lots of company.)

          It constantly amazes me the amount of blame that people keep trying to assign to ALICIA, asserting she should have “worked on her marriage”. Like Peter did, all those times he paid Amber thousands of dollars for kinky sex? Or when he shtupped Kalinda, too? If the Florrick marriage hit the rocks, he’s the one who put it on the collision course, not her.

          And it’s just incredible, the hatred for kind and gentle Will, because “he’s a player” who is “going after a married woman”. Excuse me?? As if Peter was a model of fidelity! Unbelievable….

          Oh, and about Tammy — she warned him that she was only there for fun and that if he ever fell in love with her she was outta there. He agreed to that arrangement because his heart was taken anyway. It’s hardly fair for her to change the rules now, and try to extort a commitment from him.

          • E says:

            Dear John,
            (Sorry, couldn’t resist) Will’s the one who asked Tammy not to go to London – but, on the other hand, what’s the deal with her starting to leave and then calling him to talk her out of it? That seems very game play-y to me. It’s funny, because Will and Tammy played house pretty well (minus her contempt for his job and inability to be interested in her life, and his inability to be around) but wow, they really have trouble talking to each other when there are issues. I think they got serious together, and I think that’s fine – they’re just not good at being serious together.

            This past season has shown more of Will’s player side than the first, which I don’t enjoy nearly as much as watching him moon over Alicia. 🙂 I will say, though, everything he does is consensual and kind of light, two adults enjoying and respecting each other. (Well. There was that reporter girl, who was a bit of a ho, but I try not to think about that particular dalliance.) I know I’ve called him a player, but I don’t mean it in the sense of preying upon women at all. He just – moves around a lot.

            To play devil’s advocate, however, I’d expect Tammy would be gutted if she found out what happened. Peter would be furious, but I just don’t think that matters so much anymore.

        • Angee says:

          I hope Tammy is waiting for Will to call, because I would rather see Will definitely end the relationship with Tammy, than just assume the relationship is over. I know people think Tammy is unfairly pushing Will for a commitment, but she has a right to change her mind about what she wants, just the same as Will has the right to say no, he does not want a relationship. Will and Tammy’s relationship stopped being fun a long time ago and if Will wants out he needs to man up and say so after all he is the one who asked Tammy not to go to London.
          I hope within the first six episodes we see Will make a clean break with Tammy and Alicia begin divorce/legal separation proceedings against Peter. Whether it is technically or legally adultery or not, I do not want to see Alicia and Will begin a relationship without formally ending their previous relationships.

          • E says:

            Oh my gosh, Angee, I’m so with you. Until those ends are cleared up, it’s just not going to be as romantic as I want it to be between Will and Alicia.

            Will and Tammy is a tricky thing. I don’t think either of them really knows how to be in a long term relationship. Will, I’d guess, wants that, and really likes Tammy, but does he love her? I think it’s more about loving that togetherness for him. Whereas Tammy, I think, would be all in, but she really doesn’t know how to be. I don’t think she’s pushing him unfairly at all – he wanted to break their ground rules as much as she did, and he asked her not to go – but she doesn’t really know how to go about it, and is being passive aggressive instead of straightforward. Which is a shame. I mean, after he asked her not to go, why did she pack her bags and then call him to have him talk her out of leaving? She needed to decide that, to know that the power rests with her. What’s the idea behind making him beg? Did she not believe him when he asked her in the first place? Which might not be that silly of her, considering what (who) he ended up doing instead, and the way she resents his job, but – I don’t know. Will and Tammy did easy really nicely but they didn’t seem that equipped to do hard.

    • John Graydon says:

      Peter is hardly just a “scapegoat” and an excuse for Alicia to be with Will (who she really should have chosen fifteen years ago). Peter and only Peter is the cause of all their trouble. He just couldn’t manage to keep it in his pants. He betrayed Alicia at least NINETEEN different times, all while she was being the faithful “good wife”.

      People keep trying to assign blame to Alicia — like scummy Peter just did. After all the times he had cheated on her?? The colossal GALL of the man.

      The Florrick marriage has hit the rocks again, and this time it’s over. Alicia is in no way responsible for that, and neither is Will. The blame is 100 percent on PETER. He has only himself to blame.

      • Cailey says:

        I agree John. I think Alicia has proven that she wouldn’t leave Peter. And from what it seemed (see the end scene of 2.14 ‘Real Deal’ for a full blast of what I’m talking about) their marriage was actually improving. Why would she leave him if their marriage was getting better? I don’t think she left Peter for Will. She left him for herself, and found that she wanted to try and figure something out with Will.

        • E says:

          Wow, working my way through all this really detailed and excellent debate is going to take a while! I just had to agree; Alicia didn’t leave Peter for Will. Finding out about Peter’s fling with Kalinda wrecked her. The cover up wrecked her.

          In fact, I don’t even know if I think she’s gone up to the suite with Will to start a relationship with him. I think it really is standing as a moment outside time. That’s why she’s not thinking about it as deeply as she usually does; there’s no demand for a plan, no need for precise clarity on where either of them stand in relation to Peter or Tammy. It’s just – something she wants, for herself, in this moment.

          • E says:

            Of course it only happens as the culmination of something, because she feels safe with Will, but I genuinely don’t think she’s going into it thinking it’s going to change her life. Even though it probably will.

            • Cailey says:

              I don’t think their going to start a relationship, but obviously their relationship will change. They’ll still be boss/employee but instead of being friends that could be something more, they are sort of lovers.

      • E says:

        Wouldn’t you love to know why Will and Alicia didn’t get together in the first place? I know I would! My guess would be that when Will was breaking up with Tammy’s sister (Elizabeth?), Alicia met Peter and came back from that – was it Christmas break, Thanksgiving – swept off her feet. Or some variation of that. I wonder if Will isn’t a playboy now in part because he lost out by not moving fast enough then.

        • kate says:

          That is exactly the scenario i imagined – Will hesitating… and a charismatic, charming and confident Peter wooing Alicia in a matter of moments 😉

          • E says:

            It seems the most reasonable explanation to me, too. 🙂

            • Angee says:

              Is it September yet? I hope we get some clues as to why Alicia married Peter instead of hooking up with Will. I hope Will has some major relationship issues with Alicia that prove that it is not just the women he gets involved fault he had bad relationships prior to Alicia. I also want Will and Alicia to have a serious talk after their hour of exceptional timing and mostly I want them to have a seriously difficult journey to a relationship, I want to see them work at a relationship in ways we did not see Peter and Alicia work at their relationship. And if their (Will/Alicia) relationship does not work out, I do NOT want Will, Alicia or the viewers to be able to blame Peter, Jackie, the kids, Tammy or the firm for the relationship not working out.

    • E says:

      Now here, I can’t agree at all. Peter is the root cause of the dissolution of the Florrick marriage. I think Alicia wanted desperately to fix things; otherwise, why stay, when it would be the easiest and most understandable thing to leave, when her family and her ‘friends’ all expected it and even pushed for it? Because she wanted better for her kids.

      Yes, Will got in the way. And sure, I know some awful examples of kids being wrecked by divorces (even when the kids were grown) as well as ones who said “good for you, Mom, for finally leaving him!” So I think it can go either way, and I do certainly feel bad for Zach and Grace (not least because their father hasn’t tried to contact them since leaving). And no, Alicia didn’t try to save her marriage in ways that we might have wanted her to, like, I don’t know, couples therapy, or trying to spend more time with Peter. But she did try.

      And I will say, Peter ran for office knowing that she was hesitant, knowing that it was a burden to her and a stress on their marriage. He should have known – even though she scrupulously didn’t stand in his way, because that’s the kind of person she is – that she would have been much happier if he’d decided to be with his family. We heard a lot of him whining about how she hadn’t forgiven him, but I would have liked to see him actually courting her, to get back in her good graces. Much as we did see him making good choices, they were largely political ones, not personal ones. So I don’t see how you can say that the burden for their failed reconciliation rests solely with her.

      But mostly I guess I understand how this might happen for her. Blessedly, I haven’t been in a similar situation, but I’ve been betrayed (if you will) by a friend. Loyalty is pretty high on my list of defining characteristics, and I’m not good at just throwing over a friendship because I’ve outgrown it or have new interests or the person is no longer treating me well. But once – and sorry for the personal anecdote – my trust was shattered, no matter what tearful conversations we had about how we would still be friends, it just never came back. And then you’re with a person you once were close to, and you’re like strangers, only worse than strangers because you used to know everything about each other and now you can’t even say anything because the trust isn’t there… Well, not to be melodramatic, but it makes sense to me that Alicia could want intellectually to stay married, but just not be able to trust Peter again. It’s easy to think that when you make the choice to stay married, that should be it – but that really doesn’t take into account the difference between what we think, and what we feel. The human heart doesn’t fall in line so easily.

      I do think she pushed herself. I think she tried, even if it wasn’t maybe in a way that we’d have liked to see. I think her leaving was about Peter and Kalinda, that she’d done all this work and thought that she had gotten to a place where she trusted Peter again, that she had forgiven him, and then found out that everything she’d built back up was suspended on lies. And that was just as much about Kalinda as it was about Peter – maybe even more so.

      • Jennifer says:

        Well said E! Thank you for putting my thoughts into such an articulate post. It frustrates me when I read comments here and other places blaming Alicia because Peter is “trying so hard”/”reformed” As a woman who is married with kids I can say that she actually tried a lot harder then I could have after that level of betrayal. (on a shallow note: I would have tried even less if I had a “friend” like Will who looked at me that way 🙂
        Also, completely agree that it was just as much about Kalinda as Peter.
        Thanks for keeping the conversation going. How much longer do we have till a new episode?? This is torture

        • E says:

          🙂 Glad you liked! And glad I’m not the only person who sees it that way.

          I think in many ways Kalinda wasn’t just Alicia’s best and only friend (other than Owen) but also represented Alicia’s – how do I want to say this – attempt to build an emotional life outside of Peter and the kids. Alicia’s old friends were neighbors and ‘mom friends’, people who were based in Peter’s life and the kids lives. Kalinda she met on her own (she thought), Kalinda respected her for who she is, for her cleverness and insight and wit and empathy. So finding out that Kalinda had lied to her, had at least started their friendship based on guilt and pity? It must feel like all the things she’d thought she’d gained from her horrible experience were gone. That she’d been duped all over again, now when she felt like she was smarter and better protected. How gut wrenching that it was the one person she let in in all that time!I think it’s easy to say that if she’d already forgiven Peter for Amber, and if he hadn’t done anything new, Alicia ought to be able to forgive him. It’s the fact that it was Kalinda, with all the work competency and personal issues bound up in her, that made it fatal for Alicia’s marriage.

  21. Kiki says:

    Hello E!!!

    How are you? Hope all is well!
    I am having a lot of TGW withdrawal lol
    So I was wondering if you are gonna write a review about S2?the things you liked/did not liked? and your overall thoughts on the season and how it compared to S1? 😀
    I love reading what you write about TGW!

    • kate says:

      i’m having withdrawal symptoms too! i’ve actually been rewatching some old episodes…. and one thing that bothers me more and more while rewatching is that peter went from being involved with (seemingly numerous) prostitutes to only being involved with amber madison (albeit 18 times!) there is a very clear and obvious shift (without any explanation in the plot) and i wonder why the writers did this?! is it to simplify things so that we don’t have other women coming foward to embarrass peter and complicate the plot? did they think we wouldn’t notice?!! in season one we have alicia asking peter if a client is “one of his prostitutes”, she tells grace that the women were “all over 21” and she makes it clear that she can’t forgive peter if she doesn’t know what (who!) she is forgiving him for – and by season two it was “just one hooker”. i was wondering what your thoughts were?!

      • E says:

        Kate, oh my gosh. That drives me absolutely nuts. If you look back at different episode recaps from this past season, you’ll see that every time they try to suggest that it was just Amber, I start pulling my hair out. I mean, first of all, it was quite clear that there was more than the one woman – Alicia in the beginning thought everyone she met slept with Peter. There are plenty of interviews with the cast in which they mention this, too.

        So even if that didn’t contradict what we learned in the first season (which is clearly does) I can’t help feeling like having a paid mistress is a different marital complication to having a (for lack of a better term) hooker habit. Even if it was a lot of hookers with repeat visits to one, that still seems – not better or worse, but definitely not the same thing. Don’t you feel like it would mean something different to Alicia?

        Anyway. I’m blathering, but yes, that’s been driving me nuts all season.

        • kate says:

          yes…. i definitely think it changes things for alicia! and you are right – early in season 1 she suspected peter of having slept with every woman he’d come in contact with (including kalinda!) and it was made clear that she knew he’d slept with many different women (hence her suspicions). and yes, i think there is a huge difference between him having an indiscretion with one woman (numerous times) and having a “hooker habit”! i’m glad you share my frustrations with this – sometimes i wonder if i’m imagining it i haven’t found any commentators discussing in it their recaps etc.

          • E says:

            Exactly. I don’t know how you change something so important retroactively. And I agree, it doesn’t seem to be as much discussed as I’d have thought.

            We have discussed it here, though, especially with some of the regular commenters – Kiki might remember. I know there’s a rant in the “one hooker” episode, for example, but in the recap and in the comments.

            Anyway, if I could interview the Kings, that would be question #1!

    • E says:

      Kiki, I definitely want to do something like that, though I don’t really have an obvious hook to start with, like last summer’s whole love triangle thing. So, trying to think myself there!

      • Kiki says:

        Right I can see how last summer cliffhanger gave you a lot more to write about! So think away and I hope you find something to write about. It does not really have to be about anything specific, just about your general thoughts about S2. We been having lots of discussions about which season was better.

  22. Aileen says:

    Hi E! 🙂

    Just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you have invested in this blog, I really appreciate it! I’d only seen about a handful of episodes until about a week ago. But my mom, kept raving about the season finale and so I looked it up. O.m.g! It was so good, I just had to watch all the past shows to see the build up to that point! The pilot was shot in my former workplace (Alicia’s office was my boss’), it was fun to compare the set to what it actually looks like. I was totally impressed by writing, acting and all the incredible detail that they put into each week’s storyline. So here I am 40-something episodes later, sharing my thoughts:

    On Will and Tammy – She’s not merely “changing her mind”, she was out to get Will to fall in love with her from the start. She used just about all the tricks in the book: reverse psychology tactics (“If you fall in love with me, I’m out of here”), surprises (50-yd line NFL tickets), even trying to make him jealous (the “South African soccer player”). She knew what she was up against from the start: in VIP Treatment she tells Peter that Will is in love with somebody else. But still she had to try. Oh, the follies of women… for her sake, I hope she got on that plane to London. From the moment Will found out A & P were separated, she didn’t stand a chance.

    Btw, to add to the discussion on the ambiguity of the timeline, in Wrongful Termination-the one where Stern dies and Will is confronted by his own mortality-Tammy clearly states she is leaving for London in 2 weeks. So either her departure was delayed or the writers overlooked that little detail.

    I also picked up on Will’s sudden yearning for a family, just like someone else pointed out. They were focusing on the family interactions too much in this last episode for it to be insignificant. And I agree that Alicia is unlikely to be up for that, not at this point. It will be interesting to see how they deal with that part of the “plan”, if they do hatch one together.

    As for A/P or A/W…like I said, I’ve only really been watching this show for a week. But between the two, I’d pick Will any day. He has been her knight-in-shining-armour every step of the way, always protective and loyal. Remember when he stopped Cary from questioning her further about the “pitted evidence”? He has shown that he can put aside his own agendas in favour of what’s best for her. True, he’s no saint. And we’ll be finding more about that next season. But he is able to be selfless and sacrifice when it comes to her. And I think that’s what he meant when he said he likes himself around her.

    Sure, Peter has fallen back in love with her. But what has he done to make her fall back in love with him? It’s like he just expects her to fall right back in line. He knew going for the SA’s office would put their family back under public scrutiny, and he must know that that’s the last thing she wanted. But no, it’s all about him. I don’t think his ego would allow him to sacrifice for her. It comes from having a mother like Jackie, but that’s another story.

    Over-all, I can’t wait to see how the “new and improved” Alicia weathers next season’s challenges. Not so much the custody battle -the kids are teenagers, it’ll be up to them and they clearly trust their mom. Besides, Peter lives in the same town. She’s not new to scandal. But this time she’ll be painted “the bad wife”, the most ironic twist of all. And with Will’s past catching up with him–I wonder how much of that will be facilitated by the new SA– I’d like to see her be as loyal and supportive as he has been to her. No more of that “unrequited love”, as Kalinda puts it.

    • E says:

      Hi, Aileen! It’s nice to meet you! And it’s always awesome to see the show pick up new fans.

      First, off, I have to say that it’s so cool you used to work in that office! It honestly never occurred to me that it was a real office building and not a really well built set, so that’s fun to know. The sight lines are just so perfect, everyone watching either other through the glass walls…

      Also, that’s a great point about the timeline – you’re right, if that month had passed, Tammy should certainly have been gone. That makes me feel a bit better about not realizing how much time should have passed.

      That isn’t how I’ve been reading Tammy, but I think – especially given the way things start off in VIP Treatment – it’s entirely plausible. I guess I consider her more scattered and less tactical than that – I think she’s sort of playing by those rules, but in a less calculated/dastardly way. I can definitely see why you think so, though. She’s all game play. Blech.

      Do you think Zach and Grace will still trust Alicia if/when they find out about the tryst with Will? I’m not so sure. I’m just so frustrated with her decision not to tell them the truth about why she left Peter. I’m also curious as to why she’s insisting, to them, that there’s hope for the marriage, but telling Peter there’s nothing he can do. Which is true? If the kids feel lied to… but then again, do they want to go back to Jackie as a caretaker? That’s likely what it would be, living with Peter. And of course I’m totally furious at Peter for not contacting them. So he might not be a better alternative from their point of view; they might be even more upset at him.

      I definitely think it’d be amazing to see Alicia really be someone’s partner. She’s so fierce and awesome when she’s in your corner; it’d be great to be able to see her do that in a relationship.

      Again, thanks for coming here! It’s always fantastic to talk TGW with a fellow addict. 🙂

      • Angee says:

        E I agree with you about Tammy, I don’t think she intended to fall for Will, because she knew he was in love with someone else. Remembering her conversation with Alicia about hating being like her mom, I think her plans for an easy, breezy relationship with Will blew up in her face when she fell for him. I think she’s manipulative, because she is insecure and inexperienced at serious, adult relationship, but not out of any mean or evil motive like a Becca would be. But I agree with Aileen that she has no real chance with Will if Alicia is available, which may also explain the annoyingly clumsy, game-playing way she is pursuing Will. Because let’s face it her tactics are actually pushing Will away with her constant need for affirmation. I don’t think Tammy had any intention of going to London after Will asked her to stay in Chicago.
        But I honestly wonder if Alicia is ready for the kind of relationship Will would want and need right now. Alicia has basically gone from being the dutiful daughter/sister and good wife to being a workaholic attorney. I would think she would want some independent Alicia time and more time with her children. I think it is kind of sad that no one, not Owen, the kids or Jackie expected Alicia to keep the regular dinner date, all we have really seen Alicia do
        this season is work.

  23. Aileen says:

    Angee, before the last few episodes I would have agreed with you in that Alicia would probably choose to devote her time and energy to her kids and to enjoying her independence. But after that last scene, I don’t know any more. I find her character development so intriguing. I used to be so put-off by the title (which is why I never tuned in), but after seeing the finale I just had to retrace her journey from the proverbial “good wife” to, well, whatever she is now.

    (I want to say “newly-emancipated woman” but that might be too much. She has freed herself from the burden that her marriage was becoming and from the social mores that she used to ascribe to, but her ambivalence about getting a divorce suggests otherwise. Then again, I appreciate that they are trying to keep it realistic.)

    E, regarding the kids, I think her decision not to tell them what prompted the split was partly to protect them and partly because she did not want her decision questioned. I’ve respected her openness with her kids; remember the family meeting when Grace asked about Will? She gave her an honest answer ending with “that’s all I’m willing to share.” And I do think it works for them. Although they’re understandably hurt and confused, they did seem to accept her decision…before Jackie tried to undermine it.

    She’s gained tremendous confidence by being her family’s breadwinner and sole provider all this time while building up her career. I think she’s asking her kids to trust and respect her decisions now just like they have thus far. Besides, they’ll be what-15 and 16? I think by then they’re ready to learn that the world is neither black nor white.

    Re: Tammy, you and Angee brought up some points that I’d overlooked/forgotten. I actually do feel sorry for her, game-player or not. It’s clear that she wanted to take things with Will to the next level.

    • Angee says:

      Aileen you make some great points and I just want to clarify my point, I personally not Alicia would like to see Alicia enjoy her independence rather than immediately pursue a relationship with Will right now. I do not think she needs to go directly from being the “good wife” to the “good girlfriend”. Also I am confused because Alicia does not seem like a “friends with benefits” type of person, based on what she was saying to Sarah Silverman’s character in “Getting Off”, but she is willing to sleep with Will without committing to a legal separation from Peter and knowing the vague status of Will’s relationship with Tammy (“I think she went to London”).
      The kids love their mom and will accept anything that makes her happy, but she works so much I would like to see her spend more time connecting with them. They are teenagers and can handle and probably desire more independence, yet, as we have seen in the past they still need some limited supervision and guidance from both their parents.
      Aileen and E, do you think Will would have tried to talk Tammy out of going to London, if he had not gotten the call about the glove?

      • E says:

        Angee, I don’t think Will knows what he wants out of Tammy. I think he really enjoyed being part of a couple, but I don’t think he was sure whether he was in love with Tammy or just using her as a placeholder. Was it her, or the situation of playing house, that he liked so much? I think a few things get in the way of that relationship; neither Tammy nor Will knows how to have an honest adult relationship, she hates his job and is completely uninterested in the most import thing in his life, and then of course there’s Alicia.

        I agree that’s it’s uncharacteristic of Alicia to sleep with Will in this way, with so many obstacles still between them. I’m sure the alcohol accounts for a lot of that, and when you combine the fact that she’s been pining for him for a long time, always attracted to him, jealous of Tammy, still feeling the burn of Peter’s infidelities, and looking for a way to break out of her good girl, responsible shell… well, this was it. It’s hardly what I’d call the ideal situation, though, and I doubt Alicia will either, once she’s sober. I think it’s unlikely that they’re going to go straight to being a couple, and perhaps that will give Alicia the time she needs to stand alone.

  24. Aileen says:

    Hi Angee! 🙂 Just got off the phone with my mom–she’s been a big fan from the start and she goes around telling everyone she knows to watch it. Anyway, we just realised that we’re sitting on opposite camps coz she wants A with Peter! It reminded me of a JM interview where she said that older women would stop her on the street and tell her to give Peter another chance while younger women tell her to dump him. I wonder how much of this is a generational thing, independent of both men’s characters.

    About Tammy, short answer: no. He might have given a token protest, I’m sure he doesn’t want to be a total jerk. But the fact that Tammy even packed her bags (if indeed she did) tells me that she still hasn’t gotten the reaction or heard the words she wanted to hear from Will. And that was *before* the appearance of the glove.

    She was wrestling with herself because she knows she doesn’t have his heart, but she can’t help hoping against hope. And what girl in that situation wouldn’t? I really do feel for her. Wherever she is, her heart must have been breaking. I mean c’mon, even her departure took a back seat to yet another development in one of his all-consuming cases.

    And contrast this with his constant assurances to Alicia: “If you need to talk”, “If you ever need anything”, etc. This actually ties in with your point about Tammy’s insecurity and neediness chasing Will away straight to Alicia, who as far as I know never took him up on it, except when it related to work.

    I think both Will and Alicia turned to work so much because it was the only way they could stay in close contact with each other and not feel too guilty. Will was already feeling some of that guilt in season one, he suggested she take a week off when Peter came home and had her taken off a case so that she could take it easy (the infamous “I want you here/I’m here” scene). She, on the other hand, wanted to work even harder. Partly to escape from the tension in her household but partly, I suspect, so she could remain in close proximity to Will.

    Lastly, about where Alicia’s head is now, I still think there’s a chance that she might be heading towards a time of independence. She did say it would be “exceptional”, as in an exceptionally good or exceptionally rare moment. That little talk with Sarah Silverman’s character no doubt fueled this moment. But it was already in the works from the time she took control of her situation by kicking Peter out. She’s all about putting her needs first, or at least prioritizing herself more, these days. And we all knew she’s wanted Will for a while now.

    Wow, I can’t believe how much I’m getting into this. I’m so glad I found this site. 🙂

    • E says:

      We’re glad you’re here, too! 🙂

      One thing Alicia likes about work, I think, is that it’s something she can lose the complicated questions of her life in. It’s not that her work isn’t complicated or fraught with difficult emotional questions. In the end, though, she has some distance from it. And she’s good at it. When you’re raising kids, you don’t see the immediate impact of winning a case. There’s no winner’s circle in child rearing. So anyway, I can really see the appeal of it. She’s able to best the people who have all these complicated feelings about her because of Peter, and prove she’s a person to be reckoned with in her own right. Anyway, my point is, I don’t think it’s all about Will.

      I think you make an excellent point that Tammy’s looking for something more from Will than what she’s gotten. And since he already asked her to stay, it’s clearly a larger thing she wants, more clarity, more commitment.

      • kate says:

        definitely not all about will… it has given her independence and enabled her to take control of her life. remember in season 1 when alicia told kalinda she didn’t leave peter because she wasn’t “prepared” (both emotionally and practically i imagine)? but by the end of season 2, when she learns about kalinda and peter, she is “prepared” and completely in the position to take charge of her life and move forwards without peter. i think work has given her the financial independence and the confidence to start afresh. i think once you’ve given up that independence and then worked hard to regain it, you make sure you keep it!

        btw, (in the interests of full disclosure) i am a lawyer (as is my husband) and i stopped working 10 years ago to raise our children (we’ve been married 15 years)…. so i obviously bring a lot of personal experience to my point of view on this! (not that my husband is a state’s attorney or sleeping with prostitutes!!!)

  25. Angee says:

    E I love your insights and I think you are probably right about Will and Tammy and I hope you are right about Will and Alicia. One of my hopes for season three is some honest, open communication from all the main characters, most of the main characters are so shut off that it is hard to really know or empathize with them. And E I want to thank you again for providing such wonderful space for these detailed discussions.

  26. kate says:

    love coming back here and seeing more intelligent and thoughtful discussion (so many comments in other places are knee jerk and silly)!

    do any of you follow the good wife writers on twitter? it is torture knowing that they are writing and filming and we are 2 months away from watching 😉

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