The Good Wife Review: "Fleas"

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What a great showcase for Will this week on The Good Wife.

This wasn't the first time the firm's partner has proven that he's willing to go to the outer rim of the law (remember when he sent Alicia to take items from a client's apartment before the police could get there?), as the show has created a clearly moral character that also believes in the rights of his clients. Even if those client deal drugs or cover up murders.

In "Fleas," we got to see just what Will loves about the law (befriending judges and/or taking them on, providing a defense for everyone, arguing, etc.), while also seeing him take center stage in more ways than one:

  • He's good at basketball.
  • He's in the middle of the first real fight (more on that below) between Peter and Alicia.
  • He toes a morally grey line. Was the federal attorney really a bad guy? Of course not. Was he even in the wrong? Not really. However, seeing things from Will's side, the guy came across as a pompous jerk.
  • He and Diane go at it verbally, and then decide to hire a third partner to keep the firm afloat.

On the last point: I must admit that I'm a sucker for any series that depicts two adults arguing passionately for professional reasons, and not having it affect them personally in any way. Perhaps it's The West Wing fan in me. But this is always the sign of an intelligent, mature show, a description that certainly fits The Good Wife.

Will Gardner Pic

As for the Peter and Alicia fight: How great was that?!?

Julianna Margulies simply owns this character, remaining strong at almost all times, with emotion bubbling beneath the surface any time her husband is brought up in her professional or her personal life. But it's only natural for that emotion to sometimes spill over, and what more appropriate situation for that to occur than when Peter (prostitute-banging Peter!) accuses Alicia of being unfaithful?

That does beg the question: was she unfaithful? Alicia said to trust her, but Becca's Tweets were based on information fed to her by Zach. Did he see Will sneaking out of his mother's apartment one morning?

We also love Eli Gold. The scene between him and Becca was fantastic, as was the fact that he references When a Stranger Called and
Drag Me to Hell during the episode. Who would have pegged him for a horror movie fan?

In closing, we hope Zach doesn't get Becca pregnant. The conclusion was teasing that possibility, right? The show doesn't need such a cliched, messy situation. It keeps us glued to our TV screens every week by remaining smart, simple and provocative.

What did you think of the episode?


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I don't know why anyone else hasn't thougth of this, but couldn't Becca be hired to spy on the family and tweet untrue things so that Will won't have a political future ?


Surely you jest. Why should Alicia answer to Peter at all? This is HIS mess, so he should live with it. He not only cheated on her, it was with trash, drug her name out in front of the unkind media, made her a household face, upheaved her entire life and now wants to say "Hey, babe, sorry". Plus, her home is no longer a refuge, it's a political strategy office. Look at past episodes, she did not want him home, but the kids do and so does the mother in law. I think she's done with being the perfect wife/mother and is ready to let her career bloom like it should have years ago.


The Good Wife is simply one of the best shows currently on television and last night's episode was a prime example why. However, I am getting a little troubled by the escalating sexual tension between Alicia and Will, which seems to come to a head in next week's show, based on the previews. There's no doubt that Alicia has kept her nose clean up until now and I hope the writers continue with that theme - tempted, maybe but too smart to be that self-destructive to commit adultery, with her boss no less, and become the same kind of cheater, if not worse, she is trying so desprately to forgive her husband for being. One of the things I really have admired about this show is that it dares to have a main character that takes the high ground and tries to set a good example for her kids. How orginal these days! And as for Will, just when I was about to say how much I admired the way his character is written, they have to show him going after Alicia when he knows she is trying so hard to save her marriage. And he apparently doesn't care how tough a position it puts her in with him being her boss. After seeing the previews, I don't think much of him anymore. Hopefully, the situation wasn't what it seemed but I'm afraid it was. As for the fight between Peter and Alicia in her bedroom, I understand her immediate feelings of anger, but I think she should be more understanding after rethinking why Peter felt the way he did. They have not been intimate for over six months and he finally comes home but is told he must slept in another bedroon, both conditions understandable, given his infidelity. But he is only human and given his current platonic relationship with his wife, finding condoms in her night stand, especially after just answering a call form his wife's hunky boss who shares a history with her, how can he not have doubts? So I don't quite think the "How dare you!" reaction from Alicia was fair. And putting the condoms in her purse with a smairk and telling Peter "Trust me" before going to the office for a late night meeting with Will,that made my blood run cold. Then later they show the preview where, at the very least, Alicia is letting Will hold her in his arms and about to let him kiss her or is at least very tempted to let him do so. So obviously, Peter did have good reason to be scared his wife would cheat on him.


Eli said that SOME of the tweets were true, but I don't think Alicia had sex with Will. Maybe Zach feels that there's something going on because Alicia spends a lot of time working with him. My question is why Becca was tweeeting about that?. I agree with you in everything else. This is the best new drama in tv IMO.

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The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 16 Quotes

Alicia: How about over here? Did you check this drawer?
Peter: What is it you need to hear from me? I will never touch another woman again.
Alicia: What do you want, a prize, Peter? It seems to be the minimum prerequesite.
Peter: For both of us.

I found condoms in your bedside table. I was looking for your letter opener. I thought maybe they belonged to Zach. You know, you found them in his room. But then I thought you wouldn't take them. You'd have a sensible conversation with him about responsibility. So then, I thought they were yours. But that didn't make sense because you have an IUD.