The Good Wife Review: "Breaking Fast"

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This was a solid episode of The Good Wife, free from some of the soap opera shenanigans that plagued the first pair of season two offerings, but someone may need to clear something up for me:

Just how much of a national story would be a race for state's attorney actually be?!? On "Breaking Fast," we were led to believe that The Huffington Post would care enough to post a photo of Peter and the books he was carrying.

We've also seen shots of news programs comparing a cheating scandal by some congressman out west to that of Peter and Alicia. It seems like a major stretch to believe the rest of the country would focus this much on the Florricks. Quick, can any reader name a single state's attorney outside of your own right now? Exactly.

Dallas Roberts on The Good Wife

That complaint aside, this episode would have been a winner for the presence of Dallas Roberts alone. He's great on Rubicon as the stressed, twitchy Miles; and it was nice to see him actually smile a bit as Alicia's gay brother.

Would anyone object if he took Peter's advice to heart and actually moved to Chicago? Neither would I.

Viewers were also treated to an interesting case of the week. It took a couple intriguing turns and gave us plenty of Titus Welliver, which is never a bad thing. It was fun to watch him scowl and squirm during Childs' deposition, and then to watch the firm get a victory over the prosecutor's office.

Meanwhile, we didn't get any more on the connection between Derrick and Will. Diane clearly knows something is amiss, but must be saving that ammunition for the right moment. For now, the inclusion of a new partner is causing fascinating tension at the company, both at the top and down lower on the professional food chain.

It's safe to assume Kalinda and Blake's rivalry will soon go from the streets to the sack, isn't it? But can we please give these two a little less access to the police force. Are we really supposed to believe Kalinda would have been permitted to literally stand alongside cops during an arrest of this magnitude?!?

Overall, the best episode of the season. The show has to be careful not to go overboard with a focus on Peter's campaign, as it's best left in the background and opens up the possibility for too many silly developments (I swear, this better have been the final instance of a kid using a cell phone against the Florricks...). But between Alicia's speech to her brother and that humorous breaking of the fast, the installment provided quality Florrick family fodder.

What did you think?


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really enjoying the show. im so interested in the possible development of carey/kalinda/blake

Anna maria

I love Alicia's brother! He should stay! And she should take his advice and get a divorce, but that would make her no longer "tha good wife". I'm also in love with Blake and Carey, they both have such chemistry with Kalinda.. I want to see something more between her and Blake, and also more of Carey. I really want to see him win, Alicia can't win them all!


I love this show real or unrealistic, its great adult TV; I do not need everything simplified to keep watching. Huffington Post has a Chicago page along with other major cites on it's menu bar. Therefore, they will cover all political races or scandals happening in the Chicago.


This episode was amazing. It is true that the detective parts are getting unrealistic, but the acting is so good- also, I love the fact that teenagers are not as annoying as on other shows, e.g. showing Grace standing up for her political ideas in front of adults was nice.
I wish they would cut back on the extra added croud this season and stick to the main characters.
Eli Gold is pure gold...


a state's attorney is visible, if his actions are visible, or important, or very present in the press, or all of these. season 1 of the good wife clearly established that peter was very tough on crime and that he was really well known in the country for his actions against corruption. and then came the big scandal, which was blown out of proportions by the press, given peter's previous reputation. so even though normally a state's attorney would not be a public figure known nationally, i think that in this case it's not that difficult to believe that peter has a great amount of visibility.


I agree about Alicia's brother and hte dinner. Those were great parts of this episode. I absolutley did not like the case of the week. One superhuman in-house detective was enough with Kalinda. Now we have two who are able to run right up to SWAT operations and amazingly produce evidence that no one at the vast and experienced SAs office would never think of...sure. It is becoming what I feared. The Alicia procedural victory of the week. If L-G-B were that good they'd be running both the FBI and CIA. They ere ruining the reality of this show by making the SA office the weekly incompetent losers. The only believable part of the whole case was the client yelling for joy at the settlement amount. This was the worst episoide of this series.

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The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Kalinda: How're you liking the prosecutor's office? It seems to agree with you. You look taller.
Cary: I like the moral clarity. (he walks up to her) Do you miss me?
Kalinda: What if I said yes?
Cary: Well, I'd say, "That sounds about right."
Kalinda: Then... yeah.

Owen: I said that Peter was homophobic because I wanted to hurt him.
Alicia: I know.
Owen: Do you want to know why?
Alicia: If you want to say.
Owen: You're living an idea, Alicia. You think society is disintegrating. You don't want to get divorced 'cause everyone is divorcing. You're like that person on the Titanic who won't leave their room because they're afraid of being rude.
Alicia: You lost me.
Owen: Do you love him?
Alicia: Do I love Peter? Yes, I do.
Owen: I don't believe you. I can see it in your eyes. You don't love him-- not anymore.
Alicia: You don't see anything in my eyes.