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The Good Wife Review: A New, New Day

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I had to chuckle when Stern said "A new, new day. Sounds like you have one of those every few months." That statement seems the slightest bit meta, since The Good Wife manages to tout game changing events on a semi-regular basis.

Louis Canning's arrival as the successor to Stern's firm, during "Wrongful Termination," would have had more impact had it not been revealed in the previews, but every time Canning is around there are surefire antics to be had. This time was no different. I honestly didn't care that much about the trial itself, that of a large corporation guilty of trying to induce employees to voluntarily leave in order to fleece the pension fund, because I was more interested in the fluctuations that the death of Jonas Stern caused in the attitudes and thinking of those affected.

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Ironically enough, his passing delivered more than a few comical moments, such as the mounds of potato salad containers at Stern's wake. I suppose potato salad is the go-to comfort food for people in mourning. It's funny, because it's true.

That canary-eating look between Will and Diane as they lamented Stern's passing then confessed their shared ill-timed opportunistic thoughts had me in stitches. It's been interesting to see the dynamic between Will and Diane change from combative to that of genuine ease and comfort, ever since plotting to evict Bond from the firm. I rather enjoy the cozier countenance the two share over a glass of brandy or whatever their libation of choice may be.

Will appeared to undergo a large metamorphosis, going from stammering "I need some help here" as he tried to figure out what Tammy wanted from him (what guy hasn't been there?) to asking Tammy not to take the job in London upon reflecting on Stern's lack of any real legacy. I don't care much for Tammy. Maybe it's Elisabeth Reaser in the part, I don't know, but she just doesn't feel like a good fit for Will.

Nevertheless, it would seem Will has made the leap from just messing around to wanting a fully formed relationship with her. Or perhaps he's just afraid of being alone.

Despite Alicia's statement to Tammy that things were over between she and Will a long, long time ago, her body language tells a different story. The leering glance as Will approached Tammy in his office. The sparkle-eyed chuckle as she told Tammy Will likes to think he's still a kid, but he's not. She's still very much on the hook where Will is concerned…she just can't do anything about it. Yet.

The news about Peter and Kalinda's one-night affair is about to reach the breaking point. I still am fuzzy on how Petra found out about Peter's dalliance with a co-worker, but she's all ready to blow it wide open. Kudos to Eli for stamping out her inflammatory interview with Alicia, and in glorious form too. 

Between that and his opening blowup with the DCC Chairman, I'm getting rather used to seeing Eli lose his cool. It certainly makes me laugh.

With Childs' minion and his talking-lion telephone breathing down his neck, Cary is walking a difficult tightrope. Will his allegiance to his job outweigh his allegiance to Kalinda? I think he's more inclined to tell Childs where to go. That scene of Cary pleading to Kalinda that she should have opened up to Alicia about the affair told me all I needed to know.

Whether it's from a romantic or brotherly standpoint, it makes no difference: Cary loves Kalinda. I think he'll defend her with his dying breath.

Would Alicia really leave Lockhart and Gardner? She has to be at least considering it. Canning's offer is at least the second she's received in a matter of weeks; that has to make her curious what it would be like to move on, especially at a much higher salary.  Her contemplation in her office before Eli interrupted leads me to believe she isn't ruling anything out.

That's a new, new day I hope we never see come.

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"Alicia staying with Peter is a no-brainer" If Alicia DOES stay with Peter, after his many betrayals and all the heartache he has given her, I'd say that she would really have to have NO BRAIN! Just how stupid is she? I mean really, what is she, a doormat? She should have shown the rotten bum the door a year and a half ago. She was too weak to kick him out, so she did what the "family values" people think she should do: She stood by him -- just like she had done all those years when he was cheating on her. And where did it get her? More sorrow and heartache. Enough is enough. DITCH the bum already!

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Alicia staying with Peter is a no-brainer otherwise she becomes the Good Divorcee/Separatee/Adulteress - pick a name . . . lol

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John, Wait for the end !!!!

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I'm not surprised at all that you would call it a wake, because Kevin Conway looks a lot more like Irish leprechaun Liam O'Shaughnessy than Jewish lawyer Jonas Stern. I always thought that was a bizarre casting choice. Could they really not find anyone who looked convincingly Jewish in New York? And I hate the way Americans tend to pronounce it "Shiv-a" instead of "Sheev-a like it's supposed to be. When it's done properly, the men aren't supposed to shave and the women aren't supposed to wear make-up. It looks like that painted blonde that Diane was offering her condolences to didn't get the memo.... And it's just incredible to see how many people are still obsessing about Will's "dark side" which they are just sure must be there somewhere! What about PETER'S dark side? Yet another example of it is just about to hit the fan, and realistically it should cost Alicia the one female friend she's made in the last year and a half. If Alicia doesn't take this latest revelation that Peter is rotten bum and kick him out the door of the apartment she's paying for, then I'd say she deserves all the heartache that awaits her.

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I think you are right about so many things on this greatest of shows. Every week we love Cary more and more. The scene with Kalinda was excellent and telling. And how he kept a straight face while talking to Childs via that lion was amazing. Every cast member on this show deserves EMMY recognition. For the first time in years we are saddened when this show ends each week. We just want it to keep going and going.

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1. Alicia will not leave Peter. 2. Will will be tried for embezzelment and fraud. 3. She will leave Lockhart and Gardiner. 4. Kalinda will finally talk to Alicia and make up. 5. The story line will continue to be the GOOD WIFE.

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I think it was obvious that Alicia was jealous of Tammy and Will in this episode. She was also clearly happy when Tammy confronted her about her relationship with Will. She is trying to ignore her feelings for Will because it is the right thing to do. But I think she will be honest with him once the Peter/Kalinda secret explodes. I also think she will leave Lockhart/Gardner and pursue a new path, even if it is for a short time, especially if she does get involved personally with Will. The creators hinted of "major changes" so I really don't think the end of this season/beginning of next is going to remain status quo in terms of her marriage or her career. In regards to Will's shady past, who knows? On one hand, it may deter Alicia, on the other hand, it is nothing she hasn't dealt with before.

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epi 2.15 thats yesterdays news, Alicia has started to see the light about Will and his playing around and the way he handles business, just wait till they drop the bombshell about his embezzelling and fraud from another firm he work with. My money is on her going with Louis Canning firm and getting away from the undertable corrupted ways at Lockhart-Gardiner, Also she will still be with Peter, he has done nothing wrong since the beggining of the show and she knows it. Her body language says so!!

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I should disagree with @Heather. Alicia body language doesn't say she has forgotten about Will (remember epi 2.15), on the contrary. However what's the point of Will moving on with Tammy ... Alicia is going to learn later or sooner about Kalinda, she has offers to work elsewhere. To stay at Lockhart & Gardner she needs some proper incentives. Didn't like the end (I understand it was written that way, but as a Team Will fan, grrrr didn't like it ... I don't see what Tammy has).

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I think Alicia should take the Louis Canning offer and get out of the Lockhart-Gardiner firm it has been a complete down for her to ever move on. The firm doesn't have any working capital and she is being used as a mopup goffer for all their crap. I also think her body language said it all the yesteryears are gone and forgotten, she is seeing through the smoke screens and corrupt ways good old Will has brought forth. This show needs a good change of pace, it is getting tired of the same old every week and the ratings are reflecting this.

The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 19 Quotes

I don't have many enemies in life. I get along with Republicans, Protestants, Catholics, even a few reporters. But the one thing I hate is amateurs.

Eli

They say you always kill the woman terrorist first. The male ones, they hesitate. They fear death. Not the woman.

Stern
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