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The Good Wife Season Finale Review: "Closing Arguments"

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Well, that was an outstanding episode. Up until the last five minutes.

I thought the way it was filmed, with the repeated opening and closing of the elevator doors was slick, but I really hoped that Alicia would back out at the last second (although we didn't actually SEE anything happen).

If they did go through with it, I know a number of you will say that it's prudish of me to say that it was inappropriate for Alicia and Will to shack up, or that her wedding vows no longer mean anything because of all that Peter did to her.

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Like it or not, though, she's still a married woman ... a married woman with a very high profile husband who now may very well have leverage of his own if a custody battle should arise at some point. Not to mention, how would her kids feel about this predicament? If we've learned one thing on this show, it's that secrets come out, no matter the effort put into hiding them.

I think Alicia would have been better served not have made any moves until she made up her mind about Peter and divorced him.

What I did appreciate about "Closing Arguments," for a change, was the actual case the team was working.

Often I'm more interested in what is happening outside the case, but this one was a nail-biter. It had an urgency reminiscent of the also stellar "Nine Hours" from earlier in the season which only added to the anxiety levels as we waited for the jury to come in with a verdict.

I have to hand it to Will; He's a master opportunist. The varied ways he managed to delay the jury deliberations were fantastic. I wasn't sure how serving them lots and lots of coffee would do much, but I guess that was part of his plan to get a juror or two in the bathroom so he could taint their objectivity. Well played Gardner. Well played.

I suppose in retrospect it makes sense that Peter was the anonymous whistleblower, but that didn't stop my jaw from dropping when he tore up the UPS receipt. I honestly thought it was Cary, too, but at least now we know that Peter isn't so petty that he would send an innocent man to jail to spite Alicia and Will. Maybe there's a bit of good character still in him after all.

I could have done without Kalinda and Sophia having a romp in the sack. I mean, come on, was that really necessary? I suppose it did provide an opportunity to amplify Kalinda's remorse over what she did to Alicia, but it just felt out of sync with the rest of the episode for me.

Thankfully Alicia and Kalinda are finding a way to work with each other, albeit reluctantly. It gives me hope that their friendship will resume at some point.

Is Jackie stalking her grandchildren now? How uncomfortable was her encounter with the kids and Owen? I really wish Jackie would find something more constructive to do, like take up knitting or something other grandparents do. On one hand I do feel for her, since she likely does miss her grand kids, but chill out for a bit and let the waters cool, lady, before Alicia puts the kibosh on visitation altogether.

By far the best news of the entire episode was that Eli will be coming on board at LG in a permanent status and that Alicia will be working alongside him - despite her objection. I guess the writers are as pleased with the chemistry between  Julianna Margulies and Alan Cumming as we, the viewers, are, and rightfully so. I love every second these two are on screen together and it would seem we'll get a great deal more Elicia time on season three.

See what I did there?

Are you as excited as I am about Alicia's new role at LG? What do you think of the latest development between Will and Alicia? As always we'd love for you to share your thoughts in the comments!

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Jeffrey Kirkpatrick is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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    David Lee is billing her for his time on an ongoing basis, i.e. she's paying him, which means he's been retained by her. "In order to be legally separated you have to submit and apply for divorce papers first then you can call it legally." You're confusing "officially" with "legally". Legally, the period of separation starts to run when cohabitation ceases. All the rest is just paperwork. BTW, are we really supposed to believe you're a lawyer? That must have been some two-bit law school you went to, if you think what Alicia did was "call adultry"[sic] and you think "custody" is spelled "custudy". Not mention that she was checking her "opions". Of course, the U.S. has given law degrees to the likes of Ann Coulter and Nancy Grace, so they sure don't mean much anymore....

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    she's retained a divorce lawyer to represent her. That means they are LEGALLY SEPARATED. Sorry pal but she checked to see what her opions were, she did not retain him. In order to be legally separated you have to submit and apply for divorce papers first then you can call it legally.
    So to set the record straight Alicia is not legally separated and what she did is call adultry in the eyes of the law which could come back and cause major problems on custudy.

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    He saved her life by giving her a job so she could support herself and her kids, if I can recall it was Dianne who gave a job not Will.
    He was on a sexual sabbatical, according to the tattooed lawyer, because he was in love with Alicia. Believe that and it will snow in Hell.
    She might have sex with him, don't count your chickens yet season3 start has a big surprise that will blow your twisted mind.

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    You have a very short memory, and you're not paying attention either. "she is not legally separated." Wrong! She kicked the rotten bum out, they're no longer living together, and she's retained a divorce lawyer to represent her. That means they are LEGALLY SEPARATED. Your definition is wrong, because THAT'S WHAT IT MEANS. "How did the asshole save her life by crossing the line and screwing her" Hello? He saved her life by giving her a job so she could support herself and her kids, when the dirtbag she married went to jail. How did you miss all that? You need to watch it all again, this time with your eyes open. And there was no "line to cross". And he didn't "screw her" while she was some helpless unwilling victim. She eagerly WANTED to have sex with him, after having to put up with sleaseball Peter for so long. Enough is enough -- and he's history. "just another trophy for his ego" You're delusional. "Another trophy"?? He was on a sexual sabbatical, according to the tattooed lawyer, because he was in love with Alicia. THEN, when he thought Alicia had rejected his declaration of love (the deleted phone message), he settled for Tammy because she lied and said she didn't want love from him, and his heart was taken already anyway. Seriously, a great series like this is wasted on people like you because you just don't have a clue. And if you actually think nice guys like Will are "assholes", while hoping she sticks with the lying cheating JERK, you're going to make a bloody mess of your own life too.

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    Take off the blinders and see the real picture she is not legally separated, she just checked to see what her options were the marriage is still on. How did the asshole save her life by crossing the line and screwing her, just another trophy for his ego.
    I hope he gets his in season 3 it will make my day and millions of others also, Alicia will take a look back and figure out why she screwed up and look for forgiveness from her family all of them.

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    Get serious. After a couple is legally separated, a "divorce" is nothing but a piece of paper to make official. It's just incredible the irrational hatred that's out there for Will, who saved Alicia's life, and has always treated her with great kindness. Blake was a vicious thug capable of anything, but because he accused Will, these idiots think they must be right in hating him. They need to look at the source of the accusation and open their eyes for a change. But what's truly pathetic is the number of these fools who actually believe that Alicia should stick with that rotten sleazy rat who lied to her, put her health at risk, and deliberately betrayed her over and OVER. They really must hate her, if they think that creep is all she deserves. They hate Will -- but they close their eyes to Peter's faults, and he's sure got a lot more.

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    Alicia isn't "married", she's separated bull she is still married!! 2) Alicia didn't pay Will, nor the hotel,sure did with a piece of ass 3) She's way too vanilla for kinky sex,how do you know? And 4) Will isn't married, no he's a Mother F_____. You got 0 out of 4.

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    "How do you feel about a married mother who spends thousands of dollars of her family's money buying kinky sex from married men, again and again, while her husband and kids wait for her at home?" You make no sense at all. WHERE do you see a married woman buying kinky sex from married men?? That sure isn't in The Good Wife! 1) Alicia isn't "married", she's separated from the rat. 2) Alicia didn't pay Will, nor the hotel. 3) She's way too vanilla for kinky sex. And 4) Will isn't married. You got 0 out of 4. Guess again!

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    How do you feel about a married mother who spends thousands of dollars of her family's money buying kinky sex from married men, again and again, while her husband and kids wait for her at home? You really think he should still be faithful to a slut like that, just because they once were united in "holy matrimony"?? Let's put the blame here where it BELONGS.
    AMEN BROTHER this is a two way street.

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    If you pretend to speak for "all the women", you must think they're all really stupid. It's so pathetic that you think when her marriage has been completely destroyed by that lying cheating creep who just couldn't manage to keep it in his pants, that Alicia should have to get the approval of the government before she can move on with her life. Get serious.... And speaking of "knowing right from wrong" here, how do you feel about a married father who spends thousands of dollars of his family's money buying kinky sex from whores, again and again, while his wife and kids wait for him at home? You really think she should still be faithful to a dirtbag like that, just because they once were united in "holy matrimony"?? Let's put the blame here where it BELONGS.