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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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Finally a person who can tell right from wrong, go Rose Marie your on track with the right description of the meaning of ""legal separation"".

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Which means that a "legal separation" still means the marriage is over, and a "divorce" is nothing but a piece of paper making it official.
Ok your honor did not know you where so up on the law,but keep giving the sleazy dirtbag she was married to a free pass. Also the dirtbag she slept with a real number 1 asshole.
Alicia doesn't have to explain or apologize to anybody, she just has to bury her head and hope it goes away which it won't.
You're still living in the 1950s, I guess your one of those teeny bobbers who thinks he is at Woodstock in the 70's.

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You're still living in the 1950s, Rose Marie. Nowadays, MOST couples cohabit for a period before they get "legally married", and more and more people these days aren't bothering to get married at all. Churches have nothing to do with it. Which means that a "legal separation" still means the marriage is over, and a "divorce" is nothing but a piece of paper making it official. It's just incredible how many people keep trying to hold Alicia to their artificial (and judgemental) standards of "morality" (e.g. "cheap cheating wife"??) -- but keep giving the sleazy dirtbag she was married to a free pass. Alicia doesn't have to explain or apologize to anybody!

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For all you folks who don't know the meaning of legally seperated I'll hit you with the right and wrongs.
•A legal separation is not a divorce. It is not an opportunity to go out and become involved in a new relationship. It is the opportunity to heal, reflect on your part in the marital problems and to learn how to live as a single parent if you have children. Before becoming involved in a new relationship you should also consider what it will mean legally during divorce.
So for the ones who think Alicia had the right she just put herself in a very bad position when it gets out and everyone labels her a cheap cheating wife and mother.

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We are in agreement that Alicia did not go through with the dirty deed in the hotel room, but got a cell call from her daughter regarding granny at the resturant with them. She left immediately to confront the matter but to manny people saw her leave and passed the word around about her infidelity affair with her boss.
Now she has a very big problem that she can't get out of and good old Will takes the 5th and denys evereything, his usual way of of covering his ass.
Maybe she will get the message that this is his part of a dark side she doesn't know about. Its best to move on and get a position with a better firm where everything isn't under the table and with the hopes of getting a few friends she can rely on for help.

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The writers should try and put together a few episodes where Alicia falls flat on her face and humiliated to the public so she can see the other side of the street. Without not going ahead with a divorce she shows that there is still a lot of love in her marriage, although she might consider moving Peter out a seperation but it is not legal. With that in mind her trip to the hotel room makes her the same as Peter was and will be hard to explain to family and any friend that will listen. A legal seperation is when when you file for divorce not when you move your spouse out for fun and happiness.

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"Up until she went back to work there wasn't any 15yr mutual love. I disagree. Clearly, Will had never stopped loving her, and Alicia just tried to pretend he was over, because she'd foolishly married somebody else -- who turned out to be a real sleazebucket. They were both much younger in college and a lot less mature, and more likely to make bad choices -- like the one she made when she married Peter. (Also, when she said that, she was trying to talk herself out of it, because at that point she was going to try to be the "good wife" and stick with the rat she married.) Now, though, Alicia has (hopefully) learned about the ugly consequences of picking the wrong guy over the right one, and will do whatever she has to do to get things back to the way they always should have been.

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Does anyone remember the cell phone call where she wispered and Grace heard her, to my memory she stated about back in college they wouldn't have lasted a week. And for all you fans about Alicia if they act at last on the mutual love they've felt for more than 15 years? Up until she went back to work there wasn't any 15yr mutual love. All this crap started on the first day of her job.

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"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." Yeah, I'd say "prudish" would be a good start. Why is it "shacking up" if they act at last on the mutual love they've felt for more than 15 years? What insulting slang term should we apply to what Peter had been doing, while she was waiting faithfully at home? And you're actually going to worry about her "marriage vows" after what she's been through? She's finally kicked the sleazy bum out, and they are separated. All a divorce would be now is a piece of paper. (How did Peter treat HIS marriage vows?) She has nothing to apologize for at all.

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It has to do with what happened in Canada she is hiding from and Peter helped her, he found out while she worked at the SA office and had to fire her to cover it up. People there thought it was an affair.

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