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The Good Wife Review: All Alicia Breaks Loose

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I can sum up my thoughts on "In Sickness," with one statement: Julianna Margulies just won herself an Emmy.

I was so captivated by her performance, that I have a difficult time really putting into words how I felt about it. She's always been great, but tonight she went from great to absolutely spectacular.

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I loved the montage of her packing up Peter's belongings and then getting herself primped and primed for court, all set to the music blaring from her son's iPod.

The only thing that could have made all that better would have been to have a Waiting To Exhale moment with Alicia stuffing his things into his car and setting it on fire and then walking away, leaving it burning behind her.

A victim no more, Alicia is finally taking control and looks fabulous doing it.

How heartbreaking was the scene between Alicia and her children as she struggled to explain the situation between she and Peter without unnecessarily giving them the sordid details?

When Grace spoke through tears "You need to protect us more" and Alicia collapsed into sobbing, I was nearly right there with her.

At the time, I did find it a little ironic that Alicia was trying to explain to the kids that sometimes when something could hurt the family it's ok to not tell the whole truth, yet she's angry with Peter because he didn't tell her about Kalinda.

My first thought was maybe he really was trying to protect her feelings, since this was the first true friend she had made since the scandal first broke and all her other friends deserted her.

Then that final confrontation came.

After Peter realized he couldn't manipulate her emotions anymore (What Peter?? She wasn't flattered that you would give up your JOB for her?!?) he had the audacity to lash out at her regarding Will? His true colors revealed themselves in that moment, and all I can say is good-bye and good riddance.

If that final scene between Cary and Peter is any indication, though, things are gonna start getting ugly not just in the personal life but in the professional as well.

Speaking of Cary, he's a lousy interview. You basically beg for an opportunity to come back and then you balk in their faces at the offer? I like Cary, but think he's got a massive ego problem, and his rivalry with Alicia isn't doing anything to help it. Time to let it go, Mr. Agos.

I do not like Jackie. Even her "compliments" are backhanded insults. "I've come to appreciate…aspects of you." Her meddling has just gotten to be too much, and I was proud of Alicia for standing up to her, especially for not responding in kind to her curse (although you know she wanted to). Personally, she's a character I'd like to see packed up and sent back to whatever WASP-y hive in suburbia she emerged from.

The case they were working involving the liver donor was almost a side attraction to the force that was Patty Nyholm. Turning right around and hiring L&G seconds after going toe-to-toe with Alicia before a judge? That was fantastic.

Martha Plimpton makes me laugh every time she shows up, especially with the various ways she uses her baby to her advantage. (Using the baby monitor to leak sensitive information was pretty smooth.) She was a nice distraction from the tension in Alicia's situation, not to mention the patient's desperate situation and heartrending plea to Alicia "I don't want to die."

I love that Alicia and Eli get along so well. He treats her with so much respect. In fact, he's about the only one who does anymore, Will and Diane aside. Wouldn't it be delicious to find Eli siding with Alicia and telling Peter where he can go?

I'm not going to speculate on what is to come anymore than I already have. Suffice it to say I'm enjoying where the show is heading and am looking forward to a splendid season finale that will hopefully knock my socks off even more than this episode did.

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

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Wait till the kids find out what mom is up to, believe me THEY WILL FIND OUT through gossip at school. How is she going to get out of this one even though she hasn't done anything yet, they know what Dad did but would be completely devastated if the rumors were about her and the boss Will. She told them back in the Mock episode regarding the vispering to Will on the cell-phone that Grace overheard that back in college they were attracted to one another, that was a lie it also was present day.

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As we should all be able to see now, Alicia made a huge mistake when she didn't kick Peter out for good, in the very first episode, right after most of his sleaziness was revealed, humiliating her in public. Naively, she did as the family values people think she should do, and stood by him. But now that she's realized he had lied to her all along and has cheated with more women, she's stuck in all the muck even deeper. Her kids are going to find out about their father, and that she acted like a doormat for him. And believe me, they WILL find out. When dirty cheating rat Peter accused her of "sleeping with" Will, it should have been clear to everyone what a two-faced hypocritical JERK he was. There's nothing more contemptible than a jealous cheater! He needs to be GONE, ASAP.

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After reading all the comments gave me a good script that I could send to the Kings to consider for future episodes.
What they need is a good episode with the teenage children finding out what happened that caused the split and started asking questions about it. Don't forget kids today hear alot more than parents think, they will hear from kids at school that good old mom has the hots for Will and the kids sit her down for a family meeting where nobody lies. Then Grace wants to know about the old days with Will and whats been going now, the word on the street is you are sleeping with him (IS THAT TRUE)is this the way you are getting back at dad for what happened 2 yrs ago?
This would be a big wake up call to the whole series and how she can smooth their lives out again.

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I disagree with many people here who says that Alicia is not "The Good Wife". She stood by her husband when he needed most, helped him to win his second election as SA. Being a good wife doesn't mean that you have to lose your self-respect and that you're going to stay married with your husband. Alicia's anger is understandable, she may have given Peter more space to answer, but come on ... look how he reacted. Luckily for him, she didn't do so when she learnt for the prostitute 2 years ago.
With regard to Cary, he's not an angel. When junior associate at LG, he was ready to do many things to keep his job. He's focusing on Alicia for no reason.

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@ Kalie, If you remember VIP treatment, Peter never heard that whole message from Will. He was interupted by someone coming up to him at the table and stopped listening. So he did not heard Will say anything damaging.

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In the beginning I wasn't a Peter fan but since then I have changed my mind, he has changed in a lot of ways to bad she can't see them. Peter wouldn't have said anything about Will if it wasn't for the voicemail on her cell phone back in the VIP TREATMENT episode where she forgot to take the phone and Peter called her on it. The message was from Will that had overtones that leaves not much to the imagination of what might or did happen by a boss.
I would like to know why the writers of this show kept putting her in a supportive role when the whole story line has her doing the opposite, I thought the Kings were modeling this off of the politions who had made marital mistakes. In real life the wives either stayed or moved on no maybes about it. I wish somebody would write a story about all the females that have pulled the same thing in elective offices, we would then see what it like from the other side and what the husbands would do.

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I agree with Tilly and Kael. I felt the urge to smack Peter in the face about Will comments. It felt like he needed an excuse to blame her also instead of accepting the fact its all his faults. I also wanted Kalinda and Alicia make up. I hope they do since it seems Alicia needs people on her side during this.

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To start it ain't going to happen in the end, So don't be surprised in the finale.
You all know that the one nighter was over 2 yrs ago, it wouldn't have mattered if he told the next day or 2 yrs later she would of been pissed. Since the begginning of the shows and she got a job again her brain switched from nice to revenge and anything in her way was fair game. You can't try to have a happy marriage if you don't try yourself which has been happening, for someone who thinks she is strong she is a weak person with everyone telling her what to do from work to life.
Looking back to the Mock episode when they said they would try it was to late to bring up Kalinde she had already made a friendship with her. Peter didn't know she work at the firm till the Heart episode, what would you do bring it up or not the answer would have been the same pissed.
So to wrap it up these series can't go on with the title "THE GOOD WIFE" unless writers and network don't agree.

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"I was truly rooting for Peter until this episode. I was hoping that Alicia would reconsider kicking him out when he came to her apartment, but when he turned on her, I saw a different side of him."
-My sentiments exactly.
As someone who endured a similar relationship (playing Alicia's part), I kind of understood how she felt. How she wanted things to work out. She gave that heartfelt interview that practically won her husband's election, and what does Alicia get?

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I've rewatched the Cary job interview scene several times now and am totally convinced. It was an insult to Cafry all the way. They know that he lost out before due to politics and he's gotten much more experience at the SAs office this year. Plus I agree with the person who pointed out that Cary is dangerous to L-G when he's against them in court. I've never heard Cary "whine" about Alicia. He's just too smart to let her hurt him again. Good for Cary.

The Good Wife Season 2 Episode 21 Quotes

Patient: Thank you.
Alicia: It's my job.
Patient: No, not like before. You're fighting for me.

Patty: I wish Ms. Florrick didn't think she was arguing before the Supreme Court.
Alicia: And I wish Ms. Nyholm did.

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