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The Good Wife Round Table: "In Sickness"

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She kicked him out!?!

Some very dramatic events occurred in the most recent episode of The Good Wife. Our critic Jeffrey Kirkpatrick is joined by fellow Fanatics Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando to discuss some of the bigger moments of "In Sickness" and implications for the future in our latest edition of the Round Table.

As you ponder the questions and commentary, please, share with us your insights in the comments below!

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In which scene did Julianna Margulies shine the most?

Carissa: I liked the scene when she broke down and cried after getting the apartment all set up. I really felt her pain.

Christine: I liked the scene with Jackie.  Alicia was completely in control.  Rage was coming off of her in waves yet she never had to say one angry word.

Jeffrey: Very tough call here. I thought just as she was about to tell Peter they were standing in his apartment was notable because you could see her fear and anxiety for a split second as she mustered the courage to tell him. Then, of course, the moment with her children. Nothing means more to Alicia than her kids and to hear Grace say "You need to protect us more" was obviously a knife in the gut that she could not bear. Very difficult moment that nearly brought me to tears as well.

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Is Peter sorry for deceiving Alicia yet again or for getting caught?

Carissa: For getting caught. Deceit is a rational choice. He made it, he must suffer the consequences. If he was sorry, then he would have come clean when she asked him if he had any more secrets.

Christine: Peter's sorry he got caught.  He's sorry he has to pay the consequences and now he's pissed because he can't manipulate Alicia into forgiving him. 

Jeffrey: I'm starting to realize that Peter isn't sorry for anything he does. He claims to love Alicia, but I saw not one ounce of remorse in his eyes. He can say all day long "I'm willing to accept the blame for what I've done" but that's just another way of saying "Sorry if I upset you, but what I did really isn't that bad." He cheated on her...and lied about it. Repeatedly! And he expects her to just say "Oh, ok...well if you accept the blame"!?! Peter is a politician plain and simple. He angles for loopholes as a living. I'm just happy that Alicia finally tied a knot in the loop once and for all.

Was Cary presumptuous in expecting a third year associate designation to return to Lockhart Gardner?

Carissa: Yes. He continues to blame Lockhart Gardner and Alicia for not making the cut the first year. But they made a business decision and if you look at all that's happened after, it was the right one. If he wants a job, he should accept what they are offering. He uses past decisions for future gain, and it's just not the best way to go about things.

Christine: Yes, a bit.  Cary was expecting to walk back in and get everything he wanted.  Things rarely work that way.

Jeffrey: Absolutely. He knew the game when he was employed at LG; it was a gamble and he lost. It doesn't matter that LG chose to go with Alicia because of her political connections. Like Carissa said, it was a business decision. He lost, fair and square.  What irks me more is that he gets Kalinda to put in a good word and then, when he doesn't get his way, he turns his nose up at it. Like I said in my review, I think his ego is over-inflated. LG owes him nothing. There are dozens of equally qualified candidates who would jump at the chance to work in this economy. It's generous of them to make him an offer at all.  As for his rivalry with Alicia, this isn't high school, Cary. Grow up.

Why do you think Peter perked up when he realized Cary had a connection to Lockhart Gardner and to Alicia?

Carissa: Because Peter now needs anything to remain close to Alicia, and Cary can help in more ways than one.

Christine: I think the gloves are going to come off.  Peter's going to go on the offensive both personally and professionally.  Cary gives him an in to Alicia's world, professionally and personally.

Jeffrey: Since he believes Will is the "third person" in their marriage, definitely think he sees an opportunity to both spy on and make things difficult for both Alicia and Will professionally. Cary has conniving instincts that will serve Peter well in this regard. I dread it, because I don't want to see Cary as Peter's puppet.

How would you have responded to Jackie had you been in Alicia's shoes?

Carissa: I would have told her to frak off. I'm not one to mince words.

Christine: Not nearly as well as Alicia.  I probably would have said something about Peter bedding a friend and that being the last straw but I doubt it would have made a difference to Jackie.  Her son can do no wrong.  But I loved it when Alicia thanked her for all of her help with the kids and then dismissed her as the kids no longer need a babysitter.  Beautiful.

Jeffrey: Probably knocked that beehive off her head. Seriously, Alicia has even more of my respect for not having cold-cocked the withered shrew.

Is it really the end for Alicia and Peter's marriage?

Carissa: If we get a renewal, I think it will be over for at least the next season. For the distant future, there is no way to know. People do a lot of things they don't imagine after some time to ponder.

Christine: Absolutely.  I think divorce is painful for Alicia to even think about but I believe the marriage was over with this episode, especially once Peter tried to turn it around on her.  It didn't take much for him to play dirty.  Peter's not begging for forgiveness anymore and his true colors will shine through. He won't make this breakup easy and it won't be pretty but it should be a hell of a lot of fun to watch.

Jeffrey: Given the title of the show, I'm inclined to say no. Otherwise they'd have to retitle it The Good Ex-Wife. But one can only hope.

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

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Wow--people who commenton this show seem to be illiterate! Besides being sanctimoniuos prudes. I love this show for it's multi-faceted characters who are flawed like me. I love Kalinda for seeming to re-consider sleeping with a married woman because she hurt her best friend by doing it. I hope tho that she comes to her sences and realizes that her gf's choice to violate her vows is her gf's business. Just like sleeping with a married Peter is Peter's business. Lying to Alicia WAS Kalinda's business, so I hope she cleans that up, but Kalinda is a hedonist. She doesn't want to hurt anyone but she knows she's not responsible for anyone either. I hope her character gets restored.

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I agree with the comment of how original it is in TV that another marriage bites the dust. Also how original of this show's writers to script second spouse cheating since the other one did. A person who is morally against cheating will not do so to even the score. A person who is morally against stealing will not go out and steal because someone stold from them, will not go out and kill---etc etc. Just another episode in TV land that infidelity and adultery are okay and entertaining. Two wrongs never make a right, as in two adulterers in a marriage make it okay. Regardless if they have the opportunity to consummate this affair by checking into the Presidential Suite, the intent is clearly there. There is already the foreplay going on in the elevator. I hope this show does not go the way of soap opera as the cheating affairs and other goings on are suggesting. It ruined Grey's Anatomy when they started the soap opera stuff. I used to be glued to the tv when that show came on, but now it is very disappointing and just run of the mill. No longer has an edge. Those who despise Peter in favor of Will I am sure will get an awakening into Will's character when we finally get to see more of the story of his past and his connection to Blake. There are so many hints that he has his frailties as well.

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Lawyer or not when you have people do your dirty work like kneecaping a witness as not to be available against the other client, also fraud and embezzelment from former employer which is being buried. How about a womanizer for over 40yrs that can't tell the truth to, in order to try and get his way he plays the poor little boy role and sniffels about it.
As somebody who knows lawyers personally I can atest to one of the most underhanded persons that can't be trusted as professionl or private persons. Nine out of ten can't even keep their personel life solid, to manny late night office business (on the couch) with other females or Secretarys.

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I don't understand why everyone thinks Will is such a scumbag with all the flaws in the world and a lying backstabbing whatever. Has he been thus OUTSIDE his work? He is a lawyer! He is supposed to bend things, not to tell truth, etc. if it can make his clients win! He didn't kill anyone or stole, or whatever for god's sake. He didn't pay a judge or a jury or anything to have the right verdict, as far as I know. Maybe you think it's not the proper way to be a lawyer? Maybe Alicia can't trust someone who can be that way at work? Excuse me Peter fans, but Peter is a politician, and he would do exactly the same to be elected, to have his way and I'm not against that, because that's the way politics work (but maybe I'm too cynical). Remember Kozko and the Cartier bracelet, we never actually really knew what was the deal with THAT.
So stop making Will the evil one, the one who lies and everything, because I think it just comes with the job. You don't own a law firm if you try to be nice with everyone ; you get it by making your clients happy.

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When it comes to flaws Will has all of them, all through the last 2 seasons Alicia has seen the black side of him and knows there is no way see would want this as a future. believe it not there still is a spark over Peter she can't stop fighting herself over her inter-feelings. What the writers should have done is make her a more superior women in regards to what she wants and stick to it, not keep on the same old life style that holds down this show.
As the last episode comes up it is the perfect ending to the whole storyline and the network will probably see this as the end also, we will know by ends week.

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With regard to Peter, let suppose that it didn't want to tell Alcia about Kalinda for good reasons. As soon as Alicia tells him, it's over he reacts as a child. His first though is to going hard on his wife (the goodbye scene and the one with Cary). Alicia on the other hand did try, even if she could have gone elsewhere.
Will does have flaws. I agree. What I do like about him is that he's doing his best with regard to Alicia.
So, I like that we don't have a good guy and a bad guy. But currently, I do prefer Will's character than Peter's one.

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Hey Bill its not over by a long shot, the true dirt will come shortly and guess who will win ? A&P team

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I think a lot of fans despise Peter so much for "hooker gate" his they are able to look at his one-night stand with Kalinda clearly. First, the whole he slept with his wife's best friend is just stupid. When he slept with Kalina, Alicia probably barely knew who she was. Yes, now she is a good friend and that adds to Alicia's pain but what Peter did is bad enough without distorting it. Second, it's true Peter wasn't being truthful when he told Alicia there was no one else, but with Alicia and Kalinda now having become friends with Kalinda and working with her revealing the one-night affair would have meant that one of them may have quit their job, probably Kalinda. Coming completely clean about Kalinda Ruhr after Alicia found out about the hooker would have been the best thing for Peter (I doubt Alicia would have any more furious than she already was), but it would have more problems for everyone else involved. Can any one who is being so critical of Peter's decision to not tell Alicia about Kalinda be totally sure they wouldn't have done the same thing, given the circumstances? Third, Alicia has also withheld a considerable amount fr Peter as all. She has told h nothing about the kiss, her going back to Will's office for more, Will's phone call and Alicia telling him he had to come with a plan before she would end her marriage for him, and het continued romantic ferlins for Will. Many will say, Yes, but Peter's deceit was far worse. True, but that's not really the point . Before condemning her husband for not being completely forthing, Alicia needs to look at her own deception. She doesn't get free pass because of what Peter did to her. Yet it seems that many fans feel that she should. So now Alicia and Peter's marriage is over. Excuse if I don't join in the celebration. No doubt Peter acted like a scumbag, but I really thought he had changed. The man who slept with the hooker and with Kalinda is not the man who won the election. However, none of that makes any difference now. The Kings haveade their decision. Another marriage bites the dust in TV Land - how original.

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I think a lot of fans despise Peter so much for "hooker gate" his they are able to look at his one-night stand with Kalinda clearly. First, the whole he slept with his wife's best friend is just stupid. When he slept with Kalina, Alicia probably barely knew who she was. Yes, now she is a good friend and that adds to Alicia's pain but what Peter did is bad enough without distorting it. Second, it's true Peter wasn't being truthful when he told Alicia there was no one else, but with Alicia and Kalinda now having become friends with Kalinda and working with her revealing the one-night affair would have meant that one of them may have quit their job, probably Kalinda. Coming completely clean about Kalinda Ruhr after Alicia found out about the hooker would have been the best thing for Peter (I doubt Alicia would have any more furious than she already was), but it would have more problems for everyone else involved. Can any one who is being so critical of Peter's decision to not tell Alicia about Kalinda be totally sure they wouldn't have done the same thing, given the circumstances? Third, Alicia has also withheld a considerable amount fr Peter as all. She has told h nothing about the kiss, her going back to Will's office for more, Will's phone call and Alicia telling him he had to come with a plan before she would end her marriage for him, and het continued romantic ferlins for Will. Many will say Yes

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I think a lot of fans despise Peter so much for "hooker gate" his they are able to look at his one-night stand with Kalinda clearly. First, the whole he slept with his wife's best friend is just stupid. When he slept with Kalina, Alicia probably barely knew who she was. Yes, now she is a good friend and that adds to Alicia's pain but what Peter did is bad enough without distorting it. Second, it's true Peter wasn't being truthful when he told Alicia there was no one else, but with Alicia and Kalinda now having become friends with Kalinda and working with her revealing the one-night affair would have meant that one of themay to qui their job, probably Kalinda.