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!


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.


I'm a Peter fan and don't care who doesn't like it ! I would rather have a cheater who is trying than an guy who will backstab you when your down, liars,theives and kneecappers plus alot messing around for 40 someyears doesn't set the relationship catagory as someone to get hook-up with where there are other family members to think of.


Remember, it's only TV drama! In real life she would probably choose neither of them! I think the cleverest thing about this show is that none of the characters are clear-cut. The scripts are excellent and the writers keep us guessing and haven't created simplified characters. One minute you have sympathy for one character and then the other. I like Will's character because of all he has done for Alicia since the show began and I think they are cute togther - she brings out the best in him. But, like any of us he has his flaws. Being a pretty ruthless lawyer he has a few more than most! I think the writers have deliberately made him flawed to make Alicia's choice harder and to keep the viewers on their toes. It would have been easy for them to make Peter the 'bad guy' and Will the 'good guy', but to their credit, they have refrained from doing that. I personally could never have gone back to my husband if he had betrayed me as much as Peter, but I also respect Alicia for standing by him up to this stage. But, this is the 'straw that broke the camel's back' - how much more humiliation can one woman take and what sort of example is she setting for her daughter? However, as much as I like Will, do I want him and Alicia to walk hand in hand happily into the sunset? Probably not. I'm just looking forward to the courtroom clashes next season, especially if Will and Alicia do get togther. Peter is going to be gunning for L & G!


Ladies;; Do you want a man who is a fraud, liar, embezzeler, self-centered, kneecapper, womanizer,and thief, or one that cheats with other woman ? Who would make the best supportive person ? In this day and age there is alot of single mothers out there, does anybody know why? Believe it or not but most 2nd marriages for men work but for women they crumble does anyone know why ? I'll await some answers, i believe they will be interesting.


I agree with @Melissa and @Laura.
And with regard to P and #, Alicia did ask Peter to come clear. She didn't want detail about the relationship, but for sure she was more than ready to hear about whatever was important with regard to their relationship.
And as for Will, he's the one who give her the opportunity to have a job when everyone was gossiping about her.


Did Peter tell Alicia about all the women he slept with while he had his affair? I dont remember seeing that. I remember seeing where she saw the blond hair woman who went to Peter's trial as the prosecutor's witness, as well as the videos posted online. Alicia herself didn't want to hear anymore details when Peter offered to tell her the rest of the story. He could have said he slept with Kalinda, but I dont think Alicia wanted to hear either. Besides she and Kalinda weren't friends when Peter did Kalinda. So I really think Alicia reaction now is just a delayed reaction. And that's the reaction she should have taken the moment she heard about Peter's infidelities. Anyway, I loved the way Peter said to Alicia "There was always three of us in this relationship". Now if you anyone you is old enough to remember when Princess Diana gave an exclusive interview about the breakdown of her marriage to Prince Charles - Diana used the exact words! There was always three of us in the marriage. Gosh those writers are brilliant.


I am confused by the people who believe that Alicia is a horrible person for having kissed Will and having feelings for him, but then defend Peter and think Alicia should give him more chances...Ummm, who had extramarital sex at least 19 times here? Not saying Alicia is blameless but come on. There is a difference there. And I think Alicia is setting an even worse example to her children by letting them think that the way Peter treated her is ok. That will destroy her self confidence more than anything else. And if she decides to separate from Peter and date Will, well, that is her right. She doesn't need her children's permission.


Wow! I can't believe how many of you believe she should stand by Peter! What more does this man need to do to prove he is an unfit husband? As for Will, he might not be perfect and if they get together next season we might even see that, but he has treated Alicia with respect and honesty. I love the chemistry between Alicia and Will. I can't believe that in 2011, in an age of euality and female empowerment,that people would expect a wife to put up with a man like Peter! Full marks to CBS - the show is fantastic - great scripts, great cast - and much better than anything in the UK at the moment. Roll on season 3!


@Monica Rae, You are right with her and the all those happenings, she never really gave Peter a second chance that was an excuse to her kids about their father. SO all the boo hoo after finding out about Peter and Kalinda 2 yrs ago was a sham to get her real way.


Question; What has Peter done wrong since the beggining of this show ? I was an Alicia fan till she started the flirting in the Heart episode with the kiss on Will that is when her second chance to Peter went out the window, she showed no regard of support or willingness to their marriage being very cold and evaseive to him. Also with the constant pushing of Kalinda and brother Owen about Will that didn't help either, Remember the night at the bar half loaded with Kalinda and Will called her sweetie talk at first.


Question; What has Peter done wrong since the beggining of this show ? I was an Alicia fan till she started the flirting in the Heart episode with the kiss on Will that is when her second chance to Peter went out the window, she showed no regar

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