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The Good Wife Season Finale Round Table: "Closing Arguments"

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As the final seconds of The Good Wife's second season came to a close, it appeared Will and Alicia were finally gonna do the deed.

In our last Round Table of the season, critic Jeffrey Kirkpatrick is once again joined by Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando to discuss this monumental event and other aspects of the finale. We invite you to include your responses to the questions, or pose your own, below.

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1. Did Alicia make a wise decision getting a room with Will?  What fallout should we expect?

Carissa: I don't think it was a wise decision, but one from her heart. She's in pain, and one person has never hurt her or expected anything from her - Will. It's natural that they would turn to each other. That doesn't mean it won't have it's consequences. She'll have to look at what others have done from a different view. She'll have to realize what makes others tick, because her own clock skipped a beat. It will be interesting to see her fighting herself for understanding of herself and forgiveness of others.

Christine: Wise, no. Understandable, yes. These two have been circling around one another for years and Alicia's emotionally raw.  Something had to give.  I have two words…elevator cameras.  This will come back to haunt them.

Jeffrey: Pretty typical of most people now days. Follow the heart, consequences be damned. The "if it feels good, do it" mantra of our society is what is leading to its downfall. Many people commented on the review saying that Alicia deserves to be happy and I do not disagree with that, but steps need to be taken before she goes down that path. Despite Peter's cheating and lying, she's STILL married and STILL legally bound to him. If she sleeps with Will it's STILL adultery. It's STILL wrong. Divorce him and then move on, but not before. Besides that, her children likely still have hope that their parents will reunite. Once they see video of Willicia sucking face in the no doubt surveilled elevator plastered all over the news, they'll be devastated. Nothing good ever comes from thinking with your nether regions.

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2. Is what Alicia appears to be doing with Will viewed differently than what Peter did to Alicia, and why?

Carissa: Yes, and the hypocrisy is upsetting to me. The same people who want Alicia and Peter to be together, saying that Alicia should forgive Peter for all his sins have the nerve to judge her. She has been through so much, and been so noble throughout, is it any wonder she'd fall apart after this last reveal?  Why is it different for her to turn to someone she genuinely cares for when separated from Peter but Peter should be forgiven for sleeping not only with numerous whores, but her best friend? I don't get it.

Christine: Absolutely.  Peter was hiring hookers over a series of months, maybe even years.  He slept with at least one coworker and that's only the things we know about.  Up until the finale Alicia's only crime was having a crush on a college sweetheart.  Even when she and Will decided to act on their feelings, Alicia had already kicked Peter out and started proceedings for a legal separation.  The two situations are totally different.

Jeffrey: Fan responses are mixed for sure. As far as I'm concerned, Peter doesn't deserve any forgiveness, at least at this stage. His actions in intentionally trying to hide his one-night stand with Kalinda proves he hasn't changed. That doesn't mean he won't somewhere down the line, but now? He's still a cad in my eyes. I already expressed above where I feel that Alicia is out of line. As for fan response, I do think it is also hypocritical for anyone to criticize Alicia while giving Peter a pass; and vice-versa. Both are wrong and guilty in their own ways.

3. Is Eli coming to Lockhart Gardner with an ulterior political motive or is it strictly a business decision?

Carissa: He's always liked the firm. He loves Alicia. I think it's a business decision. I don't think he's ever been as "in bed" with Peter as he was working genuinely on his behalf to get him elected. Part of me thinks he fell in love with Peter's family and doesn't want to lose that now that the election is over.

Christine: I think Eli is always thinking three steps ahead. He certainly has a plan. Nothing with Eli is simple.

Jeffrey: Lets not kid ourselves. Eli is ambitious. His career is made by his political accomplishments: the bigger the fish, the bigger the paycheck. He knows he's got a decent shot of getting Peter in the governor's seat, and an even better one if Alicia were on board. LG may be a good fit from a business perspective, but it has potential to be an even better fit politically.  That said, Eli has proven he is of good character and genuinely cares for Alicia. I don't think he'll ever compromise her for any reason...but he likely believes that if he can successfully bridge the gap between she and Peter, then everyone wins.  Regardless of his motives, though, I'm just ecstatic for more Eli and Alicia scenes. They're my favorite pairing, aside from Alicia and Kalinda.

4. Were you suprised that Peter was the anonymous sender of the bloody glove, and does this redeem him at all in your eyes?

Carissa: No and no. Why does he have a bloody glove from a crime? It makes me wonder if he wasn't holding it all along to ensure the guy got convicted. I have no idea what motivates Peter but Peter himself. He's arrogant and has an edge that makes him untrustworthy and dangerous.

Christine: Yes, I was a little surprised. Peter believes in justice and that's admirable but that doesn't negate all he's done to his wife and family. Peter's a complicated guy. It's what makes him so interesting to watch. I just wouldn't want to be married to him.

Jeffrey: Yes and no. I never saw it coming; I really thought it was Cary. But I agree with Carissa that Peter only does what's best for Peter. Whatever his motivation, it was not out of even an ounce of selflessness.

5. What did you think of Kalinda's attitude in the finale in comparison to the last minutes of the previous episode?

Carissa: At the end of the previous episode, I thought Kalinda was going to go all Kamikaze female on us. That smirk at the end really had me worried. But when she was intimate with Sophia, and found out she was married, it really jarred her. She doesn't want to be that person any longer. Her character is going to continue to grow and fight with itself, as well. That all of the characters face so many internal struggles is what makes The Good Wife so intriguing.

Christine: In the previous episode she was devastated over losing her friend and perhaps a bit ashamed of her actions.  Now she's accepting the consequences and moving on.  Kalinda's a survivor.  She doesn't allow things to keep her down for long.

Jeffrey: Has there ever been a more enigmatic character on television? Two seasons down and I STILL cannot figure out what Kalinda is thinking, though she did show her hand a bit after her tryst with Sophia. As much as I love the mystery of her character, I'm very disappointed that she's retreated into her cocoon because I loved the growth she had shown in her relationship with Alicia, even if it was ultimately built on a lie.

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

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the last show of the series will have Alicia before the Illinois Supreme Court arguing for and winning a case to legalize same-sex marriage, after which of course she'll marry Kalinda. . . . But there was another important issue raised near the end of last season, concerning an injustice that cries out for remedy: I hope Lockhart Gardner are going to sue the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and force them to reverse the grievous wrong of Courtney Love being denied the Oscar she so rightfully deserves!

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I hope Alicia understands that she just bought the ranch, so don't be surprised when the shit hits the fan and it will !!!

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I would like to change the name of the show to "The Sneekie Wife"
It has been that way since she went back to work and forgot about her family, she has totally been one way and everyone that means the most to her are the ones who are getting hurt. I agree with what Margo has put forth on all the wrong doings, these series are not about Peter they are about how a wife screctly uses work to cover up her own affairs that she thinks nobody knows.
I hope the writers put alot of time into the kids and how they will be affected when the truth comes out about what mom has done, they forgave dad but when it comes to mom that is very hard to take and will affect mom to a complete breakdown of rejection.

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1. the kiss and return for more 2. the whispering cell phone call, Grace listening 3. the cell call about the "plan" during speech. 4. several flirting smiles. 5. Asking about missing cell message from FBI tapes 6. And the coo of resistence the bar, the check in, the elevator kissing and the enter in to the hotel room. Now who is the one who didn't tell their spouse about whats been going on for thge last 2 yrs, but had the nerve to throw him out for something that happened over 2 yrs ago. To me this looks like a double standard when it come to infidelity, when you tell someone you still love them and will work on their marriage and behind their back stab them in the back and expect no one will know.
We will be waiting for the video to hit the news from the bar,checkin,elevator kissing, and the hotel room, lets see whos selfesteem and reputation goes down the drain.

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Can the writers find a way to eliminate WILL from the series so we don't have to put up with this crap every week. It gets boring to see a low esteem asshole crossing the line with no recourse back do to the storyline. Its time to find new blood that will get this shows ratings of the ground or will be buried between Sunday night football and Desperate Housewives.

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She's in pain, and one person has never hurt her or expected anything from her - Will.(Bull) She is going to have a hellave pain screwing with this backstabbing asshole, he has been trying and crossing the line for quite some time. A GOOD WIFE would have told him to hit the road and don't try it again, and the husband would make sure he took a walk on the wild side of E.Chicago with a couple of guides. Alicia needs to move on to a new firm and start fresh, plus is she or not going to divorce Peter there seems to be a hold back on that move. I see deep feeling still there and she is trying to make them work again. Time will tell when the shame gets way out of control.

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It will be exciting to get season 3 going so we all can see what a very big mistake was made and how do you try and hide it. She knows that what she did was the same thing she accused Peter of and her guilt will effect her deeply. The biggest problem will be if the kids find out this will totally destroy her, they will not forgive her for a revenge move on dad who has been perfect since the start of season 1 since her lie about Will being a friend from school 15 yrs ago. Now she is screwing him like a common whore.

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I keep hearing the word seperate what does that mean ? It seems everyone of a younger age think it means screwing is ok not adultrey while still married. If this is the case than what has Alicia been doing since the start of season 1 & 2, lets start with the wisper cell phone call that Grace overheard then the kiss in the office and return for more but he had gone. Then there was the call about show me the plan and the messages left on cell while she was by Peters side during his election speech which Eli erared one of them. Then putting on the dog to ask Will about the second call and he changed it, I guess all these are AOK for a married woman to do before seperating. So to make a long story short it is still adultrey when you do most of these things and to top it off make out in elevators and head into a hotel which makes Alicia no better the Peter was or she is just a common whore.

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I keep hearing the word seperate what does that mean ? It seems everyone of a younger age think it means screwing is ok not adultrey while still married.
If this is the case than what has Alicia been doing since the start of season 1 & 2, lets start with the wisper cell phone call that Grace overheard then the kiss in the office and return for more but he had gone. Then there was the call about show me the plan and the messages left on cell while she was by Peters side during his election speech which Eli erared one of them. Then putting on the dog to ask Will about the second call and he changed it, I guess all these are AOK for a married woman to do before seperating.
So to make a long story short it is still adultrey when you do most of these things and to top it off make out in elevators and head into a hotel which makes Alicia no better the Peter was or she is just a common whore.

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Emily. I agree with you to a point that is Will is not the answer he will be a very big problem for her. The deal where he didn't want to interfer and hurt her was his way of playing her out, she still is vonerable and weak no matter what the head writers say.
They have her in a supportive role and not the main one,everyone uses her as their goofer and second fiddle all the time. What we need to see is her take command of herself and make decisions that set the stage for her future and stop this pussy footing around, she doesn't need another man to totally screw up her family and her. They need to move her on to a new firm and start fresh, plus is she or not going to divorce Peter there seems to be a hold back on that move. I see deep feeling still there and she is trying to make them work again.

Good Wife Quotes

Finn: Will really mattered to you.
Alicia: Yes.

Alicia: What are you doing?
Grace: Keeping dad.

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