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The Good Wife Review: A New Day

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Did Alicia and Will really do a bad, bad thing?

The Good Wife seemed to be implying that on last night's third season premiere, opening the episode with this Chris Isaak classic and concluding it with Alicia looking into the mirror, unsure about opening the door for another naked deposition with her boss.

Awkward in the Office

But there needn't be any shame on Alicia's end. Peter cheated on her multiple times, she was only giving the marriage a chance last year because it felt like the right thing to do and, as Grace pointed out here, she simply wasn't happy. It's not helping anyone for Alicia to pretend like she's in a strong, loving relationship.

Granted, this is a tricky situation. I just don't want to see the show drag out Will and Alicia's dalliance for very long. We can only deal with so many secretive looks or quiet moments of reflection. Alicia is in a good mood, she is not living with her husband the sex is clearly hot*... just come out in the open and enjoy it, people!

One serious note of complaint: Having Will enter Alicia's office because he wanted to talk about their night together, and then cutting away from that scene and only showing Alicia's reaction, was a very cheap move. That's manipulative storytelling, not strong storytelling.

Elsewhere on the season premiere, we were told numerous times that it was a "new day." This may have been the case at the State's Attorney's office, but, fortunately, it didn't apply to the same fast-paced, mature nature of the show to which fans have grown accustomed.

Is there any other series on television that could handle the topic of Israel/Palestinian relations in such an even-handed manner? Most shows wouldn't even go near the topic. But The Good Wife dove right in, using the centuries-long feud as a way to fully incorporate Eli into the firm. And I think we can all agree that the more Eli, the better. He really feels like our son of a bitch, doesn't he?

The sensitivity of this religious conflict for Eli also highlighted what The Good Wife does best: blur the personal with the professional. It should be fascinating to watch Peter oppose Alicia in court all season, either directly or through Cary. Similarly, there's the obvious line crossing between Will and Alicia, as well as the sexual tension that drips from every Cary and Kalinda scene.

So, yes, Diane to answer your question: You are pretty much the only emotionless adult at the office these days.

This wasn't the strongest premiere, as I do fear the show will create unnecessary tension between Will and Alicia over the next few weeks and, despite the riveting overarching issue of Jews versus Muslims, the case itself was pretty boring. But this remains the best drama on network television. Sorry, NFL. You've lost your top spot on my Sunday night viewing schedule.

* REALLY hot.

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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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I watch The Good Wife in Canada at 7:00pm and 10:00pm on Sunday night.Has the time or day changed?It hasn't been on for 2 weeks now.I thought maybe the night had been changed.Bev.

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Truly, I do beieve they are not sleeping together, nor have they.. Its something she is just dreaming about in her mind.. She has been hurt and she would not do te same to Peter. All figment and an affair of the heart.

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does anyone know what the guy who played the professor has been doing he used to be john in guiding light i think and played in a die hard show

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I hate--- hate --- hate this new Sunday show
Bad move

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Who decided to give Alicia that horrible hairdo? She looks like a clerk not a lawyer. Get rid of those terrible bangs that keep getting into her eyes. Very annoying--- and cut Diane's hair she looks like an old hag tring to look like a teenager. Kalindra is the only decently groomed one on the show.

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If the two parties involved in the marriage have acknowledged the separation, that is all that matters, Even though she isn't volunteering information to the kids. I don't remember the words seperation coming out of eithers mouths, everyone assumes that do to the Alicia moving Peter out. As for waiting for divorce for a better settlement she can easily be put on the hot seat for all this adultry she is having. There won't be to manny friends coming to her aide if she proceeds, don't forget there are plenty of investgators working in the SA office who can find out alot of info to burn people and turn the world upside down. PS---I know I work for a DA office and see this everyday people who think they can hide things but get caught with their pants down !!!

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I'm more than amazed at all the hysteria over Alicia and Will's sex scene... I agree with Ellen, the big blip in credibility was that this was supposedly "the next day" after Alicia and Will's big night in the hotel room, and she shows up at work the next morning with a new haircut (a bad one too IMHO--the bangs are a mistake)....When in the world did she have time for that??? Maybe the writers thought everyone would be so steamed over the sex that they wouldn't notice...and I guess, judging from the comments here, they were mostly right--except for Ellen and me.

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I just don't understand why so many people are on these high horses. Are we watching the same series? It has been clearly stated why Alicia hasn't filed for a divorce. If she waits longer, she will get a better settlement in the divorce. Also, she doesn't want to hurt Peter his first few months in the office. Personally, if the two parties involved in the marriage have acknowledged the separation, that is all that matters. Even though she isn't volunteering information to the kids, it doesn't mean she is lying. She may want to use Will for sex and I think we can all agree that the kids shouldn't know that. If she wants to date him, she wants to wait a little longer especially so soon after separating. But, I think that some of us are forgetting that Alicia is a grown woman and can make her own mistakes. She knows the kind of man Will is--there isn't any misconception about that. I don't know why some of you think he is a bad person, but are quick to praise Peter--The Jackie Syndrome. Even if Will is unsure about himself, it has been implied, if not, outright said that Alicia is different and he is serious about her. Not to say that he won't make a mistake, but that his heart is in the right place. And who is to say that Alicia won't be one doing the hurting???

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@Dawn
If she wants to have fun do the right thing and get a divorce and stop this high school BS before someone gets real hurt. kids today don't want to hear about spending time with someone else, that doesn't cut any mustard to them they want to hear the real truth. Todays kids know a hellave alot more about sex than we think they know are middle school kids do it all the time.
When the writers finnally put it together we will see the real Will and how Alicia gets hurt again, what will be the lie to the kids be then?

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@ Annie.
Yes she took a vow, and yes 2 wrongs dont make a right, but she LEFT him. She has seperated from him, she no longer wants to be in her marriage because he's a philandering jackass. So is she not allowed any fun or freedom because they're legally married? Yawn. What she needs to tell her kids, if she tells them anything, is that her and their dad have split up and she's enjoying spending time with someone she's known for a while who makes her happy. How is it hypocritical?

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