It was a brand new, hot day on The Good Wife this week, as Alicia and company returned with an inner-office romance and a case that focused on Israel-Palestinian relations.
Below, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal teams up with staff writers Christine Orlando and Steve Marsi to tackle the premiere and the various issued it raised. Welcome to the latest edition of The Good Wife Round Table!
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: The introduction of the new Alicia. She walked out of that elevator with a confidence (and a hairstyle) never before seen on the show. Eli took notice, Grace took notice later on. Hot sex with your boss can do wonders, apparently.
Christine: Honestly, it was Will and Alicia discussing Diane's observations about their relationship while having sex up against a wall. It's such a departure from what I'm used to seeing on this show. I didn't see that one coming.
Steve: Every one that featured Kelli Giddish. I may need to start watching Law & Order: SVU.
Should Will and Alicia go public with their romance?
Matt: Absolutely. Any fear Alicia may have had about the effect on her children was cleared up when Grace essentially have the divorce her blessing. Are she and Will afraid of the ramifications at work? Being caught in a lie would look much worse.
Christine: I think Alicia should officially file for divorce first. Then she can be open about moving on. Until then, this is their dirty little secret and can be a very sticky situation both personally and professionally.
Steve: No, not yet, not with Peter as the State's Attorney. He may be sincere about his desire to run a clean office now, but watch him change his mind and go hard after Gardner/Lockhart if this dalliance came out.
Give a grade to the case of the week.
Matt: Just to the case? D. Yes, it opened up doors for other characters to get involved in interesting ways, most notably Eli. But the actual defendant and the crime and the evidence (video game logs?!?) were a snooze.
Christine: B-. I enjoyed it, not necessarily for the case itself but for the involvement of the characters. The one-upsmanship between Cary and Kalinda was great and how wonderful was Eli? He unapologetically plays all angles. His "Arab Spring" campaign made me laugh. It's like Irish Spring, only with Arabs.
Steve: A-. Mostly for the guts it took to even feature a Jewish/Muslim debate. I can't think of another show that would touch this subject and do so without offending either side.
Grace's tutor: Cool and quirky, or just plain weird?
Matt: Ummm, I didn't even know the tutor was a female until Grace uttered the appropriate pronoun near the end. So gotta go with "just plain weird."
Christine:Just plain weird, but sometimes someone so very different can be entertaining. We'll see if the tutor returns and how different she continues to be.
Steve: Everything with Grace feels a bit forced. Remember when she into religion for like two days? I understand the show has to include scenes of Alicia as a mother, but it needs to do a better job incorporating her kids into sensible storylines.