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The Good Wife Review: Swinging for the Fences, Alicia

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Faced with the job of a lifetime, Will chose to continue doing what he loves on "Feeding the Rat." The only questions for viewers, following a stage-setting episode of The Good Wife, was this:

Is he talking about work... or Alicia?

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It was almost comical to hear Will and Alicia agree that she's a "no fuss, no muss" kind of woman. For two-plus seasons, the Alicia Florrick we've known is all fuss, entirely muss. She analyzes every situation. She wonders if she's a good enough wife, or mother or attorney. She's never entirely sure about the path she's on.

Yes, Alicia is trying to be the laid back gal who is eager to get it on with her boss in his private bathroom these days, but it's a struggle. A new haircut doesn't automatically equate to a new attitude, although it has led to a much funnier Alicia. Loved the jab at Jackie in her final conversation with Will.

But like most storylines this week, the L word debate mostly laid the groundwork for what's ahead. When will Alicia and Will go public? Will they remain on the same romantic page? How will Peter react when this relationship does get out? And, seriously, how tension-filled and perfectly-played are all Will/Peter scenes?

Elsewhere, pieces were moved within Lockhart/Gardner, as I can only hope Diane's decision to take on Legal Aid means more Romany Malco on the series. He's been a favorite ever since his stint on Weeds. Eli didn't exactly get what he wants, but I did: more Eli/Kalinda scenes, a humorous analysis by the former of the "mom and pop" company around him and more adult conversations between characters.

Meanwhile, is it safe to already say that Cary has a new love interest? The insertion of that UASA felt a bit random, but I wouldn't dare argue with more screen time for the man with the smarmiest smile on television. Cary hasn't had a lot to do so far on season three, so let's hope he and the Reverend's granddaughter make for an interesting duo, professionally, personally or both.

Finally, is this the last we've seen of Lisa Edelstein? Do you want it to be? Celeste has been a welcome addition, in my opinion, used just enough to shed more light on Will's past and to help him see what he wants from his future. It may involve circling the bases, but not as baseball commissioner, as Alicia's serious boyfriend. But will she give him the stop sign? Or will she let him swing openly, passionately for the fences?

And will I apologize for using such lame, obvious baseball metaphors? No, I will not: this episode was a double.

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As for who is going to "blow the whistle" on them, it doesn't matter, because it's nobody else's bloody business! The self-appointed "morality police" keep thinking they should have some say in everybody else's private lives, when they should be told to BUTT THE HELL OUT. Hey JOHN then why are you butting your nose in so deep ? Its none of you F------ business.

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If deluded souls like "sameold" can use a different name every time, so can I. "Will puts her health at risk every time he touches her from all the stray women he has banged in the past." How deluded, yet how typical! Married man Peter has testified HIMSELF under oath in court that he'd banged Amber no fewer than eighteen times during his marriage. How many other men do you think she'd had sex with before and during that time? Yet the best you can do is try to throw mud at bachelor Will because you mistakenly think it makes Peter look like less of a cheating scumbag. Oh, no it doesn't! As for who is going to "blow the whistle" on them, it doesn't matter, because it's nobody else's bloody business! The self-appointed "morality police" keep thinking they should have some say in everybody else's private lives, when they should be told to BUTT THE HELL OUT. Ordinarily, the husband might care -- but when he's a sleazeball who can't seem to keep it in his pants, he has no right to complain at all. (And her kids should be told that their father was a cheating rat, and their mother deserves to be happy, whether they like it or not.)

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I have noticed there are certain people who have oneway opinions which is fine this is a TV show and not reality TV, the way the writers are writing the shows keep alot of people thinking if they were in the script. With the name of the show THE GOOD WIFE the end results will prove to be exactly that a GOOD WIFE which will probably upset a lot of people because their opinions didn't come true.
So why don't everyone just sit back and enjoy the show.

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Hi John you can't hide behind the Reality check heading we can tell it is you with the oneway attitude you have. Will puts her health at risk every time he touches her from all the stray women he has banged in the past. John do you have the answer to the big question? The one person that nobody has pickup on yet will be the one to blow the whistle on them, guess who ?

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When Peter claimed it was "a three-way marriage", that was after he had been caught shtupping whores on the side. He keeps forgetting that he is the one who destroyed his marriage, not Will. It's not surprising at all that he didn't have Alicia's heart by then. She was finally realizing that marrying Peter had been a horrible mistake. And for the umpteenth time, what Alicia is doing is NOT "the same" as what he did to her. Not at all! She had kicked the cheating rat OUT before she did anything with Will. In contrast, Peter cheated on her AT LEAST nineteen different times, with at least two different women, while they were still supposedly together, and while Alicia was still waiting faithfully at home for him. He put her health at risk every time he came back from cheating on her, too. All of which makes Peter a rotten cheating scumball, while Alicia is a merely a woman who has realized she made a mistake marrying him, and is now trying to get her life back together. Peter is history at last.

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I agree to a point, but she doesn't love him at all this is inter motion she is going through to find herself and where she will go forward with life.
When Peter told her it was Will and that there has been a 3 way marriage she was unable to respond. Instead she is doing the exact same thing that she accused Peter of and by moving him out was a very bad move on her part and to lie to the kids was a capital offence. Now she has got herself in the middle of a very big mess trying to get away from (NO FUSS NO MUSS) is not the answer.
The one person that nobody has pickup on yet will be the one to blow the whistle on them, guess who ?

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Alicia doesn't want to talk about "love" with will because:
1. She isn't sure he's capable of love (which was foreshadowed by his comments to Kalinda in the first episode)
2. She's not ready to ADMIT that she loves him because it has repercussions for her life. If she admits it, she has deal with Peter and her kids.

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It seems strange to me that the Good Wife is being protrayed as someone who is just with Will for some sort of a thrill or something.
But thats the way writers are just for the thrill of the story, look forward to more surprising letdowns.

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NO your the one with the blinders, you still think oneway charlie is it.
You can fall for anything that people write, in the end it will be THE GOOD WIFE.

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"if thats experience than they better go back to school and learn right from wrong. "Learn right from wrong"? Did you forget that Peter must have missed all that too, considering what a lying cheating rat he is? Yet, deluded fools like you keep your eyes tightly closed and somehow still think he's a KEEPER?? You really must hate Alicia if you think he's all she deserves. She can do so much better.