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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I love the way Will accept his love for Alicia, and how she's denying. YET!
For me Alicia is holding back for the kids and everything else, but she was jealous when heard Diane on the phone telling Will to charm Celeste. Celeste should reveal Will's past, but I discovery nothing, and you guys? I loved the episode. The case was strong and keep me rooting for the man, even if I knew from the start that the eyewitness was guilt.
The Pete appearance shed a light on how his on to Alicia-Will, and how things are going to get tense on court! Well, let's hope Will and Alicia can get together with no more secrets soon! I just love those two. Oops! Do you wanna talk about? Because I'm not interested in no one else..


A great episode. I loved the Will declaration of love and really hoping eventually Alicia feels the same way. I think if anything, she will break his heart long before he does the same to her. The scene with Will/Peter/Celeste was absolutely hysterical. I like Celeste's character and think it brings an interesting dynamic to the show. Despite her really not being a likeable person so far. Enjoyed seeing Diane's soft side and the case as well. Really, over all, a wonderful episode.


If there is more Cary I may have to leave this show. He actually turns my stomach and I have to look away every time he's on the screen. Don't like Celeste either.


ditch celeste.. her character is bad.. more cary and kalinda..


It was wondering to see Diane go back to her optimistic, idealistic roots and give room to Legal Aid. It was also wonderful to see the hilarious Peter/Will/Celeste scene. I definitely would like her as a recurring character - much like Jackie and the irritating gay brother - because her propensity and enjoyment of stirring the pot is a delight to watch. It was great to see Lisa Edelstein move further away from Cuddy this week, growing into her character as Celeste (in my opinion). The declaration of love from Will was perfect. It illustrated his growing feelings perfectly and emphasised Alicia's hesitation over the same show and the conversation juxtaposed the two different things Will and Alicia want from each other. It's not just me that thinks this is Alicia's belated teen rebellion, as her brother implied, is it? I definitely get a sense that Will is falling for her but her? Not so much. Loved the Diane/Will moments - whether as antagonists, workers or friends, the two always have brilliant interaction and entertaining lines. I just wish Saint Alicia wasn't always right. I feel for poor Cary - he deserves a win or a dozen. ~ Trina ~


Whilst i am totally rooting for Peter ad Alcia ?( thoughPeter does seem to have lost the battle) i did like the way Will slipped his declaration fo love. I do belive hes totally fallen hard but i do not think the feelings are as strong on Alicias side and i hope this is the case. We desperately need some Alicia/Peter scenes where theyre not fighting but handling things together. Hasn Cary gotten hotter and Diane is definately becoming a favourite this season.


I just love this episode. Yes, I love to watch Will's reactions in the various scenes when he was with Celeste or when he was alone. His mind seemed to be preoccupied with Alicia. It is a change to see Dianne's 'soft' side and I just love to watch the super efficient Kalinda. I find that the script on the legal case pretty interesting.


I´m totally addicted to Celeste. She is the biggest surprise this season.


Its so frustrating to me that Alicia wouldnt let talk about things with Will; I love those little moments where Will lets his guard down, and she just dismissed it. I'm a sucker for these two, shame there wasnt more between them. I enjoyed the case this week, it was nice to see Diane realize she needed to do more and be better; legal aid being in-house should be interesting! Eli won't take that well. I want more Kalinda & Cary! Dont waste the gorgeous Matt Czuchry, he barely has anything to do anymore!

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