The Good Wife Round Table: "Feeding the Rat"

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It's that time of the week again, readers: Matt Richenthal, Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando are back with a new edition of The Good Wife Round Table.

Below, these TV Fanatics analyze the latest installment of the CBS hit, dissecting various scenes, questions and potential hook-ups. Read on. Chime in.


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Eli probing Kalinda for information and trying to figure out the inner workings of Lockhart/Gardner. I wouldn't object to a coup from these two, or a spin-off, perhaps. Gold/Sharma who wouldn't bring their business? Yes, Eli, that's Kalinda's last name.

Carissa: When Celeste was trying to pit Will and Peter against each other and they wouldn't bite. She was showing her true colors - and they were ugly. I was proud of Will for walking away before she did actual damage.

Christine: Celeste trying to play Will and Peter off one another. I both loved and hated it. She showed her true colors there and I think she lost Will in that moment. On the flip side the scene made me as uncomfortable as it did Will... so it was well played.

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Does Will really love Alicia?
Matt: Yes. She loves him, too, she's just afraid to admit it. I go back to Will's phone call on the first season finale, where Alicia didn't even argue about their feelings. She was just focused on the practical implications of a romance. It's the same thing now.

Carissa: After this episode, I believe he really does. Right now she is the one holding back, and I worry that he might get hurt. They are doing a fantastic job of making their pairing as realistic, considering their current situation, as possible. I hope it plays out through the entire season.

Christine:Yes, I think he does or at least he's beginning to. Alicia seems to be the one holding him at arm's length. But that whole scene of Will trying to explain what he said and what he felt was simply adorable. Alicia needs to officially end things with Peter. This state of limbo isn't fair to anyone.

Do you want Celeste to stick around?
Matt:I very much like Lisa Edelstein, and I enjoy how Celeste provides more background on Will... but no. This show has enough key characters already.

Carissa: No. She's nasty. She's self-centered and mean. Her childish antics with Will and Peter sealed her fate with me. 

Christine: She's fun for the short term, but she's such a witch (that's the nicest term I can come up with) I don't think I want her around for long.

More likely to hook up: Cary and the AUSA? Or Kalinda and Eli?
Matt: Cary and the AUSA. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna go look up how to spell her name. We'll just call her the Reverend's Daughter for now.

Carissa: Kalinda and Eli. I really didn't like the new AUSA. I don't like folks playing discrimination cards, especially when dealing with the lives of actual people. It's more that I don't want Cary with the AUSA than that they are less likely to hook up. They probably will.

Christine: Cary and the AUSA because I think that's all it will be: a hook up. I like Kalinda and Eli as partners and I hope they become real friends after some time. For some reason I just can't picture them as more than that.


1. My favorite scene was a tie between the Celeste/Peter/Will interaction and the scene with Will trying to tell Alicia how he feels. I love the tension between Peter and Will. Peter just looks like he wants to punch Will while Will wants to escape as fast as possible. Both of them do a good job acting professionally despite their issues. And the other scene just makes you love Will, despite his flaws. I love seeing him vulnerable, as you don't see that side of Will very often. 2. Yes I think Will loves her very much. He had to move on in season 2 after he thought she didn't feel the same way about him but he has always felt the same way. I think she loves him also she just has to be emotionally guarded about him. She knows acknowledging a relationship with Will means having to make tough decisions about her marriage. I hope she will get there eventually cause I just love them together. 3. I think Celeste is a good recurring character but she is too evil (so far) to be a regular. I'm assuming she must have some redeeming qualities but we have yet to see them. 4. Definitely Cary and the AUSA. I think the thought of Kalinda and Eli romantically are creepy.


At the end of season 1, Will told Alicia in a phone message erased by Eli, "my plan is I love you. I have loved you since Georgetown.". He thinks Alicia didn't hear the message because she told him in season 2 that she didn't (though she did). He has clearly wanted more than sex with Alicia for some time, and she knows it.


Jasmine Richards: I think it was Romany Malco who played the head of Legal Aid, I know him best from playing Conrad on Weeds.


Please, please tell me who the guy is that played the head of Legal Aid . I thin he was referred to as Mr. Coin. I have seen him in something else and I am going crazy trying to figure it out.


1. Agree with Matt. My favorite scene (out of many great scenes) was seeing Eli trying to figure out the dynamic of the "Mom&Pop Store" that is Lockhart&Gardner. They are two of the best characters on the show and when they are together it's..golden. 2.Without a doubt. He's loved her for quite sometime. Even before he told her he loved her the first time. And she knows it, and I suspect she loves him too, but not as much. But for the record...I totally said "Love you" on the phone w/o thinking whether it meant something or not. 3. No. I liked that she opened the doors to see more out of Will 4.Cary and the AUSA. I would never want to see Kalinda and Eli hook would just be wrong on so many levels. They're diabolic w/o adding anything romantic or sexual into the picture. I don't think Cary will hook up with the AUSA either but that's more likely and more acceptable. I kinda like her. She's spunky, kind of a badass, and she knows how to play the legal game and play it well. She fits in, much better then the other woman Cary occasionally worked with who lacked a personality. I don't think she was "playing the discrimination card" I loathe that terminology, by the way, it makes it seem like discrimation itself is a game rather than a genuine issue (or that it's a "non issue" at all). I think she honestly believed that he was guilty at the time, and part of her job is to make sure she if he was his sentencing wouldn't have a disparging difference from a minority's sentencing. We've come along way but any of us would be foolish to believe that it's far enough. I actually liked the reverse aspect of it this episode. They always manage to handle race (and all other delicate issues) so eloquently compared to most shows. She also did what all the lawyers on this show do, she totally used one of her connections to sway a judge. I love watching all of them do that, even though I kinda hate it too.

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