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The Good Wife Round Table: "Affairs of State"

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Gather around, fans of The Good Wife. Our Round Table panel has returned to break down a disappointing episode of this CBS favorite.

Below, Matt Richenthal, Carissa Pavlica and Christine Orlando go back and forth on "Affairs of State," looking back at their favorite scenes and ahead to whatever the promising future holds...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Gotta be Will's interaction with Zach. He was as awkward here as he is smooth inside a courtroom.

Carissa: On an episode I found lacking, I can't even think of a favorite scene. I'll go with the opening credits, when the episode still had potential.

Christine: Loved the opening scene between Cary and Dana. I always liked Monica Raymund on Lie to Me but I may like her even more here. They had such great chemistry and flirty, silly banter. I want to see more.

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Should Kalinda have told Eli about his ex-wife's infidelity?
Matt: Sure. It's true to her character, it was the job she was given and it will even help her relationship with Eli. The man appreciates honesty, that's for sure.

Carissa: Of course. She was hired to dig for and tell the truths she finds. Sometimes they hurt. She's learned to hold nothing back after the debacle with Alicia. She still doesn't have a friend and that one lie of omission hurt one of my favorite aspects of the show.

Christine: Eli's the one who hired her, so yes. He pushed when she hesitated. He wanted to hear everything. Kalinda told him everything. And his ex-wife definitely doesn't have the stomach for politics.

Why doesn't Alicia want Will to meet her kids? Because she doesn't love him... or because she does?
Matt: I think she clearly loves him. But she also loves her drama-free existence these days. What would bringing Will home do for her except anger Peter - the kids would likely tell their dad - and endanger her job?

Carissa: Neither. I think she just wants to get to know her kids again without the presence of a man. To introduce him to them so soon after separating from Peter, and before the wounds from that event fully heal, would do them all a disservice. She isn't introducing them because she loves her kids.

Christine: I think it's because she's still in this state of limbo. She can't openly date Will if she's still married to Peter. That's confusing and unfair to everyone, especially her kids. She needs to make a decision and move on because somebody is going to get hurt in all of this and, from the look on Will's face, it may already be happening.

More promising storyline: Caitlin's crush on Will, Cary's promotion or Zach getting a car?
Matt: Caitlin's crush is only promising in that I'd take pleasure in different ways of tearing the storyline apart each week. But the obvious answer here is Zach getting a car. Will it be a SUV? A Hybrid? New? Used?

Carissa: Cary's promotion. Because I feel he's being used. No matter what happens, it will look good on his resume, but I fear we have some sort of brew boiling in the back of Peter's brain to put further strain on the relationship between the DA's office and Lockhart/Gardner. I'm interested to see what this means in regard to what was, until now, a fairly decent working partnership.

Christine: I don't care enough about Caitlin or Zach to be that interested. Cary's promotion holds a great deal of promise. Much the way Alicia got promoted at Lockhart/Gardner because of her connection to Peter, Cary gained this promotion due to his connection to Alicia. You have to love the symmetry.

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3. I agree that Alicia loves Will and with all your assessments as to why she doesn't want the kids to meet him. She can't bring home a boyfriend to introduce to the family when she hasn't decided whether or not to divorce Peter. I totally disagree that she loves him this is a game she is playing to find out what went wrong with her marriage. Love isn't jumping into the sack there is more to it. Alicia is "The One" for Will and he is ready to change his life and go all out for her, he only sees one thing and its not the family life.
Since the start of season 3 you can see she has a lot of distrust starting to come into play on his part, his shady past will be out shortly and he will get caught making out with another women. So to make things short his days are numbered and if the writers and producers don't shape up their ratings will bring them down without a season 4.

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1. Favorite scene was Will and Zack's interaction. Although I agree that there was not much to choose from this episode. 2. Absolutely Kalinda should have told Eli. That was her job and it was important to the original task. 3. I agree that Alicia loves Will and with all your assessments as to why she doesn't want the kids to meet him. She can't bring home a boyfriend to introduce to the family when she hasn't decided whether or not to divorce Peter. But I am frustrated by her not talking to Will about it. Will is going to get hurt without her being open and honest about what is going on. For him, it is an easy call. Alicia is "The One" for Will and he is ready to change his life and go all out for her. But her situation is complicated and without that communication between them, he can't understand that. I really hope the writers don't kill them off before they get a good chance at a relationship. 4. Ugh none of these are that interesting but I guess Caitlin's crush on Will because I think it will cause Alicia to really regret having hired her.

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this episode was so dry I kept waiting for it to start. I miss Kalinda and Alicia's friendship I want them to patch things up.

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Alicia character change is too much, too soon for me. ....(Not including the octane chemistry and present expression between Alicia/Will which had been building for 2 seasons) I'm referring to her compassion and sensitivity of others' feelings, her humanness and heart core, her good inner warmth. Expressing more priority treatment and relating more openly verbally with Will is more in character at this time. I think the writers are amiss here. Reality probabilities and developments have been a key factor to the past success levels of this show. Will was/is in a best friend role as well as a boss role, and as well now as sensual connection.and hopeful lover. Such a woman, Alicia, of this age with these past experiences feels, appreciates, and respects as well as carries added trust issues now on her self growth path. Let Will talk.....let Alicia hear..........let her search of self proceed in a more reality frame mode....and let those defense cases soar with dicotomy interests with fine acting.

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@Carissa, You had a favorite scene...when Cary got his new office!

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I thought this was a fantastic episode. Please bring back Parker Posey - she has great chemistry with Alan Cumming and Eli needs a woman in his life, even if it's non romantic.

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1.Ummmmmmmmmm.....Ohhh! No..., Monica Raymund just because I like her.There can never be too many pretty,awesome ethnic women on tv, right Cary?!
2.Yes. It's in character for her to do so. He hired her to do just that. It was pertinent info.
3.I actually think Alicia doesn't know where she is or what she wants right now. I think for now she likes things casual and she goes out of her way to avoid anything more intimate, including meeting the family.
4. Cary's promotion. If they play up the Caitlin angle it'll be cringeworthy and cliche and the antithesis of TGW. So Cary's promotion has more promise for the good stuff between the DA's office and Lockhardt&Gardner.

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Christine:@ I think it's because she's still in this state of limbo. She can't openly date Will if she's still married to Peter. That's confusing and unfair to everyone, especially her kids. She needs to make a decision and move on because somebody is going to get hurt in all of this and, from the look on Will's face, it may already be happening. I think you are right to a point, I see her back with Peter after all this inmature school girl crap she is pulling to get back at him. I also see a major blowup that will rock the entire firm regarding shady deals that they keep pulling. No one seems to care about the kids they are a hugh part of this show and will play a major role in their mothers demise.

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I really enjoy your roundtable discussions about The Good Wife and agreed with almost everything the roundtable said this week except about enjoying the episode. I really liked this episode. I cringed and laughed at the scene between Will & Zach and was amused by Alicia's reaction to it all. Will wanting to formally meet the kids seems like a bit much. Are they really even "together"? She would introduce him as her boss and her .... what? I think all the reasons you guys gave for Alicia not wanting to introduce Will to the kids seem possible. I loved the interaction between Eli and his ex-wife and even found Kalinda's interview of the swimmer boyfriend amusing. He just talked and talked. Cary's big promotion cannot be "on the house." I look forward to seeing what the price will be. For a show that packs a lot of stuff into each episode, the topic of computers and computer problems keeps coming up this season. Why?

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Caitlin's crush on Will? Come on, this story line has been there many times. Nothing new. In addition to women to pursue Will, no other story on the series. Preposterous, silly to the extreme. Where is Peter? Where is Diane? If TGW to fail so I will not be surprised.

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