The Good Wife Round Table: "What Went Wrong"

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The Good Wife said goodbye to 2011 on Sunday night with an episode that teased forgiveness for Kalinda and a promotion for Alicia.

What did our Round Table panel of Matt Richenthal, Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica think of "What Went Wrong?" What grade would they give the season so far? These answer await...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I will go with a series of scenes, or cuts to be exact, from when the team was racing to find information to overthrow the verdict. It reminded me of last year's classic "Nine Hours." The Good Wife knows just how to pick up the pace and create investigative drama.

Christine: Alicia telling Cary off, threatening him with a lawsuit and ordering him to get Kalinda. I love it when Alicia decides to kick a little ass.

Carissa: When Alicia called Owen because she was lonely and they had drinks. I always love seeing some Owen.

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Is Alicia making the right decision by accepting Diane's counsel?
Matt: There's no reason to turn it down right now, I suppose. But if Alicia is truly considering the partner track, it seems like an awfully quick transition from last week when she was so concerned about her children and her role in their lives. There's no doubt that a promotion would result in less time at home.

Christine: I think so. She could use a mentor and a friend and she definitely wants Diane with her, not against her. I do think Alicia needs to decide if the partner track is something she really wants because it will be difficult to balance her family and that kind of work commitment.

Carissa: At this point, I'd say yes. The Diane of two years ago seemed less inclined to play fair with Alicia, not knowing her well and thinking of her more as damaged goods of a political fallout and the ex-girlfriend of her partner. I think she respects her as a person now.

Do you approve of Peter playing the State's Attorney's card with the prep school?
Matt: I approve because it gave us Chris Noth at his best, playing an arrogant a-hole. But I didn't really follow the logic here in general. The head mistress said a spot would be open in the new school year anyway... so it was necessary to bully her into letting the kids attend RIGHT NOW just because Grace went off and got baptized last week?

Christine: Approve, not completely but people will do just about anything for their kids and Alicia was more than happy to have him do what he needed to do to get their kids into that school. Peter is at his most entertaining when he's using his power to get what he wants. It might not always be appropriate but it sure is fun to watch.

Carissa: I don't approve of anything Peter does. This is no exception.

How long until Alicia and Kalinda are sharing drinks again?
Matt: Awhile. It's one thing to realize that Kalinda has many positive qualities - and I loved her speech about not having changed in any way - and to thaw the ice between these two, but it's another for Alicia to take the step of actually confiding in her former BFF. And that's fine with me. I prefer the professional drama to the personal.

Christine: Soon I hope. They both need a real friend and I've missed these two.

Carissa: I can only hope it's one episode. This season has been sorely lacking, and much of that is due to the loss of their friendship. It's imperative they get it back, and quickly.

Give the first half of the season a grade.
Matt: B. The Will/Alicia relationship never really had any direction, and the stakes have simply felt diminished this season. So far, at least. I'm confident they'll pick up in 2012, but I think back to the drama of Blake and the merger last year, combined with Peter's State's Attorney race, and nothing comes across as that urgent at this point.

Christine: B+. I've found the characters intriguingly flawed this year and their dynamics continue to change. I look forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out.

Carissa: C-. There isn't one fully redeeming character on the show right now. They are all in some state of flux, playing backstabbing games, without friends, or pleasant connections. I'm genuinely only a couple of episodes away from giving up if they don't up the ante and bring back the meaning to the characters with whom I fell in love.




I share same sentiments with Paola too. Alicia is acting foolish in the last two episodes. I too think Will deserves a better woman than Alicia.


It made me think about the degradation of friendship and why that word lost its meaning. After Peter's scandal, Alicia lost all her so-called friends, now it's the turn for Will to be left alone, all of his basketball-pals were scattered by Wendy. In the last episode, Kalinda proved herself to be Alicia's only and also her best friend, she acted indeed when her help was needed. And that's the old definition for a true friend. The modern Facebook friendship means to click the Like button, even if you have never met that person. Maybe in real life you wouldn't even really like that person, all you like about her is her avatar, her Internet personality, but you're "friends". As if you have plenty of Facebook friends, you are worth more than those without a facebook account. So I'm asking myself What went wrong with the true friendship ?


Love Alicia and Cary together it was great seeing her threaten him. He is a great actor and love to see him on the screen. Hope he and Kalinda makeup soon. I was never into the Will and Alicia relationship it just felt fake. Never have been a big fan of Will. Kalinda and Alicia will be back in 2; they just belong together and have great chemistry on the screen. I just Love Peter and was glad to see him use his power for the sake of the kids. This is what every parent wish that they can do, provide the best for their kids; no matter what it takes. Yeah it is wrong, but it sure was fun to watch. And why shouldn't he have a key to the place he is the father of the kids and does have them over his place a lot. The whole changing of the locks was to keep the mother-in-law out, not Peter. I felt that Diane was asking Alicia to think about becoming a partner, so that she could start getting her ducks in a row; not that she would make a partner right away.


everyone is so bitch in this episode!I can't stand Alicia is becoming so stupid! So Will was just a sex affaire? I can't believe that, this is no more the Alicia I knew. What is she doing? She is still flirting with that selfish man of power, just to put kids in the private schools? That's unbelievable! The only person I could appreciate now is Will, who seems growing up, and leaving the Peter Pan era. Now, he could even deserve a better woman than Alicia.


I totally agree with Carol's comments. One more thing, no more Dana please.


1. Favorite scene: Will and Wendy at the end. I loved the twist in the investigation and was happy Will didn't take the snake bait from Wendy to throw Peter under the bus. He is protective of Alicia and knows how much it would hurt her. 2. Alicia and Diane: Yes I think so also. It is the natural progression to her job. That is the goal for most lawyers to become partner and her kids are getting older. I agree with the previous comment about the pull between work and home life. Every working mother feels they are either letting their kids down or letting their job down, it is an ongoing battle. And partners are definitely not made in 3 years but hey, sometimes truths like that are overlooked in television:) Let's face it, Peter would never have been reelected to public office after getting forced to resign once either, but that's tv for you. 3. Peter: Just proves what a douchebag he is. I didn't get the private school issue either. They could go there next year so you're pulling them in the middle of the year because Grace ran off to get baptized? I didn't buy the reasoning. 4. Alicia and Kalinda: 3 episodes. They will team up to help Will and regain their friendship. 5. Grade: B. I have not been as intrigued as the first 2 seasons which has been because of 2 issues for me: 1. The plots have been more contrived ex: Alicia and Will break up because she doesn't have room in her life for him, but then the next week she is making partner plans. I understand why the writers did the breakup: more dramatic for a reconciliation hopefully later on. But it just seemed like a tv made plot point, which usually the Good Wife is good at not doing. 2. Alicia has been more cold and unlikable this season. I loved that her character was reserved but always relatable and this season she has been less so. But looking forward to 2012!


It's only logical that Peter would get new keys for the apartment, Alicia wanted Jacky out of her life, note Peter. No need to show us such a trivial scene. 1 - I loved Alicia threatening Cary ^__^ Second close is the end scene between Will and Wendy, I was also speechless. I can't wait for the season to return to see what will come out of it! 2 - For now, I can see Alicia considering it and thinking she maybe will able to do it all. Also, as some said, it won't happen soon, becoming partner takes time. Diane wants to put her on track, saying one day she may be able to achieve it. Her children are also growing up, so she could in a few years put more hours in the office too. But I also suspect Diane has her reasons for putting such ideas in Alicia's head, it's not only to "help another woman". She has her own motives. 3 - Sure, it's not ethical, but as concerned parent I can't fault him to make sure his kids are safe. The one thing I can't really buy is it's all because of Grace's stunt. It wasn't the school's fault. 4 - I hope that we'll get there by the end of the season, hopefully in four or five episodes. I really miss their friendship! 5 - B. Not bad, but not great either. Looked more like a set up for things to come. Can't wait for TGW to return!


While it is true that in one episode Alicia's kids are placed first above all else...then on the next we see the partnership carrot dangling in front of Alicia and she responds with interest. Well, isn't that inner struggle exactly what most career mom's face in the world of juggling family and career present day? Men never have to choose one or the other, but working mom's do. I think this is very true to life.
I too was wondering when Peter obtained a key to Alicia's apartment as well especially after she had the locks changed. Was this detail somehow forgotten or what?
As far as Kalinda and Alicia are concerned, it would be nice to see them back on friendly terms. The writers were successful in enlisting the audience to be invested in their friendship. The show falls flat without it.


Totally over Alicia as I Find her rather stupid. Last season she argued with W/D over the the ethical way they handled cases but when it suits her she's not behind in using Peter and the power of his office. Wasting tax payers money in the search for a brain-dead daughter who I hoped had gone under a bus.This week she was fully aware of how BULLY BOY Peter would respond to get his own way and that suited her fine.Will gets into big trouble hence CARRIE PRESTON guest-starring as his lawyer and the big question is will Alicia be there to support him.The last 2 and a half seasons Will has been there for her but it was her louse of a husband who started all this,so which way will she jump.
The KINGS have left me in a fog over a couple of things. 1. Last week she is crying and breaking up with Will to have more time with her kids but this week they come second to her career.
2.Since when has Peter had a key to her front door.
2. She can laugh and joke with Peter [who treated her dispicably] but Kalinda she has treated like a leper for so long.


A+ ..... awww im so sad about alicia and will.. tht was depressing!.. Diane and alicia -tht will be interestiong to see.. I think the scene with peter was kind of cheesy but peter is a dooche soo it makes sense ... and aww will telling wendy scott carr he wont help herr (i think because he didnt want to hurt peter since it would hurt alicia .. or he is doone with all his gambling and bad days and is just being a goood guy) probably the latter.... i thought the ep's were good just some were slow compared to last season.. i love the good wife tho.. and ill never drop it.. i think the episodes from whiskey tango foxtrot and on were amazing they were spot on.. i cant wait till the next episode OH MY GAHd i have to wait till january 8th! dammmm.

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