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The Good Wife Round Table: "Alienation of Affection"

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The Good Wife got right down to business on this past Sunday's return episode, taking viewers inside the crazy world of Lockhart/Gardner on "Alienation of Affection."

In our latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal is joined by staff writers Christine Orlando and Carissa Pavlica to break down Will's attorney selection, Diane's love life and more...

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: David Lee confronting Eli Gold. The two most combative partners, mano-a-mano, at each other's throats yet, you could also tell, going at it with a tinge of respect for the other, as well. I loved it.

Christine: It was the bickering between David Lee and Julius. They were like two brothers arguing over the same toy. It was so very funny watching them go at each other.

Carissa: The quick conversation between Alicia and Cary as he got onto the elevator. I miss them.

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Elsbeth Tascioni as Will's lawyer: A good choice?
Matt: No. A GREAT choice. Probably my favorite recurring character on television these days and the complete opposite of Wendy Scott-Carr. This should be interesting.

Christine: Of course! I'm so glad she's back. She's smart and weird and you never know what she's going to do next. It's what keeps the opposition off balance. Game on.

Carissa: Yes. She's loony, but is ridiculously clever. I would love to have her on my side. Will was right to bring her on board.

Should Diane date the process server?
Matt: Did you hear his accent? See him in action against that jerk of a recipient? How is this even a question?!? Of course.

Christine: Sure. What the heck? Diane deserves a little fun and these two have some nice chemistry. Somehow Diane tends to find the most interesting men, doesn't she?

Carissa: Speaking of loony, somehow Diane always gets involved romantically with the most unlikely candidates. First, a die-hard Republican and now a process server who won't hesitate to put someone in a headlock in the lobby of a packed office building? I like it. She's at her most human when she lets her hair down, and these odd fellows bring out her humanity.

Rate this week's case on a scale of 1-10.
Matt: 10. I've made it clear in my reviews that I'm more interested in the boardroom of Lockhart/Gardner than the bedroom of Alicia Florrick, so this case/episode had it all, giving various partners a chance to shine... or, in some fun cases, yell.

Christine: 9. It had a little of everything. Alicia found out about Will's troubles. Alicia and Cary had that wonderful scene at the end. Kalinda scrambled to try and help Alicia. Diane had to smack Eli and David Lee back into submission. The episode was one of the most fun this season.

Carissa: I liked the lightness in tone (even though they were all being sued and the Gardner case is coming to a head), so I'll give it an 8. It felt like an episode from last year, and that's a good thing.

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This is so unfair to an in assent person and she shouldn't have had the chance to take revenge on me using the court system. I have been in and out of court and even got locked up for not showing up for one of them. That took $700 to get out, her lawyer had asked for $1400 for his time. This is abusing the system.

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She filled alienation of affection papers out on me six months after she left. That was her reason to let people think I ruined her marriage. No one would know any better unless I sat down and explained it in details.
We also got into a fight in another state. This was the month before she filled the alienation of affection law suit. Using the law to her advantage she took papers out on me for assault. I didn't know it till I was pulled over by the cops. I had a fugitive warrant. I went to court and it was thrown out they found me not guilty. I had to have it expunged of my record in that state. Yes I got the best of her when we got in that fight, but what could she expect when jumping on a complete stranger. I had to stand up and defend myself. That's one thing I refuse to do is let someone run over and bully me. She told people I had beat her with a beer bottle(they didn't even sale beer bottles).
I sent all this information to her board members to let them know what was going on. They totally ignored the situation taking her word on it. She told them she was in a car accident. She's the executive director at the nonprofit organization. This organization deals with kids from ages 0-5. They have programs for parents and teens also.
So Jessica's job was on the line. By her taking this alienation of affection law suit out on me. She told the board members at her organization her attorney would handle me. After I sent them all a letter informing them she had been in a fight at the club. She had vomit on herself in front of local parents. She fired one of her employees because she was talking about it at work.
This to me is totally a lawsuit as a frivolous attempt to make money and turn the attention on me so people will take me to be this lady who ruined her marriage and assaulted her. When it was just a way for her to rob him for 60k take his vehicles and most importantly his baby girl, have a reason to leave without friends and family thinking she was a failure who's marriage only lasted five month. Or who knows it could have been that the baby wasn't even his. She fought so hard to take her away after taking all his money and knew he couldn't afford a blood test or an attorney to fight back. But yet I'm claimed to be the psycho since I'm the one being sued.

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The police stayed so she could pack her things and leave. When she was packing her husband couldn't be in the house. She went into his safe and stole 60K dollars . His whole life savings, along with everything he put in her name.
She took the money and hired an attorney. She fought him in court took away his rights to see his little girl. He didn't have the money to fight back and couldn't prove she took his money because it was cash. He hasn't seen her in three years her birthdays coming up next month. She said he don't deserve to see her since he's with me. She also told the judge he was on drugs which was totally not true.
Her friends and family have told different ones that she only got married so no one would know she was pregnant out of wed lock. Her husband never even purposed to her. She planed the marriage without his input on anything. A few months before she got pregnant she had planned another marriage with her ex boyfriend.

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Jessica Lowery sued me going on three years ago for alienation of affection in North Carolina. They haven't taken it to trial yet. They have no discoveries , I'm been harassed and she's tried making me look like a idiot in the community. I never associated with her husband. They have a divorce now, the marriage only lasted five months. She had a restraining order out on her husband when they got married. How crazy is that. After she got married she had her husband put everything he had in her name. Her reason was she didn't want the IRS take it since he owed taxes. The only thing he didn't put in her name was his house and his work van.
She voluntarily left the home two weeks after the baby was born. She told people the reason she left was they got in a fight. She called the law and told them they were fighting and he assaulted her. The police said there was nothing out of place. Her husband was in the bed asleep with the baby. The police stayed so she could pack her things and leave. When she was packing her husband couldn't be in the house. She went into his safe and stole 60K dollars . His whole life savings, along with everything he put in her name.
She took the money and hired an attorney. She fought him in court took away his rights to see his little girl. He didn't have the money to fight back and couldn't prove she took his money because it was cash. He hasn't seen her in three years her birthdays coming up next month. She said he don't deserve to see her since he's with me. She also told the judge he was on drugs which was totally not true.
Her friends and family have told different ones that she only got married so no one would know she was pregnant out of wed lock. Her husband never even purposed to her. She planed the marriage without his input on anything. A few months before she got pregnant she had planned another marriage with her ex boyfriend.
She filled alienation of affection papers out on me six months after she left. That was her reason to let people think I ruined her marriage. No one would know any better unless I sat down and explained it in details.
We also got into a fight in another state. This was the month before she filled the alienation of affection law suit. Using the law to her advantage she took papers out on me for assault. I didn't know it till I was pulled over by the cops. I had a fugitive warrant. I went to court and it was thrown out they found me not guilty. I had to have it expunged of my record in that state. Yes I got the best of her when we got in that fight, but what could she expect when jumping on a complete stranger. I had to stand up and defend myself. That's one thing I refuse to do is let someone run over and bully me. She told people I had beat her with a beer bottle(they didn't even sale beer bottles).
This to me is totally a lawsuit as a frivolous attempt to make money and turn the attention on me so people will take me to be this lady who ruined her marriage and assaulted her. When it was just a way for her to rob him for 60k take his vehicles and most importantly his baby girl, have a reason to leave without friends and family thinking she was a failure who's marriage only lasted five month. Or who knows it could have been that the baby wasn't even his. She fought so hard to take her away after taking all his money and knew he couldn't afford a blood test or an attorney to fight back. But yet I'm claimed to be the psycho since I'm the one being sued.
This is so unfair to an in assent person and she shouldn't have had the chance to take revenge on me using the court system. I have been in and out of court and even got locked up for not showing up for one of them. That took $700 to get out, her lawyer had asked for $1400 for his time. This is abusing the system.

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.. Boccherini and Baranski ! Bravissimo ! !!

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I want to know more about the bag Elsbeth Tascioni is holding when talking to Wendy Scott Carr! Is that red and white tote vintage Pendleton?

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1. Yes. Great opening. Cary never looked better. Elsbeth full of surprises. And how about those 2 lawyers that Will rejected? 3. Funny she goes for those rugged types, but they seem a good balance for her. Could you imagine Diane with a weaker man? She has no time for that. 4. I think I'm the only viewer who didn't understand the legal implications of the 'conflict-of-interest rider'. But if it saves them $44 million, it's OK with me. 8

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This is the best episode of this season. LOVED seeing so much of Diane, such class, such a wonderful actress. And i loved the scenes between Wendy Scott Carr and Lisbeth Tascione. Ooh Eli against David Lee is yummy.

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1. There were too many, I'm going to narrow to three :
- David Lee showing up in uniform
- Will/Diane scene -- W : "It's probably too early to drink." D : "Another two hours."
- Alicia/Kalinda scene -- A : "I don't remember." K : "I'm gonna write that down as a yes..." 2. Yes ! Patti Nyholm and her are probably my favorite recurring characters. I liked that it was Alicia who recommended her to Will. 3. Yes. Their first scene in the museum was perfect. 4. 10. This one and "Executive Order 13224" are by far my two favorite episodes of the season. It focused on the original (the best) cast - Diane, Will, Alicia, Kalinda, Eli, David Lee, ... - and there were none of the lame characters introduced in season 3 - Dana, Caitlin, ...

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What was most unexpected was having Carey turn around and actually have something good to say about Alicia. It was almost humble to have that growth within his character and made him a little more likeable. Was it sincere... yes. Did he have anything to gain... well he did appreciate working with Alicia's husband. Still that entire scene with Carey won this episode. It was unexpected and subtle. If Will wants any chance of a decent fight Elsbeth Tascioni would be that person. She is spontaneous and a delight to watch. Diane needs someone new in her life that allows us to see that other side to her outside of the firm. The process server did it, he even got a few points giving Diane a tip boost to win her case. Still the characters out shined the case of the week. It was easily forgettable 5.