The Good Wife Review: Let's Talk About Sex

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"Long Way Home" was filled with sex. Well, not the actual act itself but no one could stop talking about it as its consequences infused every storyline.

Dylan Baker returned as Colin Sweeney but this time instead of defending him against murder charges Alicia was leading his fight against sexual misconduct. Knowing Colin Sweeney, did anyone think he wasn't guilty?

Return of Colin Sweeney

Morena Baccarin guest starred as Isobel, an ex-employee who accused Sweeney of having sex with her before he fired her. I normally love Baccarin but this role fell a little flat for me. Despite the subject matter, her character seemed to be having the least amount of fun.

And in spite of the serious charge of sexual harassment, this case was fun in ways I never expected. Not in my wildest dreams had I thought I'd hear Diane, David Lee, and Alicia debate the merits of the turkey baster defense. Poor Diane looked mortified. From the glory of the law to a turkey baster. How much lower could they go? 

Never ask that question when Colin Sweeney is involved.

Alicia found herself with a client that couldn't seem to stop himself from lying. First he swore he never touched her. They never had real sex. Of course that didn't negate oral sex which they had five times and at least once in a bathroom stall. Ah, the romance.

Sweeney's lies on the stand led to one of my favorite scenes and surprisingly it had nothing to do with sex. It was between Will and Alicia. The entire conversation had to be done in hypotheticals since Will's suspended. Could she use perjured testimony to help her client if at the time it was given she didn't know it was perjury? 

Watching these two brilliant minds wrestle with these complex questions of law and strategies was fascinating but it led me to the same conclusion as Alicia. The law is an odd thing.

Over at D.A.'s office the word on the blogosphere was that it was a hotbed of sex in the workplace. It looked like this time around Peter may have been the only one not getting any. 

Cary had the unenviable job of investigating the gossip only to find that a supervisor and subordinate had had sex at work...or to be more specific, on Peter's office couch. 

I was proud of Cary that he came forward and confessed his relationship with Dana to Peter. He's got two saving graces here. First, Peter likes and respects him. Second, he didn't do the deed on the boss' sofa. That may mean the difference between a reprimand and termination.

Back at Lockhart Gardner, or whatever they're calling it these days, I was surprised by Caitlin's departure. Even more shocking was that I think I'm going to miss her. Kudos to the actress and the storytelling for making me care about a character I didn't give a hoot about when she first showed up.

At least Caitlin's story showed one more side of sex. The type with love and can create a happy family. I liked her response to Alicia. She didn't feel the need to prove anything. She liked the law and she's good at it but she wanted to be a mom right now and that's OK.

Of course Alicia was at the other end of that road. Hopefully Caitlin will avoid that wrong turn. 

Alicia's tour through her old home was both hopeful and heartbreaking. It reminded me that at one time she, Peter and the kids were probably a happy family before it all fell apart.

Should she buy the house and make it entirely hers? Is that a step backward or forwards? Personally I think I'd move on but the marks on the wall where the kids grew up were compelling. 

One of the most intriguing things about Alicia Florek is that I can never seem to completely get inside her head so I have no idea what she'll do next. 

From beginning to end I found this episode wacky, weird, and thoroughly entertaining. How about you?


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admin - Ed, I don't want to keep commenting on other peoelps photo albums, but WOW! That photo of Alicia in front of the church, with the veil That's one in a million! And I love the Renaissance treatment you gave it. The other one of her that looks like an old painting is cool, too, but that veil picture unvelievable!Marj


Will is not the father, I am pretty sure of that. And, given previews for next week when his old girlfriend Tammy appears and confronts alicia, alicia is definitely having to face some consequences - this week the consequences of returning to work, the consequences of Peter's decisions - the loss of the home/hearth, and the consequences of becoming, in some ways, "the other woman." Alicia can't catch a break, it seems. There will be a bit more Caitlin (she is hiding something) says Kalinda and I don't think it is that she is pregnant. Think she was telling Alicia that part of her decision to leave work is watching Alicia try to juggle it all...Or does she have the goods on Will and Alicia is some way? Not sure, but there is something to reveal, I think. Kalinda's tax case should heat up as well.


The word just came down all 3 shows have been renewed good news.


Has anyone been checking the ratings lately for CBS, they are in the process of canceling one or two shows out of three. Two CSI NY AND MIAMI AND THE GOOD WIFE, I don't see them dropping two CSI shows at once that leaves THE GOOD WIFE, there are only 5 shows left in season 3.
At this stage of the game with the move to Sunday it is enedable that this was their plan from when the ratings started to fall. You know with all this 1 new show and 2 or 3 reruns didn't help the ratings, people get tired of this going on and there a lot of other channels to watch.


Caitlin leaving was a surprise and I get the feeling there making room for another lawyer to move in.Alicia hasn't smiled since her fling with Will and last night was the best she was dressed since then. In season 2 we sat through an election and season 4 looks like another election coming up and if Alicia is so stupid as to help Peter by pretending to be his TROPHY WIFE I'm through.This whole story has gone full circle and time to go in another direction,one that will really hold our attention.But I bet we're back to that rather stupid,niave,doormat of a wife we met nearly 3 seasons ago.For some reason Peter always seems to have her measure.Get back to what worked. The WILL/Alicia sexual attraction. Starting to bore me.


Still miss the Alicia=Will sexual tension.....Will it ever return??


please, still playing the race card in these shows. cannot think of other topics. enough is enough. and please, do not say when it is over it will be enough. it is>~~~~~~~


I doubt Will is the father because there no hints of him flirting to her. Even when Diane said Caitlin will be in court, Will defended Alicia and said she will also be in court. Plus i see him not being over her yet. I do think when Caitlin was stating her reason to leave for the first time, it seemed weird. She was nervous and almost seemed unprepared to answer. But she did seem sincere, some girls do believe that they have a happy ending when they are pregnant/engaged. I think David Lee knows the reason why but he cant accept that his niece would leave for her fiancee/to be a mom. Same as Alicia when she saw how Colin wanted to be a dad or Caitlyn thinking her fiancee is her world. So i would say there will be conflict with alicia and david because he cant accept his niece reasons.


I thought Caitlin's departure was strange also. They were building up to her being slime, and then all of a sudden she is leaving because she is pregnant and wants to be a mom. I am also wondering if this is the end of Caitlin. Would she not have told David Lee why she was leaving instead of him ranting at Alicia? I guess we will see where they are going with this. Alicia going back to the house was great. I hope she does buy it, but I don't hope she goes back to Peter. He just want political gain.


The DA staffers weren't fired because of their race or even what they did, they were fired because they yapped about what they did. But evidently the writers wanted to make the point that the race or sexuality conclusion is drawn. Caitlin's departure was very odd. David Lee and Kalinda's comments were seemly very pointed to build Caitlin's storyline. Is Caitlin's time really over? I kept waiting for Caitlin to say that Will was the father.

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The Good Wife Season 3 Episode 17 Quotes

Can you guarantee he won't kill anyone in the next five minutes?


Others may find your cynicism bracing, Mrs Florek but I find it charming.