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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I wonder what the whole Caitlyn thing was all about. Can't believe she'll just disappear from sight. Is there a different storyline coming here? Or are we simply finding ammunition for office politics. David Lee is never going to forgive Alicia.
Nothing about Kalinda's taxes. Will Alicia find evidence that Peter's relationship with K was more than they both let on?
Let's hope for an uninterrupted run from now on.


Is Caitlin really gone? I thought her smugness about being
In love and pregnant was a clue that she was about to drop a big bomb on Alicia. Is will the fiancé/baby daddy?


I liked this episode. Was totally surprised by Caitlin's departure, but good for the show keeping us on our toes! Loved Diane's little ramble about the glory of the law...only to have it turn to a conversation about a turkey baster! I really love Cary, and I think his character is great...but is there a reason he seems so depressed this season? I'm not sure we've seen him smile in a really long time. I don't know if the writers have a point to this or if Matt Czuchry is just doing some poor acting (which I really doubt) but I hope things start getting a little more exciting for him soon!


Who makes that red jacket Alicia wore in this episode???? It's beautiful!!!


What was the song at the end of the episode as Alicia inspected the old home?


Even shun those who bring it up but its a realistic perception. It would be suspect that a not nearly as experieced kid got promoted over the experienced black shoe in,that the black girl was suddenly demoted and the black employee was fired when Cary seemingly experienced no repercussions. Sure we know it wasn't the case, Cary was promoted because of his previous relationship with the other firm mostly etc but that would be the perception that reasonable people would come ti.


I knew that would be the title of this review. Lol! I love having Dylan on. This show does a great job if having memorable and amazing recurring characters. I thought the episode was thoroughly entertaining. I too was surprised at caitlin 's departure. I wasn't a fan of her and I too thought she was being set up to be a villain. I thought Cary was great for telling the truth. I don't think a "race card "was being played.I know we love to convince ourselves that its no longer an issue and


The only saving grace on last night's episode was Alicia's struggle between past and present, about moving forward or not in regards to figuring out where she and her kids are going to reside. I could care less about Colin Sweeny and his depravity or the many different definitions of what constitutes sex. What "The Good Wife" needs is an infusion of challenge in the courtroom, a return to season one and season two to where we felt invested in the characters. Season three thus far has fallen flat. To the writer's of TGW, roll up your sleeves, sharpen your pens and create story lines worthy of the talents you have at your disposal.


Caitlyn was built as a villian because she is related to David Lee. We all know what a slime David Lee is. Her leaving was a bit of a surprise but the reasoning gave Alicia something to think about and was interesting. I don't think we've seen the last of Colin Sweeney. Dylan Baker is a delight as this character. I'm thinking he will kill Isobell. Did not like the race card being played, but unfortunately, even in this day and age, that is the reality. I'm not real big on Carey(he's a snake), however, it was good to see him man up to what he did and now he'll face the music. I doubt it will earn him the respect of all his peers. We'll see. I don't see Peter firing him. Loved Alicia's wardrobe last night. She looked great! The tour of her old house was sad. I think she's realizing she can't go back. I think it's time to wrap up whether or not she'll go back to Peter. Of course he wants her to come back because he wants to be governor and wants a trophy wife.


Jose T, you do understand to an outsider (and Peter's political enemies) it would appear that race was a factor when some are fired and demoted and the guy with lesser senority is promoted and not fired for fraternization with subordinates. I imagine that is why the writers put it in the dialog. We, the viewers understand what happened but the characters making the charge don't. It just illustrates how in the real world things can seem to some whether they be real or not.

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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.