The Good Wife Review: Florrick for Governor!

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The Good Wife may have felt a bit aimless through much of season three - Alicia was secretly dating Will; then Will was suspended; Diane juggled a couple of men; Eli met a new adversary; the firm struggled financially - but, with "Pants on Fire," and with just two episodes remaining now until the finale, it's safe to say the show has found a direction.

And it's aimed squarely at your lying face, Mike Kresteva!

Mike Kresteva vs. Alicia

Seriously, I never trusted that Chandler Bing guy. Anyone that sarcastic must have an agenda, right? Turns out, that agenda went far beyond a simple Blue Ribbon Panel, as I found myself quite impressed with Mike's grand plan here.

Give the guy props for scheming his way to the (hopeful) top of Chicago, while doing the same to The Good Wife for making Peter Florrick into the ethical underdog.

That's something I never thought I'd write two season ago, much in the same way Alicia likely never thought she'd find her hand raised alongside her husband and a podium again. But things change, and the show has exhibited impressive patient in depicting just how and why when it comes to Peter.

He didn't make any grand gestures. He isn't thought of now as a saint or even an especially moral individual. But the simple fact of the matter is that time really does change almost anything. It can heal almost all wounds.

In this case, of course, it's spurned along by circumstance, namely an angry Alicia who can't get over her unplanned role in Kresteva's challenge. Is she standing by Peter's side because she believes in him as Governor? Because she yearns for her family to be whole again? Because she simply wants revenge against her new adversary? Probably a little bit of all three.

But that sort of grey area is exactly where The Good Wife is at its best.

Similarly, as I've often noted, the political realm is ripe for various scandals, storylines and difficult decisions. Eli faced one this week, in the kind of scenario I'd have to imagine really does play out on the real stage more often than we'd like to know. By placing Peter and Alicia in the center of this universe, the series is setting up a fascinating conclusion to the season and, I'd have to imagine, a significant focus of next season.

Elsewhere: get better, Jackie, I guess. And way to get some, Will... I also guess. Is his new relationship (can we even call it that?) with that attorney going anywhere? We'll find out in a week, but it certainly felt randomly thrown in to this episode. How will he react when he sees Alicia and Peter's latest photo op? That's the more pressing question.

Overall, a terrific episode that planted intriguing political seeds for the final two of season three, while also proving again that Kalinda is clearly better at doing the police's job than the police itself.

What did everyone else think? Do you blame or support Alicia for taking on the role of the candidate's wife once more? And - answer below - do you think Peter will win?


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The beauty of the show was the plots and these wonderful surprises
All the fans know the end of the finale season 3.
Something is wrong and weird?


With Mike against Peter. It will be very interesting .This campaign won't be easy for Alicia.
She puts her head in the mouth of terrible shark.
I am sure Mike has hidden some weapon .
Alicia will have to struggle very hard and
she should played the bad wife for that.
It won't be fair , Peter wins the governorship as easy


I am 100% for Alicia to leave Peter.
she is a smart woman and now she can take care of herself, spend her money and don't 'be the housewife and the good wife..


Peter is the best option for Alicia because she can take advantage of his status
When your husband was cheating on you , you have been humiliated publicly,you can not forgive all.
For the rest of your life you have to live with this betrayal.
believe me.
Alicia should leave Peter and have a new life . This is Tv show , it is not the reality .


George you are right on 100%, I'm glad someone is watching with an open mind.
I have been saying it for 3 seasons.


I am dissapointed by this season. The storylines go in any direction.
I hope season 4 will be better . because it is a good show.
Most of people knows what will happen in the finale . Alicia & Peter will move together in their old house.
I think the relationship of Peter and Alicia is false. I do not see love in there. I will hope the dynamic in the firm will be back in season 4 .


LOL a good show is a show that engages you, in a positive and/or a negative way.
If you get what you expect you get bored soon enough. That said this season was a bit off, I must admit, with the constant rescheduling and with the feeling that it takes a long time to get on with the story-lines only to see abrupt ends or meaningless suspensions. But that is also experimenting. I wonder how or how many of our discussions were planned or encouraged. I wonder how many of you still think “that team this or that� isn’t already calculated, relied upon. I for once appreciate good story telling, it wasn’t constant, but what the hell, couldn't do better so thank you authors. As for the rest, all I want is to be surprised! This is still one of the best shows in tv. Give to Ceasar what is Caesar's.


Alicia is a smart woman. She realises that Peter is the better option. She also likes the power Peter's position in life gets her. She is no victim. There is definitely love and affection between this beautiful couple. I hope they continue with this storyline.


I am so sick and tired of all the people who keep saying that Peter can't achieve something for once without the help of Alicia, she is not helping him to be there she is there because she wants to be. People keep using their own lives and think everybody else should do the same, I am glad she is looking out for him and standing by his side it shows there is deep affection burning going on.


I used to love this episode but not so much now. Can't Peter achieve something for once without the help of Alicia? I guess not. To keep viewers happy, of course Peter will win.If not, what is the whole point, right?

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