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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 last episode was good. Alicia is a power woman an also naive because she does not what Mike can do against over her.Wait and see
    I'm waitting to see what the authors want explore but season 3 is weak and they did not develop enough the relationships. Look at the end of Will & Alicia romance. It's was built during 2 seasons and in season 3 it was only about sex. Peter and Wil seem in good relation with this new promo. Peter did many dirties things on the office.
    Something does not work this season 3.
    I really hope seaon 4 will be better and better , because ,I love this show.the actors are so greats

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    The last episode was good. Alicia is a power woman and also naive because she does not know, what Mike can do against her.Wait and see
    I'm waiting to see what the authors want explore but season 3 is weak and they did not develop enough the relationships. Look at at the end of Will & Alicia romance. It's was built during 2 seasons and in season it was only about sex. Peter and Wil seem in good relation with this new promo. Peter did many dirties things pn the office.
    Something does not work this season 3.
    I really hope seaon 4 will be better and better , because ,I ove this show.the acots are so greats

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    The easy road was Will/Alicia. How many show are there and were there about an office romance? The good story is Peter/Alicia. Hopefully the writers realised their mistake and tell the story that was originally promised.

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    And around and around in circles we go. Her and that sleaze she is married to lying to the voting public yet again. Voters like happily married Governors not seperated ones.Mind you Alicia is always abusing others if they lie. Hypocrite. She apparentley likes being a doormat and political tool with two braindead brats who she has live in a bubble.Would like the KINGS to really bring it home in season 4.Have Alicias dirt thrown on the table. a]Her affair with Will. b]Her readiness to tell Will all Peters dirty little secrets in his bid to stop being indited. c]The fact that it was Peter who went after Will.d]The way Peter spoke to that Headmistress. The KINGS won't because their GUTLESS.They play safe and Alicia can do no wrong.Will start watching Revenge now as I'm over this crap.

    Amgsanz

    This is why TGW is one of my favorite shows... it has real people! Really developed characters that make us think and puts us where life itself usually puts us... on a moral, espiritual, ethical grey area! This season has gotten better, it started great then it kind of shaked a little (maybe a lot) and now is just the best! Loving Matt as Mike, real contrast against the kind-harted character of Chandler... I just hope that next season they can keep a more consistent storyline and keep the good writing for the whole run... Cant wait for the next episodes!!!

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    As I always say, it is just TV show :-).
    About the charaters, they paly there:
    First of all I fo for the W/A side that is a fact and I know that most viewers here on the same page with me, not all but this okay.
    About Alicia, she tried so hard to make it right by everyone, that she lost herself and she is still in the progress of finding her postion in the world. There is still the woman who want's to do the right, the good thing. Problem here, not everything is just good or bad.
    Why not helping Peter, from the way stepped ontho that podium she knew what she was doing, maybe not what everybody is willing to do to get to the top, but this she needs to learn. The way she acted in the end of that case to get her cliend free shows she is getting there in der own way, cause seeing her with the client shows she is very protective.
    Will, she endet it. He did not, she told him it was to much for her and this was not yesterday.
    He once said, he loved her since Georgetown and the way he acts it is new terretory for im as well. Don't get me worng everybody in a higher position who got ther by themself is not only a white knight, there are many dark spots but inside he is very lonely and to see something you really really want to a long time and than finally getting it at least part time just to have it snatched away takes a toll on you. To see it than again every day takes toll on you believe me, bin there done that!

    Marisa1983

    I was glad that Peter stood up to his mother and took Alicia's side. II can see these two reconciling in a near future. I agree that Alicia was great with Will, but she also had a lot of history with Peter. And it's that loyalty and commitment to her family that make us respect and appreciate her.

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    Finally we are starting to see the story that the show is all about and yes she still deep down loves Peter, any blind woman can see that.
    She's no longer depends on him financially but emotionally she does that has come out in several episodes from the past. In the finale of season 3 she has a conflicted thoughts about her relationship with Peter and will do her best to put it to rest and move on as a family again.

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    I'm still so excited from this episode! 1. It's clear that Alicia loves her kids more than anything in this world. One of the reasons I love TGW is that the brilliance of the show isn't limited to just this love triangle. So, forget Peter vs. Will, it's all about Zack and Grace. 2. I think Alicia still loves her family structure from before Peter's infidelity/prison stint, and I think she secretly likes being one half of a "power couple". She may not be in love with Peter, but she's always been supportive of him in the workplace because she believes he's a good leader. It doesn't seem like Alicia's unhappy with their current situation...she's no longer depends on him financially or emotionally, but they make a good team when it comes to the kids. 3. Really looking forward to Cary's return to LG. It better result in some serious screen time for Matt Czuchry...not only is he easy on the eyes, but his character in the first two seasons had some serious chops, and it'll be good to get that intensity back on a (hopefully) regular basis! Plus screen time with Kalinda!

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    I think it should be obvious now that Alicia loves Peter and not Will.