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The Good Wife Review: Fights All Around

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The Good Wife Season 4 kicked off full of fight in "I Fought the Law." 

Kalinda fighting her ex-husband, the firm fighting for its financial future and Alicia fighting for her son's innocence. Each story set the stage for an intriguing season of struggle.

Fighting the Law

Kalinda's Complicated If there's one thing we know about Kalinda, it is that she's a sexual person. Male, female, it doesn't matter. She enjoys sex, knows she is sexy and will use it to manipulate people without a thought.

Last season, we also found out that she hated and feared her husband. That's what made her reaction to him oddly contradictory. She was a beast fighting her husband's proxy in her apartment and then her animal instincts kicked in again when she met up with her ex in the elevator. So, how did she end up in bed with him? Talk about an awkward car ride!

Despite my irritation at what seems to be an out of character moment for Kalinda, I'm intrigued. What is the deal with the money she supposedly took? And what will come of his relationship with the firm? Will Kalinda out him and get them to drop the case? It's a mystery, but one I'm looking forward to seeing play out.

The Forfeiture Corridor Alicia and Peter's kids have rarely hit and mostly miss as far as the series goes, but in the premiere their storyline was well thought out and it worked. They weren't annoying and added to the overall plot.

With government budgets stressed beyond their limits, it's not surprising that police departments would try to supplement with drug seizures, but illegal action is not the answer. While Alicia worked Zach's case through the legal system, Zach used the Internet to support his case, and Peter used political pressure. 

As much as Peter says he has changed this incident proved that, at least when his family is involved, he will use whatever political pressure he must to protect them. In the end, it took the combination of all three of them to get the case resolved, though it was Zach's viral video that pushed the State's Attorney to finally succumb to Peter's demands. 

It will be interesting to see if the resolution of this case has ramifications down the line for the Florrick family. Will it hurt Peter in his race for governor? Could it help or hurt Zach's future? When Zach was first pulled over and the situation escalated, I didn't expect enjoy the case, but in the end it was well done and hooked me.

The Firm's Bankruptcy The economic situation and Will's suspension finally hit the firm hard in the pocketbook, forcing it to file for bankruptcy protection. Just another hurdle for Lockhart/Gardner. With Will's suspension ending, they should be moving in the right direction. The judge, though, felt differently and assigned a Trustee to oversee the firm through this process.

The Trustee tried to pit Diane and Will against each other, but was unsuccessful. He initially came across as a foe to be reckoned with, but in the end, he proved he really is on the side of the firm. He tested the named partners and they both passed. They are stronger together as partners, than without each other.

The best move was how the Trustee got Lee to give up his plans to leave the firm. In order to survive, the firm needs the income that his division generates, which would have left with him. Lee is all about the money when it comes down to it. If he would have been named a creditor instead of a partner, he would have left millions on the table - enough to force his hand. Brilliant!

What started out as potentially an adversarial situation and relationship turned into one that should be intriguing to watch play out. The firm has to cut 30% of its staff, who will go? Could Alicia or Cary potentially be out? She did get a big raise last year, so she would stay.

The Good Wife The Good Wife, Alicia, is remaining such for now. With Peter's campaign in full swing, will she continue to be there by his side? Or will she decide to move on with her life. I've been a fan of Alicia and Will, so I was glad when she showed up with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate Will's suspension ending. Only it was a celebration that will never be ... at least for now.

Review

Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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i like the story lines . i love kalinda no matter where character goe nick is hot guy.

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I like The Good Wife and have watched it from the beginning. I like Kalindas character investigating and coming up with the info at the last moment. However, I have never cared for her sexual exploits, so last nights episode was way over the top. To me did not add anything to the storyline. i also agree with several other viewers, the writers have turned Kalinda's character into a sinister comic book villain. I was never a fan of the W/A storyline. I like Will's character working with Diane but sometimes he comes across as petulant and needy. Love Diane and would like to see more Cary. I've always liked Alecia and I do like the dynamics between she and Peter. I have to say I like the way Peter handled the matter with Zack. When you deal with dirty politicians you have to show them who's boss. And the Apple complaint, I didn't even notice it. Not real impressed with last nights episode although I for once did like Zack and the whole Internet situation. So true to to today's lifestyle.

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I'm for Alicia and Big, er, Peter. Much more complicated and interesting than Will.

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@lucy, totally agree.
I guess she is needed to keep the male population watching.
A show about a mother/worker/wife in a group devoted to work with the sexlife of a rock is not that entertaining. I guess. :|
By the way, I like Kalinda's character, really, but as Lucy pointed out she's becoming a cartoon. I like cat woman, but in real life she was absurdly boring.
This show relishes in real life, now it's really a bit over the top.

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Nop, didn't do much for me...
Lockart and Gardner in crisis, third party overseeing: does every season need L&G in danger of closing office? Guess so.
Kalinda &co (yet another ex female lover who misses her, yet another violent man that may disrupt her life - Blacke anybody?) Yawnn!
What I did like is to see a flick of a doubt in Eli's face. Peter is just about the same. Kids yes or no, don't care really. Ok, Zack is amazing and outstanding... let him have a role on the series or let him be.
About the disproportionate product placing (yes, we got it) I am an apple user, yes when it's this obvious and annoying the only thing that reaches me is a strong urgence to boycott the brand. I am a fan, I will watch all season ready to eat dust if they pull it off! ^_°

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CBS is having double header football Sunday with the Tennessee Titans(in my area) and whoever they play in the 2nd game. Look for this week's episode to be on late. I don't care if they are saying 830.........look for it to be on late........

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What really bothers me about that Kalinda's storyline is that they really thought it was a good idea to focus an ENTIRE season on that plot line. No surprise if they have no time for other characters or other plot lines.
I think that Kalinda's storyline and no storyline for Cary is going to kill my enthusiasm about that show for good. Now it's all about "who will Kalinda fuck next?". They're turning her into a cartoon.

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After reading all the comments I am suprised that no one has seen the real story behind this show. It isn't any love triangles or hot make outs just someone who finnally is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel and wants her life to be better and more of the same from the past.
The end results will be one happy family again, so get use to it.

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i hated the Kalinda ex-husband story line. I've loved her character because she uses her brain and now we see this viiolent scene where there end up in some crazy masochistic sex scene. Hope the writers aren't going to make this a major story line because it isn't helping the show. I agree give Kerry more. Give Alicia the power in her marriage. She had it, what happened.
I want to keep loving the show but I too am worried it's losing it's edge.

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Episode good, especially bringing Zach into the picture a bit more.....enough of the 'heat' between Will and Alicia...that was over last season -- she needs to get back to her husband and children, and go on practicing law -- hope Alicia and Carey both stay, they're great actors...like Kalinda too, but give her a better story line, not the lame one about the 'crazy' husband.....he needs to be written out.