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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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Carla Day is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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Kalinda storyline, very interesting. I hope they tie in Carey to her storyline, their so much there they haven't explored.
I'm a Will & Felicia fan, that draw is still there but as always the timing isn't right. Felicia needs to move on with her life from Peter that's why things seem to be stalling, Her staying to help him run for Governor is so beneath her character. Come on writers make a decision stay or move on! It's getting OLD!
Peter is a power hungry, ego driven sleazeball!
Will & Felicia, you can feel the heat when they are together , I want to put on a goosedown jacket on watching her and Peter.

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The Champagne bottle scene was not needed when are the writers going to figure out the A/W days are over and we need more drama and family life to keep this show going. The ratings for sunday night were again on the low side and the other networks are putting their best against that and could make this the last season.
When can we see the dark side of Diane and Will, they are doing their best to take the firm to total Bankruptcy. This might be the perfect way for Alicia to see that her friend is nothing but a real backstabbing slez.

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Seriously Matt? You have even given up Good Wife reviews? -sigh-

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I liked the whole episode when kalinda was fighting with her ex I just thought she was hot I like her storyline but I prefer she was making out with Lana instead of him, I liked alicia and zach too,and I like the way diana and Will work together.

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Great recap! Nathan Lane putting David Lee in check was PRICELESS!
"You will get your money after we pay the bottle water guy"....hahahaha! TGW writers, Why does EVERYBODY that hooks-up with Kalinda ends up pinning over her and wanting her back! I find that really funny.

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The Will and Alicia relationship has ALWAYS been my draw to the show. Love their friendship and their connection. Love how Will ALWAYS seems to have her back!

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I'm already for Kalinda husband to go!!!
I saw this statement earlier and it sums up my feeling totally about Kalinda and the crazy azz sociopath husband of hers: "Kalinda’s husband Nick (Marc Warren) shows up at the firm as a client. When Kalinda spots him and follows him into the parking lot, they proceed to beat each other up. By the time we see the duo again, they are in bed. I’m concerned about the direction of this storyline. Kalinda is surrounded by inherent mystery, and her character exudes a palpable sexuality. But do I want to see her in a dysfunctional relationship that mixes violence with passion? No, I do not."

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Good but not great...hope it gets better.

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Terrie---Next weeks episode starts at 09:30 pm not 09:00. ;

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I guess from this season premiere we're to conclude that when Alicia was deciding on whether or not to join Peter and the kids for pizza that she went in..... I think Kalinda is what makes this show. It will definitely be interesting to see where this thing with her husband goes. Who didn't see David Lee staying with the firm? I do think the trustee is indeed on the side of the firm. I don't think Carey or Alicia will be going anywhere. Only thing that bothers me about this show is the time and day this show is on. Look for it to be preempted or come on late because stupid football next week.....

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