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The Good Wife Review: Pink Smiley Face

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Will gets back in the game, Alicia becomes everyone's friend and Kalinda gets freaky with her husband in "And The Law Won."

This week on The Good Wife, Will returned to the courtroom for the first time since his suspension ended for a wrongful death suit against the Chicago Police department. This potentially lucrative judgement was one that the firm needed to win for its financial viability.

Living in Chicago area, I watched NATO summit protests live on television and saw the back-and-forth between the protesters and the police. While to my knowledge, nobody died during these protests, it created an authentic storyline for the show.

I appreciate that The Good Wife cases and politics tie to real world events and possibilities. It creates a realism and authenticity that isn't apparent on all shows. 

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Will Gambles and Wins

The case against the Chicago Police department was going well, as they offered a settlement of $800,000. Will decided to risk that and continue with the trial. Smart? Stupid? It's hard to know at that time.

Given the financial situation of the firm, I would have sided with the Trustee and taken it. The settlement was guaranteed money and a trial is always risky. You never know what could come up. And, in this case, they didn't. The case began to fall apart due to a broken engagement, potential depression and a inquisitive juror.

This is television and the show wants to create drama, but don't lawyers investigate before they get to trial? It makes sense if new evidence shows up or they need to look into testimony during a trial, but in this case Will should have been better prepared.

Will risked a decent settlement for not knowing the full story. The pink sticker thing came from a witness they should have already talked to and known about. In the end, Will was lucky that it all worked out due to the pink smiley button and got a $3.5 million settlement. Though they never did figure out what was going on with the jury.

Alicia is Everybody's Friend

Alicia is a nice person and a good lawyer, but it was interesting to see people drawn to her. The Trustee trusted her judgment and continually asked her about other employees when making his decisions about who would stay and who would go. He probably trusted her in part because of her discomfort in making a decision. She wouldn't be spiteful.

The relationship with Maddie Hayward was a bit more complicated. She seems intrigued by Alicia and her decision to stand by her man. When she asked Alicia to meet for drinks, she said that most people wanted something from her. I'm not convinced she doesn't want something from Alicia, too. She seems nice enough, but looks can definitely be deceiving. And Alicia's confusion about Maddie's intent of the invitation was a sign of the times. I loved that the writers went there; it worked well in the story and for the relationship.

Maddie's integration into Alicia's life with donating to Peter's campaign, denying the firm's rental relief request and then befriending her seems to go against her feminist nature. But perhaps I'm just not trusting enough. Alicia could use a good friend.

Maddie and Alicia

WTF, Kalinda?

I'm having a difficult time coming up with words regarding Kalinda and her husband. Seriously, what is she doing with him? He's like a bad drug that she can't give up; she knows he is dangerous and bad for her, but she keeps coming back for more.

Eating ice cream together? Really?!? That was creepier than their fights or sexual interactions. 

I don't like this Kalinda. She is distracted and not her formidable self. I hope that Alicia, Will or someone figures out what's going on and helps her. Otherwise, either Kalinda or her husband are going to end up seriously hurt or even dead.

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Alicia's decision to stick by Peter in his run for Governor makes sense to me. She doesn't want to hurt him and it's an amazing opportunity for him. I wasn't convinced they would get back together, but seeing them laughing on the bus changed that. 

Has Peter really changed? Maddie said she didn't think that was possible, but Peter said being in prison did it. I'm doubtful. In the premiere, he didn't even think before he went to his old ways and threatened the other State's Attorney.

His desire for power is still there. If anything, he has wised up and realized what he has to lose. If he thought he could get away with being with a hooker again, I have no doubt he'd do it. Right now, he is in a fight for the Governorship and his desire to win is greater than he need to exert control and power. If he wins, that dynamic would change.

I hope Alicia doesn't get sucked in with Peter's charm, because he will just hurt her all over again

Would you have taken the $800,000? Do you think Maddie has ulterior motives for befriending Alicia? Is Kalinda in for trouble with her husband? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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    Everyone complains about Cary because, yeah, we just had 2 episodes, but he has been underused for months last season and I suppose everyone expected writers to do something more with him right away.

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    Well, everyone is complaining about Kalinda and her husband......I disagree with everyone's disdain for it. I think it's great to see another side of Kalinda.....a VULNERABLE side.........No doubt in the end, she'll wise up and be rid of him...... Maddie.......hmmmmmm........I think she's up to something......don't care if she donated to Peter's campaign or not. I think she might be looking to crush Lockhart Gardner....... Everyone complaining about Cary......good grief we've only had 2 episodes....... The Trustee........I think he trusts Alicia. Will and Diane.....not so much. I think things will pick up next week when Alicia's affair is revealed.

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    Right now Kalinda can end up with everyone. I don't give a damn about her character anymore. But the bad thing is that I really don't have anything else to look forward to. I was hoping for Cary to finally get his own story-arc and instead he's more underused than before. Everything looks like a carbon copy of things that we've already seen. I like Nathan Lane's character. But that's all. I'm not invested in any storyline this year. And I don't know why I still watch it.

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    Kalinda storyline with her husband do need to end I want kalinda and Lana to have a relationship and when Alicia thought maddie was hitting on her I thought that was funny I kind of thought she was to anyway I can't wait until the next episode.

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    The Good Wife remains compelling television, but the writing has not been as crisp this year. Poor Kalinda is wasted playing the victim in this storyline. It needs to be resolved soon. I sense that Maddie wants to groom Alisha as the new politician, maybe representing Illinois in the U.S. Senate. Alisha seem to be in the mold of Hillary Clinton, as did Signorney Weaver's recent limited series on USA, Political Animals. Alisha would make a great political figure and carry the plot line into the future.

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    I sincerely hope that the Kalinda storyline leads to some conclusion and not merely more provocative escapades. However, Bravo! to the The Good Wife for taking a network show into cable’s realm.

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    I am surprised to see so many negative comments about this show. It is still one of my favorite dramas on television. I think viewers have a little bit of season opener anxiety, and hey...let things play out a little bit and see where the writers are going with "everything" this year. They cannot have everything happening at once and some things take time to build. I don't believe it's been dull, just different and I am a firm believer that this show will award us with all the excellence and more that it has provided for the last three years! I don't exactly see Kalinda with that husband of hers either, but I have a feeling that our Miss Kalinda was not always the polished gal we see today-that has come after the fact and we know she is a tough cookie, plus the man wants his MONEY back for sure. Wanting his wife back is anyone's guess. I'm intrigued by Maddie and duh...of course she has ulterior motives! Finally seeing Peter and Alicia laughing non the bus was a new and different dynamic between them (at least for a long time), but I never worry about Alicia-she's nobodies fool and she's not called the "Good Wife" fer nuthin'!

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    I don't think Alicia can be "played" again by Peter. Her years of independence have fundamentally changed her and given her both the confidence and charisma missing before. Clearly she has a totally different vibe from the wimpy wife of the first season. That is why everyone is drawn to her and her judgment. She even made a joke tonight! (About the therapy couch in her office)
    Kalinda has always been kinky so her ambivalence with her husband should be no surprise. We are finally seeing the person who is Kalinda's match. Probably why Kalinda took off in the first place. She is very uncomfortable not being in control.
    I loved the body language of Alicia and Peter on the bus. You could see a lot of history in their silent looks and gestures. Which makes the previews for next week even more painful. Looks like the tentative peace will be shattered.

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    I'm sick of the Kalinda storyline. It adds nothing to the show and is very distasteful. Love Diane, she always makes me smile. Cary needs to be more involved, they're wasting his talent while playing out the sinister and repulsive Kalinda storyline. I like Alecia and Peter dynamic. I thought the Maura T storyline was confusing and a little uncomfortable. Eli has lost his edginess to me. I like Nathan Lanes character. Even with the flaws & missteps so far this season I still enjoy The Good Wife.

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    Kalinda and her "husband" don't match physically. I don'tthink she would marry such a person. He looks like a cheap punk. Kalinda would go for more class.