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The Good Wife Review: A Mess, Indeed

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The legal world is manipulative and unkind. Indeed, Clarke Hayden had it right when he said, "This is a mess."

"The Seven Day Rule" proved what a twisted situation this was all around. The bankruptcy extension hearing was a web of manipulated facts, personal interests and painful realities.

Back at the office, the prenuptial negotiations were an even worse bigger mess, with the lawyers screwing with their own client. And why? For their own professional gain. Clarke was right to question whether he wanted to join this profession.

Fighting the Creditors

Wouldn't every judge in Chicago be familiar with Louis Canning's "disability antics" by now? Or do the judges really buy into it? It's difficult to believe that it wouldn't be a topic of conversation in the judges' social circle and even with other lawyers. I know I'm getting tired of seeing it. Get a new act, Canning!

When it was first revealed that Canning bought Lockhart & Gardner's debt, it was quite surprising that Will and Diane had no clue about it. We didn't get to witness their shock when they found out, but the big face-off in court over the bankruptcy was a doozy. Other than Canning's continual medical ploys, it was an entertaining back and forth between the sides. In the end, Canning's less-than-ethical methods got the better of him and he lost.

Lockhart & Gardner's impressive results in court scared a company enough that they were willing to front Canning the cash to buy the firm's debt. Take out the firm, shut down the lawsuits? That seems unlikely, but they must have seen it as a smart and lucrative business move. I hope we see the firm go more forcefully against that corporation in the future. They must have something fear or they wouldn't have played the game.

Diane and Will's decision to offer partnerships to five fourth-year associates made good financial sense given they are convinced they can save the firm. It's definitely a risk. Will the associates have enough confidence in the troubled firm to commit $600,000 to it? That's a tough professional decision. If they make the wrong one, it could haunt them for the rest of their career. 

Alicia's irritation that she wasn't special in getting the offer was understandable, but Diane made a good point that it doesn't matter why the offer was made. The confidence they have in her work is evident every day, so whether others were offered a partnership too shouldn't matter. Yet ... it does. Even though Alicia put on a fake smile and thanked the partners, will she go through with it? Or will she consider Canning's offer? 

As often as Lockhart & Gardner bend the law in its favor, it doesn't go to the same lengths as Canning has. I don't see Alicia being comfortable working for him given his style and ethics. Though, the prenuptial case pushed the boundaries beyond the limits.

David Lee will do whatever it takes to win a case and get the business. It's a miracle that his actions didn't force the wedding to be called off. How could either the bride or groom trust each other after being given manipulated information about their future spouse? Deena was naive by agreeing to the original prenup, but should her lawyers have lied to her even if for her own good?

It's a tough call, but I'd say they went too far by twisting the lifestyle issues' requests. That was messing with her future happiness and marriage. In the end, they basically blackmailed a good prenup out of Neil. If all else fails, that's a way to get what you want. However, it was clear he gave in because Neil cared more about Deena than he cared about his money.

Even though this hour made the law look despicable, good was accomplished. The firm got its five-month extension and Deena will be taken care of if/when her marriage falls apart. Still outstanding is whether or not Alicia and/or Cary will become equity partners.

Were Diane and Will wrong to offer the partnerships to help the firm? Should Alicia join the firm or call Canning? Did David Lee go too far in the prenup negotiations? Or was he doing what was best for his client?

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This was one of the best episodes in a long time on The Good Wife. I love how realistic it is, except for the fact that Alicia didn't know about the capital contribution (come on, she was a housewife for many years, but she also went to law school and practices law for god's sake... how can she not know this technicality). I loved the scene where Diane comes and tells her to join the festivities - perfectly acted by the incredible Christin Baranski. I also like the fact that the show is testing Alicia and Will's friendship for the first time... it's a long time coming. I want to see how they will handle it (not romantically necessarily, though I am a fan of this couple, but more as friends where the trust has been shaken). Will genuinely did not want Alicia to find out the way she did that all other 4th years were given offers too. The smart thing to do would have been to take her aside and tell her the realities before the courtroom, but we all avoid difficult conversations, though we know we should have them. I'm also confused by the fact that he and Diane didn't anticipate that all the Associates would know that everyone had offers - word gets around the office really quickly. Still, I want a Will and Alicia moment out of this, directly or indirectly addressing this issue, because however "right" his decision may be as Partner of L&G, it's got to hurt when your trusted friend lets you down, especially with one who you had a romantic relationship, however brief.

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AlIica will call Channing.
Peter needs Eli to help him win his wife back
More story lines for Zack? Love interest for Zack?
Love interest for Diane?

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Give me a break! How does it happen that Alicia has money problems and Peter end up with enough money to fund her partnership when it was she who caught him in a very public, ultimately criminal, misbehavior? And how could anyone who graduated from Law School possibly not know there is a payment involved in getting an equity partnership? This was poor writing in several areas - and the whole atheist sidebar was nothing but a sop to the liberals who are pushing for publicity. I'm also gravely disappointed in Will for giving up his interest in Alicia so easily - guess he was only after one thing after all. I did think the bit with Diane telling the cold hard facts to Alicia was masterful. That's the way life goes, honey, and it's really hard (again) to swallow that Alicia didn't know that already.

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I DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE THINK ALICIA AND PETER ARE THE REAL THING WILL IS THE PAST AND FULL OF SO MUCH BS AND IT SHOWS. ALICIA HAS TO START AND STAND UP AND STOP BEING A PUPPET TO THE FIRM, THEY HAVE BEEN AND ARE STILL USING HER AS A HOPEFUL INFO ABOUT THE SA OFFICE AND PETER. AS FAR BACK AS SEASON ONE PETER HAS BEEN ON ALICIA SIDE AND HAS HER BACK, NOTHING WILL EVER COME BETWEEN THEM. HE WANTS HER TO GET AHEAD AND WITH HIS HELP (MONEY WISE) OR ANYTHING THE FAMILY NEEDS HE IS THERE. SHE ALSO NEEDS TO STOP BEING A UNDER THE BLEACHERS SCHOOL GIRL AND GET PETER BACK INTO THE PROPER HOME AGAIN.

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This was an interesting episode. I guess based on the two offers Alicia should stay with Diane and Will, even if I don't like what they did. They should have been upfront with the associates and saw whether or not they would be willing to invest in the firm; I think they would have been pleasantly surprised. I don't like Alicia with Peter, I miss Will and Alicia's hotness. I did like Alicia's quick answer of atheist to the reporter- priceless. I also agree that the disability thing is growing old and yes all of the staff in the court should be over it by now.

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Now Alicia didnt know she had to pay to become a partner! that is hard to believe.. eveybody knows that..

Tvgarth

This was one of the better "Good Wife" episodes of late...intense, complicated and in the end very gratifying. Diane stood up to Alicia and told her the unvarnished truth and she would be wise to accept the partnership. It's been a good home to her throughout all her trials and tribulations and I don't see her mixing it up with the Canning firm. I can't even imagine how lurid it would feel to be his "sidekick" for anything, but I sure know I wouldn't wish it on anyone! A prenup is a tough ticket and all is fair in love and war. This time I say well done and that's simply what it took to get a reasonable outcome for a life with a scoundrel for all intents and purposes. No telling just what Alicia is feeling at this point but it seems clear that this "good wife" may be just a teeny weeny bit fed up with being so...well, accommodating to everyone. It's high time she carved out a real life for herself instead of this limbo she's been dealing with ever since Peter had his dalliance with another woman. Once a cheater always a cheater? Or is that just the way men are? I hope not.

Beverly-brooks

Were Diane and Will wrong to offer the partnerships to help the firm? No, I think that they are very smart. Should Alicia join the firm or call Canning? Yes no to Canning Did David Lee go too far in the prenup negotiations? Not at all when compared to the other lawyers. Or was he doing what was best for his client? Yes, but at the same time he was taking care of future business for the firm.

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Geesh.. Pretty picky people... What did you want to watch last night, the silliness in Britain on PBS or a solid drama like TGW??? Indeed they do juggle lots of actors through this show which is one reason it's great.. As for Peter and Alicia, they are definitely hot for each other down deep.. A got her revenge with Will so they are even in that regard and she didn't have to go to jail... One question I have is are they in a legal separation where they each have their own dough??? How does Peter have $600K to toss around unless it's family money from Jackie??? With MJF getting a new show on another network, he might not be long for this show...

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Very exciting program last night 1-27-2013. I agree Alicia is getting to be a very strong women.What a snake Canning turned out to be. We miss Michael J Fox and Nathan Lane.

The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

They're just handing out partnerships like Popsicles.

Cary

She's in love.

Alicia
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