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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Alicia is really starting to get on my nerves! To be so smart she is so foolish! ENOUGH with Canning playing the disabilities card! I HATE Alicia and Peter together in any way, I can't even watch any of their scenes! This has been the worse season of TGW! Season 1 & 2 was the best, now they only seem to care about big name guest stars!


I for one was ecstaticto see Alicia show anger after finding out the truth about her promotion. I also enjoyed the moment when she walked past Will as he offered her a chair. Some viewers will dissagree with me but I hope that affair is disolved completely. Alicia and Peter seems to be getting along very well and the two should really begin the move to live together again. She is much stronger as a person and he seems to be moving in the right direction. I like that he offered to let Alicia have the money for her partnership contribution. Good move. Now Eli needs to get rid of T R Knight.


This was one of my favorite episodes. So many ways the characters were more fully revealed. Clarke/Nathan Lane came through in the end. A total numbers guy but honorable. David Lee showed what lengths he would go to to win. Diane showed what a professional and sensible person she is and also a good friend to Alicia. Loved seeing Canning getting hoisted by his own petard. Alicia's joining Canning's firm would be totally out of character for Alicia. Saw Alicia's less attractive side - Peter was stunned when she blurted out she was an atheist. What will Peter do the next time Alicia wants to take him into the bathroom for a quickie? Let's not have anymore of this aspect of Alicia.


First off, I loved this episode. It was messy. I felt to a certain point for Alicia in terms of feeling manipulated by Eli regarding the religion question. I am sure she blurted out that she was an atheist out of spite for people trying to maneuver her. She was however selfish to jeopardize Peter's campaign for a bit of payback. I find it incredible that she did not know about capital requirements since I am no professional and know that being part owner of any firm requires an investment of some sort. The beatdown she took from Diane was very much coming to her and looks to have soured Diane's opinion of her. I love Diane Lockhart's character and she should be the model for professional behaviour. It looks like the "good" wife will have some serious decisions to make in the near term.


If CBS keeps pushing this show around with football and fillins for better ratings they better find another program for the 9 pm spot on sunday nights. The next episode of the good wife is not until 3 weeks from now, we will forget all about it and watch revenge instead.


This episode stinks and the writers better get it together or there won't be a season 5. From what went on regarding a partnership BS Alicia should take the get out jail free card and leave, Louis C has made her a better offer that she will never see at Lockhart&Gardiner. They down the road will totally destroy this firm, from the start Alicia has not gained any strength in her life. This drinking of hers is way out of character she was out of it and was very drunk and possibly gave Maddie something to work with now in destabilizing Peters campaign. And whats with the comment about going to the restroom with Peter. if she needs him write it and have him move back in and have her growup as a woman and not a HS girl.


My first reaction: Alicia is too smart a woman to realized that being asked to be an equity partner would require no equity. And the fact that she asked no questions and was flattered was unbelievable to me. Canning would be looking pretty good to me right now - esp since this is his 2nd time trying to hire her. Will and Diane are looking pretty sleezy to me....esp after Diane calling out Alicia at the end for her behavior. I will also miss Nathan Lane.


Cary may or may not have known about this scheme that was put together but he didn't seem jealous or mad about it. Will and Diane told her first and probably wanted her more than any other person. They put her on the top cases, they involve her more than they should. She is also lucky that they did it because Diane knows Will and her had an affair yet she still knew that Alicia would make a good partner to the firm. I see TR Knight can only act as the socially awkward idiot. I hate him and his character. That stupid oaf from the DNC should know by now to not mess with Eli Gold. He is the man. Also wish they would show more of his case. Soon.


I liked this episode but Alicia irritated me a lot. I am a guy so this may come of as misogynistic but Alicia was very much woes tonight. She has improved a lot since the premiere and her character has grown a lot but she remains woefully naive and when she realizes it, she doesn't get angry at herself, she gets angry at the wrong people.
I am not even talking about her attitude to Diane and Will but at the shindig with Peter and Maddie, how could she just blow it like that? She was out of it and was very drunk and possibly gave Maddie something to work with now in destabilizing his campaign.
She shouldn't be so angry either because last season she manipulated both Diane and Canning to get an increase so why is this so much more bad? The five that were chosen were probably the best among the fourth year associates. Especially Cary, he is good, underutilized but good.


But, I may add… since this thing touches me personally (that's why this show is great) an other method is to be polite but frank.
If we know, sensible or not, what the game is, we will still gladly participate, what we cannot stand is to be weakened by our needs and then find out it is a strategy.
Feel free to be honest and upfront, you will get the same partner, help and commitment and as a plus you will have our respect.
This week's Alicia, was great. ^_°

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 13 Quotes

They're just handing out partnerships like Popsicles.


She's in love.