The Good Wife Review: Alicia and Cary FTW!

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After some very disappointing episodes and storylines in The Good Wife season 4, "Red Team, Blue Team" brought real stakes, conflict and fire back to the show.

Rather than settling a case, the firm's client, Thief, decided they wanted a mock trial first. Often when a series does such a thing, the internal antics get in the way and it ends up either ridiculous or boring. But here this "fake" trial had higher intensity than a real trial has ever had on the drama.

Will and Diane faced off against Alicia and Cary. It was about time for Cary to get some quality screen time this season. Alicia and Cary work incredibly well together, even better than the named partners. And they had an added incentive to beat their bosses.

The Internal Mock Trial

The bankruptcy story came to an abrupt ending, but the ramifications of the shift from near financial ruin to overflowing coffers made up for it. With Chum Hum now signed as a client, Lockhart/Gardner secured its financial viability ... for now. 

The downside being that the equity partners no longer wanted to share the profits with the fourth years that were offered partnerships when the firm desperately needed their money. Ouch! They had every reason to feel betrayed. The sound of Florrick, Agos and Associates had a nice ring to it. 

Alicia and Cary would always have tried their hardest to win their case, but their feelings of betrayal made it personal. They didn't hold back and argued FDA manipulation, they marketed to anorexics, settled a previous case and even asked the CEO if he would let his own daughter drink Thief. It was game on!

There was a reason that a settlement was on the table in the first place and the fourth years proved it. It's a good thing the real opposing counsel didn't see the mock trial or they would have demanded a trial. 

Alicia and Cary outmaneuvered their opponents in the mock trial, but not at the firm. The fourth years plan to scare the partners into action worked, but didn't have the intended outcome. Instead of all of them getting their partnerships, it was offered to only one: Alicia.

The dream of Florrick, Agos and Associates was now just a dream. Alicia was honorable in her reaction by mentioning it to Cary before taking it. Not that she had to follow his advice, but it was the right thing to do. Alicia is not the bad guy in all this and given his reaction outside the partner's meeting it doesn't look like he will hold it against her. Now that she has a seat at the partner's table, she will have influence that can help him.

The mock trial and partnership battle were both brutal and pitted Alicia and Will on opposite sides. The anger built up and exploded with a kiss. They kissed! I've never been a fan of Alicia reuniting with Peter, but I also haven't wanted her to get back together with Will ... until now.

That was some passionate heat in that moment. More than Alicia has recently shown with Peter. She's just been using him when she wants a release from either her mother, her career or her obligations. Both Will and Alicia definitely are not over each other. What will come next? 

While the firm was dealing with their clients and issues, Eli was trying to protect his career with the help of the odd, yet brilliant, Elsbeth. When she first was introduced, I found her to be annoying to watch, until she proved that her methods work. Her distracting demeanor works in her favor. Plus, you can't beat the back and forth between Eli and Elsbeth. They crack me up.

When Eli decided to wear a wire to bring down Jordan, I was shocked. Even though Eli doesn't care for the guy, his arrest would still hurt Peter; plus Eli's not the type to do that, right? Instead, Elsbeth and Eli pulled a fast one on Josh. They used the wire to get proof that Josh altered the wire tap request. Well done!

Now, will that be the end of the Justice Department's case against Eli? I doubt Josh will be fast to give up on it, especially after being outwitted by Elsbeth. As much as I hated this storyline initially, if it keeps her around, I'm all for it.

Do you want to see Alicia and Will rekindle their romance? Do you think Cary will turn against Alicia now? Are you enjoying Elsbeth? Rate the episode and leave a comment!


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Alicia and Carey should work together even if it is for another firm. I think she should take the big bonus she gets and leave with him to open another firm. I don't want to watch the show if they are fighting fun. They need Kalinda too. Elsbeth is great. Will and Alicia click more than Alica and Peter.


It would have been great to see Alicia and Cary going it alone. But that would have been difficult to bring off as there would be less reason to use the rest of the cast (Alicia might have wanted to see Will again, of course). Cary has been sidelined one more time - and David Lee's comments about Alicia's husband's name is just too true. I think we might just have witnessed the show's climax. Will it ever match this episode's drama again?


If you want this show to go into a 5th season knock off the Will/Alicia BS, it is hurting the entire TGW ratings. Everyone thinks she is playing Peter for sex, lets write it right and move him back in and move on with the real reason.
Some where the writers and producers will open up and put together better storylines from all sides work,home,and family. And how about opening Alicia eyes to the fact they are using her for personel gain on Peter and not her, it shows she is still a very weak person and can be used as a puppet very easily.
I also agree with the comment that there is a moll in the firm, think back several episodes when Cary came back, what happened at the welcome back drinks at the bar ?


Alicia is definitely not in love with Will. Attracted? You bet. Using Peter to relieve her sexual tension? Absolutely. But the name of the show, in case you have forgotten, is "The Good Wife." Alicia is now chiefly a pragmatist, not a romantic, and for purely pragmatic purposes she is clearly invested in being Mrs. Florrick. In fact, it was made clear to her that she was being offered the sole partnership going on the strength of being married to the putative next governor of the state.


The episode was great and the associates beating the bosses in a mock trial was brilliant but for me the kiss totally deflated a lot of the show for me. The Good Wife can never be TGW as long as her character continue to have an affair. She called off Lee from filing for a divorce so what is she thinking? We can all see that Will won't work. Will's character is greatly narcissistic, schemer and liar, among other faults. He is not a good match for Alicia though some fans are happy with a sordid affair. If the title of the show has any meaning the dirty wife storyline should be written out.


Loved the fast one Eli pulled with the help of his crack (or cracked) lawyer. Like you, at first I was disappointed that he would betray Peter's team but when he outsmarted the devious Josh, I practically cheered.
I was sad that Alicia took the partnership but I realize this isn't middle school where friendship loyalty comes first so this was more realistic. Carey time after time gets the short end of the stick and always responds honorably. He's my hero.


Loved this episode...finally things get moving. Will and Alicia should definitively get back never ended really...


I was looking forward to this episode but had a completely different experience that Carla Day had. The past few episodes have taken an alternate turn that presented challenges like the financial difficulties within the firm and Felicia's increasing reluctance about the firm. In this episode that suddenly went backwards. It wasn't the only thing the writers decided to return to either. This episode was too much "Boston Legal" stupid hijinks, the thing that helped kill that show. The acting on this show has been touted through many avenues of media streams. It has been very beneficial to this show. This episode struggles to maintain the equilibrium that has helped it gather steam and rise to the cream. There were so many interesting avenues this episode could have traversed but instead took one that was too obvious and characteristically depriving.


To whom it may concern Alicia made a very big mistake with Will and she knew it, she doesn't want it to go any further that's why Will said later good bye after their talk. She is not going to let Peter go no matter what people think, her family means a lot and would totally destroy her if they ever found out about what happened seasons ago with Will. PS Will has moved on as usual. PS Her other associates will never trust her again, watch to see who will leave if the ratings don't cancel this show.


I really really agree with BoxyP
It depends on your background, corporate america is stressing anyone can make it, if he/she is extraordinary, so it's all about one against all.
It's coherent that Alicia accepts partnership, after all in this same place everyone was commenting Diane's lecture (past episodes), how great it was and how naif was Alicia thinking that merit was the only cause for the first offer.
I loved that they didn't even put sugar on the pill, bringing in the Florrick name again.
The authors know their job: a kiss is all it takes to get the pro this pro that groups to renew interest in the show.
To me: real surprise was Eli's storyline: great!
And as a plus the creepy David Lynch actor smiling at Elsbeth, that was where my interest went and that is were (IMO) this episode nailed it.

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