The Good Wife Review: Making Her Choice

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"Death of a Client" was unlike any other episode of The Good Wife. It was St. Patrick's Day in Chicago and craziness ensued everywhere.

Instead of focusing on a legal case or matter, the hour revolved around the death of Alicia's litigious client, the political campaign and ultimately to the past and present of Alicia's love life. It was a whirlwind of activity and even when it got rather convoluted it was still entertaining. 

Alicia & Mike

The murdered Matthew, played by the brilliant John Noble, was seen only in flashbacks through Alicia's memories of her client. While he drove her nuts with his numerous lawsuits and repeated Bach tune, she had a friendly relationship with him. The lawsuits provided his life with purpose and a much adored relationship with Alicia. Unfortunately, it also cost him his life. 

Initially, the focus of the inquiry was on Matthew's police harassment suit, but in the end, Kalinda speculated that it was the seemingly harmless dog barking case that led to his death. The investigator's treatment of the case from the beginning was suspect. Why would Alicia need to go down to the police station that night to answer questions? With all that happened at the police station and getting Kalinda involved, the timing didn't come across as realistic. The unbelievable set-up is forgiven because of the story that it was able to tell.

Alicia's flashbacks of Matthew and Laura's inquiry about Will provided the links she needed to work through her relationship with her former lover. The viewers never got to see much of Alicia and Will together romantically and her memories showed that they did love each other and had amazing chemistry together. And, that closeness was still there when they were in the interrogation room together. 

Even Laura saw something between the two of them. Regardless, Alicia made it as clear as she could that they both needed to move on. Even if their hearts didn't want them to, it was what was best for them both. Plus, she said she was with Peter again. What? That was a shocker. Sure, she and Peter had hooked up a few times, but the last time she rejected his invitation for a date.

Later St Patrick's Day evening, Alicia had to deal with her mother's big mouth about her children's conceptions. It was no surprise that Alicia loves her children. She shows that every single day, but it was a shock to hear her say she loved Peter. This statement on the surface makes sense, but the depth of meaning behind it was as out of nowhere as when she told Will she was back with Peter. 

I have a difficult time believing the Alicia that we saw here. There was absolutely no basis for her actions and I blame it on poor writing. The transitions between Alicia's actions have had little basis throughout this season. She's pined for Will, while having quickies with Peter. And, now she proclaims she's in love with Peter. I've never been a fan of her getting back with her husband given what little regard he has had for her.

If he wanted to win her back, he should have made a grand gesture and earned her respect back. Instead, Alicia acted like one of the floozies that Peter had affairs with and that's not the basis of a successful relationship or marriage. If Alicia does love Peter, they have a lot of work ahead of them to make the marriage work. 

While Alicia was pondering her relationships, Peter and Mike Kresteva were battling each other for a hug from the Cardinal. Politics is a dirty game and this one evening showed just how low the candidates would go. Mike was willing to sully Zach with a well-place lie in order to better his position. There was no way for Peter to out the lie because it required telling a horrible truth. The dirtiness of politics.

If anyone deserves getting punched then Mike did for his actions. Peter cracked me up the way he punched him, busted the glass, and taunted him. Peter went all in just like Mike. Way to play the game! Ultimately, the Cardinal didn't hug either man. They both disgraced the other leaving neither of them worthy of the subtle endorsement. I give the Cardinal credit for seeing them both for the relentless politicians they are.

Even though I have issues with the way Alicia's character has been written regarding her love life, I love this new spunky Alicia. Her interaction with Mike at the beginning of the party was hilarious. She just laid it all out there no holds barred. And, as always, she is one of the best mothers on television. She demonstrates how it's possible to be a hard-working woman, while loving and mothering her children.

Odds and Ends

  • The potential threats to Matthew were quite far-reaching with 18 pending lawsuits and even Mossad mentioned.
  • Even though it was St Paddy's Day, there is no way that police station would have been like that. It was insane and rather creepy. And, the music. It was too much.
  • Alicia's mother proved again that she has a big mouth. How could any grandmother think it's okay to tell your grandchildren about their "unfortunate" conception. Despite her horrific behavior, Alicia handled it perfectly. She's an admirable mother.
  • The fake GPS move by Detective Young was despicable. Why in the world would he make her think her family was in danger? It was not worth it and he should be reprimanded for his action. I'm not sure if this story is over or not, but I hope we get some resolution about this.
  • Peter asked Diane to consider being a Supreme Court Judge. Wow. That would definitely shake things up on the show and at the firm. It's an amazing opportunity. If she decides to take it, I wouldn't be surprised if something comes up to prevent her from actually taking it. 
  • Kalinda was out on a date and left to help Alicia, but then when she saw Cary he grabbed her hand. What's is the story between those two?
Do you buy that Alicia is in love with Peter and over Will? Or is she just fooling herself about her true feelings? Was Mike or Peter worse with the lies and manipulations? 


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Reading the review before I watched my DVR'd show, I expected to be very disappointed in her rejection of Will. But I came away getting the impression she is with Peter right now, but clearly not over Will. And the pregnancy during college definitely poses an interesting question about Zach's father. I do love Peter and the punching of Mike Kresteva. I love Peter and Alicia's partnership, I just don't love them as a couple. I wish she would just get a divorce already and stop the back and forth. I was also very intrigued by Alicia's conversation with Grace aka did her pregnancy prevent her from being with the person she really wanted to be with?


It's amazing how so many of the viewers has very little enthusiasm for the institusion of marraige. Peter messed up; went to jail for something he was acquitted of; became SA and running for Governor. Alicia was hurt, embaressed, went to work, had an affair over and over. cancelled divorce poceeding, cintued the affair until guilt set in and called it off. TGW's actions did not contribue anything to her husbands repentance orther than "eye candy." Your approval of Alicia's behaviour seems contrite and discriminating. Why can't she love her husban? There is no virtue in infedelity and she is being a hypocrite. If her actions are okay why is it done "in the dark." Why is Peter responsible for her moral integrity? The public resonse to General Petraeus and Pauala Broadwell was "they are grown. They were also married to other people. Cheating is never alright. If you want to sleep around, divorce your spouse and respected them and yourself. Morals don't cost a thing.


I love Alicia being with Will, but there is no way they can be together. I think we have to wait the end of the season to see what happens! Can't wait to see it!


I'm in the minority here, but I do not like Will! He's definitely a playboy, cuts legal corners, is borderline unethical, and just a little too smooth - to the point of being sleazy. I do not want Alicia and Will to be together. I don't know if I want her to go back to Peter, but I do think he has being trying very hard to be honorable and he is a good father. I want Alicia to grow up in terms of her love/sex life. Either take Peter back or find someone appropriate outside of the workplace. Love Kalinda again now that her husband has gone. I hope he's dead. Don't want him to turn up again. Don't understand the cop thing. Why did the detective lie about the GPS? Very intrigued about Diane's next move.

Anna maria

Ugh I hate Alicia and Peter together! She's clearly not over Will even though she wants to be and she definitely hesitated before telling Grace she loved her father! She seems like too much of a strong woman to just go back to her cheating husband! I don't know why Wil gets called the bad boy when it's Peter who's the scumbag! I love his interactions with Eli though, and I loved that he punched Chandler! I wish Diane takes the job! I love her and she deserves it, and it will def mix up the firm, I just hope they keep showing her because she's too good to leave or appear less on the show!

Beverly brooks

Alicia is a great mother! Boy, her mother is something else entirely. I can't believe that she would have told her grandchildren what she did. Love the show!


@Amy I had forgotten about the date. It was the only indication that they were back together. Nonetheless, I'm still glad she's back with Peter, because of my undying love for Chris Noth! Seriously, I think he's a good family man, and a good father and he sincerely loves Alicia, he's not just sexually attracted to her (as I suspect Will might me). Please Willicia fans don't crucifie me for my opinion;)


Anybody noticed how Will and Diane felt close to one another tonight? I know they won't get together (Will likes younger women), but sometimes I wonder...


Not surprised the cardinal shook both hands. No way he was going to hug Kresteva! I wasn't surprised Alicia still loved her husband, the fact that she continued to support him no matter what says a lot. I had just hoped that revelation was preceded with more concrete proof. It's like we don't know how she came to that realisation NOW.


Loved this episode and especially loved that Peter and Alicia are in love :):):) Love Dianne and the fact that Peter sees her as good enough for a Supreme Court seat even though I think she'll decline. I like Will but I recognise the bad boy in him is still there in spades, here's hoping he and Laura have something meaningful. Ps being married or in a long term relationship does not make you immune from getting attracted to someone else so I understand Alicia's attraction to a younger bad boy (Will), it does not automatically translate to being to's plain lust (sometimes mixed in with friendship).

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 18 Quotes

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