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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Good episode last night! Love, love, loved it! Marie, never occurred to me that Will could possibly be Zach's biological father. I bet you're right. Can't believe that Victoria told the kids that Alicia was pregnant before she and Peter married. That certainly wasn't her place to say that, and I was embarrassed for Alicia that she had to explain what happened. She was sincere when she talked to her daughter, though, and did a good job. I DO want Peter and Alicia to get back together. Peter realizes the mistakes he made. I like Will, but I don't think he's a very good family man. He and Alicia have good chemistry, but there's more to a relationship than sex.


I really love this new Alicia. The honesty is awesome. However, I don't think she was being completely honest with Grace in their conversation about Peter. She told her daughter she 'loves' him, but to me that isn't the same as being 'in love' with him. While I believe she does love him because they were married and he is the father of her children, I don't entirely buy that she is 'in love' with him. However, as Eli so thoughtfully reminded her, she is St. Alicia, and if she wants Peter to be successful, she has to stick by him. At least for now. I hope she doesn't make this a permanent thing, though. He took her for granted and, while he may not be quite so quick to do that again, he still betrayed her. Many times. Her time with Will does not make them 'even' and I think something will still happen there (at least I can hope!). Kalinda and Cary are a very strange story... I don't even know what to think about them right now. I'm just glad her damn husband is gone!


Loved this episode. I really miss John Noble not being on TV all the time he is one of the gread actors. I did love Stockard Channing as Alicia's mother. Telling her secrets to her kids and the kids revealing theirs. I pesonally wish Alicia could be with Will. I don't dislike Peter as a politician (he's a great politician, really sleazy) I just like Will and Alicia together. I wonder what Diane will really do. I just can't see her leaving the firm.


Will hasn't got what it takes for a real family relationionship even though he is adorable. And Peter played it fair and square with Alicia. She knows he loves her and he's been trying to play straight with everybody even if politics make strange bedfellows. I think this is one of the best written Good Wife ever. Keep up the fabulous writing.


Alicia did not say she was "in love" with Peter; she said that she loved him. And she does; Peter is the father of her children, she's always going to have some love for him. But if you look at the last scene, when they're dancing, you can tell Alicia is beyond Peter. Or better yet, watch the first 10 minutes and see Alicia tell Kresteva why Peter needs her to stay with him.
Laura and Will are a good twist. 'Cause the longer Alicia sees them together, the more she's gonna daydream about her time with Will and want that back.
Veronica is a hoot! And now Alicia's kids know that there is a lot more going on than they thought and the sacrifices Alicia has made because/for them.
All in all...dare I say great episode.


I really hope the hot chemistry continues and Alicia worries about Alicia’s libido - Will and Laura have ZERO chemistry - Alicia and Will will be back together - or this show is really will loose all the people watching and I’m sure you know that.


Ha, flashback for Wilicia fans. No story accuracy so why not use tricks. John Noble is why I also tuned in. Alicia and Peter were always a devotion and not a love thing. Which is why so many viewers prefer Will. Boring ARCS. Alicia is a shell of the woman, I rooted for. I almost forgot she was a mom. Grandma was fun , SC is amazing. Makes me wanna watch The West Wing.


This is the only Good Wife I have ever seen. I only watched it for John Noble. He is the best. It was wonderful seeing him again. Just wanted to throw that in :)

Drea xoxo

"........... Two month pregnant???? Could Will be the father of Zack????" OMG @Marie! i never thought about that! so she was still in college when she got pregnant well that changes everything in my eyes tbh!!! WOW! loved the episode it was entertaining whilst sad. the break up between will and alicia, not gonna lie i teared up. i dunno whenever i see characters who should be together but writers won't let them i root. but they do need to move on n him with laura and her back into the stepford role.
curious to see where this case will take the firm n diane's decision.
cary and kalinda SO HOT! please hurry n let them be!! waiting for the episode where kalinda identity is revealed and feel blake will come back.....


When my daughter was like 9 or 10 my MIL told my internationally adopted daughter that my husband had been married before. Seriously? That was your place?

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