The Good Wife Review: Determination

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The Good Wife occasionally will feature cases based on current events, while putting its own spin on them.

During The Good Wife season 4, the topics have included: the NATO summit protests in Chicago, hazing and spousal privilege for same-sex spouses. In "Rape: A Modern Perspective," three separate headlines were integrated into the hour, including "Anonymous" helping uncover evidence in a rape investigation, Bitcoin and the Justice Department's investigation into Aaron Swartz.

There was so much going on in this episode that it would have been easy for it to become cumbersome, but that never took place. Instead, the numerous storylines were well-written and integrated together in a cohesive manner.

Anonymous Attention

Alicia and Will helped a young woman, Rainey, sue her rapist in civil court when he made a plea deal that kept him out of jail and freed him to attend Princeton. Similar to real cases, "Anonymous" took an interest and hacked information to support Rainey in her suit. 

Since the case was in civil court instead of a criminal trial, the focus was on Rainey and her resolve to get some sort of justice for what happened to her. I admire her strength to not only go through the trial, but to stand strong when she was found in contempt of court. She shouldn't have violated the gag order, but she also wasn't going to apologize for tweeting the truth. As Will said, "I don't think I'd have that determination." How many of us would?

The trend of anonymous sources searching for and finding evidence on social media or through hacking phone records isn't going to go away. Anyone can be "Anonymous." For Rainey, it started with Dylan Stack, "the Bitcoin guy," who alerted some of his hacker friends about the situation. It extended beyond them to others and ultimately to Kalinda. She posted the confession video online in order to get Rainey out of jail.

For Rainey, her case ended in a mistrial because of "Anonymous." Is that what the future holds? Or, will the legitimate evidence they uncover be used to put criminals anyway? It's certainly going to be a balancing act between the rights of the accused and the quest for justice. While I doubt The Good Wife will show the re-trial, I'd be intrigued to see if they are able to get the videos and photos into evidence then.

Dylan got involved in Rainey's case, but he was meeting with Alicia about hiring the firm in response to what happened to Aaron Swartz (who was from the Chicago area). The Justice Department has been accused of overly aggressive prosecution which led to Swartz committing suicide. Initially, the firm agreed to join the cause and work for Dylan on the case. While Diane was being vetted for the Illinois Supreme Court seat, this case became a sticking point.

Her firm couldn't be seen as a adversary to the Justice Department if she wanted to get the nomination. Ouch. Diane was willing to risk the nomination to marry McVeigh, but she put herself above the firm when it came to this case. Will agreed to drop the case for her, but now that the rest of the partners know about her potential nomination, will this case come up again? I hope it does because it would be a groundbreaking case to see the The Good Wife address.

The path to Diane being nominated isn't guaranteed. Peter needs to win the election and she has to overcome the vetting issues. The biggest roadblock appears to be her partnership with Will. She was surprised when Chief Justice Ryvlan shared his concerns. Will she stick by Will? It's a tough decision, especially since her nomination isn't a sure thing.

David Lee and the other partners were not happy that Diane kept this a secret from them. Through the bankruptcy, the decision to spend money instead of save it, and the debacle with the 4th year associates' partnerships, the firm's partners could easily turn on each other. Plus, they may have a mass exodus on their hands if the 4th years all leave to work for their own firm. That's crucial talent that they can't afford to lose.

Alicia's reaction to Cary's plans was distressing to see because she's a partner. She used the firm's investigator and then instead of revealing the plan to the other partners, she kept it to herself. Why? She has some loyalty to Cary, but could it be that she's thinking of leaving Lockhart/Gardner? She's had a few rough spots with them, but overall they have treated her well. 

I suspect it's all about Will. Alicia has been obsessed with him. It started as dreams, but then progressed into full-on gazing at him in the office. She's in love with him, but won't act on it. Her indecision was getting annoying, until she had the talk with Grace. Alicia isn't acting on her feelings for Will because of her kids. Whether it's the right or wrong thing to do, she's trying to do what's best.

Zach and Grace are old enough that they would understand if she loves Will, but for some reason she's not willing to recognize that. Perhaps, she's afraid of being hurt or not living up to the high standards that she sets for herself. She wants to have the perfect family, but that's an unachievable goal. With Peter's election coming up, she will be forced to make a decision. Will she go backward and stand by her estranged husband? Or, move forward with the man that she currently loves?

Whatever she does, I hope she finally makes a decision. Her indecisiveness is getting grating to watch. She's an intelligent woman with a loving family. They will stand by her whatever she decides, but she needs to make a choice and stick to it. Rainey had the determination to fight for what was right and even go to jail for it. Can Alicia find the determination to fight for what she wants?

Should the judge have allowed the "Anonymous" evidence into the trial? Was Alicia wrong to investigate Cary and then keep the information to herself? Should she leave Lockhart/Gardner? Should she pick Peter? Or Will?


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Steven, if you look the promo for Next episode it definitely looks like he is asking Alicia he has gotten the numbers that he is loosing. I have from the very beginning been the spokesperson for that Alicia should leave Peter and get together with Will. I don´t trust Peter, I would never forget the Things he has been doing. There has always been the question of do Alicia really love Will?Yes I think we say the proof of that in the last episode. So go Alicia, turn Peter Down, he is selfish.


It will be interesting to see when Peter pops the question of renewing their vow. Before he finds out he's losing the election or after. The people love Alicia but i don't think they are seeing her out there campaigning with him. Peter needs to get her back in the spotlight with him. If this is the case that he asks after he finds out he's losing then Peter hasn't changed at all. It's still all about him and his political career. If Alicia finds out about this then that could be what pushes her to give in to her desires and walk away and be with Will. We'll see.


Ms. Hampton, let's test whether the statement "two imperfect people finding each other and becoming better together� aptly describes Will and Alicia's relationship. If their clandestine relationship has made Alicia better, why is she feeling so guilty about pursuing it. With Will it was always one-sided for his own benefit. Has Will actually helped her to grow professionally -- only in terms of the break to practice law with the firm, but in most cases throughout the four seasons he had mostly used her abilities and her connections to win legal battles. Throughout the four seasons, it was Peter who supported her, gave her advise and counsel on how to handle her cases and effectively present evidence in court, protected her and the kids, and in some instances even placed his political career in jeopardy like saving the very firm Will is part owner from take over by revealing information political rivals could use against him.


Real love is not selfish, but sacrificial and considerate of each other and they both will have to decide whether, despite the errors each have made in the past, they can salvage that which they built up together in the first place -- their family. Ms. Hampton, you actually used some key words to aptly describe the current situation --the matter of us -- you and I - just looking from the outside. We viewers are merely guessing the outcome based on our observations...but, not necessarily conclusive. You see if it were in real life, the parties concerned are the only ones who actually know what they really want. Thus -- it's not over till it's over.


Ms. Hampton, what I said was "it isn't over till its over." You see, realistically, it will be the writers who will determine the final outcome. I don't know what their personal biases are, but, I personally will just have to trust them to do the right thing. That's why this series is exciting. I understand why most Will-Alicia fans are titillated by the romance aspect of their relationship because it is so Hollywood, dramatic, bold and daring. But I tend to go for Peter and Alicia together because based on both the subliminal and obvious facts presented in the episodes, these two individuals have discovered "their second wind" so to speak as they are now starting to work out their problems not only emotionally but also rationally as human beings should. Real love is not selfish, but sacrificial and considerate of each other and they both will have to decide whether, despite the errors each have made in the past, they can still salvage that which they built up in the first place -- their family.


So the current situation is that Alicia and Peter are staying married, having regular sex, but just living diferent places. They are not seperated anymore.
That is way Michelle King, the writer of TGW, said that “Before, she could tell herself it wasn’t adultery. It’s getting a lot more difficult now.� It means that it is adultery if Alicia hook up with Will again.


I think Alicia and Peter has resumed normal and regular sexual life as husban and wife. There are at least 5 times in this season. The first time happened in campaign bus when she clarifed that the scandal about Peter is a pure lie.(episode 3).The second one is in Alicia apartment bath(episode 9), the third time was in campaign bus as Peter invited her to lunch,Alicia got off the bus with a bottle of water in her hand after sex with Peter(the bottle of water is a code for sex with Peter)(episode 12). The fouth was in campaign bus when Peter offered Alicia the $600,000 as partner capital contribution, and Alicia got off the bus with a little messy hair and faded lips, holding a bottle of water too(episode 13). The fifth one was in the campaign bus too, Alicia was puting on her clothes and felt very happy when Peter asked her to dinner as a date(episode 15).
So the current situation is that Alicia and Peter are staying married, having regular sex, but just living diferent places. They are not seperated anymore.
That is way Michelle King, the writer of TGW, said that “Before, she could tell herself it wasn’t adultery. It’s getting a lot more difficult now.� It means that it is adultery if Alicia hook up with Will again.


Just thinking about how all the mess started. It's common knowledge that in circles of people in positions of power -- CEOs, politicians, etc. -- deals are sometimes sealed with "entertainment accounts" - food, booze, women/men, etc. Possibly that's why Peter got involved with a whore. I'm a little more puzzled about Kalinda though. Either she actually had the hots for Peter and desired to sleep with him or she was part of some conspiracy by political rivals to bring Peter down. Kalinda is no push over. She is feisty, smart, quick thinking, and courageous. Plus she can be with either men or women. Can someone comment on this?


........overwhelm her. I continue to believe that you don't go through everything Alicia is going through regarding Will if it is just lust. To use something Stana Katic said (about Castle and Beckett) to describe Alicia and Will:
“The relationship is about so much more than these two characters sleeping together. It's about a real friendship and a real love—two imperfect people finding each other and becoming better together.� Alicia and Will are imperfect people who found each other again. And while there are some who think Will is a scoundrel, Will himself has said that he likes himself when he's around Alicia. And Alicia likes who she is when she's around Will.


I know there's a contingent that seems to think that because Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows, Alicia is going to say yes. The preview for the season finale doesn't look to bear that out. I know Diego is going to disagree, but if you look at it from the outside, Alicia and Peter are through:
they live in the same city, yet don't live together
Peter does not spend the night at Alicia's condo
Alicia does not spend the night at Peter's house
the only time Alicia and Peter spend together is campaign related (have they gone on that date yet?) and outside of Thanksgiving, they only have sex on the campaign bus Alicia's shivering last night was not shivering. She was having panic attacks. And she's having panic attacks not because she's in lust with Will, she's having panic attacks because she's in LOVE with Will and is repressing the feeling. That repression is causing her to have excess levels of stress, which in turn is causing her to panic every time her feelings for Will overwhelm her.

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The Good Wife Season 4 Episode 20 Quotes

I don't think I'd have that determination. So we have to win this.


We've watched you climb. You've arrived. This is the top. This room. That desk. You can either stay or slide back down.

Justice Ryvlan [to Diane]