The Good Wife Review: Never Underestimate a Florrick

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With The Good Wife, you just never know which way the wind is going to blow.

Anything I previously thought might happen was pretty crushed in The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 18 - but it was one of the smartest and most enjoyable hours of the season.

Even though they are not together, the Florricks were on fire. Alicia started out dour and depressed over Will, but once her ears pricked up at the NSA conversations going on around her, she was all business from then out.

Peter stepped into high gear on behalf of both the Governer's office and Florrick/Agos when he learned about the NSA wire tap.

First up, with Alicia gone Cary and Clarke decided they had to make decisions without her. One such decision was confronting Diane about the potential merger and demanding three years of untouched Chum Hum money for their side of the firm. Diane balked, Louis Canning was brought on board and Lockhart, Gardner & Canning was formed.

So much for Diane and Alicia getting back together. I feel a little betrayed.

Cary was forceful and honest in dealing with Diane, but he was completely wrong in his belief that Alicia was too far gone to make decisions. He just didn't know how to reach her. She wandered by their conversation with NSA Jeff twice questioning whether they were under surveillance before getting an answer. Cary and Clarke? Oblivious.

How priceless was the look on Jeff's face when Alicia initially stepped into the elevator with them? It was like he was staring into the hellmouth or something. I'm not sure how he thought he would go to them for legal counsel and yet keep the fact they were being tapped out of the conversation. They're not the nations brightest bulbs.

It was about time we had Peter back on the scene, and he really nailed the NSA issue to the wall when he involved the senator. Eli bowing down in front of him was icing and the calls to NSA Chuck about the car for sale were the multiple cherries on top of that beautiful sundae.

Alicia was inspired not to wallow even further where it concerned Finn. She was initially set to use him as a scapegoat, as well, passing off his case to someone else when he blamed himself for Will's death. Then she got the wind beneath her wings and her line of questioning against the States Attorney was flawless.

He was a good example of how carefully you need to craft your lies before you tell them. When he made the instantaneous decision to connect GD with "going down" instead of general detention, his texts took on completely different meaning. "By going down on him?" Alicia prodded as she kept using his term in inappropriate sentences.

What I was thinking as I watched this hour was how similarly Alicia and Peter think about problems and formulate resolutions. Their marriage has received very little exploration on The Good Wife, and in showcasing how alike they are when confronting a situation head on, it helped to understand why they might have been a great match at one time.

As the hour faded to black with them talking about their future in such a clinical way, it was the first time I thought there might be a chance for them, odd as that sounds. 

I am happy the NSA business is over. Finn seems to be off the hook as a scapegoat and the two firms are again solidly separate and perhaps the friendship between Diane and Alicia will suffer a bit as a result. Then again, every week is potentially a game changer, so I'll leave it up to the writers to form their universe and I'll just enjoy it.

What did you think of the hour? It's definitely worth a few more viewings, and you can watch The Good Wife online here at TV Fanatic. Chat about it in the comments!

Which Florrick was more impressive this hour?


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Glad to see everybody is on the same page with this show, the Kings have said many times just wait and see. So all your comments both pro and con may come as a big surprise in the end of this show.


A great episode with the NSA, hopefully it is the end of that now. Alicia and Peter seem to have found themselves again, especially Alicia. I don't ever think Alicia was like that with Peter, she was stood by him as a wife and will always run to him in a problem as seen through the 5 seasons. One thing I did notice though, when Jeff said they was picked up saying NSA he mentioned it was a speakerphone yet Alicia knew it was Clarke's phone, without him saying so. Hey, I'm just being picky, though I loved her takedown.

@ Pj15

Sorry to say but Alicia running to Peter when problems come up will continue, deep down even though she said I lost my husband a long time ago her love is still there. She didn't lose Peter she lost herself which has been the monkey on her back.
The writers have to find the right way to bring their stories together and prepare for the end of season 6. PS First Amendment.

@ Larry Wills

Larry your very sadly mistaken.........I agree with the other poster. Alicia has NEVER went to Peter to solve a problem except about the kids as alluded to. She's not about to start now. She only went to him in this episode to warn about the NSA and because she couldn't talk to him on the phone...........

@ Larry Wills

Let's get this straight...the only time Alicia has "run" to Peter with a problem is when it has involved their children. (i.e. when Grace was missing in season 3) The only reason Alicia went to Peter's office this time was because she couldn't tell him and Eli what she needed to tell them over the phone. She was not looking for Peter to "solve" that problem; she alerted Peter to the potential for problems for him. There's big difference between that and looking to Peter to solve a problem. Peter is NOT the good guy; he is a slime and has been since the beginning of the show. Is Chris Noth going to be on the show next season? Because Sunday seemed to be the way to ease Peter out of the story in a natural way.

@ Kasey+Henton

Seriously, Larry? Of course Peter is a slime; that was established when the show started. Never forget that he slept with Amber Madison AND Kalinda (as we came to know in the show's second season). I didn't say that Chris Noth wasn't going to be on the show until the end; I asked whether he was going to be there next season because Sunday night looked like a way to ease him out of the show. I happen to like Chris Noth, but think has been and continues to be a slimeball.

@ Kasey+Henton

Don't count your chickens yet, he will be there till the end. And by the way SLIME is way off base for someone you really don't know only what the writers told us before season 1. I would say every time she ran to Peter for a quicky there was a problem for her.


I continue to be baffled with anybody who sees any chance of Alicia and Peter getting back together. As Alicia said last week, "I lost my husband a long time ago." She is DONE. Done with mourning a marriage that cannot be saved. They both tried to revive it and it didn't work. Will's death proved that; Alicia is broken over Will in a way that she can never be over Peter because she no longer loves or trusts him. I gained a tiny bit of respect for Peter in this episode. Not only did he deal with his end of the NSA situation quite wonderfully, he accepted that Alicia meant what she said last week about how to contact her and had prepared a list of dates that he needed her presence. I do think that the vote tampering is still hanging out there and will be the catalyst for the final break between Alicia and Peter. I think Michael J. Fox's character, Louis Canning, is going to be like Michael Ealy's character was a few seasons ago--a spoiler for a few episodes and then he will leave and go somewhere else. At least that's what I hope; I love MJF but don't like the character. And I thought Kalinda handled him very well when she threw the baseball at him and told him that he was NOT the new Will. Josh Charles may be gone, but Will will be a presence on this show until it goes off the air. Thank goodness.

@ Kasey Henton

I couldn't agree more...................


Peter and Alicia were top rate in this
But please no more Michael Fox.


I think in the long run, maybe Peter and Alicia will get back ogether, but in the mean time I think she'll probably get invlved with Finn Polmar. He just became a series regular, so we haven't seen the last of him. Or maybe he'll join Florrick/Agos, after everything he's been through at the state's attorney office. Both Peter and Alicia were on Fire with their handling of the NSA and her case.


Im enjoying Carissa Pavlica's review but somehow, I miss Matt's review. I'm old reader on TV Fanatic. Maybe he quits reviewing now. I didnt always like Matt, I got emotional sometimes but he had great teste and perspective.

@ karamunting

Hi there. Before me, Carla Day was reviewing the show. Matt reviews some shows, but he's very busy watching over the rest of us! :-) I'm sure he'll see your comment and smile.

@ Carissa Pavlica

Ow, he's the boss now. I think, before Carla, it was Matt reviewing TGW. and I also remember that you guys used to have the round table.


The most satisfying episode in a long time. Everyone was at their best, from Peter and Alicia to Cary and Diane. No more pity parties; the stories focused on the main characters and they all kicked butt!
I really prefer this show to concentrate on strategy and politics and leave the office romances out. They just turn the program into a soap opera and heavens knows, we have enough of those on TV.


The best stuff for Peter Florrick character in a long time. Seems like with him and Alicia freed of tip toeing around each other and their marriage they are a good double-team when necessary. All of Will's ladies are recovering as time passes. The show was gleeful in its takedown of office politics in the prosecutor's office and of course the NSA. If only it were that easy in real life.


i also enjoyed how peter and alicia handled the nsa people well done they have each others backs but personally don't want them as a couple but i still see it coming for them to be a couple again. as for mjfox i like him outside the show but his character annoying!!!!!

@ barbara

As a huge fan of the show I only hope that Michael Fox is NOT becoming a regular on the show, although it looks like it right now. If he stays my family goes. None of us can stand him as an actor, nor as the character he portrays. Honestly why does CBS believe it has to educate its viewers about human afflictions? The political correctness aka social engineering in TV (and movies) is annoying and unnecessary.


Good episode and recap. So relieved that the "poor Alicia in bed" bit is over. Loved how Peter stepped up to the plate, getting down and dirty to stop the wiretapping. He is the ultimate no holds barred player! Alicia and Peter are a good match. She is quite like him in her threatening response to the NSA, but she still runs to Peter for big-guns help when she gets into trouble. Michael J. Fox's affect may make viewers uncomfortable, but I also just don't like his Canning character.

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