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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Alicia was great and gritty. Crying is over. Didn't think I would like M. FOX, BUT IN THE END he was a little less nasty, so it just might add to the show..maybe!!!! Really good recap of the show!!


Marriage isn't just about love - it's about mutual respect and appreciation, and Peter and Alicia have that appreciation of each other by the bucketload. They're a team. I hope they can really get together again properly.

Aja bird

Both Florricks kicked into high gear. Each have their own strengths. Alicia lets people dig their holes then buries them with the dirt they dug. Peter tends to let corner people. Forcing them to do something that ends up benefiting him and the other person. They know they're stuck. They know they can't bluff their way out.. Peter's a damn good poker player.


I miss Will and the scenes with Alicia!!!!
Peter kicked ass, but Alicia did too.


I love the way Alicia threaten the NSA guy over the phone with her daughter..she is so smart!!! nice nice!
and yeah, altough I never liked Alicia with Peter, I see your point in saying that they face problems in the same way.
I am not sure there's hope for them as a couple anymore, I might add, thanks God!!!!

@ Fra

We don't like Mr. Florrick, period end of story, no explanation needed. We like Eli though, he should be getting more exposure. Besides Alicia we love Kalinda and Diane, all excellent actresses. We don't understand why CBS would mess with a good show by bringing on Fox as a regular. He is second rate. What happened to Jackie, did I miss something? She was just annoying enough to add some interest. Now that Will is gone I fear that the show will more or less quickly downhill, especially of M. Fox becomes a regular. Yuck!


I still hope that Alicia and Peter can get back together. Although it will probably only happen after she dates Finn Polmar for a while (i can see that romance coming a mile off - he said he was married but I expect to hear that he and his wife split up after their child died). P&A seem a much better match now than they were in flashbacks, he is kind of a bare-knuckle scrapper of a politician, in fact he reminds me of a mob boss. And Alicia reminds me at times of a mob wife. This was never more clear than in an early episode where he threatened the hooker he slept with into leaving Alicia alone and when she heard about it Alica didn't seem at all scared of him like the hooker did. I think it is significant that when she was dating Will, she never introduced him to her kids as her boyfriend, even though they kind of knew. And when she had that dream about Grace being in trouble I think it was because she subconciously felt (rightly or wrongly) that she was failing her as a mother. And lets not forget that in the same episode, when Grace went MIA for a while that she went to Peter for help and ended up breaking up with Will. She realised that as a mother she cannot have a guy in her life who is just a boyfriend, her and her kids are a package deal and however much he may have wanted to be a part of their lives or been up to the task, she clearly didn't have the same faith. it was all about recapturing a missed college romance with Will. And lets not forget his vindictive side that we saw recently.

@ bobsuncorp

I disagree with each and every point that you just made. So do the writers of the show who have called Will Alicia's soul mate and greatest love. The fact that she never told her children about Will was only significant because she was married for public purposes. She never told anyone about it, really. In the normal timeline (excluding flashbacks), we, the viewers have never really been told how long Alicia and Will were together.


I completely disagree with you about there being a chance of Peter and Alicia getting back together. They won't divorce, at least not yet anyway, but as tonight's episode proved they are more valuable to each other than they think and each can and will use that to their advantage every chance they get. It will be nothing more........ Seems like most of the previous storylines are nicely tied up. We now have the new one of Louis Canning being on board with Lockhard/Gardner. Then there is still unfinished business of Peter's voter fraud.........I don't think that's quite over yet........ Seems like nothing exciting is going to happen next week and it may just be a filler episode to hold off for May Sweeps..............


Great recap, and what a great episode.
Peter really stepped it up this week.

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