The Good Wife Review: Saving her Marriage

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Alicia was just frazzled enough to let a player like Colin Sweeney hoodwink her on The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 19.

What a fun hour! Whenever Sweeney appears, there is always something provocative up his sleeve - and this time was no exception. I daresay it was one of his better stunts to date. 

In an interesting twist, the situation in Alicia's life is sort of following the same pattern as Sweeney's, but Alicia is not quite aware of it. 

Sweeney ensuring that Alicia was at his engagement party to be a witness while another murder played out under his roof was brilliant.

He even orchestrated it insofar as to fudge the paperwork they were working on so that her attention would be as scattered as possible. He couldn't have known the photo of Zach and his bong would hit Gawker at the same time -- that was just divine providence.

I've often wondered how people can lay blame on witnesses for not remembering where they were at certain times and dates, as if they were just lying in wait for a crime to occur so they could later play back their account of the event in great detail. I barely do anything and I wouldn't make a great witness.

The way they showed how easily your brain can play tricks on you in any given situation and alter the facts to remember it how you expected it to be was really well done. Even an attorney can fall prey under the right circumstances. 

It was a bit dirty of Diane to further manipulate the situation by setting up Alicia through a conversation with Sweeney before she testified, but that's what a good attorney is supposed to do -- sully the witness. They just need to create doubt. 

What a disgusting man Sweeney is. He found the perfect woman. I wonder how long it will be before he tires of her and Alicia (or someone) is representing him again in her murder. He does tire easily.

Finn was thrown to the wolves by States Attorney Castro. Since Castro felt he didn't have any alternatives due to Alicia's good job representing him, he took away all of his cases but, at the last minute, tossed him unprepared into the Renatta case. Not only was being in a courtroom setting too much for him, but he didn't have a case prepared.

Alicia had previously told Finn to run against Castro because it was the one way he could protect his job. He didn't want to go to those extremes until Castro told him he was being fired. As the newest member of the States Attorney's office and Alicia's friend, Peter threw his weight behind him. 

If you thought Peter was going to sit by idly and let his marriage disappear, you were wrong. Much like Renatta taking a life to find common ground with Sweeney (and crediting Alicia's participation as saving her marriage), Peter chose to support Finn in an attempt to show her that he not only cares about what she thinks, but he cares about her. It's not just business for him. Not at all.

I know you all hate the idea that he's trying to win her back, but he doesn't have to be sending her roses or taking her on dates to do it. He can patiently show her he has her back and do things his way. It may work and it may not. We never thought Will was going to be shot dead in a courtroom. You never know what's going to happen.

It was fabulous seeing Owen again. I'm surprised we didn't see him sooner, considering how close he was to the whole Alicia/Will thing as it was playing out, but he was there. His like about Alicia drinking to the news crew was hilarious. There's never enough Owen on The Good Wife.

This was another smart and fast episode that cut back on the drama without losing anything in the process. That's two weeks in a row of top-notch writing and acceptance that the audience is intelligent and willing to let go of the soapy aspect for a while. 

What did you think? Did you find the installment as enjoyable as I did? Watch The Good Wife online and hit the comments to chat about it!

Do you think Finn will be the next States Attorney?


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TGW has been somewhat bland and disjointed as of late. We have a smattering of two dimensional characters and sensational plot twists (which are resolved in the most ham-fisted ways possible), but not the quiet, introspective charm and thoughtful writing of the earlier seasons. I've been re-watching some of the earlier seasons and despite what the critics say, this is NOT the best season of TGW, that would be seasons 1 & 2. Where is all that wonderful character development/interaction of the earlier seasons? Where is the mystery - even Colin Sweeney has lost some of his mystique. I do agree that the episode dealt well with the idea of how witnesses memories can be unreliable and confusing... that part was truly well done. But everything else felt uninspired. I think the big problem on TGW is the absence of Will - I miss Will so much. Not just for all the Will/Alicia moments, which were amazing, but mostly because the writers spent multiple seasons building practically all the relationships around him. Diane is not as interesting anymore, because Will is gone - he was the perfect foil for her idealism, because he was a great mix between the pragmatic and emotional. I loved all their political squabbles and schemes. David Lee is not a good enough substitute, especially because the writers have made him just plain evil - in the earlier seasons, he was a more complex and entertaining concoction. Kalinda has been relegated to playing stupid games with the likes of Jenna - there was so much humor, warmth and trust in the relationship between Kalinda and Will, now she's just an island unless she's sleeping with Cary. And Kalinda has gotten remarkably unintelligent over the seasons. Now would be the time to re-integrate her into the fold and bring her back close to Alicia - they have Will's loss as a common ground to re-build some pieces of their old friendship. I can't understand why the writers didn't spend more time re-vectoring some of these relationships if they knew they were going to kill off Will (and yes, I know it's the actor's decision). I just don't think they made very smart writing choices. Relationships take time to build. What they built up they lost, but they spent all of season 5 keeping the relationship graph the same and suddenly introducing characters like Finn Polmar who isn't all that thoughtfully developed and certainly hasn't had enough time on our screens for us to be invested in him. I'd like the critics to stop saying all this hogwash about how good the drama has been in its 5th season and give the writers a true wake up call. Season 5 has some really good episodes, but they are few and far between, and strung together with some incredibly uninspired writing in between.

@ TGW_fan

I kind of agree with you. It's more plot driven than character driven at the moment, something another formerly character centric show I covered is suffering -- Arrow. Don't laugh at the comparison unless you have watched. As an example, I cover Chicago PD for another site. I cannot do it well. It's a plot driven procedural with character driven moments. However, I can cover it's parent series here at TV Fanatic, Chicago Fire, and delve deeply into the hour because it's formatted opposite. It seems like a tiny thing, but when characters suffer for the sake of plot it's excruciating. A lot of what has happened on TGW S 5 has felt like the motivations of the characters were secondary to the story they want to tell, when in previous seasons it was their motivations that drive the narrative. Eh. Maybe I'm nuts. I'm ready for things to settle down and for their personalities and interpersonal relationships to take center stage again.

@ TGW_fan

Harsh much???????


And another thing...Alicia has NOT dealt with Will's death. If she has, we haven't seen it. While the Finn character is boyish and charming; no spark, no chemistry.


I am not in the "this episode was wonderful" camp. I felt like the story line was just a fill-in, a way to eat up time, and not meaningful.


Could someone tell them they are pronouncing "Shakman" wrong? It's not pronounced like Shakeman it's like Shackman.

@ Gary

And everyone here is writing Castor when the man's name is Castro.


As an outsider how do I join this self centered click ?

Drea xoxo

Loved the episode so much happened!! but was obvious that the woman did the murder but liked how they developed it.... other news! zac wow is he a pot head? they never actually addressed it and I personally would have him take a pee test for 2 weeks straight


As another person who hates Peter, I don't see what he did as all that great; mainly because I think Alicia played a very small role in Peter's decision. I think that Peter did what he did as much more a slap in the face to that snot-nosed Castro for coming to Peter and asking for his endorsement and trying to throw Finn under the bus at the same time. I do think that announcing it the way he did was Peter's way to try and stay relevant in Alicia's life. But it's not going to work; Zach has already called bullsh*t on it, Grace continues to say that all she wants is for Alicia to be happy, and Alicia told Owen that Peter "does what he wants to anyway." Alicia and Peter's marriage is OVER. It is just a matter of time before Alicia realizes that she doesn't need Peter as much as Peter needs her. When that happens, the divorce will not be far behind. Anyway...any episode that has Colin Sweeney, Owen and mentions of Lee J Cobb and 'Mildred Pierce' in the same hour is damn good television. Like I said last time, Josh Charles may not be in front of the camera any more on TGW, Will Gardner lives on in the actions of the people who loved (and liked) him.

@ Kasey+Henton

Its not over till the fat lady sings !!! Peter forever.

@ Katty Pulicke

It's just not there anymore between Alicia and Peter..........too many bridges burned........only time will tell if they get back together for the umpteenth time but I, for one, am hoping they don't and I don't see anything major happening on that front in these last three episodes of the season...........

Drea xoxo
@ Terrie

I think this person is a troll ignore them they keep coming back every week with a new name

@ Terrie

Watch for season 6, word on the street it will be a blast.


fast paced episode. i agree with Terrie don't want peter back in alicias life at least not romantically. i believe that finn is married but i would like to see him as a romantic interest but i read and saw in preview a new guy showing up. wasn't happy with diane being snotty. was glad to see owen again. sweeneys future bride is as creepy as he is but he's great in the part. well all the shows come to an end next month and have to wait til sept. thank goodness for summer shows on usa and tnt!!!!!!


I loved this episode. I wonder if Finn is at some point, going to replace Will as a lover? Diane is nice one minute and being a bitchola the next. The winking look she gave Alicia was telling her that she gave her the deal with the consequences. Looking forward to next week..

@ pattik.

I don't think so--not at this point, but anything can happen. The guy that's playing the sheriff on BATES MOTEL(can't think of his name right now) is appearing next week and it looks as if he's flirting with Alicia..........


The "Owen" Actor also has a pivotal role on CBS' "Unforgettable"...perhaps that's why there hasn't been much of Owen...

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The Good Wife Season 5 Episode 19 Quotes

You should see Alicia drink.


Alicia: Did Renatta do it or did you?
Sweeney: Now that's just rude. Let's let the judge decide. Then we can talk.