The Good Wife Review: Fights All Around

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The Good Wife Season 4 kicked off full of fight in "I Fought the Law." 

Kalinda fighting her ex-husband, the firm fighting for its financial future and Alicia fighting for her son's innocence. Each story set the stage for an intriguing season of struggle.

Fighting the Law

Kalinda's Complicated If there's one thing we know about Kalinda, it is that she's a sexual person. Male, female, it doesn't matter. She enjoys sex, knows she is sexy and will use it to manipulate people without a thought.

Last season, we also found out that she hated and feared her husband. That's what made her reaction to him oddly contradictory. She was a beast fighting her husband's proxy in her apartment and then her animal instincts kicked in again when she met up with her ex in the elevator. So, how did she end up in bed with him? Talk about an awkward car ride!

Despite my irritation at what seems to be an out of character moment for Kalinda, I'm intrigued. What is the deal with the money she supposedly took? And what will come of his relationship with the firm? Will Kalinda out him and get them to drop the case? It's a mystery, but one I'm looking forward to seeing play out.

The Forfeiture Corridor Alicia and Peter's kids have rarely hit and mostly miss as far as the series goes, but in the premiere their storyline was well thought out and it worked. They weren't annoying and added to the overall plot.

With government budgets stressed beyond their limits, it's not surprising that police departments would try to supplement with drug seizures, but illegal action is not the answer. While Alicia worked Zach's case through the legal system, Zach used the Internet to support his case, and Peter used political pressure. 

As much as Peter says he has changed this incident proved that, at least when his family is involved, he will use whatever political pressure he must to protect them. In the end, it took the combination of all three of them to get the case resolved, though it was Zach's viral video that pushed the State's Attorney to finally succumb to Peter's demands. 

It will be interesting to see if the resolution of this case has ramifications down the line for the Florrick family. Will it hurt Peter in his race for governor? Could it help or hurt Zach's future? When Zach was first pulled over and the situation escalated, I didn't expect enjoy the case, but in the end it was well done and hooked me.

The Firm's Bankruptcy The economic situation and Will's suspension finally hit the firm hard in the pocketbook, forcing it to file for bankruptcy protection. Just another hurdle for Lockhart/Gardner. With Will's suspension ending, they should be moving in the right direction. The judge, though, felt differently and assigned a Trustee to oversee the firm through this process.

The Trustee tried to pit Diane and Will against each other, but was unsuccessful. He initially came across as a foe to be reckoned with, but in the end, he proved he really is on the side of the firm. He tested the named partners and they both passed. They are stronger together as partners, than without each other.

The best move was how the Trustee got Lee to give up his plans to leave the firm. In order to survive, the firm needs the income that his division generates, which would have left with him. Lee is all about the money when it comes down to it. If he would have been named a creditor instead of a partner, he would have left millions on the table - enough to force his hand. Brilliant!

What started out as potentially an adversarial situation and relationship turned into one that should be intriguing to watch play out. The firm has to cut 30% of its staff, who will go? Could Alicia or Cary potentially be out? She did get a big raise last year, so she would stay.

The Good Wife The Good Wife, Alicia, is remaining such for now. With Peter's campaign in full swing, will she continue to be there by his side? Or will she decide to move on with her life. I've been a fan of Alicia and Will, so I was glad when she showed up with a bottle of Champagne to celebrate Will's suspension ending. Only it was a celebration that will never be ... at least for now.

I Fought the Law Review

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Carla Day is a staff writer for TV Fanatic. Follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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