The Good Wife Round Table: Does Alicia Have Drinking Problem?

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Alicia was pulled into a top secret military panel in “Targets” while things got even more insane at Lockhart, Agos, & Lee.

TV Fanatics Carissa Pavlica, Elizabeth Harlow and Christine Orlando weigh in on Alicia’s drinking, Lance Hopper’s execution, cell phones as hot mics…and Alicia’s wig in The Good Wife Season 7 Episode 15.

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Does Alicia have a drinking problem?

Carissa: The writers sure want her to have a drinking problem. Honestly, if she needed to drink to have sex with Jason, maybe I'd consider it. But since she didn't, I'm going with no. She likes drinking because it takes her mind off her problems, just like sex did. She doesn't need to drink.

There's a difference between needing and wanting. Should she take it down a notch? Sure. But she needs to talk about why she's doing it, because I sincerely don't believe she needs to give it up, but rather her desire to mask her feelings.

Elizabeth: I was a little concerned when she tried to climb over Jason to get the bottle. She may not have a "problem" just yet, but with her family history, she really needs to slow it down. 

Christine: I agree that it seems to have become more of a bad habit than alcoholism, although I could be wrong. Alicia has lots of emotional issues and the alcohol clearly isn’t helping her deal with them. 

Should Lance Hopper, aka Massoud Tahan, have been killed?

Carissa: The person's name was insignificant. I don't believe a two minute round table chat gave them enough ammo to pull the trigger on him, but assuming it was a longer chat and all things came out the same, then yes. Being American made no difference. As to Elizabeth's thoughts on due process, all of that goes out the window when someone is a traitor. Obama saw to that in 2012, I believe.

Elizabeth: I'm going to have to disagree. As an American citizen, he has the right to face his accusers, to not be tried for a capital crime without indictment by a grand jury, to due process of the law, to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury, etc, etc, etc. There’s a whole hell of a lot in the Bill of Rights that tries to prevent this kind of thing for citizens; he was pretty well covered by the 1st, 5th, and 6th amendments. 

Christine: I don’t think we ever got enough information about how difficult it would have been to capture him, because that should have been the first option considering he’s an American citizen. I wouldn’t take executing him in the field off the table, I just wished we’d known more before they pulled the trigger.

Did you realize that your cell phone could be turned into a hot mic?

Carissa: I should probably not overlook anything happening. If someone can turn on my web cam on my laptop at any time, why not my cell mic? Although for shame on Alicia for not noticing hers actually lit up when hot. Who on earth wouldn't have noticed that??

Elizabeth: Oh goody, another thing for the American public to be paranoid about. There's got to be some kind of case I can get for my phone right? A piece of tape doesn't seem like it would cut it like with my camera. 

Christine: I never really thought about it until this episode but it does make sense. I don’t like it but anyone listening in on my life would be incredibly bored pretty quickly so I’m not going to lose any sleep over it. 

Why are the partners at Lockhart, Agos & Lee so paranoid?

Carissa: I'm certain it's just to make them dislikable jackasses and to get Carrie Preston's idea of Ladies of the Law (or whatever) to come to fruition. LOL

Elizabeth: I think people who screw other people over are always suspicious of others doing that to them. So Fruedian! 

Christine: I so miss the days when Diane and Will worked as real partners but that appears to be long gone. No one trusts anyone at this firm and Jason was right, it’s an insane place to work. The paycheck must be great because that type of environment would make me miserable. 

Alicia and Jason are having sex. Is that a good thing or a road to disaster?

Carissa: Honestly, I was so distracted by how horrible Juliana Margulies' wig was for the episode, I'm shockingly surprised anybody would even find her sexy. The bit up by her forehead looked like it had Elmer's glue holding it on. I couldn't get past it. So, I didn't like the sex scene. When she was so brazenly telling him she wanted more, I just wanted him to do the unexpected and say no. I'm horrible.

Elizabeth: It didn't hold a candle to her scenes with Will, and I was a little worried that she was just replacing alcohol with sex. Honestly, Jason's hot and they have some physical chemistry, but there's nothing more there, so I'm not that invested. 

Christine: I thought I’d be more into this but as Elizabeth pointed out, there’s no connection there other than physical chemistry. Alicia came across rather pathetic when she used her drinking to emotionally blackmail Jason to have sex with her again. Alicia was once a smart, capable woman and now she's just a hot mess. 

What was your favorite quote or scene from this episode?

Carissa: Can I just complain here instead? Well, first, I liked Alicia struggling to open her secret book. My complaint (yes, I have another) was that the NSA was listening to all of that and the sex and the whole thing. Seriously? That is so disgusting. That organization must go. No purpose to them. I highly doubt they find anything worthy, and they obviously have too many people on their payroll. That's not amusing in the slightest.

Elizabeth: The eavesdroppers were back! And Elsbeth! And we got Elsbeth's husband, who was played by Will Patton, whom I adore. God I hope the spinoff come through. 

Christine: I agree that I hope the real NSA is run better than this fictional version of video watching imbeciles! But I liked it when Peter looked Eli straight in the eye and tried to convince him he had no idea why the FBI was investigating him. Peter is such a politician I think he even believed what he was saying. 

Check back Sunday night for our review of The Good Wife Season 7 Episode 16 and if you can’t wait for more, you can watch The Good Wife online here at TV Fanatic.

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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The Good Wife Season 7 Episode 15 Quotes

David: You kinda got a cowboy thing going on, don't ya.
Jason: Not intentionally.

Cary: What are you doing for lunch today?
Lucca: Eating.

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