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Speculate This: The Good Wife

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I’m not sure about you but these past two weeks without a new episode of The Good Wife have been torture. Ok, not torture but they’ve been difficult. In fact, I was missing the show so much I watched the excellent “Foreign Affairs” again. Such a great episode. And I’m not just talking about the bomb Andrew Wiley drops on Alicia at the end of the episode. There were so many great things going on. So to amuse myself and pass the time until TONIGHT’S new episode, I thought it might be fun to speculate on some things based on what we know. Wanna play?

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Let’s start with Eli. Based on this and this, we know two things: Eli Gold is now a permanent fixture in Peter and Alicia’s lives and he hasn’t yet come clean about the voicemail he deleted from Will. I think there’s a showdown coming between Alicia and Eli when Alicia finds out about the deleted voicemail. I only hope Eli decides to tell her before she finds out some other way. And now that Eli’s around to stay I’d like to see his daughter again and more of his personal life. America Ferrera was such an interesting choice for a love interest. I can’t wait to see who they come up with next. Also, I’d love to see more of that wicked sense of humor. It’s so intelligent and so interesting. Sigh. I love that Alan Cumming is a regular now.

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What does Matt Czuchry‘s Cary’s future hold? Even though Kalinda didn’t get a chance to talk to Alicia about putting in that good word, I’m positive Cary will have a job. Will it be at the States Attorney’s office? Maybe. I wouldn’t object to seeing him back at Lockhart Gardner. And I’d like to see Cary interested in someone other than Kalinda. I love her but she’s not the only game in town.

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Speaking of Archie Panjabi‘s Kalinda, we’ve got this to look forward to. I always love meeting people from Kalinda’s past and seeing how she interacts/reacts to them. I’m not sure where I want this to go but if I learn more about the mercurial Kalinda, I’ll be happy. And what about Kalinda’s relationship with Alicia? Can it be saved? I want to believe that it can be but it’s tricky. Kalinda really should have been the one to tell Alicia about the affair, especially when she knew it would probably come to light. I love their friendship so I want to see it survive this, but this betrayal is – I can’t even find the right word to describe it. Epic? There need to be consequences.

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Will. I want him and Alicia to be together but I just don’t think she’ll be able to withstand another disappointment in her romantic life. I’m also not convinced Alicia will break up with Peter, even now. [UPDATE: Based on this, we know that Alicia and Peter’s domestic situation has changed. Maybe Will does have a chance.] I do wonder what will happen with Tammy either way. I guess they’re in love and I do want to see Will happy. Do we know the whole story behind the Blake/Will connection? I honesty can’t remember but I feel like he’s still hiding something there. And if he is, it will hurt him in Alicia’s eyes. I don’t think she can take even one more secret and I feel like it might be really bad. I think Josh Charles can pull that off without making us despise him.

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I wasn’t a huge fan of the Christine Baranski‘s Diane-starting-her-own-firm storyline so I’m glad that’s over. I like her best when she’s confounding people’s preconcieved notions about her. If she can’t find happiness with Kurt McVeigh, I’d like to see her meet another man who challenges her. It wouldn’t hurt to see her spend a little more time with Alicia. I like it when Diane mentors her.

Guest stars I can’t wait to see again:

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Dylan Baker‘s Colin Sweeney. He’s so creepy and such an interesting foil for Alicia. I’d love to see him again. Do you think he killed his wife? I’m not convinced he did.

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Zach Grenier‘s David Lee. He’s nasty, opinionated, and caustically funny. Everything a divorce attorney needs to be. Alicia might have some things to discuss with him.

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There is just something about Gary Cole‘s Kurt McVeigh. I love what he brings out in Diane. Even though she decided not to chuck her career and her life for him, there’s still something there. I’d love to see him come back when she’s in another relationship.

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I will never get tired of seeing Mamie Gummer‘s Nancy Crozier try to outwit Alicia in court.

Who can forget Martha Plimpton‘s Patti Nyholm? Not me. And not the writers/producers either because she’s back tonight.

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Best. Guest. Star. Ever. He is such an interesting character. I’ve loved him since his first face-off with Alicia. Part of me wants Alicia to work with him, just so we can have Michael J. Fox‘s Louis Canning around more often. I think she could learn a lot from him. He becomes more complex and interesting every time he’s on the show.

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Chris Noth‘s Peter Florrick is technically a guest star, which explains why we didn’t see his face at all in “Foreign Affairs.” Boo. I am so curious to see how he’ll handle the fallout when this particular indiscretion comes to light. Part of me doesn’t think he can recover but part of me roots for him and Alicia – the part that doesn’t root for Will and Alicia. [UPDATE: I feel like Peter really doesn’t have a leg to stand on, but based on this it looks like he’s not going down without a fight.]

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Dallas Roberts as Alicia’s brother Owen Cavanaugh is inspired. I love that he’s not afraid to stir the pot and get to the root of what Alicia really wants and needs. They’ve got a great sibling bond that survived driving cross country together. I’d like to see him in Chicago a little more.

The main attraction:

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I’ve saved the best for last. I could praise Julianna Marguiles for making Alicia Florrick such a nuanced, conflicted, principled, complex character. But you’re already a fan so I don’t need to sing her praises. It’s been nice to see the show shift more towards character development after starting off as more of a procedural. What keeps me coming back every week are all these characters, most of all Alicia. I admire her. She fights for what she believes in, takes a stand – sometimes when no one else will, and does the right thing for herself and her family. I like the shades of gray here, I like that not everything is black and white.

What do I want to see for her? Happiness in her personal and professional lives. What does that mean? I’m on board for the ride. I like her with Will. I like her with Peter. I might like her with someone new. I think she has a great relationship with her kids and I want to see them continue to blossom, and cause problems, and be kids. I want to see her continue to excel at work and work on complex cases. I want the best for her. And as I realize this is a cop out, here is my speculation: She’ll break up with Peter and maybe even start divorce proceedings. She’ll see what that does to her children and put it on hold but still want to be separated from Peter. I think she’ll become closer to Jackie, who might have take on the role of a go-between for Peter and Alicia. At work she’ll excel because her personal life is such a mess and she wants - no needs - to be a success somewhere. I want to see her take on challenging moral issues and be tempted to do the wrong thing. I want to see her become an even more competent and confident lawyer. She’ll swear off men for a bit – Will’s happy with Tammy and no one else appeals to her enough for her to take a chance on. I don’t know if she and Kalinda will ever be able to repair their friendship. I doubt it.

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  1. Writers really need to prove me things are going to change because I’m starting to lose interest and I’m really not so looking forward season 4. Besides Alicia and Kalinda relationship, other relationships were poorly handled. Peter and Cary, Diane and Alicia, Will and Alicia, Cary and Kalinda….
    We got too many plots I didn’t care about: Eli’s cheese thing. The tutor. Celeste. Too many guest stars, one after another while they could have focus on their regular characters.
    Cary character, indeed, didn’t even got a real storyline this year and they’ve inexplicably dropped out his relationship with Kalinda, that was one of the best things of season 2. Yeah, Kalinda isn’t the only girl in town and Alicia isn’t the only person Kalinda can care about. They shouldn’t have built Cary and Kalinda for two years if they didn’t intend to do nothing with them because viewers invested in ALL those relationships. Now I’ve to think that Cary was right when he said that Kalinda was faking with him. Because according to those writers Kalinda doesn’t have any interest in him.

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