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The Good Wife Review: “Unmanned”

(Episode 7.18)

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“I want a divorce.”

People! How long have we waited to hear Alicia utter those glorious words? The good wife has finally reached her limit. After Peter accidentally runs into a post-coital Jason at Alicia’s apartment, Jason gets a little skittish. He doesn’t want to be in the middle of Peter and Alicia. That’s the motivation Alicia needs to finally push her over the edge. She marches into Peter’s office demanding a divorce.

A flabbergasted Peter wonders if Alicia’s decision is due to Jason. “I would never think of divorcing you unless I had some other man to call my own,” Alicia says sarcastically. I don’t think it’s having a man that finally made Alicia demand a divorce. But I do think it is her actually being happy for the first time in a long time. Like she so doesn’t need to be dealing with Peter’s crap anymore. Also when are Alicia and Jason going to admit that what they share is more than physical attraction? I think they’re in love, don’t you?

The case of the week brought back Caitlyn D’Arcy (Anna Camp), one of my favorite guest stars on the show. When we last saw Caitlyn in 2012, she left the firm because she was getting married and wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. Now she’s back because her daughter Zooey started pre-school. I’m so glad the show is checking in on some of these great characters. But what was up with Caitlyn saying that she and her husband are separated and that she should have listened to Alicia and not left the firm? Was the show trying to make a statement on being a stay-at-home mom? And why couldn’t we leave Caitlyn in a happier place?

The case, which also brought back Kurt Fuller as Judge Dunaway, had Diane and Alicia finally working together again and explored all sorts of privacy laws and FAA regulations. But in these final episodes the cases aren’t what matter.

I can’t even keep up with all the permutations at the law firm. The latest kerfuffle ends with Alicia becoming a name partner again and Cary quitting. I’m fine with Cary breaking away from all this nonsense as long as we still get to see him in the show’s final four episodes. I assume we will, since Cary has been called to testify in the case against Peter. Maybe the series can end with Cary on the beach somewhere drinking a Mai Tai.

It does appear that Alicia refusing to take Cary’s side was the last straw. Alicia was trying to remain neutral (or was she?) when that’s really not an option. I do appreciate how David Lee is consistently David Lee, deliciously rotten to the core.

Eli is in trouble because AUSA Fox has tapped Marissa’s phone and has an incriminating conversation between Eli and his daughter. Fox’s offer is simple—Eli helps him bring down Peter Florrick or he’ll go after Marissa. Eli turns to Diane for help and they come up with a plan. Eli tells Fox he is willing to admit to obstruction of justice and serve jail time but, of course, if he does that he won’t be any help in Peter’s case. So it looks like Eli is now ready to testify against Peter. But part of me does wonder if this wasn’t his plan all along. He vowed revenge. Is he finally getting it?

A calmer Peter comes to Alicia’s apartment and says he’ll agree to the divorce if she’ll stand by him through his trial. I was screaming at the TV, “Say no Alicia! Say no!” Hopefully she’ll heed my advice. We won’t find out until the series returns on April 17 for its final four episodes.

Stray Observations:

So is the firm now Lockhart, Florrick and Lee? If you were in the corporate sign business, you would so want this firm as a client.

This may be my favorite double entendre episode title yet. Alicia has literally unmanned herself of Peter.

Again Alicia doesn’t seem to be giving much thought to Grace. As I’ve said before, there’s a reason this show isn’t called The Good Mother.

“Peter you’re always being indicted. If it weren’t today, it would be tomorrow.” Great line, Alicia. Great line.

For those of you keeping track of the love affair between The Good Wife and Smash. That was Leslie Odom, Jr. as the drone expert. He played Sam on Smash and joins Jack Davenport, Christian Borle, and Brian D’Arcy James, who have all guessed starred on the series. Megan Hilty (Ivy!) will guest on the April 17 episode.

Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal ®, is a Boston-based freelance writer, a member of the Television Critics Association and a regular contributor to Paste. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter or her blog.



Amy Amatangelo, the TV Gal ®, is a Boston-based freelance writer, a member of the Television Critics Association and a regular contributor to Paste. She wasn’t allowed to watch much TV as a child and now her parents have to live with this as her career. You can follow her on Twitter or her blog.

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