The Good Wife Finale: Something Exceptional

[The following recap contains spoilers from Tuesday night’s Season 2 finale of The Good Wife.]

“We’ve always had bad timing, haven’t we?” The Good Wife‘s Will asked Alicia, after a bit of ribbing about his girlfriend Tammy.

“We have.”

“What if we were to suddenly have good timing, just for… an hour?” he proposed. “What would that look like?”

Said Alicia, after some thought: “I think… that would look like an exceptional moment.”

That exchange toward the end of The Good Wife‘s Season finale led to an awkward (yet nonetheless charming) check-in process at the sold-out hotel’s front desk. But Will and Alicia were determined to pursue that exceptional hour — and exceptional it had better be, there in the $7,800-a-night Presidential Suite!

Not that these two kids could wait to get to the room. And that began a just brilliant bit of directing and editing, as Will and Alicia — stymied by a lone working elevator that had been detoured by a brat’s pressing of multiple floor buttons — slowly, tentatively, and then aggressively moved toward each other with each ding. Sure, we got a taste for the encounter in the promos, but seeing it play out in real time, in all its stilted yet rhythmic (and lushly scored) glory, was something else, if not something… exceptional.

The sequence ended at the suite door, where Will almost let their assignation be further delayed by one of those pesky electronic key cards. But then, after a teasey moment where a lesser show might have had Alicia see it all as a “sign” and or get cold feet, she instead extracted the card from Will’s hand, used her own touch to successfully release the lock, and thus open the door for the long awaited new stage in their romance.

I’ll add to this recap come morning, sprinkling in details about the case, Kalinda’s interactions with Sophia and Cary, and the Eli twist that threatens to keep prospective gubernatorial candidate Peter in Alicia’s orbit one way or another. Plus, there was the “a-ha” moment (that I saw coming) where it was revealed that Peter was the white knight who saved Lockhart Gardner’s day by sneaking The Glove to his estranged wife.

But for now, please use this post to share your thoughts on the finale, the hook-up, and whether the time was right. Or, should Alicia have waited to truly be a free woman?

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Alexandria James says:

    CBS should rename the show. How is it called The Good Wife if she is doing exactly what Peter did?

    • John Graydon says:

      “How is it called The Good Wife if she is doing exactly what Peter did?”

      Oh no, she isn’t! Did you miss the last two years? Peter was a married man who cheated on his wife with hookers MULTIPLE times while his wife waited faithfully at home. Alicia is separated, and has told him the marriage is over. All a divorce would be now is paperwork.

      The Florrick marriage is OVER, destroyed by Peter’s constant infidelity. They have separated, even live in separate places, and she’s told him in no uncertain terms to get out of her life. If you think she’s still “married” to him, you haven’t been paying attention.

      • Katie says:

        If you think she’s still “married” to him, you haven’t been paying attention. She is still married till the big woman sings !!!!

  2. Alicia Marie says:

    Am I the only one who has seen from the begginning where Alicia told Peter in jail that she still loved him and that since he got out he has been an down to earth person. Everyone keeps talking about hookers, she knows that so change the subject. The real problem is Alicia has gone back to work and started her own infidelity behind her famlies backs and has lied and hidden them so not to suspect they know.
    What she did in the season 2 finale was pure adultry separated or not, she is still married and has not filed for a divorce. If Peter gets wind of this and he probably will it will be the ammo he needs to bring her down and the possible loss of custudy of the children. So for one excepional moment it will cost her everything.

  3. Jean A. Coble says:

    Will Alicia go back to her husband or will she stay with Will?