Premiere In Review: Did Good Wife Alicia Do a Bad, Bad Thing?

What a tease.

For weeks leading up to the Season 3 premiere of The Good Wife, CBS has trickled out promos and clips that cleverly carved around the “About last night…” conversation that Will and Alicia have in the latter’s shiny new office. And now we know why.

The season opener, of course, took its time getting to that scene. First, we had to set up the case of the week, one in which the fatal stabbing of a Jewish student on a college campus did (or did not) figure into an interfaith rally, and which was (or was not) a hate crime. The case set up the first showdown between Peter(‘s State’s Attorney’s office) and Alicia(‘s law firm) since the separation, including a moment where she scoffed at his claim to know how her mind works. Later, though, she in fact got schooled by her estranged spouse. Peter 1, Alicia 0.

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The same case also very quickly folded in Eli’s brand-new (as in 24-hours-old!) Lockhart Gardner business, since the same client who recruited the firm to defend a wrongfully accused Muslim student also wanted Eli — who, yes, is Jewish — to use his “crisis management” skills to conjure up a pro-Muslim PR campaign. That development irked guest star Peter Jacobson (House), who accused Eli of betraying the “brotherhood” — but in the end, Eli craftily leveraged the Arab client’s (rescinded) piece of business into even bigger bucks from the Jewish alliance.

No, we’re not at Alicia/Will just yet. The premiere also packed in some delicious interplay between Kalinda and Sophia, and Cary, hinting at merely what might have been, had Kelli Giddish not been grabbed by SVU. We also had some teeny-tiny C-story about Grace’s new tutor, who at first came off as the most socially awkward, semi-androgynous lass, but later revealed a slightly “cool” (?) side when she (I don’t know what the kids call it) “flash-mobbed” with some soccer plays on the El. (“Sometimes different is better,” Grace defended the tutor to Alicia.) Not quite sure where this one is going.

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And now, turning from kiddie fare to veddy adult subject matter. It appeared to us and observer Eli that Alicia and Will’s “About last night…” convorsation — especially when coupled with Will’s “complaint” to Diane about Alicia treating them as “peers” — turned into some sort of break-up. Au contraire. They were just snowing us. And that snow instantly melted once we saw what they were really up to behind closed doors — and I don’t think our language filters will allow me to quite detail it. Let’s just say that it involved much word play about Will being too (ahem) hard on Alicia (as Diane had suggested) and the words, “Don’t move…. Don’t move” — culminating an act I am not quite sure we have seen so vividly depicted on TV before. Definitely rivaled what Peter and Alicia did in the bathroom a year ago, yes?

But is “that” enough? The hour closed with Alicia handing the kids off to Peter, then primping for a playdate with Will. But as she looked in the mirror to check herself and her freshly redded lips, she seemed to not like what she saw. Is she a good wife after all?

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What did you think of The Good Wife‘s season opener? Worth the wait? Did you worry that the “About last night…” conversation was going to be some, like, season-long mystery? And how wowza does Kelli Giddish look on this show? I mean, she looks terrif on SVU, but Sophia Russo… no words.

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  1. Andre says:

    Alicia and will are the hotest couple on TV !

    • chris says:

      Great show but what’s left to look forward to now? The producers could have carried the Alicia/Will pressure cooker chemistry to the very last episode of the entire series. What I love(d) about Alicia is her steely reserve, and that made her sexy and above reproach. Too many ramifications and consequences now. No doubt the producers will work around this and manage to keep us hooked – hopefully back on Tuesday nights eventually.

  2. allie says:


    I was initially worried about Alicia’s final look in that very last scene, but the previews for the next episode provided a tad bit of relief. “I want to take you right now.” “We have 10 minutes.” YEEEEAH. Not sure she’s planning on stopping any time soon.

    Happy Alicia is so much fun! How cute were she and Grace on the couch?

  3. Lauren says:

    The Peter bathroom scene has nothing on the Will and Alicia scene in this ep. Those Josh Charles and Julianna Marguiles have chemistry by the bucketload. Whew.
    I thought the tutor was going to be a love-interest for Grace. Or am I the only one who gets that vibe?

    • beeibe says:

      I thought that too…

    • Liz says:

      Oh NO! Alicia & Peter have the most amazing chemistry…

    • Evan Meadow says:

      Ok good, not the only one who saw the tutor as a possible girlfriend for Grace. Won’t Grandma be so proud.

      But I did not like the tutor’s whole “Oh look an Indian soccer team. I’ll dance Bollywood style and they’ll automatically know how.” I thought that was more racist then the whole Jew/Palestinian conflict in the entire episode.

      • Kayla says:

        I don’t necessarily think she thought they were going to dance with her, but that she had a backdrop for it and was imagining that she was in her own Bollywood movie. That wasn’t racist – that was hilariously naive.

      • john says:

        She was muslim, not palestinian. Huge difference

    • Kim R says:

      I wondered that as well. I loved the first episode of the new season. The show has everything in it….everything!!! :)

      • Lauren says:

        I have to say, I don’t really like Grace’s taste. I couldn’t stand her religious friend and this new tutor is annoying as well. And I really like Grace. I’m thinking they’ll do the whole Senator’s reputation threatened by lesbian daughter angle. I liked the Zach/Grace relationship this episode. I like seeing Zach and Grace. I understand they can’t be in the episode that much, but I do like to see the scenes with Alicia and her kids. And I really don’t see the people calling Alicia a hypocrite. A hypocrite is someone who disparages someone for an act and then does that act themselves. Peter cheating on Alicia repeatedly, sometimes with hookers, and then lying about it afterward, after she asked him for the truth, really doesn’t compare to her having a secretive relationship with someone she’s been in love with for a while, AFTER she’s broken up with Peter. I don’t know how anyone can want her with Peter after what Grace said – she’s happier without him. How can you want Alicia to be unhappy? She’s never been so happy as now, when she’s with Will.

    • ZillySF says:

      Yes! Me too. I see it coming – Grace will come into her sexuality via her tutor –
      they are going to hook up.

  4. jaded says:

    Gross! Hate Will/Alicia! Alicia is a hypocrite!

    • Tom says:

      WTF are you smoking?! Peter is a piece of trash, she gave him the boot and has the right to do anything she would like! Theres no confusion that they are separated, and its not like she banged a hooker…or his best friend.

      • Ugh says:

        Why can’t you say that without insulting the previous commenter? Why get so upset over a tv show? Why not just state your own opinion. Same with person commenting below.

      • goodwifeaddicted says:

        AGREED AGREED AGREED, Peter is trash and it’s about time Alicia and Will get it on…She is FAR from being a hypocrite and anyone who thinks that has obviously never had a marriage who spouse screwed around with GARBAGE!!!!!!!

    • CJ says:

      I agree with jaded – there hadn’t been any new cheating by Peter, and he slept with Kalinda way before she was Alicia’s “best friend.” I really didn’t like the way Alicia just tossed Peter aside at the end of last season. Obviously, the show’s writers can take it any direction they want to – but they’ve lost a previously loyal viewer by giving in to the whole Will/Alicia relationship. I’ll find something else to occupy my time on Sunday nights.

      • Rowan says:

        Wow! Such judgement. You must be a perfect human being with infinite forgiveness to demand the same of a TV character. Regardless of new cheating or not, he and Kalinda had sex and both hid it from her (which, in their place, makes sense – why tell her something that will hurt her and does not help anything). She has a right to feel betrayed more deeply than before. She WAS a good wife. She stood by him in public, took him back into her home and tried to make it work. She has the right to be happy and that means being without Peter – whether that is in the long or short-term. If she felt that upset at his lie of omission (about Kalinda) instead of apathetic, she wouldn’t have kicked him out that night, so there are still feelings deep down, but right now she needs to be able to play and feel good about herself and a secret relationship with Will does that.

      • rizzpah says:

        I watch this show because I like the good acting skills of Peter. Alicia cannot carry this show without him.
        I don’t care for Will-would like to see more of the relationship with Alicia and her brother and Peter.

        i too will stop watching if the story line takes Alicia to Will and eases Peter out.

      • cathiecat says:

        Amazing — Peter should get a pass because he hasn’t cheated on Alicia RECENTLY? She did nothing with Will until she was actually separated, different roofs, etc. To me that makes her both honorable and classy. And her children still seem to be her first priority.

  5. Kat says:

    My eyes were huge during that Will/Alicia scene. I was like…can they do that at this hour? Did she really just…I mean…wow…that was not subtle…that was…damn. And then I may have rewound the scene. Several times.

    • Alicia says:

      Ha-ha! Just rewatched it too and noticed towards the end that Will actually puts his finger in her mouth and she bites it! I mean, DAMN, who the hell are these writers??

    • Rowan says:

      You can simulate sex after 9pm as long as you don’t see any naughty bits and the language is clean. You can do whatever you want after 10pm (the FCC only covers until 9:59pm) as long as the show is shown at 10pm or later in every time-zone. Then all you are dealing with is the network’s own standards and practices department – who can be just as arbitrary as the FCC). Unfortunately the Central/Mountain zones show everything an hour earlier than the coasts, so rarely is a prime time show ever only aired after 10pm.

      • nitemar says:

        Some adults watching THE scene may didnt even know what was going on. That is how well the writers/director did it. Even Julianna said it in an intgerview, she went wow! they are so smart, meaning the writers. :)

  6. Candice says:

    I think the premiere was well-rounded. I just not a fan of Will and Alicia. I think she needs a new love interest. JMO.

  7. Peter says:

    so Alicia is a cheating wife now… huh… another slut

    • Alicia says:

      Well, actually, Peter, Alicia and Peter are separated, and considering where the show is going, probably on the way to divorce. So if you consider a separation the pre-legal breakup of a marriage, then it’s not cheating.

      I won’t go into the whole, he’s a bastard who slept with hookers, etc, and Alicia has the right to get back at him. Instead I will point out that she has the right to move on with her life. Grace’s comment “you’re happier without dad” is spot on.

      And yes, this is a tv show, but this situation plays out constantly in real life. My opinion for the tv show merely comes from what my opinion would be if this were played out in a real life situation.

  8. JB says:

    THAT scene was so hot! I love seeing Alicia this happy. I enjoyed the episode. It’s a great show!

  9. rachelle says:

    Well, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, but uhhh I freaking LOOOOOVE the scene with Will and Alicia! I guess I’m just not one of those people who feels that Alicia should just let herself be steamrolled by Peter’s constant infidelity and lies. She deserves to have some fun!

  10. Tess says:

    The alicia/will scene was amazing!!! i do want them to get together, but the secrecy makes it so much more fun. but is peter really out of the picture? it would like to see them make out again… love triangles. love them.

  11. Jen says:

    That was one of the hottest scenes ever! Yea Will and Alicia!

  12. Lorie says:

    I had to rewind that scene several times. When she looked at herself in the mirror, I thought “No, don’t back out now!”

    Didn’t care of the new tutor storyline.

  13. Jodes says:

    All in all, it was more than I expected but less than I had hoped.

    I still enjoy Eli, dread the Kalinda/Cary build-up, greatly miss the Alicia/Kalinda friendship, and generally wish the Kings would delve seriously into the marriage/reconciliation of Alicia/Peter.

    Don’t get me wrong. I don’t dislike Will/Alicia. I’ll still watch the series. The writers are sitting on a gold mine of material that makes up the current divide in the Florrick marriage though.

    I do feel like having Alicia/Peter work through their issues together is a much more original idea for television than the current direction the show is going.

    • sarah says:

      Everything you wrote. The boss/employee relationship is a staple in every other television show (notice how it’s always the woman who is the underling). I also dread Cary/Kalinda. They’re willing to force Cary into the show by pairing him with Kalinda despite the fact it’s the opposite of how they spent two years characterizing her.

  14. DL says:

    Wow and kudos to CBS for going there, and to the director and actors for making that scene so real and vivid and downright sexy without having to bare even an arm or leg. Amazing!

  15. Jon says:

    I don’t get all the people calling Alicia a slut? Her husband cheated on her, she took him back in, found out he hid the secret of sleeping with her best freind, and kicked him out. It was also clear at the close of last season that the reason she didn’t serve Peter with a divorce was because Eli said it would ruin him as the new state senator. So. It’s weird to me. But whatever.

    And, Matt, it’s just the “L”. It’s calle that because it makes an “L” shape around Chicago. I lol’d at your “El”, no offense.

    • DS says:

      That’s not true… it’s the El, for elevated train. It doesn’t even really make an L shape around Chicago… (I live there.)

    • Jason says:

      Actually, Matt was correct when he called it the “EL.” It stands for “ELevated Train.”

    • Kathryn says:

      Umm, I used to live in Chicago, and everyone I knew thought el was short for “elevated train” which it is for far longer than it’s L-shaped down in The Loop.

      As for peeps throwing out the slut term for Alicia, please. Some people just like calling women sluts. Alicia hardly qualifies, and the scene was definitely very HOT!

  16. swag says:

    Loved the episode, however, I hate Alicia’s bangs!!!

  17. Kiki says:

    A/P bathroom scene was just as hot as the A/W scene! Hot damn!

  18. Alicia says:

    Great premiere! The ep had a little bit of everything going on–with sexiness in spades! Damn, really wish Kelly Giddish could stick around as Sophia, just watching her and Kalinda onscreen is electric. And OF COURSE nothing has soured between Will and Alicia (called it weeks ago, just a little schoolyard rules: I ignore you ’cause I like you ;)
    On the other hand, Peter’s such a snake, he’s even got those hooded reptile eyes to match (sorry Chris Noth); he needs to diaf already. And Cary needs to stop his Satan apprenticeship–why can’t he just let Alicia be great?!?

  19. Ali says:

    DVR’d it & thank goodness it is on-demand… Football ran overtime, as usual

  20. Jessica says:

    Damn! I think that may be the hottest sex scene I’ve seen on TV, well network TV, and they didn’t even really show much! But yet they did. Just damn! Loved it! Go Alicia! :-)

  21. G says:

    Totally hating L&O SVU now. Kelli Giddish…Dayum. Not only does she look great on the show, but she sizzles with Kalinda. Would have been fun to see the interplay between K/S/C

  22. Genevieve says:

    Loved the episode. HATED Alicia’s hair.

  23. Pia says:

    Am I the only person who thought Sophia/Kalinda storyline got old fast?

    • robbie says:

      Anything that keeps Kalinda away from the black hole that is Cary is good. Even if they’re being stereotypical and talking about him.

  24. dlferriola says:

    Absolutely loved the scenes with Will and Alicia – so hot. Fabulous episode and really well acted. Peter acts so smug to Alicia, he actually comes off creepy. Alicia is so much happier with Will and being her own woman. This show is going in the right direction with her character.

  25. isabel says:

    That was one hot season premiere! I LOVED it.

  26. Crittle says:

    What was up with Kalinda/Will I don’t feel anything convo? Hmmm, someone might be getting hurt

    • Kathryn says:

      I was wondering why no one brought up that comment by Will yet. I can’t decide if that’s more covering at work. Will may know that Kalinda notices everything & will see through their act, and so is covering the depth of his feelings another way in advance. Or he meant it because finally getting the woman who was supposed to be the big “one who got away” turned out to be a little anti-climactic to how he thinks he should have felt about it? Or something like that. Will does strike me as a pretty profoundly unemotional guy, so I’m thinking the comment was genuine, one way or another.

  27. Cash says:

    No one cares, this show sucks.

  28. blue girl says:

    this premiere was amazing!!!
    I cant wait to watch the rest of the season.
    this is how it’s done!

  29. Evan Meadow says:

    I think the only thing Alicia was actually questioning with that look in the mirror at the end of the episode was “Should I really be doing this now in my apartment right after the kids have left?”

    And I think that’s a completely fair thing to second guess yourself on. But certainly not her actions as a whole. She’s entitled to do things however she wants now.

    • zillySF says:

      That surprised me – Alicia bringing Will into her place where she lives with her kids. Alicia
      has too much savvy to do this and it seemed very out of character for her to me. That’s bringing it wwaaaay too close to home.

  30. lilkunta says:

    What time did the show start?
    football ran over, then
    60minutes was on
    then amazing run was on

    move tgw back to tuesday night.

    • Lauren says:

      I’m completely biased, but I like this time change bc it gives very deserving show Parenthood a chance to bloom. Desperate Housewives is tired so I think the 9pm Sun slot is wide open.

  31. Christina says:

    I think my jaw was on the floor during that scene, wow that was…wow!

  32. kikay says:

    After a whole week of season premiere’s of new and returning shows, The Good Wife had undoubtedly the best opener of all. No other show on network tv comes close to the writing, acting and overall production. Quality is indeed The Good Wife

  33. Mon says:

    No fair! Ive just been reading the reviews of TGW which isn’t on in England yet. Huury up Channel 4 and put it on.

  34. Kathy says:

    Horrified by what my 12 year old son saw transpire between Alicia & Will before I could scramble for the remote. This is completely inappropriate for this time slot and anyone who disagrees has no moral fiber. I just gave up a favorite show because of this lack of decency. I cannot believe that scene was allowed to air at all. I will never watch again and I am seriously considering boycotting CBS all together. Disgusted.

    • Sam says:

      Come on, you know you don’t even have a son–obvious troll is obvious.
      Besides that scene implied more than it showed. Pretty much all we saw were their expressions and what’s so bad about an O-face??

      • Jane says:

        I’m with you Sam, obvious troll. If you had ever watched the show before you would know it was not appropriate for a 12 year old. Come on Peter was sleep with hookers and the season finally was pretty hot as well.

        • Rick says:

          I’m totally with Sam on this one. Get real Kathy, a little over exagerating don’t you think. This is my wifes and my favorite show (besides Hawaii 5-0)

    • Miss Pam says:

      What’s a 12 year old doing watching this show? He shoulda been in the bed asleep! It’s called parenting….

    • Cloudy Knight says:

      Why are you letting a 12 year old watch this show at all? Since the scene in question happened in the last 15 minutes of the show, and it’s a serialized drama, you had to know what kind of show it was, that is, an adult drama. Your son shouldn’t have been watching any of it, and why was he interested in the first place? The show’s not exactly geared towards 12 year old boys. But go ahead, blame the network. Where’s that personal responsibilty now?

    • Kathryn says:

      What? Even without sex at all, this show is too adult for a kid that age. Bad parenting judgement, IMO. Give him a couple more years before you stop restricting his viewing big time. That experience was totally on you. The rest of the single world shouldn’t have to have TV be bland because of clueless parents. Sheesh!

    • sarah says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHA BEST EVER. Perhaps you should be a better parent and have your 12 year old son in bed before 10pm.

    • TigerNightmare says:

      Say it with me, everyone. The world doesn’t revolve around your stupid kids.

  35. MGL says:

    Loved it. Case of the week was very relevant too. Hope she answers the door and does not think it thru too much.

  36. grace says:

    great season premiere!!!

  37. lili says:

    It was too, too HOT!

  38. Denice says:

    Alicia and Will’s scene reminded me of the Jimmy Smits/Kim Delaney NYPD Blue bathroom stall love scene. All you saw were her hands holding the stall door – everything else left to the imagination. Bring me my smelling salts…

  39. E says:

    Question: this recap seems to imply that the show picked up just 24 hours later? Is that the general consensus, but we are to believe that Alicia was moved into her own office, as was Eli in less than 24 hours, and Alicia got her haircut in same less than 24 hours?

    I know A/W did use the term “last night” but when you are having an affair aren’t there a series’ of “last nights”?

    Or am I just misunderstanding the column?

    • Roxanne says:

      That’s what I was wondering as well. At the time we heard Will say “last night”, we weren’t supposed to know that anything had happened after the season finale. It doesn’t make sense at all that all those changes happened in 12 hours, and I believe the show misled us into thinking it was, indeed, picking up right after last season. (“Will is celebrating his win”, “last night”, …)
      It makes more sense to think the show picked up a little while after last season.

      • lassie says:

        I was confused also. During the sex scene, Will referred to his “neighbors” as being the kids that they heard. If that was the $2000 Presidential Suite in the hotel from the end of last season, were the kids Sasha and Melia?? As E. says, they must have been referring to a different “last night” than the one in the hotel room.

        • Cloudy Knight says:

          The scene with the neighbor kids was not the scene in the hotel.
          That scene occured the NEXT night at Will’s apartment, and was meant to show the audience that Will and Alicia were FAKING their estrangement to the rest of the office while continuing their affair privately. That was what the decided in the conversation that started with the “about last night” but that we did not see or hear beyond that opening.

          I think you may be easily confused.

          • lassie says:

            I may be easily confused, however I don’t need to be patronized. I obviously understood that it wasn’t in the hotel, since I said that “they must have been referring to a different “last night” than the one in the hotel room.”

            Maybe I wasn’t watching when someone on the show clarified the fact that the sex was in Will’s apartment the night after the hotel scene. However, the next poster below – Christy – states that there was a week’s gap between the hotel and the sex scene. Maybe we’re both easily confused…..!

    • Christy says:

      I wondered about this too. Several Good Wife actors were live-tweeting during the show last night, and when I asked this Julianna said on the Good Wife twitter account that about a week had passed since the night at the hotel.

  40. Tiffany says:

    I feel sorry for all of the people that are calling Alicia a slut or insinuating that she’s a “bad wife”. Her husband really treated her like crap until he realized he NEEDED to do the right thing by her and their family to get his campaign back on track. Although he cheated with Kalinda before Kalinda and Alicia were “friends” he still cheated with her. Alicia waited until she seperated with Peter to get with Will. It’s not fair to call her names when she hasn’t done anything wrong!

  41. Davey says:

    Liked this episode but not the tutor.

  42. steve says:

    dont really care that much about the whole alicia/will story and does the good wife really apply to alicia now.

    • kimmy says:

      so you think it’s not okay for a woman who was unhappy in her wedding, who is separated from her cheating husband to finally have sex with someone she really cares (loves?)? OMG… so glad not to have to live by those creepy standards. She is separated, therefore she is not cheating. Alicia and Will have this deep connection (I cannot see any connection left between her and Peter, but she should have kick him out when she first realised she didn’t love him anymore)

  43. Mandy says:

    Loved the Alicia and Will scenes. I’d be perfectly happy without Peter on the show at all. It’s good that Alicia is finally moving on, but I hope she gets her courtroom mojo back soon!

  44. Ali says:

    Well, sex sells and the show needs to increase the ratings so…

  45. Hannah says:

    GROSS. I used to like the show, but not now that Alicia is slutting it up.

  46. sarah says:

    I thought it was fine. Pretty obvious and stereotypical but hot. And I think that’s all people want from a show.

  47. Brian says:

    What a brutal season premiere. I was terribly disappointed. And it looks like we have another season ahead of us with television’s two most annoying children. What in the holy hell was that “dance” scene on the bus/train all about?

  48. tahina says:

    Liked everything except for the tutor part. Alicia is having a moment, but she should not rely too much on Will, he is not trustworthy. I feel for Kalinda, she is also hot and needs to have her “scene” too.. :)

  49. Shannon says:

    I had to fan myself off after that scene–it was that hot.

  50. j says:

    Is that bad bad thing her hair?