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(House), who accused Eli of betraying the “brotherhood” — but in the end, Eli craftily leveraged the Arab client’s (rescinded) piece of business into even bigger bucks from the Jewish alliance.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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112 Comments
  1. scjb says:

    well, I loved it. Alicia is perfectly justified in what she’s doing. I don’t think she ever really wanted to stay with Peter after his cheating became public anyway. Loved it all, and they left us with enough to wonder about with Will’s chat with Kalinda. I don’t think he’s hitting on her, but I do wonder about those comments. Great, great show. Didn’t care about the tutor one way or another, really. Can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

  2. Paul says:

    I love this show, just wish it did not change to Sunday night at 9pm. Plus, can the writes PLEASE give Christine B. something to do, what a waste of a talented actress!!!

  3. Ethan says:

    I can’t believe no one commented on Alicia/Peter’s work relationship. This to me is the most interesting change this season. I loved how Peter knew what Alicia was going to pull with recusing the judge. It’s going to be fun watching go at it with each other professionally.

  4. janeborges says:

    Check out last season’s recap and the new season’s upcoming drama in the video below: http://bit.ly/pQjq4e

  5. Naturally Curlie says:

    What makes any of you think it’s Will at the door?
    It just might one of the children back because they forgot something.
    Then what????

  6. Andrea says:

    “What makes any of you think it’s Will at the door?”

    Just watched the episode last night. I’m with this line of thinking, but I don’t think it’s one of the kids. I think it’s Kalinda. She’s the only other person with Will when he mentions 8:45. Viewers are supposed to ASSUME that it’s Will at the door. Doesn’t mean that it is.

    Re: Grace. The actress is young, but Grace has always come across to me like she’s a person with a mild developmental delay. I’ve always felt like it takes her a beat or two longer to process information and understand what’s going on around her. I was hoping that’s where the writers were going with the tutor angle—an undiagnosed learning disability/processing issue, but given the quirkiness of the tutor, the sexuality scenario seems more likely. Didn’t think of it, but it makes sense now that it’s been mentioned.

  7. MrsGlikesTV says:

    I don’t get why people are making such a big deal about Alicia’s hair. I can’t say that I love it, but IMHO it looks WAAAAAAYYYYY better than it did before! Justsayin…

  8. Alex says:

    WOWZA is right about Kelli Giddish (Sophia)!! She absolutely pops and sizzles on the screen. She was smokin’ hot!! Does anyone know if she’s going to be in anymore episodes? If not, then that needs to be rectified stat!

  9. silkrose says:

    Not crazy about Alicia’s new hair do…I don’t like the bangs. I thought she looked much classier before.

  10. toy says:

    I absolutely love d will / Alicia thing. Everyone deserves to have some fun, she needs to be happy. Even if its for the short term…

    I love this show!! Can’t wait to see how the season play out

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