'The Good Wife': What Will Season 4 Bring?

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The upcoming fourth season of The Good Wife is bound to open with intrigue. I predict half the viewers will groan, and the other half will cheer. Assuming the hour drama picks up where it left off, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is either going to go inside and join her family for dinner or walk away, leaving her estranged husband and two children to enjoy their first meal together in the family's old house. Whatever she does is sure to shape the season's plot lines.

The Good WifeLast year, Alicia had the affair with her boss that the show had been teasing viewers with for two years. The good part of this is that the affair was short lived, lasting just a handful of episodes. The reason for the shortened love story was explained recently co-creator, Robert King, who said:

“As much as you want to cheer on team Alicia/Will, there were a lot of reasons why it was morally corrupt. While we felt good about what it did for drama, I think it split the audience. I knew Julianna was getting [criticism]: ‘Why not call it The Good Slut?’ – Things like that.”

Amen to that! I have watched the drama from the beginning, and as the potential love affair progressed, I wondered how they could go that direction with a name like The Good Wife. In fact, the hubby (Chris Noth) had repented and was on the up and up. He'd paid his dues, and yet, here was Alicia gearing up to do the exact same transgression as her husband. Now what gives her the right to do that? I often questioned it, and the show's title has a lot to do with it.

To me, Alicia became hypocritical. Indeed, I actually like her much less now. As a lawyer, she's excelled, meaning she lies better now. Top that off with her personal life, and somehow, Alicia seems far from the good wife.

My hopes for season four is that the Florrick family reunites totally and the plots go forth without repeating past issues.

As I often say, time will tell.
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  1. Unregistered's Avatar
    First, as a journalist you should be neutral, which is totally not the case, as you seem to agree with the good slut unhappy comments.
    Second, don't say Alicia is an hypocrite, she was separated and kicked her cheating husband out. This alone entitled her to be free and do what she wanted, even sleep with her boss. You are just a moralist and bigot.
  2. Jason Fritz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    First, as a journalist you should be neutral, which is totally not the case, as you seem to agree with the good slut unhappy comments.
    Second, don't say Alicia is an hypocrite, she was separated and kicked her cheating husband out. This alone entitled her to be free and do what she wanted, even sleep with her boss. You are just a moralist and bigot.
    I have approved this comment because we honor all feedback on this website, but I would like to remind you that this is an opinion piece posted in our blog section. Not news.

    BTW, you couldn't be more off base with your moralist and bigot comment.
  3. Orrymain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    First, as a journalist you should be neutral, which is totally not the case, as you seem to agree with the good slut unhappy comments.
    Second, don't say Alicia is an hypocrite, she was separated and kicked her cheating husband out. This alone entitled her to be free and do what she wanted, even sleep with her boss. You are just a moralist and bigot.
    First, as Jason stated, this is a blog, and in a blog, a person gives their opinion. That's what I was doing, and it's something I have believed as I have watched the storyline progress. I specifically chose to do this piece as a blog because I wanted to speak my mind about it. Otherwise, you would have seen a non-opinion version of what S4 holds over on the news page.

    Second, my point in agreeing with the creator of the show is that Alicia was accusing her husband of one thing and then went out and did the same thing. Even in the work situation, she was prohibited by the job from getting involved with her boss. Granted, he's half responsible, but she knew the rules too. So, Alicia does things to suit herself. It's like that proverb about the pot calling the kettle black.

    Onward!
  4. Unregistered's Avatar
    What gave her the right to do that? Uhh the fact that they were separated. People who are separated date other people all the time. What gives you the right to "amen!" something like calling a character who is obviously separated "The Good Slut"?

    Alicia is certainly NOT a hypocrite. Peter slept with woman while they were clearly married, under Alicia's nose, and lied about it afterwards. Even when he claimed to have changed he was still harboring the secret of sleeping with Kalinda, just indicating how NOT on the up and up he was. Moreover, this entire season was about subtle corruption. The Kings said part of why Peter promoted Cary was because of some latent racism, that he saw a "little white version of himself" in Cary and so promoted him over the much more qualified Geneva.

    The "morally corrupt" angle Robert King was referring to was the fact that this was her boss and that she was potentially lying to the public about still being with Peter. Not that she was cheating on Peter. She wasn't. They were separated at the time and are still separated, as Peter admitted in the deposition.

    As for the title, this show was never about a "Good Wife." The title was always ironic. She WAS "The Good Wife" before the scandal but she hasn't been since the pilot episode and likely never will be again. The idea was always that being a 'Good Wife' isn't necessarily an ideal to live up to. The Kings have said time and time again how much they regret the title because it's misleading and has probably turned off viewers and isn't accurate to the core of the show.

    It's one thing to not like Alicia anymore, but it's quite another to accuse the show of things it's not guilty of an duse that as evidence of something that's insubstantial. I disagree with the other poster about you being a bigot; I don't see how anyone could come to that conclusion after reading this obvious opinion piece. But I can understand why they had an angry reaction to this article; you really need to watch the show more closely.
  5. thatgirlp's Avatar
    Alicia going back to Peter the lying, selfish vindictive azzhole...I DON"T THINK SO!

    If the Kings put her back with him, I will definitely quit watching the show.

    After 2 1/2 years of hyping the Will and Alicia storyline to drop it like they did was really the worst part of season three!

    What happen to show me the plan and Will...

    I find it ironic that you the CHEATER demands LOYALTY from everybody but himself...
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