'The Good Wife' Gets Betrayed, Again


In this week's episode, we learn that not only has her husband been unfaithful to her, but her trusted investigator has wronged her as well



This week's episode of The Good Wife ends with a startling revelation that promises to disrupt Alicia's worlds, both domestic and professional. Kalinda, Alicia's invaluable investigator, reveals that she had sex with Alicia's husband during his randy days, and has been threatened with exposure by a disaffected Blake, who is now working for the odious Glenn Childs, the resident State's Attorney and Peter Florrick's bitter foe.

Concurrently, Lockhart & Gardner, Alicia's law firm, has agreed to represent a Chicago drug lord whose wife wants to divorce him, wants primary custody of their six year old son, and wants half of the drug lord's shadowy fortune, which she believes exceeds $88 million. That disputation is handily resolved, in the way only a TV writer could manage it: in what is virtually a 60-second aside, we learn that the angry wife is herself a rehabbed drug-taker and that she has suffered a relapse, taken an overdose, and died. Was she murdered? We'll never know, and the question is unlikely to arise again.

Kalinda survives the scheme to get at the Florricks, and Lockhart & Gardner (smarmy Cary, now working for Childs, is behind the bogus litigation, and Kalinda is charged with an assault she and Blake know is his doing, rather than hers, but which she could be said to have encouraged). All very complicated, and just this side of incomprehensible. We will have to wait a week or two to find out how Kalinda is going to break the news to Alicia that Alicia's husband was once Kalinda's bed partner. My guess is that the open bedroom door in Alicia's apartment is about to close.

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C. Michael Curtis has been an editor at The Atlantic since 1963. Under his direction, the magazine has won numerous fiction prizes, including the National Magazine Award for fiction. More

C. Michael Curtis"Writers crave the intelligence and ardor of this magazine's editors and readership as well as the privilege of inclusion in its pages," says best-selling author Louise Erdrich, who, like so many young fiction writers, was introduced to national readership and subsequent success in The Atlantic Monthly.

Under the direction of senior editor C. Michael Curtis, The Atlantic Monthly's fiction has been nominated for a National Magazine Award virtually every year; in 1988 The Atlantic won this prestigious prize. Year after year short stories from the magazine are chosen for inclusion in the important annual prize collections. Curtis himself was the editor of American Stories: Fiction From The Atlantic Monthly, which was published in 1990. A second volume came out the following year, and 1992 saw the publication of Contemporary New England Stories. A companion volume, Contemporary West Coast Stories, was published in the fall of 1993. A fifth collection, entitled God: Stories, was published in December, 1998, by Houghton Mifflin, and a companion anthology, Faith: Stories, was published in 2003, also by Houghton Mifflin. His own essays, articles, reviews, and poems have been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, National Review, and Sport, among other periodicals. Curtis is also renowned for his teaching: he has taught creative writing, ethics, grammar, and other subjects for more than thirty years at Harvard, MIT, Cornell, Tufts, Boston University, Bennington, and elsewhere, and now teaches writing at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC, where he occupies the John C. Cobb Chair in the Humanities.

Curtis earned a B.A. in English from Cornell in 1956. He came to The Atlantic in 1963 after four years of study toward a Ph.D. in government, also at Cornell. Previously he had worked as a reporter for The Ithaca Journal, and as an editorial assistant at Newsweek. While he was a graduate student, The Atlantic Monthly published three of his poems and employed him briefly as a summer reader.

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