'The Good Wife': The Truth Comes Out, Slowly

Alicia still has not found out about her husband's most hurtful episode of infidelity—but she will



The other shoe has not yet dropped, but a clip from next week's episode suggests that Alicia will learn of (yet another one of) her husband's infidelities in the past, but perhaps not the identity of Peter's bedmate. While the sensitive question has all but demolished Kalinda's usual steely calm, Cary reveals a kindly side, seeking to help Kalinda find who knows about her long-ago transgression and whether the information is likely to reach Alicia.

The key to all this maneuvering proves to be a lawyer in the State's Attorney's office who may or may not be hoping to use it for leverage pending the outcome of Peter Florrick's campaign for his old post as State's Attorney.

On the legal front, Alicia seeks to help a young woman thwart the efforts of her mother's murderer to profit from the sale of a pop song containing references to the rape and murder of a woman not unlike her mother. Alicia also works with Diane to prevent the procedural incarceration and probable deportation of an innocent Mexican man (the father of Eli's unrequited and unacknowledged love interest) caught up in a mass seizure of Latino males after a burglary in a Chicago suburb.

The Mexican father is exonerated, the murderous song-writer allows vanity to associate him with still another murder, for which he is promptly arrested, and Alicia goes home to make pizza for her kids, still unaware of the storm about to break. Peter, on the other hand, calls the lawyer who might tell all and offers, shamelessly, to be "helpful" in unspecified ways if the lawyer is "helpful" in return.

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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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