Michael J. Fox Woos 'The Good Wife,' and Fails

The Back to the Future star appears on the show as a lawyer who wants to hire Alicia away



Alicia is edging toward the whole truth—that Kalinda, her prized legal investigator, once, long ago, spent the night with Alicia's husband—but has still been spared the final revelation. She will surely have to learn, and cope with, the truth eventually, but The Good Wife scriptwriters will stall as long as they can, forcing us to imagine, with dread, the terrible showdown ahead.

But Alicia continues to swim bouyantly through the shark-infested waters of her profession, this week acting on behalf of corporation employees driven to despair, depression, and a notable suicide by corporation executives who want to whittle down a largish workforce by inducing long-time employees to resign, thus forfeiting severance, pension, and medical benefits. Fortuitously, Kalinda finds a tape of incriminating conversation between executives of that company, and tracks down a former employee willing to admit she was bribed to remain silent about the scheme to hasten employee departures. Alicia, once again, forces a handsome settlement, thus avoiding a trial.

Alicia's charm and courtroom finesse continue to win admirers, in this case Michael J. Fox, who appears on the losing side of the corporation suit and announces that he has bought the substantial practice of a former Lockhart & Gardner Senior Partner, who left L&G with some anger, and took with him 20 or so of the firm's prosperous clients. Fox invites Alicia to join him and offers to double her salary. Alicia, as we fully expect, declines without a trace of calculation.

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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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