'The Good Wife': Election Night Drama, Guest-Starring Fred Thompson

Alicia learns the truth about her husband and her legal investigator—and shows some rarely-seen emotion



At last Alicia knows, and had to find out—that her husband and legal investigator Kalinda were briefly an item in the mist-shrouded past—on election eve. Peter is back in business, reelected State's Attorney, possibly because Alicia finally consented to a last-minute TV interview in which she declared that she'd forgiven her husband for past indiscretions, loved her new career, and trusted her children to be wise and understanding of two parents who loved them. Then comes the unwelcome news, and Alicia's façade of imperturbability is shattered before our eyes. (Alicia squeezes out a tear.)

Will this lead to more dramatic rupture in the Florrick household? Will Alicia and Kalinda be able to work comfortably together in the future? Wait and see.

In the meantime Lockhart & Gardner, with Alicia in the lead, seems on the verge of winning an $80 million settlement on behalf of a Venezuelan oil company apparently cheated by an international oil behemoth, which exploited a paper technicality that proves to be a mistranslation from Spanish to English. Interfering in the litigation is the lower half (fully-clothed) of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who rewrites Venezuelan law hourly on behalf of, I guess, the corrupt oil magnate. Also in the stew is one-time presidential candidate and long-time TV prosecutor Fred Thompson, who enters the suit as a bad guy, then reverses his field, and finally abandons the suit with an understandable air of befuddlement. No doubt Donald Trump is next.

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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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