On 'The Good Wife' Finale, Sex With Consequences

Alicia gets a new lover, while Kalinda learns something unexpected about hers



Alicia and Will finally get it on, and one supposes she's entitled to a little fun, now that Will has unloaded his suddenly-domestic girlfriend and Alicia, in a fit of pridefulness, has ejected Peter from the family apartment. We'll find out next season whether this rapturous moment is merely the product of courtroom triumph (Alicia has just won another skirmish with the malevolent resident State's Attorney) and a few too many at a hotel bar—or the beginning of a new life for the star-crossed lovers.

Complicating things ever-so-slightly is a hint that Alicia's husband, soon to resume his title as State's Attorney, is responsible for putting in Alicia's hands the evidence: a bloody glove she needs to save an innocent man from a murder conviction. And, to muddle things still further, Peter Florrick's campaign manager has decided to bring his political PR firm to Lockhart & Gardner, with Alicia as liaison. That means, as Alicia shrewdly perceives, she will soon be working with her estranged husband, now already being touted as Illinois' next governor, and reporting to her at-long-last lover.

This week's episode also provides a set-piece featuring Cary, smarmy and self-interested as always, and another in which Kalinda, sharing a heavy-breathing moment with her sometime lover, learns that the lover, a woman, has a husband, news that reminds Kalinda, uncomfortably, of the damage often built into spontaneous, uncaring sex.

No doubt we'll hear more about the subject in season three. In the meantime, The Good Wife has become a skillful lawyer, a watchful parent, and, at least for the moment, a willing sex partner of the man who adores her.

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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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