'The Good Wife': Sex, Murder, and Sarah Silverman

The comedienne stars as an sexual freedom advocate who runs a website that arranges extra-marital liaisons



Now you see her; now you don't. Kalinda bows out, facing unflinching hostility from Alicia, and is apparently going to work for another law firm, headed by a former (female) lover. Then Kalinda finds out that the new firm has sub-contracted to handle some legal affairs for the State's Attorney's Office, which means she's going to be working with Peter Florrick, the agent of her falling-out with Peter's wife. So back she goes to Lockhart & Gardner, determined, evidently, to endure Alicia's unforgiving rancor and possibly to win, once again, her friendship. Kalinda also seems bent on nudging Alicia into the waiting but cautious embrace of Will Gardner, who has seemed reconciled to more or less permanent separateness from Alicia, the object of his law school romance.

On the legal front, Alicia is defending Sarah Silverman, who plays the part of an open-marriage advocate whose online efforts to bring together sexually adventurous adults, seeking partners outside of marriage, has resulted in the particularly savage sex-themed murder of one of her clients.

She is being sued by the victim's widow, and the case, to be continued next week, promises to be full of surprises and a demolition of conventional pieties.

Adding flavor to the case is the once again odious Cary, still working against the interests of his former employer, and feeding damaging information to the widow's disingenuous attorney, an attractive blonde who shares (we will find out next week why this matters) with Cary a penchant for decorating her note-pad with hearts and flowers, like an eighth-grader celebrating the early stages of hopeless infatuation.

We expect, next week, to find that the pious widow is not quite the pitiable victim she seems, and Alicia is plainly being maneuvered toward a torrid encounter with the ever-available Will. Whether Alicia, now apparently given to periodic tantrums, will drift back to the principled stoicism we've come to admire, remains to be seen.

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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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