'The Good Wife': Can Cheaters Ever Change?

By C. Michael Curtis
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This week's The Good Wife was another re-run, with Peter still in jail and Will not making cow eyes at Alicia , chiefly because he is quite literally in bed with opposing counsel. She's a sexy young network lawyer defending a willfully dishonest television talk personality whose specialty is exposing behavior he thinks un-American or morally deficient, whether or not he has evidence to support his manufactured outrage.

In the meantime, Alicia finds herself assisting the firm's leading divorce lawyer, who is representing the wife of the odious State's Prosecuting Attorney (Peter's successor and sworn enemy). The wife—not the "good wife"—wants to set aside her pre-nuptial agreement and demands a chunk of cash, full custody of the couple's children, their home, and so on, and threatens to reveal in formation that would damage, perhaps end, her husband's career.

Some diligent sleuthing on Alicia's part (as always with help from her laconic legal aid) wrecks the TV personality's case, but the presiding judge, fearing damage to first amendment freedoms, overturns the jury's guilty verdict.

The State's Attorney's wife gets what she wants, and Alicia has a poignant moment with Peter, in which she wonders out loud how successfully a leopard can change its spots.

The show's producers are plainly going to stretch this thread of ambivalence as long as viewers can tolerate it. It may, finally, be the existential truth that holds this program together.

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