'The Good Wife' Winners and Losers: The Last Vague Voicemail

This show is called The Good Wife, not The Smoldery-Eyed Hot Boss. Spoilers ahead!

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This show is called The Good Wife, not The Smoldery-Eyed Hot Boss. And so, as much as it hurts to know that Will and Alicia will never, ever, ever be together — and it hurts Alicia more than it hurts us — this show still has potential. And the producers lived up to their promise from last week, by dealing with the finality of death in a way that will ring true for a lot of people. (Spoilers ahead!)

Diane deals with her grief by barely managing to keep it all together. David Lee is pestering her about clients who want to leave (he's already had a cry in the conference room, though not before he cleared it out so no one could see him experience an emotion), and she just wants one day to stare sadly at Will's empty desk and cry. Kalinda is the type of person who needs to keep busy, and always wants revenge. She tries to find out who actually killed Will,garbage human being Jeffrey Grant or the sheriffs, and once she finds out it was Grant, she goes to torture him about it. Psychologically, of course.

Alicia does what a lot of people would do — she imagines that it's all a big misunderstanding. It's hard for her to accept that Will really died and impossible for her to believe that he would leave her a voicemail that's just "Alicia ... I'll call you back." And because this is TV, we're conditioned to expect that someone will know what he was going to say. But The Good Wife doesn't do that, which I appreciate, even if I wanted to know as much as Alicia does.


Winner: Josh Charles 

Loser: His character, Will Gardner

Josh Charles gets to deliver the most morbidly funny line of the episode. "It was all a mistake, can you believe it? They thought it was me because the body was shot in the face." Alicia knows all too well that Will would never say that; especially not with a smile on his face.

Will Gardner is still dead.

Winners: Diane Lockhart and Cary Agos (kind of)

Loser: Every obnoxious person who tried to mess with them

The second best part of the episode: Diane fires an intern for crying loudly after Will's dead, even though she'd only been at the firm a week. If Diane can keep it together, so should she.

The best part of the episode: Cary delivering the realest line of the episode. An opposing lawyer refuses to delay a deposition in respect to Will, Cary has to do it and loses it. "I want to get out my aggressions and my anger by destroying your client," he says.

Winner: Kalinda

Loser: Jeffrey Grant

Kalinda made Grant think she was going to give him his own belt to kill himself. Then she said, "No, you're going to live with this." That was dark. No one really wins in that scenario, but maybe it made Kalinda feel better.

Winner: Grace

Loser: Everyone, because Will is still dead

Will's untimely passing meant it was time for Grace to come back on screen. Her "puberty made me hot" plot line had kind of been resolved, but her "I'm the only religious person in a family full of atheists and politicians" plot line is still going strong. She told her mom that Will is "with God now," which is probably the last thing Alicia wanted to hear.

Winner: Peter Florrick

Loser: Peter Florrick

Last week we were too distraught to say this outright, but in addition to not worrying about Will testifying against him, Peter also doesn't have to worry about Will sleeping with his wife anymore. So good for him?

The thing is, it must be really hard comforting your wife as she mourns the passing of her former lover. Alicia spent the whole episode in a pale faced, red eyed daze, wandering around Chicago (you're really not supposed to drive when you get that kind of news, by the way) trying to figure out what that last, cryptic voicemail meant. At the end of the episode Peter hugs her and all she can think about is Will saying he loves her and wants to be with her FOREVER. Peter can't compete with that, even if he's lucky to not be in jail.

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