TV Club: The Good Wife: “Winning Ugly”

Alicia Florrick’s bid for State’s Attorney has dragged along for all of season six. At first, the campaign pushed Alicia forward, allowed the character to explore new spaces—like Chicago’s political world, which she was definitely a part of before but only as the candidate’s wife. The campaign opened up so many new story possibilities and provided interesting imagery that paralleled the very first scene in the pilot: Now, Alicia became the candidate, standing in front, while Peter became the spouse at her side.

But the campaign lost its steam and isolated Alicia from the rest of the law firm—both physically and emotionally. It’s the arc that just won’t quit, even though it ceased to carry much weight or even just excitement long ago. At some point, The Good Wife transformed from the ensemble show it once was into something that is—though …

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