Alicia Florrick: A Good Equity Partner?

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The Good Wife was back on CBS last night. Alicia Florrick once again displayed her mesmerizing ability to pout and isolate people when she's angry and hurt.

Alicia Florrick's ice cold was severest when she broke up with Kalinda after learning that Kalinda had some undefinable extravaganza with Peter years ago. She really didn't shake it off very well when Will disagreed with her decision not to hire David Lee's niece. in both instances, Alicia felt betrayed, but as usual, she didn't retaliate. She retreated.

Until last night, Diane Lockhart, Christine Baranski's character was the only character that hadn't crossed Alicia Florrick. In last night's episode of The Good Wife, Diane and Will offered Alicia full partnership, but they offered her the job without telling her that several others, including Cary had been offered full partnerships as well. Plain and simple, the firm is broke and crawling out of debt. Five or six partners buying in at $600,000 pulls the company out of the water and closer to the shore.

Alicia feels used and pursued for her money, not her work performance. Hence, she pouts. She makes it publicly clear she's not happy with what she perceives as immoral, underhanded business. As usual, practicality doesn't matter to Alicia. Alicia, unlike Cary Agos who had to take a humbling position with the state attorney's office after he was booted from Lockhart and Gardner, and unlike her husband who served time in jail, doesn't believe in God. Consequently, faith, religion and the light of Jesus Christ mean nothing to her.

And, perhaps, this is why Alicia Florrick makes things so dark sometimes, when they don't necessarily have to be.

On the flip side of Alicia's erratic and unhappy work relationship, she's going through a New Normal. She's back in with Peter and wants him all to herself, even at large campaign events when she should be mingling and smiling like a good wife. Since fortitude, and not faith, is on Alicia's side, Peter's offered to front her the $600,000 she needs to make partner.

Cary Agos should be so lucky to cough up the $300,000 the firm is asking for the partner bid. Especially since he cut ties with his pompous dad who appeared several episodes back this season.

There's only one person smarter than Diane Lockhart on the show and that is Cary Agos. And as far as Alicia's temper tantrums are concerned, Alicia's met her match with Diane. At the end of the night, Diane tells Alicia to suck it up, smile and be grateful. After all, Diane got her partnership because her boss, David Stern, was the defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit. Stern needed to prove that he was an impartial employer and regarded women equally at his business.

Alicia took Diane's advice, but Diane has her eye on Alicia. And it's about time. Someone needs too. For a couple of seasons now, Alicia's pretty much gotten her own way, especially when things weren't going her way. Alicia typically isolates herself but Diane wouldn't allow it. Alicia needed the checkmate and has long needed a humbling experience.

Her experience with her reformed, ex--philandering husband was a humiliating one, but not humbling.

Aside from that major partnership story line, there was another quite cute story line that served its purpose to complement the larger story line of partnerships. An engaging couple litigated over a prenuptial agreement. The prenuptial decree brought several issues to light that the engaged couple hadn't previously discussed, like the faith of their children. She's Christian, he's Jewish. A week into the prenuptial talks, it appeared the couple would call it quits.

But when Kalinda uncovers that the fiance has a love child in South Carolina, and sends six figures to the child yearly, the soon to be husband amended to prenupt to give his soon to be wife anything she wants.

Moral of the Story:

For once, Alicia Florrick got the whole story. Sure it was painful that she learned her firm offered partnership to five other people, and certainly none of them hold the celebrity status that Alicia enjoys as Peter Florrick's wife. She learned about the partnerships while on the witness stand defending her firm's honor and integrity. And she was visibly and rightly wounded.

But the soon to be wife who got her way in the prenuptial deal with her soon to be husband will go on to live her life unaware of a huge, huge secret that her husband has deliberately kept hidden from her.

Alicia, for too long has been that woman who was kept in the dark, not only for her sake, but for the self-serving sake of others, like Will, Diane and her husband. That chapter of her life is over now, and Alicia has to be a grown up about this new age of honesty that she dwells in.

Next season writers can do one of two things with Alicia's character. They can send her running on a moral high ground to the destruction of herself, her career, her family and her law firm. Or she can straighten up, accept the practical motivations people have for their decisions, even when they are motivated by the management and maintenance of power and money.

After all, as a partner in the firm, Alicia will be a power player too. The allegiances Alicia's make with partners as The Good Wife enters this new tier will, once again, bring the series' title back to life and its true meaning. Alicia's "Good" because she does the right thing and the right thing isn't always a good thing.

Even if Alicia dumps Will and Diane to join the ever crooked Canning, it would be understandable. From Alicia's atheist perspective, it wouldn't make much difference whether she's working with Canning or Lockhart and Gardner since her eyes have been jaded to see that everyone around her, including Will and now Diane, are irrevocably and permanently shady.

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