The Good Wife has had Enough

She has finally had enough. The character modeled on the likes of the wife of the former New York governor, Silda Spitzer (who stuck by her husband after he resigned his office amid a call girl scandal) and other politicians’ wives whose husbands publicly cheated on them and humiliated them, has been pushed too far.

 

As the second season of CBS’ The Good Wife draws to an end, Julianna Margulies’ character Alicia Florrick has decided she’s suffered one too many mortifications to justify remaining married to her ex-con husband Peter -- who was just re-elected to the post of state’s attorney despite his prior public corruption charges -- even if they do have two children together.

 

And as much as folks initially admired the fictional Alicia’s dedication to her family and her determination to remain married to her husband despite his infidelities, it was a visceral pleasure to watch Alicia slip out of her husband’s campaign victory party a few weeks ago -- after learning that in addition to having 18 sexual interludes with a prostitute that Peter also slept with a colleague of Alicia’s -- walk over the threshold of the Florrick family’s apartment and spontaneously pack up her husband’s belongings and move him into another domicile.

 

It was empowering to see Alicia transform her tears of betrayal -- after she’d allowed her husband to return to her bed and after she’d given a television interview about how she’d forgiven Peter and loves him -- into the steely face of determination. To discover that he’d slept with a woman, Kalinda, who’s become her best friend, was a crushing blow. It was likewise satisfying to witness Alicia calmly inform Peter that she’d paid the first three months’ of rent on his new apartment at the same time she told him she wanted a separation, mere hours after his triumphant political resurrection.

 

Later there was more delicious revenge to enjoy when Alicia turned down Peter’s offer to quit the state’s attorney’s post that he’d just won, as well as his offer to join him in marriage counseling if she’d reconsider the separation. Alicia told him that she would say “no” to “anything you ask and anything you say.” To which, instead of being sensitive to the depths of her emotional wounds, Peter accused her of sleeping with a male colleague of hers and told her she shared blame for their marital woes: “That’s what this is about, isn’t it? . . . There’ve been three people in this marriage every moment of the last two years, you’ve been thinking about him. Go ahead tell me that’s not true.” He then had the nerve to mock her for acting like the victim, the only one who’s “injured.”

 

“Say something that’ll make me fall in love with you again,” Alicia pleaded.

 

“Goodbye,” he replied. What a you-know-what.

 

ltlbird
05.19.11

Oh, give me f*cking break. TV portrays as innocent victims in infidelity because it makes for good drama. The reality isn't as interesting: there are ALWAYS two sides to the story. The truth is way more complicated than TV shows us, but articles like this make it seems like these fictional characters give us guideposts for our lives. Infidelity has become a greater taboo in American culture than the way the media sexualizes children, demeans women, and worse. It makes me sick. We spend our time villifying adulterers than focusing on the fact that the U.S. now has the greatest disparity between the wealthiest and the poor than ANY other country. Our schools have to go begging for books, and good teachers get pink slips. And you want me to feel sorry for some woman whose politician husband stepped out on her? You know what? I don't give a shit. How did he vote on education? Are my son's class sizes going to go up to 30:1 from 25:1? (Because I sure as hell can't afford a public school.) What about salary inequality? That's what I care about. We can never know what goes on between 2 people behind closed doors, and it's none of our damn business.