“The Good Wife” pulled off this television season’s most shocking plot twist when it revealed that Alicia’s (Julianna Margulies) best friend, the enigmatic Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) had a one night stand with Alicia’s husband, Peter (Chris Noth). In one fell swoop, the show altered the most important relationships on the show. Kalinda was no longer Alicia’s ally. She was someone who made a calculated choice to befriend a woman she betrayed. Every conversation that the two of them ever had took on a new meaning. Peter was no longer simply a husband who dallied with a prostitute. He was a serial adulterer who slept with a former co-worker, making him guilty of an emotional as well as a physical affair. It was a gutsy writing decision that risked making viewers hate the show’s breakout character, Kalinda. For weeks, the audience has been on tenterhooks, wondering when Alicia will find out.
Tonight will be the night. The episode, aptly titled “Foreign Affairs,” takes place on the eve of the State’s Attorney election. The season long campaign has gotten increasingly nasty. Peter’s competition is reminding the voters that Peter has a fondness for hookers. Eli (Alan Cumming) persuades a reluctant Alicia to appear on a local talk show in support of her husband. Will the host confront her about Peter and Kalinda’s tryst? Will wild card Cary decide to tell Alicia the truth? Or will Peter or Kalinda confess? After putting Alicia through hell, will Peter win the election? CBS is not giving away any hints in its promos. But Cumming revealed to TVLine that he has watched the scene where Alicia learns the truth, saying, “It’s really heartbreaking, actually. Devastating… Alicia has been this steely woman, and then this thing happens…. You finally see her crack.”
“Foreign Affairs” will also feature what has become one of “The Good Wife’s” signatures: an appearance from a real life political figure. Former “Law and Order” star and 2008 Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson plays a lawyer turned actor who is representing a South American dictator in a civil case. In this clip, he makes a memorable entrance.