The Good Wife: Season 4, Ep. 13. “The Seven Day Rule.”
In last Sunday’s episode of The Good Wife, campaign manager Eli Gold, who has a penchant for the dramatic, accosts Alicia Florrick on her views regarding her belief in God. Peter’s new political rival, Maddie, is a self-proclaimed atheist. It’s implied Alicia has expressed similar views to Maddie when they were star-crossed friends. Eli asks Alicia if she believes in God. She responds by saying she has a husband who believes in God, and a daughter who might be Christian.
Quite humorously, Gold asks Alicia if she would believe in God if Jesus walked into her office and performed a miracle — to which she smiled and responded, she would. Gold tells her that voters associate atheists with people protesting against manger scenes outside city hall and that they want someone who’s open-minded, and Alicia is that person. Voters want, according to Gold, “Saint Alicia.” Gold may have been satisfied with the possibility that she could believe in a higher power, but later at a campaign event, she answers in the negative to a reporter much to the ire of Gold.
In a few simple scenes, all sorts of questions arise. What is role of religion in public office? Is Peter truly a redeemed man, or was he really using religion as a political tool all this time? Does Alicia really want to get back together with Peter? As always, Margulies as Alicia does a wonderful job in keeping the viewers on our toes of what she really thinks and is going to do.