The TV show The Good Wife ended after seven seasons the same week-end that Frankie & Grace returned for Season 2.
How coincidental that Alicia Florek literally ended both the series and her tenure standing by her man as Frankie & Grace continued to figuratively stand by their men. Frankie & Grace begin to figure out 21st century ways to stand by their x-husbands as Alicia figured out how to walk down the hall and away from her husband. Thirty years difference in age, yet they all represent in different ways “The Good Wife”.
Which begs the question, what is a Good Wife anyway?
One series begins and another series ends about the role of a good spouse. They both have strong women as lead characters. But are they good wives? Which really begs a bigger question: what is a good any one at any position?
Are you a good friend if you stand by an addicted friend or are you a bad friend? Substitute the word employee for friend. Are you a good boss if you stand by an addicted employee or an enabler?
Hillary Clinton and Millennials have a cold relationship.
Millennials reject her Tammy Wynette stand-by-your-man approach to her marriage and life. They want to know why she didn’t just divorce him. On The Good Wife, Alicia stood next to her man through cocaine, prostitutes, prison, affairs, and alleged illegal goings-on while in office.
In Frankie & Grace, while they don’t literally stand by their men as the men announce their gay relationship love, and marriage intentions, they do figuratively stand by their men. Frankie actually marries former spouses Sol and Robert and Grace facilitates the wedding.
Are you a good wife if you stand with a husband who hid an affair for 30 years? Whether it was a straight or gay affair is beside the point. Does that make you a saint or a bad example? On Frankie & Grace, while the spouses may accept it, they find out their adult children have problems with the inherent integrity issues. To stand by someone, good or bad?
Substitute CEO for spouse. Are you a good Board Member if you hid a CEO’s affair or a bad Board Member? It’s not so simple. Or maybe it is and we complicate simple issues.
At the series end of The Good Wife, Alicia gets a smack heard round the world. Maybe we all need that to a degree to figure out what is “good” anyway.
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