The euphoria of successfully returning to work is over for Alicia. Tonight she lost a case. In addition, she listened to her husband and the prostitute on tape. And she found out that his avocation could have run $3000 an hour. That's an incredible amount of money for a public servant. In addition, his mother, who is in the loop, is meddlesome.
An obvious question is: Will Alicia continue to be the good wife or decide to distance herself from her husband? There's no compelling reason for her to stick by him. Sure the two children love and need him but those relationships are separate from hers with him.