The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 15


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2010 on CBS
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While Peter gets settle at home and continue working in his comeback strategy, Alicia and Diane fight with the spousal privilege laws in a murder case, in order to get a wife to testify against her husband.

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  • Bang

    The Good Wife has been a pleasant surprise this season. I really did not expect to become a fan of this show, but it defied all my expectations as far as quality is concerned. It exponentially got better week after week, except for tonight. I had zero interest in the two cases being tried here, nor Will's apparent problem with Alicia.

    The Good Wife is sort of like Mad Men. Rarely will a scene completely rock your socks off, but if you look at the episode as a whole you will see the art the writers and actors have created. I've subscribed to that theory for the first six months of this show, but I cannot accept it tonight. This was just a bad episode.moreless
  • Plenty of sexual tension and teasers as The Good Wife returns from its Olympic-induced hiatus.

    The first ep back after the Olympics break was filled with more teasers and tension. Sexual tension that is. Peter returns home to much family-filled bonding (because Wii sport fixes all), but Alicia is as usual, very stand-offish to her wayward husband. Tensions at home lead on to tensions at work, where Alicia is moved off a murder trial with no explanation. After some prodding from Kalinda, Alicia confronts Diane, who tells her it was Will who made the decision. Let this week's sexual tension begin. Good Wife writers again give us a teaser as Alicia and Will come head to head, with Will implying he removed Alicia to let her spend more time with Peter. "I want to be here" she responds. Ahhh dear. Diane gets some sexual tension of her own this week, in the form of a Republican ballistics expert (I can't imagine they could be anything else), known only as McVeigh (Gary Cole). The two exchange politically-loaded come-ons, which are somewhat cheesy (as if anyone Republican or no actually likes Sarah Palin) but both actors play their respective parts so well the cheesiness is tempered with wit and timing. Back at home Zach finally reveals the forged photos to his dad. Alicia is less than happy with this latest revelation but Peter steps in to again while she passively lets him take control. This is one negative in the otherwise brilliant character of Alicia, who is quiet yet unshakable in other eps, but in scenes with Peter (Chris Noth) is willing to be resigned to a bit part rather than the force she usually commands. Following Zach's revelation, Team Peter, comprising of Daniel Golden (Joe Morton) and Kya Poole (Francie Swift) set up camp at the apartment. Peter's entourage also gets a boost with Alan Cummings as Eli Gold, a sharp obnoxious advisor with witty and only slightly over the top come backs to everything. He attempts to get Alicia onside but The Good Wife is, of course, far too classy for that. Cummings plays the role amazingly well, and although I do miss his fantastic Scottish accent, it is great to see him in a role that will surely be around for at least a few eps. Another sexually charged scene comes in the form of Kalinda meeting with FBI agent Lana Davenport (Jill Flint), who offers her a job and more, telling Kalinda "I want you to work under me". Kalinda refuses both after some hesitation, but for the first time we see a shyness to the brash P.I.

    More teasers introduced in this ep as we find out (thanks to Cummings' Gold) that Peter is under investigation by the Feds and his plans to fight for his job back are reiterated. As usual TGW gives more questions than answers, which will definitely keep me hanging on until next week.moreless
  • Still amazed how good this show is

    From week to week I am just amazed how good that show is. It was little "unsure" thing on my watchlist first but now.. I totally loved the episode. I mean. It was little different, on dynamic side.. specially because of the new situation: Alicia's husband is back home and there is not only tension back home but back at the office. That scene with Will. It was just packed with tension and Alicia to be on that situation... I think more than that, I adored storylines with Diana. Weird, as she is not so much of focus and not the most favorable char, but that was little sweet twist to her char. And Kalinda's storyline too. Just just seems always to be the mystical one... who walks trough every fire to get what she wants.moreless
Joanna Gleason

Joanna Gleason

Judge Carmella Romano

Guest Star

Tom Degnan

Tom Degnan

Brad Broussard

Guest Star

Halley Wegryn Gross

Halley Wegryn Gross

Judith Broussard

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Jackie Florrick

Recurring Role

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Daniel Golden

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Will: Nice work on Broussard today.
      Diane: Thanks.
      Will: Look, I know we're going through a lot of turmoil here over the direction of the firm, with Stern gone and all, but wherever we end up... I respect you, Diane.
      Diane: Didn't they say that to Secretariat before they put him down?
      Will: I don't think they said "Diane".

    • Kalinda: (about Will and Alicia) You two do have a complicated relationship. You know, an unrequited thing.
      Alicia: What does that even mean? An unrequited thing?
      Kalinda: Look, I don't really deal well with all this high school stuff.
      Alicia: And whouldn't that make him want me on the case, not off it?
      Kalinda: I don't know. Alicia, complicated relationships are a breeding ground for misinterpreted action.

    • Kya: (about hiring Eli Gold) It sends the wrong message.
      Daniel Golden: What is the right message?
      Kya: (to Peter) You need an ambassador. Eli Gold is a thug.
      Daniel Golden: You need someone who's effective. Eli Gold is effective. Get things done.
      Peter: Gold, Golden. Who are we going to hire next-- Goldilocks?

    • Eli Gold: You know, you and I are going to be the best of friends, Mrs. Florrick. And you know why?
      Alicia: I have no idea.
      Eli Gold: Because you're cautious, and so am I. Your husband isn't.

    • Kalinda: Alicia, you're a good lawyer, but you're always waiting for people to give you things.

    • Alicia: I'm better than Cary. On the Broussard homicide. On the eyewitness cross. I've been working on this for three months, intensely, and Cary is just coming on.
      Diane: I agree.
      Alicia: You... Well, then, why? Why... why was I pulled off it?
      Diane: I don't know. It wasn't my idea.
      Alicia: Whose?
      Diane: Will's.

    • Alicia: I checked with Diane. Why I'm no longer on the Broussard homicide. She said it was your decision.
      Will: Yes.
      Alicia: I just wanted to make sure I hadn't done anything wrong.
      Will: No, no, no, no. Of course not.
      Alicia: Then I don't get it.
      Will: Maybe it was a mistake. I... I've been feeling guilty lately about pulling you away on the Rucker defense and the Memorial North suit. I just thought that... I just thought with Peter coming home... your life's complicated enough. I should give you a break.
      Alicia: But I don't want a break. I want to be here. I want to be doing a good job.
      Will: You are doing a good job.
      Alicia: Then use me. Peter can take care of himself. He's irrelevant to this. I want to be here.
      Will: I want you to be here.
      Alicia: Then... then I'm here.
      Will: Okay. (they stare at each other)

    • Diane: (on Kurt McVeigh)I think I've just been visited by the Marlboro Man.

    • Grace: (on Peter's security bracelet)This is just like Cinderella.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 2, 2010 on Global
      Czech Republic: May 23, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: August 4, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: September 6, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: November 14, 2010 on JOJ
      France: March 3, 2011 on M6


    • Diane: (about the ballistics expert's name Kurt McVeigh) What an infortunate name. Hopefully no relation?

      Diane is referring to Timothy McVeigh who was convicted of bombing the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City in 1995, as a revolt against a tyrannical federal government. 168 people were killed, the deadliest act of terrorism within the United States prior to the 9/11 attacks. He was executed in 2001.