The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 20, 2009 on CBS
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Alicia and Will have only 72 hours to prove that a freight train crash was caused by the train company and not the engineers in an attempt to save the widows their husbands' pensions. Meanwhile, Alicia and Jackie disagree about whether or not to take the children to see their father in prison.moreless

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  • More calm than previous episodes..

    I think this episode was somehow more calm and more steday than previous ones. No major developments, no major turns. And I most say, I quite liked the way this episode went. The steadiness for a little break is good but I hope the show catches the fast momentum again.

    The case itself was fascinating: to have a train crash and have to deal with the company who is thinking that they could be sue them. And to one layer after another find the truth piece by piece. I really loved that lawyer who they were working against. She was really annoying but something the way that char was played, was really good.

    A really good performance Julianna Margulies. She is really the center of this show and that episode really gave her the change to shine in many fronts. The way her character happens to get into all kind of "messes". I mean, like the conversation in the end of the episode. That was ironic but it was good point and worked well in dynamic. The whole tension on work.

    I think it was good episode.moreless
  • Another good episode as the show continues to improve.

    After the first five minutes of the pilot for The Good Wife I thought about turning the TV off, or throwing a remote through the screen, whichever got the show off faster. But the show has slowly grown on me and is now one of the shows I look forward to each and every week and the best show on Tuesday nights.

    The Good Wife still has some flaws. The supporting cast is pretty dull and while Will Gardner was pretty much the star of this episode, a lot of his dialogue doesn't seem too believable as the character doesn't really have an identity. Josh Charles can be funny, but he can also take on a more serious role as we saw both sides of that on the cancelled way too early series Sports Night, and I think the show will only get better if he gets the kind of screen time he got tonight.

    The show also needs more of Chris Noth. I get that its about female empowerment, but give us more than two minutes an episode of Peter Florrick. We got zero resolution tonight about last week's cliffhanger as to whether or not Alicia Florrick would testify.moreless
Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton

Patti Nyholm

Guest Star

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy

Sarah Conley

Guest Star

Derek Cecil

Derek Cecil

Jonathan Eldredge

Guest Star

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Jackie Florrick

Recurring Role

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

David Fonteno

David Fonteno

Judge Robert Parks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Peter: Mom tells me you're working on a hard case.
      Alicia: Yep.
      Peter: I guess you're putting in a lot of hours with Will. (she gives him an interrogative look) A lot of time to think about things in here.
      Alicia: A lot of time out there, too.
      Peter: He's not what he seems, Alicia.
      Alicia: Peter, if it's one thing I'm learning... nobody is.
      Peter: Gardner acts like he's this good guy and he's everybody's best friend, but I could tell you a few things about him. (she laughs softly) What?
      Alicia: Can we... Can we at least acknowledge how ironic this conversation is? (he laughs)

    • Alicia: (taking a depo) So, Ms. Conley, you're saying you have nothing to do with approving or denying overtime?
      Ms. Conley: That's right.
      Alicia: And what about David Merriman? Has he ever approved or denied overtime?
      Ms. Conley: I don't recall.
      Alicia: Did any of the accident victims work overtime the week before the Lakeshore crash?
      Ms. Conley: I don't recall.
      Alicia: Did any of them routinely put in for ovetime?
      Ms. Conley: I don't recall.
      Alicia: Ms. Conley, are you married?
      Ms. Conley: I don't re...
      Alicia: Oh, I'm so sorry, Ms. Conley. I've got three clients who lost their husband-- must have been a Freudian slip.

    • Judge Parks: Mr. Gardner, how long would it take to depose these witnesses?
      Will: To properly prepare and depose, I would say one month.
      Judge Parks: You have three days.
      Will: Three? But, Your Honor, that isn't...
      Judge Parks: Now you have two days. Want to try for one?
      Will: No, thank you, Your Honor.
      Patti Nyholm: Your Honor, if I could just interject here. These executives are very busy people. Even two hours out of their work day...
      Judge Parks: Ms. Nyholm, you just gace Mr. Gardner back his third day. Would you like to give him a fourth?
      Patti Nyholm: No, Your Honor. I'll stop.
      Judge Parks: Good.

    • Peter: (to Alicia) Don't give up on me. Come on, don't give up on me.

    • Grace: I'm mad at him, but he's still Dad.

    • Alicia: This thing you're doing with Diane, does it have anything to do with Malcom Overby?
      Kalinda: No.
      Alicia: It doesn't?
      Kalinda: No, you can't ask me.
      Alicia: It's just... if he's coming on as third partner, Will should know.
      Kalinda: You can't ask me and I can't tell you but don't conclude from what I'm saying it's what you think.
      Alicia: Okay. Can you be any more specific?
      Kalinda: No. (walks away)

    • Kalinda: (she just made her report about Malcolm Overby) Are you sure that's what you're looking for?
      Diane: I... don't know. Should I be looking for something else?
      Kalinda: Well, that's like asking the dentist whether you should brush.

    • Kalinda: Do you know how much you pay jury consultants?
      Diane: No.
      Kalinda: A hundred thousand dollars for three months work.
      Diane: That sounds about right.
      Kalinda: Do you know how much I make?
      Diane: I have a feeling I'm finding out.
      Kalinda: A fourth of that.
      Diane: That sounds outrageous.
      Kalinda: Yeah, it does, doesn't it?

    • Alicia: You don't supervise my kids spontaneously. You don't take them to prison. You don't just try and phone me. You phone me. You respect me as a mother or you leave!
      Jackie: I am doing the best I can.
      Alicia: Well, join the club!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nehoda (Accident)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 7, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: April 28, 2010 on ProSieben
      Sweden: May 11, 2010 on TV4
      Finland: June 28, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: September 5, 2010 on JOJ