The Good Wife

Season 2 Episode 2

Double Jeopardy

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

It's Alicia against Cary in a trial of an Army reservist who was accused of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Childs uses dirty tricks to mar Peter's campaign.

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  • The cameos were a surprised but for once in a TV show it was a good surprised.

    This episode was very interesting, and the extend of what Will would go to, to get what he wants, it reminded me of the Heart episode of Season 1.

    I have to say that although I liked this episode, I missed to know what Kalinda and found on Will and the new partner Derreck. I think it would be also interesting to have an episode where Derreck and Alicia would go back to washington to see one of his clients. With will coming impromtu to support them and also as his jealousy might increase to see her working closely with someone else.

    This was however very entertaining and enjoyable and will still get me to be there next Tuesday and the following tuesdays.moreless
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    The Good Wife's season premiere was good, not great, but this episode definitely was great.

    We had a really interesting case here with the seemingly murderer going to military camp and Alicia and Will struggling to adapt to a style of court they are not used to. This made for some excellent drama and showed how The Good Wife, which I am dubbing as the new The Practice, as far as being the elite legal show on television, continues to evolve and innovate, and not fall into cliched traps.

    This was a strong episode also because of the frantic Eli Gold rushing to stop the interview. Great scene there.

    TGW may not see a third season, but this is definitely a consistently entertaining program.moreless
  • When Alicia defends Randy Simmons of murder and gets him off, he is arrested by the military, as he is a reserve, and under their jurisdiction.

    On Double Jeopardy a black defendant named Randy Simmons is accused of stabbing his wife, but Alicia gets him off. Cary Agos, now working for the D.A., is a lawyer for the prosecution. Cary feels like the defendant was guilty, so he visits a black female friend who is a military lawyer and after a game of basketball he gives her the file. Simmons is in the reserves, so they can try him under military rules and it isn't double jeopardy. The name of the defendant is kind of close to O.J. Simpson, and so you are thinking that it might be some kind of commentary on that case, and that would mean that they are saying that he did it. But that wasn't what happened. I think that they should have changed his name because that was a distraction. The case in military court showed inflexible the military judge was, so finally, since they couldn't get a continuance, Will got thrown in the brig for contempt. This was an interesting look at military justice. Blake, the new investigator, worked on the case instead of Kalinda, but she didn't like that. Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) was busy trying to spin some video clips from a prostitute who was involved in the Peter Florrick scandal. It was kind of a song parody, and there was a fake interview of Peter set up to provide sound bites to insert into the video. There were a lot of double entendres where legal terms had a double meaning that was sexual. The interview tried to get him to say certain phrases that went along with the clip. Eli also had to fire Becca (Dreama Walker), the trouble making ex girlfriend of Zach Florrick. Becca showed up as a volunteer on Peter's campaign. Becca and Zach meet later and she is trying to get back with Zach. He won't buy it, until she says that she knows Glenn Childs' son, and offers to try and create some scandal by creating a phony Facebook page for him.

    The other story arc was about Derrick Bond bringing in Lou Dobbs as a client. There was a conflict with another client that they had for a long time, so Diane got Will to promise that he would back her up and vote to keep their old client and dump Dobbs. When Derrick shows that Lou Dobbs provided much more billable hours than their old client, Will changes his mind. After they dump their old client, Dobbs wants to fire them, unless Diane can convince him that he really wants his business and will defend him even if she disagrees with his politics. When she meets with Dobbs, he thinks she is very honest and he wants to hire her. She is going to think about it, but you know that she will probably decide to defend Dobbs, and he will be back on the show. Diane felt a bit betrayed that Will didn't back her up, and she has Kalinda look into Will and Derrick's pasts to see if they have any history that they haven't spoken about. It ends with Kalinda about to drop some hot gossip about Derrick and Will onto Diane, whose eyes are gleaming in anticipation.

    The bottom line is that this was a good episode, but it was mostly to set up story arcs that may pay dividends at some point in the not too distant future. The battle between Peter and Glenn Childs is heating up, and Team Childs is playing dirty, so we the audience can't wait until Peter starts fighting back. Childs has people tracking Peter and his family, trying to get dirt on them or a nice video clip that can be used against them. The Blake/Kalinda rivalry/flirtation is kind of on the back burner, but it is not over yet. Can't wait until it boils over. Becca has gotten back with Zach and she is trying to help him, but you know that she is going to cause trouble. Zach is also trying to get Eli Gold to allow him to help, but so far Eli doesn't want his help. Cary is shaping up to be quite an enemy of Alicia and the firm. He is like Hamilton Burger Jr. Will is also shown in bed with a journalist who at first seemed to be asking legitimate questions about his law practice, but later she is shown to be following up on an article where Will was called the 16th most elligible bachelor in the city. Knowing this show, I wouldn't be surprised if she turns out to be working for Glenn Childs.moreless
Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry

Randall A. Simmons

Guest Star

Teyonah Parris

Teyonah Parris

Melinda Gossett

Guest Star

Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen

Lt. Terrence Hicks

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Jackie Florrick

Recurring Role

Michael Ealy

Michael Ealy

Derrick Bond

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Diane: What do you know about Derrick Bond?
      Kalinda: What do I know? Well, I did the due diligence. Everything I found, you have.
      Diane: What about Derrick Bond and Will?
      Kalinda: Sorry?
      Diane: As far as I knew, there was no connection between them. I was the connection to Derrick.
      Kalinda: You're suggesting there's a link that you don't know about.
      Diane: I'm suggesting I'd like to be disabused of that notion.
      Kalinda: Then, I'll get to disabusing.

    • Diane: This is a betrayal. You said that you would support me.
      Will: I didn't see the facts.
      Diane: Now the facts are important to you? In court, you couldn't give a damn.
      Will: Come on, Diane. It's money! It's about keeping our doors open. My father drove his business into the ground giving money to everyone he knew. And I'm not going to make the same mistake.
      Diane: You know what you just did? You just lost your certain vote.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dvojí riziko (Double Jeopardy)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 5, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: January 13, 2011 on More4
      Czech Republic: February 14, 2011 on Universal Channel
      Germany: March 18, 2011 on kabel eins
      Finland: June 20, 2011 on Nelonen