The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 18


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Alicia and Will try to defend a college student who was accused of killing her sorority sister while on sleeping aid. At the same time, they must deal with their growing sexual tension and Diane and Kurt McVeigh continue flirting with each other.

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  • One of the best shows on TV, and one of the most intense episodes, and I'm not remotely in the target demo

    This show is incredible. It has been keeping me up late at night because I am just now watching it from the beginning and after I watch one episode, I keep saying I'll stop but I keep going until the wee hours of the morning. I am a 25 year old male, and originally started watching back when the first few episodes aired, but then kind of fell out of this show and thought it wasn't for me. After all the amazing accolades it received I decided to give it another shot and I am so glad I did. The writing and acting is some of the best on television.

    This episode had me literally yelling at my computer, with the ending. I was so emotionally invested in this story and the characters, that it really provoked a verbal reaction. Hope more people I know will get on board this ride and start watching this show so I have someone to talk to about it.moreless
  • Noooooooo!

    No! I was straight up yelling at my TV with my jaw on the floor when the end sequence happened, with the girl going away for 10 years. I knew they were going to go not guilty, so when she accepted the plea, that's probably the most emotional I have ever gotten over this show, proving that The Good Wife is a brilliantly written and acted out program.

    THis episode was reminsicent of the short-lived FOX series The Jury, where each episode saw a case from the eyes of the jury, not the lawyers. Fortunately, TGW learned from that show's mistakes and featured some scenes with the lawyers as well, not just these nameless people.

    While I did like this episode, I did have a few gripes. The Diane/"Marlboro Man" relationship does not interest me at all, and I am a fan of Gary Cole. Hopefully that was the end of this. I also thinking the debating jury who eventually talk things out and become friends in the end was a bit cliched, but with the twist ending it worked here.

    The Good Wife may exclusively appeal to people over 50, but I'm really enjoying this program and tonight's episode was definitely one of the most memorable of the season.moreless
  • Excellent writing on The Good Wife, really reaching it's zenith with this episode.

    Episode 18, and I have been watching these back to back one a day on the computer to catch up. I feel that seeing a show bloom in this fashion is far more organic than watching it once a week on TV. The characters have really fleshed out, with no exceptions. I think the sign of truly good writing is being able to view characters from different angles, thus rending them three dimensional. Instead of being one way only, each person is not all good, not all bad, innocent nor guilty, black nor white. As the viewer, I can form my own opinions and am not manipulated to think what the writers want me to think.

    In a way, it allows the viewer to be involved in the program by never allowing them to get detached once they "figure it out".

    This episode was different than those before it, in terms of perspective. Shown from the jury's perspective, the show takes a creative jump and that is a reward in and of itself. I was impressed that the writers came at this from a different angle. Also, I don't believe that this show had used a twist ending up until this point. I did NOT see that coming. The end gave me a chill, and I have to say-major kudos to The Good Wife writing staff. It is writing like this that makes me continue to desire to write myself. Inspirational.moreless
  • Twists, mess ups.. more mess ups.

    So.. this time there is a twist of telling the story: there are those people.. jury.. and they can make a decision about the case and we see what the think and the same time see the story unfold and what kind of twist the story is having.. And I not only mean Lockheart's big mess up (when that dinner happened, I was so sure something goes wrong but I did not expected that kind of disaster) but also things about the photos, Kalinda on her best again.. finding those new evidence and finding those things..

    And one scene at the house.. that girl there.. it is all going to end up in even bigger mess. It is so sure now.

    I loved the way this story had really heavy weight.. I loved the way they told the episode and all that plus the way they have kept so stable storyline telling makes this show probably one at the top of my list.moreless
Christopher Evan Welch

Christopher Evan Welch

Dr. Miner

Guest Star

James Monroe Iglehart

James Monroe Iglehart


Guest Star

Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva


Guest Star

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Kurt McVeigh

Recurring Role

David Paymer

David Paymer

Judge Richard Cuesta

Recurring Role

Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Matan Brody

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Coach: (about Kalinda who wants to open a locker) Don't you need a warrant or something?
      Kalinda: Yeah, if I were a cop. I cant get bolt cutters in here, but it'd be easier if you just opened it.
      Coach: So you're not a cop?
      Kalinda: No.
      Coach: And you're not with police campus?
      Kalinda: Mm-mmm.
      Coach: So who are you?
      Kalinda: Kalinda.

    • Detective Burton: So, you enjoy tarnishing my reputation?
      Kalinda: Best part of my day.

    • Will: Sometimes I think justice would be better served with a coin flip.

    • Will: We still haven't had our dinner.
      Alicia: I know.
      Will: You worried about Peter?
      Alicia: I'm worried about everything.
      Will: I'm not.

    • Kalinda: What's going on?
      Alicia: What?
      Kalinda: Is going on? Will doesn't even look at you anymore.
      Alicia: He does.
      Kalinda: You been a bad girl? (Alicia doesn't answer and Kalinda walks away)

    • McVeigh: You have to go?
      Diane: I want to stay, but three generations of Democrat ancestors are screaming out in protest?
      McVeigh: That's a lot of generations.

    • (over the phone)
      Will: We're in a weird place, I know.
      Alicia: It's okay.
      Will: No. I don't like being in a weird place.
      Alicia: I know. Me neither.
      Will: When I look at you during the day, I want to know what you're thinking.
      Alicia: Sometimes I don't even know what I'm thinking. Will...
      Will: Yeah?
      Alicia: If it had been differently... at Georgetown, if... if it had been us and not Peter, we would've lasted a week.
      Will: No, we wouldn't have.
      Alicia: We would have. It's romantic because it didn't happen. If it had happened, it would have just... been life.

    • Will: (about Diane sleeping with McVeigh) Did it even occur to you to tell me?
      Diane: Not, it didn't. I was under the mistaken impression that it was my life.
      Will: It's your life when it doesn't impact our clients.
      Diane: It didn't impact our clients.
      Will: Diane, the jury ate it up. It was sex. It wasn't GSR or ballistics, it was sex.
      Diane: I'm going home.
      Will: If you had just told me. If you had just given me a sign!
      Diane: Come on! Don't be a hypocrite.
      Will: A hypocrite? How am I a hypocrite?
      Diane: Alicia.
      Will: (he pauses) That's supposed to what, make me quake, make me humble?
      Diane: Make you honest.
      Will: There's nothing going on with Alicia.
      Diane: That's not true.
      Will: It is true.
      Diane: Will... I have two eyes.
      Will: Then use them. Watch me. Watch us. There's nothing going on with Alicia (she chuckles)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pochyby (Doubt)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 6, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: May 20, 2010 on More4
      Czech Republic: May 30, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: September 1, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: September 27, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: December 6, 2010 on JOJ