The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2009 on CBS
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Alicia returns to work as a defense attorney after her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration. She is assigned her first case; a retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Her firm successfully deadlocked the first jury, and they hope that sticking to that strategy will work again, but Alicia realizes that this trial will be more of a fight than anyone expected.moreless

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  • Really great start! I found myself caring for the characters after just the first episode

    I have JUST started watching this show even though it has looked appealing to me for about a year. Alicia seems strong and very smart, but also kind and caring too. After her prominent political husband is disgraced and sent to jail, she has to pick up the pieces, all while staying by his side. She gets her mother in law to come help with her teenage kids and starts working again... as a defense attorney working in a firm where a very good old law school friend works. I know because of announcements on television that a romantic relationship grows between them and can't wait to watch it all play out. I love when a show drags out a romance for a long time. Kalinda is great! And I really enjoy Alicia's relationship with her kids. It is very real. So, I will gladly continue watching The Good Wife, especially since her husband has a possibility of being released from prison... and she has a cut throat fellow junior associate who is trying to beat her out of her job.moreless
  • hard to imagine how they could have improved on this - excellent writing, casting, character set up, domestic versus worklife boundary issues, launch of mid-life self-reinvention trajectory...

    The name "the good wife" almost scared me off but thankfully I gave it a whirl. Watching Julianna Margulies's character Alicia Florrick struggle with the incredible combination of challenges recently ripped open in her life (husband disgraced (politically and also with a sex scandal), resigned, incarcerated; mother in law moving in; becoming the breadwinner and returning to law career after a fifteen year hiatus....) was fascinating. She is a great actress and really well matched with the other cast members - notably Chris Noth as her disgraced state's attorney husband, Christine Baranski as formidable workplace rival, and Archie Panjabi as a tough and cheeky young investigator in the firm. So many intriguing dynamics have already been set up. The mother in law helping out but simultaneouly making waves at home while hubby is in jail, Alicia navigating an uncomfortable contrast between biological age and newbie/junior role at the firm and butting up against expectations of others in the process; intense competition with another junior associate (Cary) hired at the same time (only one will be kept on after six months); Cary and Alicia competing for the loyalties of their shared asssistant... the list goes on. But a favourite moment in the episode came early - it was while Chris Noth's Character Peter Florrick gave his resignation speech, and Alicia is up there with him, and it's so overwhelming she just tunes into this piece of lint on her husband's jacket - one of those frozen moments in time - well dramatized and speaks volumes about the internal emotional processes. This is a show to keep watching.moreless
  • Wonderful

    It really is a wonderful start. Julianna Margullies is wonderful as Alicia Florrick, who can act without speaking, her face paints a thousand words.

    You can see her trying to bottle up her emotions in the press conference at the beginning..Superb acting.

    Kalinda is Kalinda from the beginning, her character reveals very little, however is a delight and Archie is perfect in the role.

    Chris Noth is also perfect in the role of Peter and him and Julianna have great chemistry.

    As for Cary I love that smile of his.

    Will's history with Alicia is adressed, while Diane comes off as a jealous, intimidated woman. Thankfully they develop her further than this and we get a set of complicated characters.

    As for Jackie she just makes me laugh...always.

    Brilliant startmoreless
  • Great show with a great concept!!

    I just started watching The Good Wife this week due to the fact that it has been nominated for a Golden Globe in the best drama category, so i decided to give it a try and check it out.

    My goodness, great show!! I can't believe I hadn't watched it before!! It has got a great plot and I think it has a high potential of becoming one of TV's greatest legal dramas as the years go on.

    I like the fact that it is building up on many different story lines which makes it enjoyable to watch and thus avoids being too monotonous.

    A big thanks to the writers and producers for developing this show with such a great concept.moreless
Gillian Jacobs

Gillian Jacobs


Guest Star

Luisa D'Oliveira

Luisa D'Oliveira

Sandra Pai

Guest Star

Katie Walder

Katie Walder

Jennifer Lewis

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

Mary Beth Peil

Mary Beth Peil

Jackie Florrick

Recurring Role

Chris Butler

Chris Butler

Matan Brody

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Kalinda: You know what I don't get? Why you stood by him? I would've stuck a knife in his heart.
      Alicia: I always thought I would, too. When I heard about those other scandals, the other wives... I thought... how can you allow yourself to be used like that? And then it happened, and I was... unprepared.

    • Diane: (after Alicia changed strategy without updating the firm) She's a junior associate who doesn't think she's a junior associate. Her husband was a State's attorney. She lived in Highland Park. It's not just teaching an old dog new tricks. It's teaching an entitled dog new tricks.
      Will: Oh, come on, Diane. The problem is she's catching evidence that you overlooked. I've seen you mentor these women until they start competing with you. And then you...
      Diane: What? Excuse me? I say we reprimand Alicia and put Cary in as first chair.

    • Alicia: Why did my husband fire you?
      Kalinda: He accused me of working two jobs.
      Alicia: Were you?
      Kalinda: Oh, yeah.

    • Peter: (talking about Grace and Zach) How are they? Mother says that she's helping out around the house.
      Alicia: They're good. Grace argues over clothes with your mother, and Zach is using you to make friends at school. Which I don't know if that's a healthy thing or something worse.

    • Kalinda: If you identify with too many clients, you burn out.
      Alicia: Why don't you tell me when I do something right, okay?
      Kalinda: Sure.

    • Cary: I'm Cary, the other new associate.
      Alicia: Oh, right. Alicia.
      Cary: Yeah, look, I know we should be at each other's throats, but I just want to say I really respect what you're doing here. Raising a family and then jumping right back into this. My mom, she's thinking of doing the same thing.
      Alicia: Great.
      Cary: Yeah. So, you're on the pro bono, right?
      Alicia: Mm-hmm.
      Cary: Yeah, that's great. I interned last summer at the Innoncence Project. My dad's best friend is Barry Scheck and it was just amazing. Helping people. Here, they got me on the Sheffrin-Marks. I'm sure it will be challenging, but at the end of the day, what have you really done? Saved a corporation a few billion dollars?
      Alicia: You want to trade?
      Cary: I would, but I guess they have other plans, so... (the assistant interrupts them)

    • Alicia: (to her client) You won't feel like it. But put on nice clothing. Force yourself, too. Not for public. For you.

    • Client: Does it ever get easier?
      Alicia: No, but you do get better at it.

    • Glenn Childs: You know he's using you, don't you? Peter blames me for his downfall. He's using you to get to me.
      Alicia: How do you figure?
      Glenn Childs: Mrs. Florrick, please. He told you about the pitted trace evidence. Don't make yourself collateral damage here, for your own sake.
      Alicia: Mr. Childs, the day you leaked that sex tape to the press and forced me to shield my children from every cable news station that played it in a 24-hour rotation, that was the day I became collateral damage. If you're worried about my husband, Mr. Childs. You've obviously never made a woman angry.

    • Alicia Florrick: You know the other associate, Cary?
      Will Gardner: The one in the Brioni?
      (Alicia looks at him)
      Will Gardner: What? I am observing.
      Alicia Florrick: Yes, the one in the Brioni. He said to me may the best man win. What exactly does he mean by that?
      Will Gardner: What he means is something I thought we weren't making public.
      Alicia Florrick: What?
      Will Gardner: Look, we only have one associate position open. So we agreed to hire two applicants and, in six months, decide which one we retain.
      Alicia Florrick: So this is a contest between me and Cary?
      Will Gardner: It was either that or a cagematch. I'm just happy your pro bono is going well.

    • Peter Florrick: When I get out, it will all go back to normal.
      Alicia Florrick: Nothing will ever go back to normal.

    • Jackie Florrick: (about Alicia's husband, Peter) He needs you to forgive him, Alicia.
      Alicia Florrick: He took everything I thought we had and he just put it out there.
      Jackie Florrick: He didn't want that. The press...
      Alicia Florrick: Oh, Jackie, stop it! Peter wasn't thinking of us.

    • Alicia Florrick: The last time I was in Court it was 13 years ago.
      Kalinda Sharma: Wow, I was twelve!
      Alicia Florrick: Thanks...

    • Diane Lockhart: (to Alicia) When I was starting out I got one great piece of advice. Men can be lazy, women can't... and I think that goes double for you. Not only are you coming back to the workplace fairly late but you have some very prominent baggage. (Points to a picture of her and Hillary Clinton) But, hey, if she can do it so can you.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Nový začátek (New Beginning)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: January 24, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: March 31, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: May 31, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: August 22, 2010 on JOJ

    • Matt Czuchry and Katie Walder previously starred together in Gilmore Girls. Matt played Logan, Rory Gilmore's college boyfriend and Katie portrayed Rory Gilmore's college roommate, Janet.