The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions