The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 23

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 25, 2010 on CBS
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Alicia must decide whether to stand by her husband or pursue a relationship with Will.

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  • Running

    8.0
    The Good Wife, one of the best new dramas to come along on CBS in quite some time, aired its season one finale last night. The episode featured a solid case involving witness protection (and Lockhart/Gardner going up against their former subordinate Cary) but it was made by the drama outside of the courtroom. Alicia has been angered by Peter's "alleged" infidelity, but now it seems she might want to engage in a little of her own with Will. The viewer was left asking the question is the "good" wife really good as the show faded to black. We've got three months to ponder what happens.



    I do not know how much mass appeal this show has; it is a little too smart for the casual fan, but for the people who have discovered it, we're a part of something really special. Hopefully the second season becomes even better than the first.moreless
  • This was the season finale, and it was good, but really I didn't watch the whole thing because my niece and her friends, who are all in a show running at The Empty Space in Bakersfield, wanted to go to a Karaoke Bar. After watching Glee I couldn't refuse.moreless

    9.0
    OK, I already confessed that I didn't watch the whole show because I wanted to go to the Karaoke Bar. I sang a Johnny Cash song, Big River, in F. It was fun because some of the people in my niece's show were really good singers (though some surprisingly weren't). But the ratio of good singers to bad singers was pretty good. The show people were getting pretty amourous and then two of the women were giving each other an erotic massage. Tanya was making out with the director, after they did a duet on Picture of You by Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. But what I did see of The Good Wife was pretty good. Oh, yeah, one of the kids at the karaoke bar, Roscoe, looked like the young lawyer who was fired. I like this show and want to watch this episode again. Maybe I can find it online. What I did see was a scene where Kalinda was in a storage locker with a prosecuter who was trying to find evidence on a crooked cop. She had pictures of Kalinda making out with the cop in question. There had been speculation that perhaps Kalinda was a lesbian, but this seemed to squealch that supposition--but then the prosecuter (by the way, a very hot looking woman) who was pressuring Kalinda to roll on the crooked cop started to mak on her. You could only see their legs, since they were in a storage locker with the gate halfway rolled up, but it was strongly implied, by the movement of the foot of one woman thrust between the feet of the other, that she was leaning in close to kiss her. It was like all of the heat in their hostile encounter was finding release in their passionate kiss.



    And that one scene made the finale quite an event. I can't wait to see the rest of the episode, not to mention the next season.moreless
  • Episode finale. A very good one as expected

    10
    We learn a lot of things in this episode. First Peter is not in control as you may think. His mother seems to have some power over him. Kalinda is playing for both team and know what she wants, but has feeling for the cop. The scene between her and the fed's woman was perfect, very subtile, very well made (love it). The other piece of information we learnt is that the season 2 will be a bumpy ride for Eli Gold during the campaign as he said to Alicia "You're not going to make my life easier ?" Alicia's reply to Will as he called her to express his feeling was perfect :"What's the plan, romance is easy, parents teachers conference is not. Show me the plan". In my opinion Will doesn't have a plan and is not interested by a define plan, maybe he doesn't know it for now. The face to face between Alicia and Cary is a preamble of what will happen during season 2. So obviously we are waiting impatiently for the return of the series in Fall.moreless
  • Brilliant

    9.5
    First of all.. what a case. And how it started. So mysteriously. All those people arriving in secret and that meeting. Then the case took another turn after the man was killed and from there on.. it was just full throttle there on. Everyone had some kind of dilemma: Diane and that ballistic expert and she playing against him. Then Will and that law student. And ofcourse Alicia and Will.. what lead to that great ending.



    But for me, the best part of this episode was Kalinda. I mean, she has been one very unique char the whole season but this time, she was out on her own crusade and that probably cost her much but she did not stop whatever she did.



    So.. brilliant way to end the great season.moreless
  • Could this show get any better?

    9.5
    The Good Wife is undoubtedly my favorite new show of the season.

    From the pilot to the final episode, I've been completely hooked and couldn't wait until the next episode. And I find it already unbearable to wait until Sept.



    That last episode was the icing on a delicious cake. There is still so much to see and wait for when the show returns. Hello bad Cary!



    Kudos on the writers for bringing together such an amazing cast. There's no weakest link and each one of them found their pace. So much that I can't see the show without any of them, including Gleen Childs.

    The stories, personal and professionnal, are relevant, credible and often touching. The mix between politics, media and law is just amazing. As for the personnal stuff, it's very subtle and smart. That first kiss between Alicia and Will was wonderful. But at the same time, Peter is trying so hard to become a better man that you can't root for Will a 100%.

    Julianna Margulies brings all the nuances necesseray to her character and you can't not love her, as a mother, a lawyer, a wife and a woman who has flaws and temptations...



    Can't wait for season 2!moreless
Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo

Giada Cabrini

Guest Star

Amy Acker

Amy Acker

Trish Arkin

Guest Star

Wass M. Stevens

Wass M. Stevens

Hunter

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Kurt McVeigh

Recurring Role

Jill Flint

Jill Flint

Lana Delaney

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (15)

    • Tony: Apparently, internal affairs is looking into my connection with the Arkin shooting.
      Kalinda: Yeah, I heard.
      Tony: This stuff seems to be coming from your lawsuit.
      Kalinda: That's right.
      Tony: So why all the questions about what I do for friends? What, you thought I did it?
      Kalinda: Yeah.
      Tony: Go to hell.

    • Jackie: Who do you think you are? You think you know people? You just use the same words for everyone. You just say 'God' and you think you can make people feel bad about themselves.
      Pastor Isaiah: Mrs. Florrick, your son approached me. He asked advice from me. I will continue to offer that advice.
      Jackie: And I will do everything in my power to stop you. You don't know my son. This is a phase. You are a phase.
      Pastor Isaiah: Then, we'll see.
      Jackie: No, you'll see. He's running, this year. He's my blood; and I don't know what your God does, but it doesn't match that.

    • Jackie: (about pastor Isaiah) Mr. Gold, there is one thing you need to know about my son. He is easily moved. You need to prescreen the people who see him. And I will talk to this man. Plan on making the announcement by the end of the week.
      Eli Gold: Thank you.
      Jackie: Are you good, Mr. Gold?
      Eli Gold: Am I goog? Uh, I'm the best, ma'am.
      Jackie: I will need you to be.

    • Giada: I ran into Alicia Florrick.
      Will: Uh-huh. Where?
      Giada: At the office. She seems nice.
      Will: Yes, and a very talented lawyer.
      Giada: I'm sure. I felt like I was intruding.
      Will: You felt like you were intruding? I don't understand that.
      Giada: I felt like I was getting checked out by someone who had skin in the game.

    • Kalinda: Tony, you know this stuff you're slipping me, crime reports and evidence? You ever worry about getting caught?
      Tony: Getting caught?
      Kalinda: Mm.
      Tony: Slipping you things? No! No. Why?
      Kalinda: Just part of doing business?
      Tony: Yeah. I mean, it's... It's for a friend. Some things you do for a friend. (she remains silent) I feel like you're having this conversation with yourself, and... and I'm just listening in.
      Kalinda: No, I'm just... I'm just figuring you out, that's all.

    • (over the phone)
      Will: Okay, I just need to say it. We've been up and down, back and forth, and I look at you, Alicia and I think that...
      Alicia: Will...
      Will: No, I just need to say this.
      Alicia: No! Show me the plan.
      Will: The what?
      Alicia: The plan. I get the romance. I need a plan.
      Will: Not everything needs a plan.
      Alicia: Everything that matters does. I have two kids that mean the world to me. I have the press. They're just waiting for a whiff of a new scandal. And I have a husband. So if you want to cut through all that noise, then show me a plan. Poetry is easy. It's the parent-teacher conferences that are hard.

    • Peter: Look, I was just an okay state's attorney, nothing special. But I want to be a great one. And I can't do it without you.
      Alicia: I don't want the kids involved.
      Peter: They won't be.
      Alicia: And I want to work.
      Peter: I want you to work.

    • Alicia: So is it always gonna be with way, between us?
      Will: I want to say yes, but I want to know what you mean.
      Alicia: Just... talking. Being casual and...
      Will: Blunt? (she nods) I like myself around you, Alicia. I don't like myself around a lot of people.
      Alicia: You do.
      Will: It's an act. It's perfected over a millennium.

    • Cary: You know what I would do if I were you, Alicia? I'd prepare for a season of losing.

    • Kalinda: What's Cary doing here?
      Will: Working for the opposition.
      Kalinda: Smart.
      Diane: He's drawing blood, too.

    • Eli Gold: Do you mind if I'm blunt, Mrs. Florrick?
      Alicia: Always a pleasure.
      Eli Gold: I brought my business here. I didn't have to.
      Alicia: Do you mind if I'm blunt, Mr. Gold? (he indicates her she can be) You brought your business here because we're a good firm. And let' both agree on one thing right now- there's a statute of limitations on playing that card.
      Eli Gold: Fair enough.

    • Alicia: You're hot on this.
      Kalinda: I'm friends with a lot of cops. The bad ones hurt the good ones.
      Alicia: So, this is a crusade?
      Kalinda: It's a job. And a job I'll do well.

    • Grace: So, do you like it?
      Peter: Do I like what?
      Grace: Stuff, politics.
      Peter: Um, I don't know. I like what it can do.

    • Alicia: Are you waiting for someone?
      Giada: Yeah, Will. They told me I could wait down here.
      Alicia: Oh. Uh, he'll be a while.
      Giada: Oh, that's okay. You're a friend from college, right?
      Alicia: Of Will's? Yes.
      Giada: DePaul, third year.
      Alicia: Oh, you're in law school.
      Giada: He talks a lot about you; almost makes me jealous.
      Alicia: Don't be.
      Giada: J.K. (Alicia doesn't understand) Just kidding.

    • Eli Gold: (to Alicia) You're not going to make my life easier.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kandidát (Candidate)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 25, 2010 on Global
      Czech Republic: June 20, 2010 on Hallmark
      United Kingdom: June 24, 2010 on More4
      Germany: October 6, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: November 1, 2010 on Nelonen

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