The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 21


Aired Sunday 9:00 PM May 11, 2010 on CBS
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The winner in the competition between Cary and Alicia for a spot at the firm is decided.

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  • Unplugged

    Another excellent episode of The Good Wife here tonight that featured a story arc nine months in the making.

    The moments with Alicia and Cary finding out their fates were just chock full of tension. It felt reminiscent of when I would be called in for meetings with an unpleasant boss and not knowing my job status.

    The actual case here tonight was pretty enjoyable as well. I wonder how a judge would really rule in a situation like this with a divorce hanging on the balance of a $40 million dollar inheritance.

    The first season is winding down and that just makes me upset as this has gone from a pretty average show to one of the best legal dramas in years.moreless
  • Time to make the choice

    That was episode what had that dark cloud over it from the start: it was the decision time: Garry or Alicia. And thing are just growing over the head for her with the bills and money and she really thinks she will lose as she has family, she shares her commitments.. she is not Garry. And that drives her to the limit where she crosses the line what will come back to her.. oo.. it already did little but I am sure it will be coming back more and more.

    Other than Garry vs Alicia, it was a case of divorce what turned into something much bigger after the husband ended up in coma. And trying to figure out the best way trough that mess.. Considering everyone was out for the money but no.. there was more than just accident and I liked that twist.. The case just got bigger and bigger.

    So.. good episode. So much happening but.. in the end.. There have been more brilliant episode. But that one was very good!moreless
  • Loving it

    The Good Wife is without a doubt the best show on television. Brillant acting and writing. One of Julianna's best performances this season comes in this episode. We get to see her exposed, unlike the usual ice-face women we've become accustomed too. Personally I don't understand why Alicia felt guilty about using Gold, personally I think that if it helped get the job and assisted the firm it would have been wrong to do otherwise. I love Gold 'I'm not that perosn'

    'Mrs. Florrick everybody is that person' I love it

    As for cary..well well..this is the end of nice cary..hello mean carymoreless
  • Terrific as usual but some real continuity issues

    Did no one else notice the gaps in logic in this week's show?

    1) When the divorce proceedings are about to be finalized in court, word comes that Max is in a coma. The divorce attorney then surreptiously removes the signature page from the divorce agreement, hoping to convince the court that it's missing and therefore the agreement cannot be considered final. In real life, however, both sides would absolutely have a copy of the agreement well before the document is introduced in court.

    2) When the police discover Max was not drunk but rather had antifreeze in his system, they suspect the wife and bring her in for questioning. And then...nothing. What happened to the investigation into what would have most certainly been a criminal matter?moreless
Peter Gerety

Peter Gerety

Judge Timothy Stanek

Guest Star

Paige Turco

Paige Turco

Caroline Wilder

Guest Star

Holley Fain

Holley Fain

Shaina Whitmore

Guest Star

Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming

Eli Gold

Recurring Role

Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

David Lee

Recurring Role

James Carpinello

James Carpinello

Detective Anthony Burton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Eli Gold: My clients kept asking, if I was so high on your firm, why wasn't I bringing my business here? And I didn't want to appear hypocritical.
      Alicia: Mr. Gold...
      Eli Gold: Eli.
      Alicia: Eli, you... Thank you.
      Eli Gold: And, hey, I hear it's a good firm. And we'll have to talk.
      Alicia: About?
      Eli Gold: Your husband's campaign.

    • (Alicia and Cary have just been informed they have been called up by Diane and Will)
      Cary: It's weird, huh?
      Alicia: It's like a date with the executioner.
      Cary: Nice working with you.
      Alicia: You, too. You're a good lawyer.

    • Alicia: Do any of your clients want to change law firm?
      Eli Gold: Do any of my clients...? Do they want to change to your law firm?
      Alicia: Yes.
      Eli Gold: I can ask. Is-is there some reason I'm asking?
      Alicia: Because we're a good firm.
      Eli Gold: (he chuckles) Okay, I can arrange a few calls. Maybe next week? (she doesn't look happy) Or maybe not next week. What kind of timeline are we talking here?
      Alicia: Friday.
      Eli Gold: Friday?! For a call or...?
      Alicia: This was stupid. I'm sorry, Mr. Gold. I...
      Eli Gold: No, Alicia, stop. What's going on? Talk to me.
      Alicia: No, it's my own thing.
      Eli Gold: No, it's not your own thing. I know I don't seem like the warm and understanding type, but this is my warm and understanding face.

    • Tony: I was, uh, 300 miles away. At Baldy lake, fishing. It was my day off. And for some reason, just out of the blue, I had this image of you. Don't ask me why. So I got in my car, and I drove back here. (he pauses) I'm divorced. I have a kid, Owen. He's six. Am I boring you?
      Kalinda: Yeah. (she walks away)

    • Diane: We're like ghouls.
      Will: As long as we're solvent ghouls.

    • Cary: I hear it's always the first one called in, they're the ones who get fired.
      Alicia: I really didn't need to know that.
      Cary: Sorry.

    • Alicia: I don't know what to do. I've worked hard. You say that's not enough, so I'll work harder. You tell me Cary can work harder still. So what do you want? Tell me what you want, because I can't lose this job.
      Diane: You're not Cary. You can never be Cary. But you don't have to be.
      Alicia: I don't understand.
      Diane: Your name, your connections... You've been reluctant to... use them.
      Alicia: You want me to use my connections?
      Diane: I want you to want the job.

    • Alicia: I heard you were deciding on Friday.
      Will: That really wasn't supposed to be circulated.
      Alicia: I know. I just... I'm really proud of the work I've done here.
      Will: As you should be.
      Alicia: And I wanted to make sure that you saw that.
      Will: Look, Alicia, I don't know what you're hearing, but that's all we'll be looking at.
      Alicia: Okay, good.
      Will: You have my word. When we decide, nothing else will enter the picture other than your work.

    • Kalinda: You have until Friday.
      Alicia: I have...? No. I have two weeks.
      Kalinda: Diane and Will are deciding between you and Cary on Friday.
      Alicia: Where did you hear that?
      Kalinda: Cary was going door to door with equity partners, lining up support. He heard it from your assistant. My guess is he's phoning in on accounts, loading up on receivables. How are you with Will?
      Alicia: I don't know.
      Kalinda: What happened?
      Alicia: I don't know.
      Kalinda: You do know. You just don't want to say. Did you sleep with him?
      Alicia: No.
      Kalinda: So that's the problem: you didn't sleep with him?
      Alicia: No. We talked. We had... a moment.
      Kalinda: And you shut it down?
      Alicia: He did, too.
      Kalinda: Okay. You have three problems. Cary's a good finisher. He got a head start. And Will is gonna work overtime to appear objective. Unfairly objective.
      Alicia: I'm... I'm just so tired of this.
      Alicia: I know, but that's what people like Cary count on.

    • Eli Gold: Peter's got it into his head that he won't run unless you approve. (Alicia smiles) I know, I tried to convince him otherwise. I told him that wives just get in the way, but... He's adamant.
      Alicia: Mr. Gold, Peter's an adult. He doesn't need a mother.
      Eli Gold: We talking about you or me?
      Alicia: (she chuckles) I have to get back to work.
      Eli Gold: Think about it, Mrs. Florrick. Glenn Childs is a disastrous state's attorney. But you know that better than I do.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Řešení (Solution)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 11, 2010 on Global
      United Kingdom: June 10, 2010 on More4
      Czech Republic: June 13, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: September 22, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: October 18, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: January 18, 2011 on JOJ