The Good Wife

Season 1 Episode 8

Unprepared

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 17, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While Alicia is preparing in a case defending a scientist accused of arson, she is suddenly asked to testify on Peter's behalf. Damages Peter Riegert guest stars as the judge in Peter's case and CBS' The Early Show star Russ Mitchell guests as himself and interviews Peter.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Highering the stakes

    8.9
    So.. This episode in so many ways tried to built more ground and tension for coming episodes, probably. I mean, it was all about getting Alicia's story more deeper, giving more ground to play, have some amazing scenes and give some more story to the children.



    In so many ways the children really stole the spotlight in this episode. I mean, the son doing the investigation is quite an good idea. It looks great in screens, adds more doubt and more interest. Like the end and the whole filming thing. Those faces of kids.. they look scary and left you wonder, why that man was photographic their front door.



    I also love Alica testifying. She really shined there and that was really powerful scene. And they said lawyers make worst witnesses. She really did perfect.



    And the case they were working. That was good too. I specially loved the twist.moreless
  • Alicia testifies.

    7.0
    A bit too slow-moving at point, but still the most hard-hitting, accurate attempt at recreating the legal system for our television enjoyment.



    I found myself a bit uninterested in Diane Lockhart's performance in the court room, which seemed phoned in and without much effort. Christine Baranski's acting credentials need no introduction, so seeing this mailed in performance was a bit unsettling and I'd prefer they had Will Gardner in the box more.



    What I did like was Alicia one-upping the lawyer, proving that even if she was called as a witness she is still craftier than anybody when it comes to the US legal system. A good empowering moment for her character, and the development continues with her mindset. Does she or does she not want husband Peter back?



    Solid episode overall, just a bit dry at times.moreless
Bianca Amato

Bianca Amato

Ellen Whitton

Guest Star

Matt Servitto

Matt Servitto

Walt Gifford

Guest Star

Condola Rashad

Condola Rashad

Mary Bennett

Guest Star

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Peter Florrick

Recurring Role

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Daniel Golden

Recurring Role

Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal

ASA Bob Landry

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (11)

    • Alicia: I had a brief consultation with a divorce attorney. A few days after the allegations against my husband surfaced, in order to weigh my options.
      Landry: Are you saying you ruled out the possibility of divorce?
      Alicia: I-- I have no plans to divorce.
      Landry: But you haven't ruled it out?
      Alicia: I haven't ruled out running for president. Probably won't happen, but I haven't ruled it out.

    • Daniel Golden: If you don't mind me saying, there is some... ambivalence inherent in your position, Alicia. And ambivalence could hurt Peter's chances.
      Alicia: I'm not going to lie on the stand, Daniel.
      Daniel Golden: That's not what I'm saying. The truth is the truth but it can often sound... truer.

    • Alicia: Anything on the CCB letters?
      Kalinda: Depends. Does "hidvycilfeteenuc" mean anything to you?
      Alicia: What's the context?

    • Kalinda Saw your husband's appeal starts today.
      Alicia Yep.
      Kalinda Should be interesting.
      Alicia I'm kind of nostalgic for when things weren't so interesting.
      Kalinda You need a drink.
      Alicia Probably.

    • Alicia: She's innocent.
      Will: So is my four-year old niece, but I wouldn't put her on the stand, either.

    • Will: (on his side losing in court) This is like watching a baby seal being clubbed.

    • Peter: I'm a flawed human being. And, uh... and I have paid a heavy price. I'm not complaining. That's just the truth. But I've looked in the mirror, and what I've seen, I don't like. And I'm gonna change it. That said, I do think it's time to turn the page, look to the future.

    • Cary: Do we have a problem?
      Alicia: We have a problem if you're trying to show me up at the expense of witness prep.

    • Daniel: Landry's cross could get personal. They think that Peter has the judge in his pocket, so they're out to draw blood. So keep your answers short, to the point, unemotional.
      Alicia: I spent six hours prepping witnesses today.
      Daniel: It's one thing to know it. Um... lawyers always make the worst witnesses.

    • Diane: You're never handed the perfect witness. You make the perfect witness.

    • Alicia: What's your goal here, Mr. Landry?
      Landry: Mrs. Florrick...
      Alicia: To do your boss's bidding? To embarrass me? Embarrass my husband? To goad me into some emotional public renunciation of him? The relevant question here is whether Peter has a suitable place to go home to. And I am stating, under oath, that he does. Any further questions?

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bez přípravy (Without Preparation)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: February 14, 2010 on Hallmark
      Germany: May 19, 2010 on ProSieben
      Finland: July 19, 2010 on Nelonen
      Slovakia: September 26, 2010 on JOJ

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