Sep. 22, 2009
60 min.
CBS TV Network

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The Good Wife

A politician's corruption and sex scandal lands him in jail, leaving his wife to pick up the pieces and re-enter the workforce by joining a Chicago law firm as a junior associate in order to take responsibility for the family.

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  • The series was partly inspired by the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. It also draws on other prominent American political sex scandals, such those of John Edwards and Bill Clinton. Creator Michelle King also noted that in these political scandals, the women are lawyers (Hilary Clinton, Elizabeth Edwards).
  • Julianna Margulies wears a wig for her character Alicia and spends a reported 14 hours a day, five days a week, and nine months out of the year working on the series.
  • During a 2011 interview on the National Public Radio program "Talk of the Nation," Alan Cumming (who plays Eli Gold) confirmed that his character is loosely based on longtime political operative (and, as of 2011, mayor of Chicago) Rahm Emanuel. Cumming said that Gold's undeveloped backstory includes a former career as a concert pianist, inspired by Emanuel's early-life, pre-politics ambition to become a professional ballet dancer.
  • On July 11, 2012, during the filming of a "Good Wife" episode in which she was guest-starring, actress Kristin Chenoweth was struck by a falling piece of lighting equipment. She was knocked unconscious by the blow and was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. After several months of recovery, in which it was unsure if she would be able to return to her role, Chenoweth reported in September 2012 that her medical issues included not being able to "form a sentence after it happened"; a skull fracture; and continuing pain in her ribs and hip.
  • Guest stars who have played themselves interacting with the show's fictional characters include: Clinton Administration advisers Vernon Jordan and Donna Brazile; presidential MSNBC anchor and political commentator Chris Matthews; financial TV hosts Lou Dobbs and Jim Cramer; and OJ Simpson lawyer and co-founder of The Innocence Project Barry Scheck. Actor/lawyer/politician Fred Dalton Thompson plays Frank Michael Thomas, a thinly veiled version of himself (Thomas is also a former actor, lawyer, and politician). New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared in the Season Four finale.
  • According to Julianna Margulies, after three exhausting years juggling the demanding show schedule and dealing with her baby's first years, she made a deal with creators Robert King and Michelle King. Starting in season 4, for those big courtroom scenes that take several hours to be filmed completely, Margulies would shoot the scenes where Alicia is an active part first, then they would shoot scenes with the other actors where she would have to be in the background for coverage once or twice and then she would leave the set to prepare her next scenes or have the rest of the day off.
  • All episode titles in seasons 1-4 have the same number of words as the number of the season in which they appear. All season one episodes have one-word titles (e.g. Doubt), all season two episodes have two-word titles (e.g. Real Deal), all season three episodes have three-word titles (e.g. After the Fall), and all season four episodes have four-word titles (e.g. Anatomy of a Joke).
  • During an Emmy roundtable for "Hollywood Reporter" in 2014, Julianna Margulies revealed that she was only the third choice for the lead part on the show. Ashley Judd and Helen Hunt both turned down the part of Alicia.
  • Elisabeth Shue was considered for the role of Alicia Florrick but turned down the role to spend more time with her family.
  • The show is set in Chicago, but filmed in New York. The pilot was filmed in Canada and filming was planned to continue there, but Julianna Margulies asked the producers to shoot in New York because she had just became a mother and couldn't leave for Canada for nine months a year.
  • Up until the 4th season, all episodes had a title with its count of words increasing monotonically per season (effectively being equal to the season number); i.e. season 1 episodes had a single-word title, season 2 episodes had a two-word title etc. Beginning with season 5, the title word-count started decreasing monotonically; i.e. season 5 episodes have three-word titles and season 6 episodes have two-word titles. It could be assumed that season 7 is scheduled to be the last one, all episodes having again single-word titles.
  • Elsbeth Tascioni's unseen personal assistant is called Fantasia. The vampire bar in Carrie Preston's other show, True Blood, is called Fangtasia.
  • Throughout all the seasons thus far of 'The Good Wife," whenever there is a reference to something important occurring on a particular date, the date is always "18," as in: February 18th; March 18th, May 18th; June 18th; October 18th; November 18th; and December 18th. Having been born on May 18th myself I admit to being hyper - sensitive to that number, and now wonder if, like me, the show 's creators or its producer, Ridley Scott, were also born on the 18th of a month and consider that a lucky number. Small wonder, since in Hebrew the symbol for 18 is the c'hai, meaning 'Life," as in L'c'haim...to Life!
  • At the end of the second quarter of Super Bowl 50 (7 February 2016), CBS used the transition from the game to the halftime commercial break to announce that 2016 was the final year for the series and that there were nine first-run episodes remaining.
  • Series stars Julianna Margulies, Christine Baranski, Zach Grenier, and Mary Beth Peil were all guest stars (on separate episodes) on "Law & Order" during Chris Noth's run on the show. Margulies played a young Naval officer involved in an illicit affair, who was questioned by Noth's Detective Mike Logan.
  • Co-star Chris Noth and guest stars Richard Brooks, Jill Hennessy, Fred Dalton Thompson, Julieanne Nicholson, Eric Bogosian, and Jay O. Sanders were all series regulars in the "Law & Order" franchise. Despite starring in that series with all but Thompson and Sanders-- with Brooks and Hennessy in the original series, and with Nicholson and Bogosian in the "Criminal Intent" spin-off-- Noth does not share a single scene with any of them here.
  • Lawyer Barry Scheck, formerly of the O.J. Simpson defense dream team, is name-dropped by associate lawyer Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) during an impromptu introduction to Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies).
  • The titular role of Alicia Florrick was offered to Ashley Judd and Helen Hunt before Julianna Margulies signed on.
  • Senior law firm partner Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski)'s dog is named Justice.
  • Luke Kleintank was hired originally for the role of Brian Keller, but the role was re-cast because Kleintank looked too much like another one of the actors in the show.
  • Along with Julianna Margulies, guest stars Peter Riegert and Matt Servitto all had reoccurring roles on the HBO series The Sopranos.
  • Series star Josh Charles also starred in a movie called Threesome.
  • Purely coincidentally, two of the guest stars on this episode are Tony Goldwyn and Kate Burton. Both of these actors would go on to star as President Fitzgerald Grant and Vice President Sally Langston (respectively) in their own show, _"Scandal" (2012)_ qv), three years after _"Scandal" (2012)_ qv) series began.
  • The jail shown in the episode after the beginning credits where Peter is currently jailed is the El Paso County Detention Center in El Paso, TX
  • Josh Charles and James Waterston both starred together in Dead Poets Society.
  • SPOILER: This is the first appearance of both Kurt McVeigh and Eli Gold. Eli Gold will go on to become Peter's Chief of Staff and Kurt will go on to marry Diane.
  • This episode originally contained a scene in which Kalinda and Burton were kissing and Kalinda was stung by a bee, which sent her into severe anaphylactic shock. On the DVD special features, the showrunners say that this scene was ultimately cut because it was too "silly" and also too much of a departure from the main storyline.
  • The $8,000 bottle of wine that Will (Josh Charles) receives as a gift, is a 2006 "Grand Vin de Chateau Lachelier" (Premier Grand Cru Classe Pauillac). Though never mentioned by name, the label can be glimpsed very briefly just as he proceeds to uncork the bottle. Oddly enough, he drinks the wine from a mug instead of a fine wine glass.
  • During the bar association gala, the attendees are entertained by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company performing scenes from a play called "The Cow with No Country." Although Steppenwolf is a real (and acclaimed) Chicago theater company, there is no such play as "The Cow with No Country" (although the short pieces included during the gala scene show that it is a parody of the play "War Horse").
  • The accused is never shown in this episode, he is only referred to and talked about.

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