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The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 10, “The Decision Tree”
Directed by Rosemary Rodriguez
Airs Sundays at 9pm (Est) on CBS
In a lot of ways, The Good Wife is a show that takes its time. Part of this comes from its status as a network drama, which requires it to produce 22 hours of television a season and thus, to stretch its storylines over longer periods than its cable brethren. Yet mostly, this is a stylistic choice for the show, one that allows it to develop characters in moments, over time. Every week, the show needs to create some procedural element to hook in new viewers, but by allowing for small character moments even in its most stand-alone episodes, The Good Wife allows us to learn its characters over time, until all it needs to deploy is a glance or a gesture to shake us to our core. »
- Jordan Ferguson
While notable when a show reaches 100 episodes, it's a landmark for it to also be at its finest point, as is "The Good Wife."
CBS' compelling drama marks its 100th episode Sunday, Dec. 1, and its makers allowed Zap2it a rare set visit during that taping. This was just after the series-changing episode when Alicia Florrick and Cary Agos (Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry) were fired.
Starting their own firm revitalized the show. Though set in Chicago, it's created in an industrial section of Brooklyn, where quiet efficiency prevails. However at Florrick/Agos, which resembles a forgotten municipal department, there's the frantic chatter of worry.
In the 100th episode, Alicia expects to meet with the acerbic David Lee (Zach Grenier). Instead, Colin (Jason O'Mara) arrives, explaining Alicia's former partner "would rather negotiate with the devil. Me? I don't care who I negotiate with."
Colin foolishly expects her to sign without reading her exit contract, »
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Michael Sheen
The Show | Masters of Sex
The Episode | “Catherine”
The Airdate | Oct. 27, 2013
The Performance | We could write an entire book about how exquisitely subtle Sheen’s work is in this episode. (If it isn’t the hour that he submits for Emmy consideration, it sure as hell should be.) But instead, let’s focus on The Moment — the one in which he gives us our clearest picture yet of Bill and the one that continues to haunt us even days later.
Bill is in his office — only hours »
- Team TVLine
Thought the tensions were high on last week's episode of The Good Wife? According to Zach Grenier, aka Lockhart/Gardner's tough divorce lawyer David Lee, the aftermath of Alicia and Cary's sudden exit from the firm will be just as ugly.
"After this, it's sort of a civil war. Where there's a huge explosion, things fall on the ground and then you have to pick up...
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- Kate Stanhope
Kaboom! Florrick Agos: 1. Lockhart Gardner: 0. By the end of Sunday's highly anticipated episode of The Good Wife, Alicia, Cary and their fourth-year comrades had been evicted from the motherfirm (fire away, David Lee!) but won the battle for $35 million tech client ChumHum. But the dust has far from settled. In the aftermath of the acrimonious split, Will is declaring war on his new competition, Kalinda is burning bridges, and Peter is about to renege on his promise to make Diane a judge. In a conversation with Vulture, series showrunners Robert and Michelle King addressed everything that went down in "Hitting the Fan," from Will’s allegation that Alicia is awful but doesn’t know it to the immediate problems facing the fledgling Florrick Agos. They also answered other nagging questions about what’s really going on between Peter and Marilyn (the very pretty head of the state ethics board) and »
- Denise Martin
“We’re coming after you — all your clients — every single one we worked to make happy while you swept in at the last minute to take credit. We’re taking them. And then you know what you’ll have? A very nice suite of offices.”
Related | Post Mortem: Good Wife EPs on ‘Unbound’ Will, Kalinda’s Loyalties and Alicia’s Breakdown
That, ladies and gentlemen, is the kind of epic, threatening response you get when you poke the designer suit-ed, meticulously coiffed she-bear known as Alicia Florrick. And if you’re anything like me, that flawlessly written and brilliantly »
- Michael Slezak
It's no understatement to say that Sunday's episode of The Good Wife may be the best hour of television you'll see this fall.
With the truth about Alicia and Cary's plans finally leaking out to Will, David Lee and company, the installment is titled "Hitting the Fan" for a very good reason.
While many shows in their fifth year are starting to losing steam, this episode - written by creators Robert and Michelle King - proves that The Good Wife is the exception to that rule: the drama remains one of sharpest, smartest and entertaining programs on television.
After viewing the incredible episode (Twice... it really is that good), I jumped on the phone with Matt Czuchry to talk about his own reaction to the upcoming development, why Cary isn’t fighting the same guilt as Alicia for leaving Lockhart/Gardner and how things will go for the fledgling firm moving forward. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jim Halterman)
The Good Wife, Season 5, Episode 3, “A Precious Commodity”
Written by Keith Eisner
Directed by Brooke Kennedy
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on CBS
The Good Wife continues its strong fifth season this week with “A Precious Commodity”. While the court case of the week doesn’t go to the show’s most entertainingly reliable well, bizarre quirks of the law, it does embrace another- moral murkiness. Alicia is wholly in the clear, doing her best to represent the wishes of her client, no matter her personal thoughts on the issue, but the case itself is deliciously tricky. Abortion is an incredibly complex issue, both intellectually and morally, and its quandaries are frequently reduced or dismissed simplistically by arguments from both sides. It’s incredibly refreshing to »
- Kate Kulzick
The Good Wife taught us just ugly people can get with "A Precious Commodity" this week.
People were all over the map in terms of loyalties and sensibilities and it didn't necessarily paint a pretty picture of the human race.
Alicia was out of the hot seat for a while as all attention was focused on Diane after she put the firm at risk with her tell-all interview about Will. That won't last, however, as Will asked her to consider taking over as Managing Partner and, if she says no, the jig is up.
The Case of the Week
There was really no happy ending to it. A loving couple unable to carry their own child implanted their baby in a surrogate, only to learn very late in the second trimester that it had an 85% chance of being severely deformed upon birth. As they had already lost an infant to a birth defect, »
- email@example.com (Carissa Pavlica)
The 2nd edition of the Endeavours Documentary Film Festival is calling for documentaries of any length made on the theme of people and their lives. The films must have been completed in 2013 and should either be in English or have English subtitles.
Last date for submissions for Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary and Best Asian Documentary is December 31, 2013 while deadline for Emerging Filmmaker Documentary Competition is March 31, 2014.
The jury comprises of four industry professionals from Singapore namely, Gisli Snaer (photographer, producer, writer and director), Tony Chow (producer, educator and consultant), Ben Rosen (composer and music producer), and David Lee (publicist, reviewer and writer).
The films will be judged in four categories:
Best Short Documentary: For films below 30 minutes in duration.
Best Asian Documentary
Emerging Filmmaker Documentary Competition: Singapore based filmmakers can only apply in this category.
The 2nd edition of the festival will be held from May 14 – 18, 2014. The »
Is Lockhart/Gardner big enough for two Carys?
They may share the same name, but there was no confusing Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry) with Lockhart/Gardner fourth year Carey Zepps in the season premiere of The Good Wife. In his first appearance on the show, Carey-with-an-e not only gave Alicia (Julianna Margulies) a hard time about her history with Will, but also almost (accidentally) blew Florrick, Agos & Associates' cover with David Lee.
"Sometimes you got to start things with a bang," Ben Rappaport tells TVGuide.com. "If you're going to introduce someone new, you got...
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- Kate Stanhope
After watching the The Good Wife Season 5 premiere, I've determined these network teases shown prior to the first episode are a very bad idea. It sets up an extraordinarily high expectation for the first episode. Too high, in fact.
Case in point would be "Everything is Ending." I waited the entire hour for Will to get angry and sweep all of the contents of a desk to the floor. Never happened. That's a season preview moment. Oops!
The case of the Week
If I am ever convicted of murder, or already convicted and looking for a firm to represent me in the death penalty phase, please remind me not to use Lockhart/Gardner. They've proven to be quite incompetent unless directly affected by the case in some personal way at the last moment, as we witnessed in Season 2's "Nine Hours" and again tonight.
Had Alicia and Diane not been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Carissa Pavlica)
Warning: If you haven’t yet watched the Season 5 premiere of The Good Wife, proceed directly to some other TVLine article. Everyone else, jump on in!
What could be scarier than being strapped to a gurney to be executed for a crime you didn’t commit, only to have the on-call nurse not be able to locate a viable vein for your lethal injection? How about being called into a room with the entire partnership of Lockhart Gardner when you know you’re in the midst of double-crossing them?
- Michael Slezak
"The Good Wife" came back for its fifth season with a Case of the Week that was definitely interesting but it might lead to a development we aren't terribly happy about regarding Alicia's big decision.
The Case of the Week revolves around Eddie, a man convicted of killing two women who is about to be executed. The prison is having significant trouble actually getting the lethal injection taken care of, which Diane and Alicia argue is a case of 8th Amendment cruel and unusual punishment.
Eventually, to buy Eddie some time so they can argue his appeal (as it appears he is not guilty, from the fact that the snitch lied and the hair found on the body may not match Eddie), the quick-thinking lawyers introduce him as evidence for an 8th Amendment class action suit, meaning that suit has to keep him alive until the lawyers are done presenting him/cross-examining him. »
Tonight, The Good Wife returns for its fifth season (9 p.m. Et on CBS), and we pick up right where we left off — Alicia (Julianna Margulies) telling Cary (Matt Czuchry) she’ll leave Lockhart/Gardner with him to start their own firm with the other fourth year associates. Margulies was happy it was Cary and not Will (Josh Charles) at Alicia’s door in the final moment of the finale. “I wanted it to be an element of surprise, and that’s what [the show’s creators, Robert and Michelle King] are so good at. I think I actually got more than I bargained for,” Margulies says with a laugh. »
- Mandi Bierly
Over the summer, Zach Grenier was finally made a series regular on The Good Wife, where he plays bulldog equity partner David Lee. He’ll be caught up in the civil war brewing inside Lockhart Gardner, which is apparently going to be so explosive, Grenier compares it to the Big Bang. Vulture caught up with the veteran actor, who next stars in the remake of RoboCop, to talk about his expanded Good Wife duties (show returns Sunday at 9 p.m. on CBS), kicking it with Gary Oldman, and the return of 24. Pardon the interruptions from his dog.Congrats! More David Lee is a good thing.Yeah, it was a nice big summer present. I was practically a foster child over there, then I got my adoption papers. I didn’t see it coming. I actually was planning to play Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet starting in the fall Off Broadway, »
- Denise Martin
While The Good Wife's phenomenal fourth season ended in slight ambiguity, there is no doubt when season five opens that Alicia Florrick plans to defect from Lockhart/Gardner and launch a new firm with Cary Agos. The only question remains as to when -- and how -- she can take that leave. But once she does, the fun is just getting started, according to creators Robert and Michelle King.
And I'm thrilled to report The Kings are not lying about the sheer amount of fun lying in wait if my premiere episode screening is any indication!
To find out what else to expect from the upcoming fifth season, I sat down with Robert and Michelle King to discuss the fallout from Alicia's abdication, if Diane will be next, how they plan to eliminate Will's "puppy dog eyes" and what they're most excited for fans to experience this year!
ETonline: What would you say is the overarching »
Lachlan Woods, Noah Taylor, Jessica Clarke, Robert Taylor, Malcolm Kennard and Catherine McClements head the cast of quirky comedy The Menkoff Method, which starts shooting in Melbourne on September 10.
The director is David Parker, who makes a return to directing after a long absence: he shot Diana & Me, a 1997 comedy that starred Toni Collette as Aussie Diana Spencer, who wins a trip for two to London where she is determined to meet her idol and namesake Princess Diana.
In the interim Parker has shot plenty of TVCs and written and worked as Dop on his wife Nadia Tass. films and as Dop on films such as Kel Dolen.s upcoming vengeance thriller John Doe and Kath & Kimderella.
Parker sparked to The Menkoff Method screenplay by first-timer Zac Gillam, describing it as .very different and laugh-out loud funny,. and spent nearly a year developing it with the writer.
Woods (Better Man, »
- Don Groves
Elvis Presley performs in 1957.
Beatles fans try to break through a police line at Buckingham Palace in London in 1965.
Janis Joplin performs in San Francisco in 1967.
Rod Stewart performs at a hotel swimming pool during the shooting of the video for "Tonight I'm Yours" in 1981.
Mick Jagger takes the stage with the Rolling Stones in 1981.
Bob Dylan performs for a massive crowd in London in 1984.
Bruce Springsteen plays at Ireland's Slane Castle during his 1985 Born in the USA Tour.
Jon Bon Jovi onstage in Japan in 2003.
Beyonce owns the stage at the 2013 Super Bowl.
Taylor Swift is barely visible as she plays for more than 53,000 people in a sold-out stadium in Arlington, Texas, in May 2013.
- The Huffington Post
Golden State Warriors star David Lee tells TMZ ... he thinks the NBA drug testing policy is rock solid -- and believes the reason only 1 guy has tested positive for hard drugs since 2000 is because the players are simply staying clean. Lee was leaving Hooray Henry's nightclub in L.A. last night when we asked about the drug culture in the NBA -- specifically the statistic that the Only person who tested positive for a drug »
- TMZ Staff
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