The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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Nine Hours 

While Peter prepares for his debate, Alicia and the rest of the firm work overtime amending a last-minute appeal for a death row inmate after Alicia receives a cryptic call from an appeals court clerk.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Florrick
Cary Agos
Kalinda Sharma
Zach Florrick
Grace Florrick
Will Gardner
Diane Lockhart
Peter Florrick
Blake Calamar
Jim Moody
Julius Cain
Warden Robert Barkin
Dr. Todd Grossman
Sandy Gephart


Alicia receives a call at home on the day a client, Carter Wright, is to be executed. She had filed a last brief with the Circuit Court the previous night and the caller is one of the law clerks asking if she is going to file an addendum to their appeal. The call is puzzling since none was planned but it's taken by everyone concerned as a signal that they may have missed something in their filing and that a sympathetic judge may be ready to rule in their favor if the correct argument is made. It's all hands on deck at the office and while the lawyers review the arguments, Kalinda looks into the various judges backgrounds to see if there are any clues to be gleaned. Meanwhile, it's the day that Peter Florrick is to debate his opponents on live TV and he is at home preparing. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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14 December 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The "Innocence Project," for which Cary is said to have interned, is a real organization that was founded in 1992 to assist and exonerate wrongly accused prisoners who could be proven innocent through DNA testing. One of the co-founders of the project, Barry Scheck, appears as himself in a cameo in this episode. See more »


Here at the Right Time
Written by Josh Ritter
Performed by Josh Ritter
Plays as Carter Wright is escorted by the guards past his daughter
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Extremely powerful episode
25 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

As someone who has prosecuted and defended death penalty cases, I can tell you that this episode hits home in some very real ways. One of the few episodes of any "law" related TV show that addresses very technical issues with authority and intelligence and accuracy.

There are a lot of the behind the scene dealings and maneuvers that happen in death penalty cases. Not the least of which is the rash of last minute appeals that routinely come at the 11th hour. Defense teams frantically trying to find some reason to get the Court to reverse a decision or grant a stay. To someone who has never been directly involved in this, these delays and last minute attempts appear to be frivolous. However, when a death row inmate's life is on the line, they are far from that.

This episode brilliantly touches on this, and also gives us some insight on how the attorney's handling these cases, on both sides, feel about the pending execution. I've been there, in real time, and found it easy to relate to what was presented in this episode. Even if it brought back some memories I wish I never had to face again. If you watch one episode of The Good Wife, make sure this is the one.

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