The Good Wife: Season 3, Episode 20

Pants on Fire (15 Apr. 2012)

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While Alicia defends a teen wrongly imprisoned for a summer camp murder, her actions get Peter an unlikely opponent for the governor's race, and she is forced to confront her mother-in-law, who has bought her old home.

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Alicia defends a young client, Lindsey, whose conviction was vacated due to DNA evidence. She and two other girls had been convicted of luring another girl into the woods at a summer camp and killing her. Rather than have to deal with a new trial, Peter Florrick tells Carey Agos to make them an plea offer but Lindsey and her two co-accused must all accept the offer or it's off the table. They also have to waive their right to sue the State crime lab for their errors. Alicia asks Kalinda to look into the evidence. Alicia's successful stint on the blue-ribbon panel backfires when the report blames Peter for the cover-up in the case. The panel's chair, Mike Kresteva also announces his bid for the Governor's Office. As a result Peter is thinking of not running. Alicia learns that her mother-in-law is the one who bought her old house from under her. Peter sets his mother straight on the issue. Eli has been assisting his ex-wife, Vanessa, plan her run for State Senate. He's put in a ... Written by garykmcd

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The Pants Are on Fire ***1/2
15 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Very good episode where 3 girls, who have been jailed 5 years for murder, have their case reopened. When the D.A.'s office admits that the DNA findings are fraudulent, the girls are given the opportunity to plead guilty so as to get out immediately for time served. What should they do becomes the thrust of part of the show.

The ever plotting mother-in-law, Jackie, is felled by a stroke. Even as she is stricken, Jackie is still plotting.

The best part of the episode is where Matthew Perry really proves himself to be a first class stinker here. He lies about Alicia to the press to advance his political ambitions to run for governor, but Peter Florrick, who will be hurt by his allegations, throws his hat into the ring at the episode's end with Alicia, as the dutiful wife, at his side.


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