While Alicia and Cary take a client to Washington to speak to the FCC, a potential buyer for Lockhart Gardner emerges. Meanwhile, Peter faces new allegations and Alicia helps a former JAG lawyer find a job.



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Alicia and Will defend Therese Dodd, a stand up comic, who is being sued by a television network for exposing her breasts on live television. The network is protecting itself against any possible fine by the FCC and their lawyer, Burl Preston, suggests that if they can make the FCC tow the line, they'll drop the lawsuit. Alicia and Carey head off to Washington but Dodd keeps going off the agreed script. Carey bumps into his estranged father, a Washington lobbyist. Laura Hellinger has left the military and Alicia agrees to provide a reference for her. She does something better. There are new allegations against Peter and the claim he had an affair with one of his campaign workers. Kalinda learns who has been behind the smear campaign. Clarke Hayden tries to get Burl Preston to buy Lockhart Gardner. Written by garykmcd

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The beginning of the show, when Cristina Ricci's character takes off her top and proceeds to do a breast cancer self-examination while a black bar is superimposed over her breasts is highly reminiscent of a sketch done on the premiere episode (season 6, episode 1) of Saturday Night Live's ill-fated 6th season in a commercial spoof for the American Cancer Society where Gail Matthius performs a breast self-examination while a black bar is imposed over her breasts. See more »


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The Good Wife: Anatomy of a Joke
11 November 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The show starts with Therese Dodd (Christina Ricci) showing her breasts live on a talk show. It then moves into the court where Dodd is being sued with the opposing lawyer Burl Preston (F. Murray Abraham). At the end of court the window at the back is finally closed. Dodd is a stand up comedian and that is why she did this. Laura Hellinger comes back to the office in normal clothes because she is back to being a normal lawyer. When Eli is talking to some reporters, one brings up a question about a birthmark that Peter has in a certain area. The next day in court Preston brings a witness who did Therese's makeup and talks about putting it onto more of her chest. Preston then officers a plea bargain that Therese apologizes on the air to get in good with the FCC. Clarke stays back to talk to Preston about bringing business from his firm into theirs. Peter meets with his campaign workers to talk about a strategy to get this rumour crushed. We then learn that Maddie may be sleeping with her female first aid. When Therese get's her first vote easily things she says almost loses her the vote even though they seemed more on her side. Cary then runs into his father Geoffrey Agos. Laura then calls Alicia to get some help with the interview. Alicia then tells the firm that Preston was asked to join the firm by Hayden. When Alicia calls Mr. Kolakowski she finds out there was no job for Laura at the firm. After Cary's dad calls again Alicia comes to his room to talk about him trying to be nice to his dad. Cary and Alicia watch how when Therese with on Bill Maher she talked about how she stripped for the members of the FCC to get votes. Cary has breakfast with his father the next morning where his dad says sorry. Back in Chicago Cary calls his dad and his dad tells him he needs his help for a future job. Cary seems disappointed by this that his dad was not in pain. Peter calls Alicia about her response to this new scandal and she asks Peter to offer Laura a job working for him. Cary then tells his dad that his request was uncalled for. When Therese meets with the commissioner who canceled where he brings up another joke that she made. Therese is told not to do what she did before so she kisses Cary and leaves the room. Laura meets with Geneva for an interview where Peter offers her a job. When Earl does his deal with Clarke but David Lee comes in and his able to persuade Earl to not go through with the deal. After his deal went bad Clarke storms into Diane's office telling them they will lose their firm. Therese goes back on tour and she talks about the Peter scandal. Christina Ricci was a delight on this show and finally Nathan Lane got to show his real talents as a dramatic actor especially when he exploded in Diane's office.

EPISODE GRADE: B+ (MVP: Nathan Lane)

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