The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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What's in the Box? 

On Election Day Eve, both gubernatorial campaigns fight in court over absentee vote tampering. Meanwhile, Cary runs into staff and client issues before starting up his new firm.



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It's the day before the election and Zach is out at an early voting station when becomes suspicious of an unsealed ballot box. Alicia goes before Judge Abernathy on the issue and come up against Patti Niholm representing Peter's opponent, Mike Cristiva. Diane and Will and several others are soon on the case but when they count the ballots, the total is very much in Peter's favor. It all comes to an abrupt halt when a third party candidate challenges the entire election in Federal Court. Once that is out the way all the lawyers are scrambling to get a favorable decision from Judge Abernathy. Meanwhile, Cary and the other fourth year associates have found some ideal office space but to meet the price, he may have to withdraw his offer to Kalinda. It turns out the building is owned by Colin Sweeney and he has an interesting offer for them that includes his $22 million per year in legal services. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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28 April 2013 (USA)  »

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The rent discussed is purportedly $60/square foot, which is in line with Chicago Loop market rates. A 20 percent discount for free legal work would only bring that down to $48/square foot, which if calculated against $22 million in revenue per year for two years requires a lease-able footprint of 3.6 million square feet to break even - a highly unrealistic footprint for a law firm. See more »


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Plot Twists Galore!
28 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

From the box to the phone call, I have no idea where to start. This episode was jam packed with plot twists, emotional turns, and a good conclusion to the campaign. What made me like this episode specifically was that it made me question what I believe is going to happen. Only a good show can make your reasonings spin. I for sure thought that Peter's opponent was ballot stuffing, then I thought it wasn't even stuffing. Then it turns out that it was Peter's campaign! I'm still iffy to whether Peter knew or not. Probably not. Then the emotional turns with Will and Alicia that made me insatiably want more from that relationship. A mysterious call Alicia made made me think it was to Will, to allow them to talk about their relationship. I believed that she was going to go back to Will; oh what a dream! Turns out, it was a Carrey! Carrey with his new firm of younglings. This episode has me pumped up for season 5, hopefully they will integrate Kalinda more into the storyline and utilize what a great storyline they have set up in this episode. So since CBS has renewed The Good Wife for at least one more season, Cheers! Se you all in the fall with another 20 glorious episodes of The Good Wife.

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