The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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Alicia decides to run for state's attorney, but she is not prepared to hear all the dirt that her campaign manager has gathered about her own family and career.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips ... Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega ... Grace Florrick
Alan Cumming ... Eli Gold
Matthew Goode ... Finn Polmar
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Chris Noth ... Peter Florrick
Stockard Channing ... Veronica Loy
Dallas Roberts ... Owen Cavanaugh
Mike Colter ... Lemond Bishop
Rachel Hilson ... Nisa Dalmar
Katie Paxton ... Lauren Lytton
Donna Lynne Champlin ... Myra Weymouth


Alicia is now considering running for State's Attorney and meets with Eli and a prospective campaign manager, Johnny Elfman. They go through the opposition research - essentially, all the dirt the opposition may have on Alicia. Having to drop Lemond Bishop as a client is a no brainer given the potential conflict with also defending Cary, but it's something she learns about Zack that sends her through the roof. Those aren't the only revelations: her brother Owen's boyfriend and her mother outrageous behavior are also at issue. The list of issues include some elements of Alicia's life though Eli holds back on any informer about the governor. Eli gets a revelation of his own. Alicia speaks to her mother and Owen but Lemond Bishop refuses to take his business elsewhere. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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12 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Charlie Pollock reprises his role of Detective Gifford in The Good Wife spin-off, The Good Fight (2017). See more »


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30 October 2014 | by mcc315See all my reviews

Hopefully I'm wrong but I feel like the Good Wife is starting to decline after an excellent fifth season. While still a very strong show I've been disappointed with abruptly dropped story lines (Where did Eric Bogosian's character or Melissa George's 'Marilyn Garbanza' go?). Diane seems to be pushed further and further into the background which is tragic and I was reading that Kalinda and Alicia had not shared a scene together in 30 episodes. Not sure if that is true but it certainly has been a very long time since those two have been together. The fifth season started out so exciting with Cary and Alicia starting their own firm but after a few episodes of showing them struggling it seems like the only difference between them and Lockhart/Gardner is the dark gloomy basement setting.

As for this episode where Alicia is pondering running for State's Attorney and all kinds of dirt is being brought up: I just don't understand why they want to go off on this tangent. Unless they picture her being State's Attorney battling her old firm in court. I think it's a mistake and just not interesting. I'm all for the show moving forward but yet another election on the show is not a good direction.

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