The Good Wife (season 3)
|The Good Wife (season 3)|
Region 1 DVD cover showing Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original run||September 25, 2011– April 29, 2012|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||September 4, 2012|
|Region 2||August 27, 2012|
|Region 4||August 29, 2012|
The third season of The Good Wife began broadcasting on September 25, 2011. The show moved from Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m. to Sundays at 9:00 p.m.
- Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick (22 episodes)
- Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos (22 episodes)
- Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma (22 episodes)
- Makenzie Vega as Grace Florrick (16 episodes)
- Graham Phillips as Zach Florrick (14 episodes)
- Alan Cumming as Eli Gold (20 episodes)
- Josh Charles as Will Gardner (22 episodes)
- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart (22 episodes)
- Chris Noth as Peter Florrick (14 episodes)
- Monica Raymund as Dana Lodge (9 episodes)
- Mary Beth Peil as Jackie Florrick (8 episodes)
- Anna Camp as Caitlin D'arcy (8 episodes)
- Zach Grenier as David Lee (7 episodes)
- Anika Noni Rose as Wendy Scott-Carr (6 episodes)
- Michael Boatman as Julius Cain (5 episodes)
- Renée Elise Goldsberry as Geneva Pine (4 episodes)
- Carrie Preston as Elsbeth Tascioni (4 episodes)
- Jerry Adler as Howard Lyman (3 episodes)
- Lisa Edelstein as Celeste Serrano (3 episodes)
- Michael J. Fox as Louis Canning (3 episodes)
- Parker Posey as Vanessa Gold (3 episodes)
- Amy Sedaris as Stacie Hall (3 episodes)
- Dylan Baker as Colin Sweeney (2 episodes)
- Jill Flint as Lana Delaney (2 episodes)
- Matthew Perry as Mike Kresteva (2 episodes)
Awards and nominations
- Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Julianna Margulies for "Parenting Made Easy")
- Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Christine Baranski for "Alienation of Affection")
- Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Archie Panjabi for "The Dream Team")
- Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Dylan Baker for "Marthas and Caitlins")
- Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Michael J. Fox for "Parenting Made Easy")
- Won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Martha Plimpton for "The Dream Team")
- Nomination for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series (Mark Saks)
Season 3 takes place the following morning after season 2 with Alicia now as a third year litigator on track to become partner while having an affair with her boss Will Gardner. She is given an office on the 29th floor, the only third year litigator with an office on the floor. Peter Florrick's crisis manager Eli Gold joins the firm to prepare for Peter's campaign for Governorship of Illinois, while Alicia acts as a bridge between Lockhart & Gardner and his campaign. Peter, now as States Attorney, battles with Lockhart & Gardner from case to case while the firm begins to get a short-term liquidity problem. Diane and Will try to acquire a bankruptcy department from a competing law firm that's closing down due to the double dip recession, and they notice that a bankruptcy department is the only area that will survive a double dip recession. When Diane tries lobbying to become the States Attorney's Civil Defender, she begins to suspect an affair between Will and Alicia. If Alicia begins working against the firm's interest and is compromised by her affair, Diane would have to fire Alicia. At the same time, the State's Attorney's office begins investigating the firm's taxes. They bring in Wendy-Scott Carr to investigate these allegations that Will stole money from his old firm in Baltimore. Wendy eventually gathers enough evidence and puts Will on trial. Will gets the help of Elsbeth Tascioni to fight the charges. However, after Alicia misplaces a liability form and a partner at Lockhart & Gardner gives the opposition a liability form from another case, the opposition sends the illegal document to the States Attorney's office. Dana Lodge gives Kalinda Sharma an ultimatum; information on Will or fire Alicia. Kalinda gives Dana information on Will, but the information is invalid and Alicia keeps her job. Kalinda and Alicia slowly rebuild their friendship after Alicia finds out that Kalinda slept with Peter at the end of season 2 and when Kalinda finds Grace Florrick after going missing, Alicia thanks her and begins to forgive Kalinda. At this time, Alicia and Will end their affair as Alicia realises she wants to focus on raising her children instead of her love life. Alicia is tasked with mentoring a new litigator Caitlin D'arcy; however, as Caitlin begins to show confidence and prove herself, Diane decides to hire her as a Junior Associate. This causes conflict as Alicia becomes jealous of Cailtin, but in the end, Alicia makes her peace with Caitlin when Caitlin leaves the company citing pregnancy. Alicia learns that her apartment is being turned into a condo and asks for a salary increase at Lockhart & Gardner. After not receiving a high raise, she is poached by Louis Canning. Alicia gives Diane the option of either matching Canning's offer or accepting Alicia's resignation. Alicia looking for homes, discovers that her old home is up for sale however the price is too high but is shocked when she gets a call from the realtor that a 'Florrick' has purchased the home, Alicia assumes it's Peter but learns that it's Jackie Florrick instead and asks Jackie to sign the house over to the kids. Alicia is put on a blue ribbon panel where she meets Mike Kresteva, a man who lies to the public about Alicia and also announces he's running for Governor of Illinois. Will Gardner is acquitted of the charges however the bar association looks into the charges and decides that Will is guilty and gives him the option of a 6 month suspension from the law or to fight the charges however if he loses, he will be disbarred forever. Will takes the 6 month suspension and is no longer a partner at Lockhart & Gardner, but in the name and business matters relating to the firm. Peter Florrick finally decides to run for governor after Eli Gold is torn between representing his ex-wife or Peter in the race for governor but chooses Peter instead. With Will Gardner out of the firm, Alicia is given Kalinda's tax case and Alicia finds an uncashed cheque for $21,000. Alicia calls the number on the cheque but hangs up after the caller was being difficult. The caller later phones Alicia back on her mobile and subsequently her personal home phone. Alicia asks Kalinda to be honest with her - where did the cheque come from? Kalinda reveals to Alicia that she has a husband and secretly plans to leave Chicago, however when she learns that Alicia is in danger of her husband, Kalinda decides to stay and pulls a chair up to her front door with a pistol in hand while someone knocks at her door.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|47||1||"A New Day"||Brooke Kennedy||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Meredith Averill
|September 25, 2011||10.66|
|While the staff at Lockhart/Gardner adjusts to new realities and relationships, Alicia must put aside distractions in her personal life to defend a Muslim student accused of murdering a Jewish classmate.|
|48||2||"The Death Zone"||Jim McKay||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Leonard Dick
|October 2, 2011||11.08|
|When Alicia wins a verdict in a libel case involving a British businessman, she must quickly learn to navigate English Law when the case is retried in British court via satellite.|
|49||3||"Get a Room"||David Platt||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Julia Wolfe
|October 9, 2011||10.28|
|Alicia and Will go toe-to-toe with his ex during a court-ordered mediation, while Eli and Diane clash over the best way to handle a dairy company's PR disaster.|
|50||4||"Feeding the Rat"||Frederick E. O. Toye||Keith Eisner||October 16, 2011||10.33|
|Alicia takes on a pro bono case where the witness quickly becomes the prime suspect, but it's Lockhart & Gardner that may be in the most jeopardy, as Will and Diane consider their futures and the firm's direction.|
|51||5||"Marthas and Caitlins"||Félix Alcalá||Ted Humphrey||October 23, 2011||9.77|
|When Alicia's key witness commits suicide, she must turn to the only person whose testimony can salvage her case: Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker). Meanwhile, Eli makes big moves on Peter's behalf.|
|52||6||"Affairs of State"||Dean Parisot||Corinne Brinkerhoff||October 30, 2011||10.60|
|Alicia and the firm's newest lawyer, Caitlin, take on a case where two young men are accused of murdering a girl on a party boat. One of them however is granted diplomatic immunity, while the other is subject to prosecution due to a technicality under the U.S.'s support for One China Policy. Meanwhile, Eli is approached by his ex-wife to help start-up her campaign to run for the state Senate, and Cary, to his annoyance, gets moved to a new office.|
|53||7||"Executive Order 13224"||Brooke Kennedy||Leonard Dick||November 6, 2011||9.07|
|Alicia worries that she will break confidentiality when the Treasury Department forces her to report on her latest client, while Peter reluctantly digs into Will's past transgressions.|
|54||8||"Death Row Tip"
"Here Comes Santa"
|Joshua Marston||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Matthew Montoya
|November 13, 2011||10.24|
| Alicia faces conflict when she has to try to get a stay of execution for a man on death row, even though she feels he is guilty. Meanwhile, Eli has to defend a candidate photographed engaging in a sexual act with a Santa statue.|
|55||9||"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Robert King & Michelle King & Meredith Averill||November 20, 2011||9.79|
|Tensions are high at Lockhart & Gardner as Alicia and Will argue in front of a mercurial military judge, Eli's confidence is shaken and Diane issues an ultimatum to protect the firm.|
|56||10||"Parenting Made Easy"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Courtney Kemp Agboh
|December 4, 2011||9.94|
|A routine arbitration turns into a battle of wills between Alicia and Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox), but the pair makes an unexpected connection when a personal crisis interrupts the proceedings.|
|57||11||"What Went Wrong"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Keith Eisner
|December 11, 2011||11.56|
|As Alicia looks for a way to have a judgment thrown out following a shocking guilty verdict, she also begins to feel the consequences of decisions in her personal life. Wendy Scott-Carr reveals to Will that she wants to investigate the state attorney.|
|58||12||"Alienation of Affection"||Michael Zinberg||Corinne Brinkerhoff||January 8, 2012||11.65|
|Lockhart/Gardner's future is at stake when a couple whose divorce was overseen by the firm accuses them of encouraging the breakup for financial gain.|
|59||13||"Bitcoin for Dummies"||Frederick E. O. Toye||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Courtney Kemp Agboh
|January 15, 2012||9.45|
|Alicia defends a lawyer (Jason Biggs) who was arrested for not revealing the name of a client who illegally invented a new online currency, prompting a number of legal challenges regarding the right of client-attorney confidentiality.|
|60||14||"Another Ham Sandwich"||Frederick E. O. Toye||Leonard Dick||January 29, 2012||11.08|
|Wendy Scott-Carr presents her evidence against Will in an effort to send him to prison; Eli and Stacie Hall face off.|
|61||15||"Live from Damascus"||Brooke Kennedy||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King & Leonard Dick
Story by: Ted Humphrey
|February 19, 2012||9.73|
|Lockhart & Gardner goes after a software company for illegally selling products to Syria. Will discovers the Bar association is looking into dis-barring him, and accepts a six-month suspension in lieu of a hearing.|
|62||16||"After the Fall"||James Whitmore, Jr.||Meredith Averill||March 4, 2012||9.83|
|While power grabs are being made at the firm, Alicia and Caitlin square off against old foe Nancy Crozier. Meanwhile, Peter discovers the price of taking the moral high road.|
|63||17||"Long Way Home"||Nelson McCormick||Keith Eisner||March 11, 2012||9.88|
|Alicia must once again aid Colin Sweeney when a sexual misconduct claim derails his attempt to win back control of his company. Also, Cary is faced with a moral dilemma when Peter tasks him with enforcing office policies.|
|64||18||"Gloves Come Off"||Michael Zinberg||Teleplay by: Leonard Dick
Story by: Matthew Montoya
|March 18, 2012||9.58|
|Alicia once again faces Louis Canning in court, but recent financial concerns lead her to reconsider his standing job offer. Meanwhile, Diane reconnects with the enigmatic Jack Copeland.|
|65||19||"Blue Ribbon Panel"||Rosemary Rodriguez||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King
Story by: Courtney Kemp Agboh
|March 25, 2012||9.77|
|When Alicia is assigned to be on a blue ribbon panel investigating a police shooting, she begins to question the motivations behind the chairman's actions. Meanwhile, Kalinda receives unwanted attention from the IRS.|
|66||20||"Pants on Fire"||Roxann Dawson||Ted Humphrey||April 15, 2012||10.16|
|As Alicia counsels a client whether to accept a strict plea deal, she's distracted by Peter's newest political rival, whose actions force her back into the public spotlight.|
|67||21||"The Penalty Box"||Michael Zinberg||Teleplay by: Robert King & Michelle King & Ted Humphrey
Story by: Julia Wolfe
|April 22, 2012||10.42|
|Alicia defends a prosecutor-turned-judge against previous misconduct charges. Cary ponders his career and Kalinda must handle the results of Agent Delaney's investigation.|
|68||22||"The Dream Team"||Robert King||Corinne Brinkerhoff & Meredith Averill||April 29, 2012||9.97|
|Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton) returns to Lockhart/Gardner and joins Louis Canning's mission to drive Alicia's firm into bankruptcy.|
|Episode number||Title||Original airing||Rating||Share||Rating/share
|Total viewers (in millions)||Rank per week||Note|
|47 (3-01)||A New Day||September 25, 2011||6.9||10||2.2||10.660||#29|||
|48 (3-02)||The Death Zone||October 2, 2011||7.0||10||2.2||11.080||#23|||
|49 (3-03)||Get a Room||October 9, 2011||6.9||10||2.1||10.280||#26|||
|50 (3-04)||Feeding the Rat||October 16, 2011||6.5||10||2.1||10.330||#27|||
|51 (3-05)||Marthas and Caitlins||October 23, 2011||6.3||9||2.0||9.770||#32|||
|52 (3-06)||Affairs of State||October 30, 2011||6.5||9||2.0||10.600||#28|||
|53 (3-07)||Executive Order 13224||November 6, 2011||5.8||8||2.0||9.070||#35|||
|54 (3-08)||Death Row Tip||November 13, 2011||6.5||9||2.0||10.074||#27|||
|55 (3-09)||Whiskey Tango Foxtrot||November 20, 2011||6.2||9||1.9||9.790||#28|||
|56 (3-10)||Parenting Made Easy||December 4, 2011||6.4||9||1.9||9.938||#16|||
|57 (3-11)||What Went Wrong||December 11, 2011||7.4||11||2.2||11.560||#8|||
|58 (3-12)||Alienation of Affection||January 8, 2012||7.5||11||2.7||11.647||#11|||
|59 (3-13)||Bitcoin for Dummies||January 15, 2012||6.0||9||2.0||9.450||#20|||
|60 (3-14)||Another Ham Sandwich||January 29, 2012||7.2||11||2.2||11.083||#13|||
|61 (3-15)||Live from Damascus||February 19, 2012||6.0||9||2.1||9.730||#24|||
|62 (3-16)||After the Fall||March 4, 2012||6.3||9||1.9||9.830||#23|||
|63 (3-17)||Long Way Home||March 11, 2012||6.4||10||1.7||9.884||#15|||
|64 (3-18)||Gloves Come Off||March 18, 2012||5.9||9||1.9||9.579||#14|||
|65 (3-19)||Blue Ribbon Panel||March 25, 2012||6.5||10||1.9||9.774||#16|||
|66 (3-20)||Pants on Fire||April 15, 2012||6.6||10||1.8||10.161||#14|||
|67 (3-21)||The Penalty Box||April 22, 2012||6.7||10||1.9||10.422||#10|||
|68 (3-22)||The Dream Team||April 29, 2012||6.4||10||1.7||9.970||#13|||
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