The Good Wife (season 1)

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The Good Wife (season 1)
The Good Wife - The First Season.jpg
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 23
Original network CBS
Original release September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) – May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25)
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List of The Good Wife episodes

The first season of The Good Wife first began airing on September 22, 2009 and finished on May 25, 2010. It consisted of 23 episodes.


The series focuses on Alicia Florrick (Margulies), whose husband Peter (Noth), the former Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney, has been jailed following a notorious political corruption and sex scandal. After having spent the previous thirteen years as a stay-at-home mother, Alicia returns to the workforce as a litigator to provide for her two children.[1]






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Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 1 "Pilot" Charles McDougall Robert King & Michelle King September 22, 2009 (2009-09-22) 13.71[2]
After having to return to work following her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration, Alicia Florick is assigned her first case – a straightforward retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Since her firm successfully deadlocked the first jury, sticking to the same strategy should work again, but Alicia soon discovers that she has a real fight on her hands.
2 2 "Stripped" Charles McDougall Robert King & Michelle King September 29, 2009 (2009-09-29) 13.69[3]
Alicia and Will represent a stripper who was raped at a bachelor party by the groom, a young man from a wealthy Chicago family. On the personal front, Alicia confronts Peter over his indiscretions; debates whether or not the children should visit him in prison. The kids find doctored photos of Peter's indiscretions, but hide them from their mother.
3 3 "Home" Scott Ellis Dee Johnson October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06) 13.69[4]
Alicia returns to her old upscale neighborhood to defend a former friend's teen son, who is accused of murdering a security guard at a friend's house. The 18-year-old man admits he was at the home but claims he's innocent of the crime. Cary is assigned to help Alicia with the case, even though he has never tried one in court.
4 4 "Fixed" Daniel Minahan Todd Ellis Kessler October 13, 2009 (2009-10-13) 12.98[5]
Alicia discovers evidence that a juror may have been bribed with $35,000 in a class-action lawsuit against a major pharmaceutical company. Alicia's client was paralyzed after taking one of the company's drugs. Meanwhile, Peter's lawyer tries to get Alicia to help in her husband's defense and attempts to bribe her with gifts.
5 5 "Crash" Gloria Muzio Ted Humphrey October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20) 13.26[6]
Alicia and Will represent three widows of train engineers who have been accused by the company that they, not the company, were responsible for their deaths in a train crash. Alicia and Will have 72 hours to find the smoking gun to prove that the company was responsible. On the home front, Jackie and Alicia clash when Jackie goes against Alicia's wishes and takes the children to visit Peter in jail for his birthday.
6 6 "Conjugal" Rod Holcomb Angela Amato Velez November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03) 12.74[7]
Alicia and Will work on the appeal of a death row inmate accused of killing a police officer. Knowing that her client was convicted of the crime under Peter's regime as state's attorney, Alicia agrees to his request of a conjugal visit in order to obtain any information Peter may have regarding the original case.
7 7 "Unorthodox" John Polson Robert King & Michelle King November 10, 2009 (2009-11-10) 13.35[8]
Alicia serves as co-counsel to a handsome storefront lawyer (Chris Bowers) who is defending an Orthodox Jewish couple being sued in a slip-and-fall case. Alicia is assigned because one of the defendants is a law partner's daughter. The victim claims she was badly injured when she tripped on a wire outside of the couple's house, but Alicia believes the incident may be a scam. Meanwhile, Will and Diane make a round of layoffs at the firm.
8 8 "Unprepared" Jim McKay Corinne Brinkerhoff November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17) 12.70[9]
Alicia defends a scientist accused of arson after the lab the woman works in is torched. It's soon learned that the scientist is the target of a hate group. Meanwhile, Alicia is asked to testify on her husband's behalf at his bail hearing, but she is uncertain if she wants him to return home; and Zach becomes determined to uncover the identity of the person who is leaving damaging photos and DVDs at the Florrick's front door.
9 9 "Threesome" James Whitmore, Jr. Ted Humphrey November 24, 2009 (2009-11-24) 12.53[10]
Alicia represents the firm's senior partner after he is arrested for DUI and assaulting a police officer, and she must deal with the murky office politics that come with the case. Meanwhile, Chelsea Handler interviews Peter's mistress, who is promoting a tell-all book about her affair with Peter.
10 10 "Lifeguard" Paris Barclay Tom Smuts December 15, 2009 (2009-12-15) 14.17[11]
Alicia investigates a judge's questionable motives after he overturns a simple plea bargain she arranged and sentences her juvenile client to nine months in detention. Her investigation reveals the judge has a history of unusual sentences and may be a racist. Meanwhile, Diane is offered a judgeship and considers leaving the firm.
11 11 "Infamy" Nelson McCormick Todd Ellis Kessler January 5, 2010 (2010-01-05) 13.98[12]
A Nancy Grace-type TV commentator continually accuses a Chicago mother of killing her missing 3-year-old child, causing her to commit suicide. The firm represents the grieving husband in a wrongful death suit against the TV commentator and his television network. Alicia represents the wife of her husband's nemesis, Glenn Childs, in a divorce case.
12 12 "Painkiller" Steve Shill Corinne Brinkerhoff January 12, 2010 (2010-01-12) 13.87[13]
A star high-school quarterback dies from an overdose of painkillers, and Alicia defends the family physician who is charged with murder for prescribing the medication. The doctor claims he is innocent, and Alicia attempts to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, Jackie suffers a stroke, and Childs asks Kalinda to work for him to help undermine Peter's appeal.
13 13 "Bad" Alex Zakrzewski Ted Humphrey February 2, 2010 (2010-02-02) 12.72[14]
Alicia defends a wealthy man in civil court who is accused of murdering his wife. He was found not guilty in his criminal trial but even Alicia believes he committed the crime. Meanwhile, Peter's appeal begins, and Diane buys a gun for protection when a drug dealer threatens to kill her.
14 14 "Hi" John Gallagher Robert King & Michelle King & Barry Schkolnick February 9, 2010 (2010-02-09) 14.75[15]
Sonya Rucker, whose company is a client of SL&G, has a crisis. Her babysitter, Lisa Pruit, was murdered at her home and her husband, Jason Rucker, is the lead suspect. Will and Diane call in Alicia and Cary to help with the case. Cary thought he had the following day off and has taken mushrooms with a friend in from Seattle, but now must pull himself together for the next 48 hours. When contact is finally made with Jason, who claims to have been in a movie, they bring him into the firm and have him take a polygraph test before the police arrive to arrest him. As Will, Alicia and a tripping Cary question Jason, they discover that he was at his studio where he works on his graphic novel. Lisa was his muse on the project and would spend time at the studio, but their relationship did not go any further than that. At first Kalinda suspects the neighborhood security guard is responsible, but turns her attention towards one of Lisa's classmates, Max, who got Lisa pregnant, but when she wouldn't have an abortion, he killed her and tried to frame Jason for it. On the personal front, Peter is released on electronic monitoring, and as Alicia opens her door she sees Peter.
15 15 "Bang" Rod Holcomb Courtney Kemp Agboh March 2, 2010 (2010-03-02) 13.29[16]
Alicia defends a man accused of murdering a financial adviser who lost the man's life savings in a Ponzi scheme. At home, Peter adjusts to house arrest and begins his comeback strategy with his legal team after his son shows him incriminating photos that were left at their door weeks earlier.
16 16 "Fleas" Rosemary Rodriguez Amanda Segel March 9, 2010 (2010-03-09) 13.91[17]
Alicia and Will defend an attorney who's arrested for murder because he allegedly leaked the witness list to his client, a drug lord, which resulted in the murder of the star witness. Now under house arrest, Peter strategizes how to handle his retrial the next steps in his public rehabilitation.
17 17 "Heart" Félix Alcalá Corinne Brinkerhoff March 16, 2010 (2010-03-16) 13.41[18]
An emergency courtroom is set up in a hospital conference room. Will represents Kate Willoughby, whose unborn child requires an in-utero surgical intervention on its heart. Lifestate, Kate's insurance provider, has put a stop to the surgery two days before it's scheduled because they don't cover experimental procedures. SLG is also in charge of a class action lawsuit against Lifestate and the case with the Willoughbys would set the precedent for the 68 other cases where Lifestate denied coverage. Lifestate's lawyer offers Will a deal, drop the class action suit and they'll find the money to save her baby, but Will says no. When it looks like the outcome will be in favor of Kate, Lifestate's defense claims that Kate's husband inaccurately filled out their application for coverage and thus voids their contract for insurance. With Kalinda's help, Will gets leverage on Lifestate's unethical practices and rather than the information becoming public, a settlement is reached and the baby's surgery is a success. On the personal front, Peter continues to repair his reputation through religion; while at the office, Alicia and Will share a kiss which leads to Alicia sleeping with Peter.
18 18 "Doubt" Félix Alcalá Robert King & Michelle King & Barry Schkolnick April 6, 2010 (2010-04-06) 12.06[19]
Alicia and Will defend a college student accused of killing her roommate while under the influence of a sleep aid. As they defend their client Will and Alicia must deal with the tension that exists between them since the night of their kiss. Meanwhile, Diane continues her flirtatious relationship with a conservative ballistics expert.
19 19 "Boom" Lesli Linka Glatter Ted Humphrey April 27, 2010 (2010-04-27) 12.07[20]
Jeffrey Sanborn's widow, Karen Sanborn, is seeking punitive damages for her husband's death which her new attorney, Jonas Stern, claims was the intentional act of SLG's client, Charles Clay, owner and editor of The Cook County Vindicator. A Muslim extremist group claimed responsibility for the pipe bomb explosion at the newspaper's office after Charles published a controversial political cartoon that showed Muhammad being humiliated. Managing editor, Jeffrey Sanborn was killed in the blast. As Jonas and his team try to convince the jury that Charles published the cartoon to sell more newspapers, SLG looks closer at the crime scene and realizes that the bombing was an inside job. Also, Alicia plays on Jonas's dementia, throwing him off during the trial while Cary foils Jonas's attempt at poaching a number of SLG associates. On the personal front, Peter and the family attend a church service, but he uses this opportunity to secretly meet with Gerald Kozko about his potentially damning testimony. Alicia is furious at Peter for making her believe he had found religion and was trying to be a better man. She leaves and the episode ends on Peter going after her with the electronic monitoring alarm going off.
20 20 "Mock" Rod Holcomb Todd Ellis Kessler May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04) 12.88[21]
When Peter crosses the threshold, the electronic monitoring alarm begins to sound followed shortly by the phone ringing. When the police arrive, Peter is back in the apartment and Zach blames a skateboarding trick gone wrong on the broken sensor. Will participates in a mock trial as a judge. Alicia's building manager is arrested because of a smuggling ring and is in danger of being deported.
21 21 "Unplugged" Christopher Misiano Karen Hall May 11, 2010 (2010-05-11) 12.85[22]
SLG divorce lawyer David Lee is representing Caroline Wilder, the soon-to-be ex-wife of rock star Max Wilder. Just before the court date, Max Wilder ends up in a coma, with the soon-to-be ex-wife and the soon-to-be new wife fighting for control of his estate. Eli Gold comes to Alicia to discuss Peter's re-election. Alicia goes to Eli for a favor. In the meantime, the contest between Alicia and Cary is decided.
22 22 "Hybristophilia" Frederick E. O. Toye Frank Pierson May 18, 2010 (2010-05-18) 12.17[23]
Alicia is celebrating her victory with Kalinda when she gets a request from Will to get client, and accused wife killer, Colin Sweeney, to sign off on the new language in his company's merger. When she arrives, she finds that he is handcuffed to a dead woman. Colin claims she attacked him and killed his dog.
23 23 "Running" James Whitmore, Jr. Robert King & Michelle King & Corinne Brinkerhoff May 25, 2010 (2010-05-25) 10.58[24]
Alicia and Diane facilitate an immunity deal for an undercover cop who will testify in front of a grand jury that his fellow officers, Task Force members, have been conspiring with gang members to deal in illegal firearms. Two hours later, the cop is dead. The cop's widow files a multi-million dollar wrongful death suit against Cook County and the City of Chicago and Alicia is her lawyer. Now working for Childs, Cary offers $300,000 to settle the wrongful death suit. Alicia rejects the offer and preps for trial. Kalinda finds the cache of illegal weapons, but the Task Force officers maintain their innocence in the death of their comrade. Further investigation reveals that the cop's widow was the one who tipped off the gang member of her husband's true identity. Alicia confronts her and the widow confesses, her husband was physically abusive, beating her on a regular basis and by telling the gang he was a cop, she knew they would kill him and this was her way out for her and her children.


The first season of The Good Wife received critical acclaim. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an 86% certified fresh rating based on 21 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Along with Julianna Margulies and a fine cast, the gripping drama The Good Wife, boasts hook-heavy plotlines torn from the headlines."[25] On Metacritic, the first season scored a 75 out of 100, based on 26 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[26]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards


Episode Title Air Date HH Rating 18-49 Rating Viewers/Live+7 Rank Ref
1 Pilot September 22, 2009 9.2 3.1 13.714/15.39 #15 [28]
2 Stripped September 29, 2009 9.1 3.1 13.690/15.31 #14 [29]
3 Home October 6, 2009 8.9 2.9 13.693/15.21 #11 [30]
4 Fixed October 13, 2009 8.7 2.7 12.798/14.55 #17 [31]
5 Crash October 20, 2009 8.8 2.8 13.258/14.74 #14 [32]
6 Conjugal November 3, 2009 8.6 2.7 12.743 #16 [33]
7 Unorthodox November 10, 2009 8.8 2.8 13.352 #15 [34]
8 Unprepared November 17, 2009 8.4 2.6 12.699/14.45 -


9 Threesome November 24, 2009 8.1 2.8 12.529 #15 [36]
10 Lifeguard December 1, 2009 9.1 2.8 14.170 #10 [37]
11 Infamy January 5, 2010 9.0 3.0 13.975 #10 [38]
12 Painkiller January 12, 2010 9.0 3.0 13.871 #15 [39]
13 Bad February 2, 2010 8.4 2.6 12.808/14.62 #16 [40]
14 Hi February 9, 2010 9.6 3.1 14.754/16.72 #12 [41]
15 Bang March 2, 2010 8.5 2.7 13.319/15.45 #15 [42]
16 Fleas March 9, 2010 9.0 2.9 13.950 #10 [43]
17 Heart March 16, 2010 8.6 2.7 13.399 #6 [44]
18 Doubt April 6, 2010 7.9 2.3 12.061/14.21 - [45]
19 Boom April 27, 2010 8.0 2.2 12.074 #13 [46]
20 Mock May 4, 2010 8.4 2.4 12.881 #9 [47]
21 Unplugged May 11, 2010 8.3 2.4 12.851 #13 [48]
22 Hybristophilia May 18, 2010 7.9 2.3 12.038 #14 [49]
23 Running May 25, 2010 7.0 2.0 10.603 #13 [50]


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