The Good Wife (season 4)

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The Good Wife (season 4)
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Season 4 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) –
April 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)
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List of The Good Wife episodes

The fourth season of The Good Wife began airing on September 30, 2012, airing Sundays at 9:00 p.m. Executive producer Tony Scott died in August 2012, about a month prior to the start of the season, and the premiere was dedicated to him. The season finale aired on April 28, 2013.


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]






No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
691"I Fought the Law"Michael ZinbergRobert King & Michelle KingSeptember 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)9.93[6]
Zach gets pulled over by a cop and the campaign is turned fully about family values; Alicia deals with a reporter who inquires about the status of her marriage to Peter. Will's suspension is over, and he returns to the firm. The firm deals with a trustee appointed to watch over them in the wake of their bankruptcy. Kalinda comes face-to-face with her estranged husband.
702"And the Law Won"Rosemary RodriguezTed HumphreyOctober 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)8.95[7]
The firm attempts to renegotiate its building lease by sending Alicia to meet with their new landlord, Maddie Hayward, but it fails and it inadvertently ends with her donating to Peter's campaign which displeases Diane. Kalinda gets distracted by the presence of her estranged husband. Meanwhile on Will's first case after his suspension ends, he rejects the first (and a reasonable) settlement offer, which ends up complicating his case as he meets an active jury, which partakes in the cross-examinations.
713"Two Girls, One Code"Brooke KennedyRobert King & Michelle KingOctober 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)9.12[8]
The firm argue against Viola Walsh and her internet billionaire client Neil Gross, representing two startup founders who developed voice recognition software and were negatively affected by tweaked search engine page ranking. Alicia's affair with Will seems to be on the verge of being revealed to the press, but it actually turns into another potential scandal for Peter. The firm's trustee briefly clashes with Diane, and Kalinda's husband, Nick, discovers more about her sexual dalliances.
724"Don't Haze Me, Bro"Michael ZinbergKeith EisnerOctober 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)10.02[9]
The firm sues a university claiming they were liable for the death of a student who died as a result of an extreme hazing ritual. Meanwhile Peter's mother, Jackie, tries to become more involved in her son's gubernatorial campaign after she recovers from her stroke. Eli and Alicia make one more attempt at staving off the publication of a potentially damaging article implicating Peter in another sexual scandal.
735"Waiting for the Knock"Frederick E.O. ToyeLeonard DickOctober 28, 2012 (2012-10-28)9.51[10]
The firm is called to Lemond Bishop's aid after his accountant is arrested. Alicia is tasked with hand-holding Bishop's son to prepare and comfort him in case his father is arrested. Eli, having forestalled the publication of a damaging magazine article must now contend with a blog threatening to post a story regarding the article not being published in the first place. Kalinda, through her husband, discovers something about her girlfriend, FBI Agent Delaney.
746"The Art of War"Josh CharlesRobert King & Michelle King & Ted HumphreyNovember 4, 2012 (2012-11-04)9.93[11]
Alicia is asked by military court judge Kuhn to represent a female military lawyer (Amanda Peet) as she brings suit against a military contract employee in civil court who attempted to rape her. Peter hires a new caretaker for his aging mother, Jackie, after she fires several others. Maddie Hayward announces she intends to run for governor against Peter. Meanwhile, the firm's Trustee begins adopting Steve Jobs' management style.
757"Anatomy of a Joke"James Whitmore, Jr.Craig Turk & Robert King & Michelle KingNovember 11, 2012 (2012-11-11)9.02[12]
The firm represents a comedian (Christina Ricci) who exposes her breasts on live television, and is compelled to apologize to FCC commissioners to convince them not to fine the network. Cary, after many years, has a chance meeting with his father, which doesn't end well. Eli tries to deal with a new rumor regarding Peter's 'anatomy' and Peter hires a new assistant state's attorney after Alicia recommends a former military court lawyer, Laura Hellinger. Meanwhile, Lockhart Gardner is almost sold by the firm's trustee, saved only by last minute maneuvering by Diane, Will and David Lee.
768"Here Comes the Judge"Rosemary RodriguezMeredith AverillNovember 18, 2012 (2012-11-18)9.94[13]
Will Gardner defends a client who is accused of killing her husband for his fortune, in Laura Hellinger's first case as ASA; the case alone could get the firm out of debt, freeing them of supervision of the trustee. However, when Will encounters the inebriated judge in a bar he (the judge) offers his opinion on not only the case, but on Will as a lawyer, and the firm brings a motion to substitute the judge for bias. A classmate of Grace kills herself after her boyfriend Connor breaks their relationship, and Grace becomes dangerously attracted to Connor. Eli tries to involve Alicia's children more in the campaign, after a tracker videotapes Grace, and Cary draws the suspicious eye of Kalinda's husband, Nick.
779"A Defense of Marriage"Brooke KennedyMatthew MontoyaNovember 25, 2012 (2012-11-25)9.45[14]
Alicia and Diane represent the CFO of an online tax return company whose conversations with his husband could implicate him in defrauding the government. A famous lawyer, known for his appearances arguing before the Supreme Court of the United States offers to help the firm with the case, but soon attempts to throw in the towel to lay the groundwork for a Supreme Court appeal challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. Alicia's mother, Veronica, visits and seeks help in overturning a will that cut her out of her late husband's inheritance when his son convinced him Veronica was cheating. Cary approaches Nick the day after he was assaulted.
7810"Battle of the Proxies"Griffin DunneTed HumphreyDecember 2, 2012 (2012-12-02)9.70[15]
Alicia and Will represent a client who allegedly murdered a woman in Chicago during a music festival, but is not the only one being tried for her murder. Another man is being tried in Minooka on exactly the same charge, and the outcome of that trial could prove their defendant innocent. Alicia is then tasked with assisting the prosecution in Minooka. Eli is approached by a representative of the Department of Justice investigating illegal campaign bribes, ostensibly relating to his ex-wife's campaign for the state senate. Nick is dropped by the firm as a client after it becomes apparent he is using his tow truck company to smuggle drugs.
7911"Boom De Yah Da"Félix AlcaláNichelle Tramble SpellmanJanuary 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)9.96[16]
Will & Diane face mediation, requested by the trustee, Clarke Hayden. Displeased by the way they sabotaged his attempts to sell the firm, Clarke requests that Will & Diane be removed from their positions as managing partners. Alicia faces Louis Canning again, struggling to depose an executive in a lawsuit against a bank who foreclosed on houses with stagnant swimming pools, facilitating the spread of disease-bearing mosquitoes. Meanwhile, Eli files a harassment complaint against the Department of Justice, only to discover Wendy Scott-Carr has taken charge of the investigation against him. Cary is placed in a precarious position that could compromise his friendship with Clarke.
8012"Je Ne Sais What?"Matt ShakmanJacqueline HoytJanuary 13, 2013 (2013-01-13)10.04[17]
Alicia, Diane and Will come to the aid of eccentric attorney Elsbeth Tascioni, who is arrested just prior to her hearing before the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport). Alicia struggles to get Elsbeth out on bail, while Diane and Will contend with the three French-speaking CAS judges and the court's reversed burden of proof – they must prove their client innocent of doping. Eli and his new second-in-command, Jordan, clash with each other over a new campaign issue: racial bias. Peter makes a speech at a minority-rights organization during which he is booed.
8113"The Seven Day Rule"Michael ZinbergKeith EisnerJanuary 27, 2013 (2013-01-27)9.35[18]
The firm goes to court to fight their new creditor, Louis Canning, for an extension on their bankruptcy plan with Clarke Hayden playing an unexpected part in the eventual outcome. Alicia is offered partnership, which she is initially ecstatic about, but then balks once she realizes she must pay $600,000 as part of her capital contribution. With the firm still in debt $30 million, Alicia realizes the offer may not have been sincere. The fiancee of Neil Gross hires David Lee to negotiate her pre-nup and everyone works to ensure that young love triumphs. On the campaign trail, Alicia is once again at odds with Eli regarding her previous friendship with Maddie Hayward.
8214"Red Team, Blue Team"Jim McKayRobert King & Michelle KingFebruary 17, 2013 (2013-02-17)8.35[19]
As the firm finally clears its debt, Alicia, Cary and the other associates that were previously offered partnership are shocked to find that the partners have voted to delay their offers for a year. Tensions are exacerbated when Alicia and Cary are asked to prosecute in a mock trial against Diane and Will – the outcome of which has real consequences for their client, an energy beverage company being sued for the death of a young girl after she consumes one of their products. Elsbeth Tascioni, after being retained by Eli Gold, must now contend with the Department of Justice as Eli tries to secure his position on the campaign from Jordan.
8315"Going for the Gold"Rosemary RodriguezLeonard DickMarch 3, 2013 (2013-03-03)8.99[20]
Peter prepares to engage Maddie Hayward in their first televised debate, with Diane Lockhart helping him prepare. Meanwhile, the firm attempts to bid for the State Attorney's tender to represent them in civil lawsuits. Eli, no longer on the campaign, fights in federal and state courts to clear his name as Frank Landau, head of the Democratic committee accuses him of buying votes for Peter's campaign. Alicia, after being promoted to partner, must now deal with asserting her new position of authority over her former peers.
8416"Runnin' with the Devil"Christopher MisianoMeredith AverillMarch 10, 2013 (2013-03-10)9.21[21]
Lemond Bishop goes to trial, charged with the murder of a confidential informant. While defending him, Alicia goes up against her old law school classmate. In addition, Bishop instructs the firm to work with a peculiar lawyer on his defense. Meanwhile, with the firm now enjoying a surplus of cash, the partners debate on what to do with it, and explore the possibility of re-leasing the two building floors they lost during bankruptcy, and hiring a second investigator.
8517"Invitation to an Inquest"Kevin HooksJulia Wolfe & Matthew MontoyaMarch 17, 2013 (2013-03-17)9.08[22]
Alicia and Will attend the inquest into the death of an Illinois Supreme Court Judge that died in a car crash; their client being the wife of the deceased who stands to earn millions from a life insurance policy. Cary has another chance encounter with his father, as he brings new business to the firm, which strains their already rocky relationship. Meanwhile, Peter beats Maddie Hayward and wins the Democratic primary. Also, using Alicia's family, Eli schemes against Jordan to get him thrown off the campaign.
8618"Death of a Client"Robert KingRobert King & Michelle KingMarch 24, 2013 (2013-03-24)9.59[23]
During the Chicago Shamrock Dinner, one of the firm's clients is murdered. As Alicia represented him, she is asked by the police to aid in their investigation. Unsure of her obligations towards her deceased client, she is pressured into divulging information that could potentially break attorney-client privilege. Diane is approached by Peter to fill the seat of a recently deceased Illinois Supreme Court Judge if he wins the governorship. Also in attendance to the Shamrock dinner is Republican gubernatorial candidate, Mike Kresteva, who ends up in a confrontation with Peter.
8719"The Wheels of Justice"Frederick E.O. ToyeJacqueline HoytMarch 31, 2013 (2013-03-31)8.59[24]
Alicia represents Colin Sweeney again; this time against an apparently minor charge that could potentially turn into a life sentence for him if a Supreme Court decision is rendered before the firm can resolve the case. With the prosecution stalling, the firm must rush through trial in order to head off a conviction. Diane reconnects with ballistics expert Kurt McVeigh as she asks Kalinda to vet her after Peter offers her a judgeship, which ends up uncovering troubling information about her family's past.
8820"Rape: A Modern Perspective"Brooke KennedyJ. C. NolanApril 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)10.14[25]
Alicia and Will represent a woman who accuses a recently admitted Princeton student of raping her. She sues in civil court as her accused rapist evades jail in a plea bargain. Her case is hurt however when she breaks a gag order and an internet hacker group, Anonymous, decides to get involved in the case. Diane, still being vetted as a potential Supreme Court Judge, has to deal with addressing concerns regarding her personal and business life. Meanwhile, Dylan Stack, one of the three alleged owners of Bitcoin, returns to Chicago to ask Alicia and her firm to help him execute a class action against prosecutorial overcharging. He ascertains that overcharging is what drove internet activist Aaron Swartz to commit suicide. He wants revenge. Cary, after being probed by the new investigator Robyn, is forced to reveal to Alicia he is leaving the firm to form his own and invites her to join him.
8921"A More Perfect Union"Michael ZinbergCraig TurkApril 21, 2013 (2013-04-21)9.02[26]
Alicia is 'volunteered' by her mother Veronica, to render legal assistance to one of Veronica's recently widowed friends; initially expecting to only provide minimal assistance, Alicia enlists Cary's help, as she goes up against Nancy Crozier, and ends up representing more than twenty employees of a software company in their efforts to unionize to prevent their employer from firing them en masse. The case also inspires the firm's own clerical staff to seek better working conditions. Alicia's brother, Owen, has a change of heart regarding Alicia's marriage after Peter attempts to repair their relationship. Veronica, meanwhile, still disapproving of Alicia's continued commitment to Peter, attempts to interfere as Peter asks Alicia to renew their vows in Hawaii. Cary, still set on forming his own firm, tries to sign on Kalinda.
9022"What's in the Box?"Robert KingRobert King & Michelle KingApril 28, 2013 (2013-04-28)9.13[27]
On the night of the Illinois gubernatorial election, Zach witnesses what he believes to be vote tampering. Once brought to the attention of an emergency courtroom hearing however, the details turn out to be potentially ruinous for Peter's campaign. Alicia makes a decision regarding joining Cary's new firm as Cary is able to convince the firm's second investigator, Robyn, to join him after Kalinda refuses to take a lower offer.


The fourth season of The Good Wife received critical acclaim. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 95% certified fresh rating based on 21 reviews. The critics consensus reads, "This season of The Good Wife continues its winning streak as one of television's top shows, with unique legal cases and intelligent political drama."[28] On Metacritic, the fourth season currently sits at an 86 out of 100, based on 5 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[29]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode number Title Original airing Rating Share Rating/share
Total viewers (in millions) Rank per week Note
69 (4-01) I Fought the Law September 30, 2012 6.5 10 1.8 9.93 #26 [6]
70 (4-02) And the Law Won October 7, 2012 5.9 8 1.7 8.94 #25 [7]
71 (4-03) Two Girls, One Code October 14, 2012 6.1 9 1.7 9.12 #27 [8]
72 (4-04) Don't Haze Me, Bro October 21, 2012 6.8 11 1.9 10.02 #19 [9]
73 (4-05) Waiting For the Knock October 28, 2012 6.2 9 1.8 9.51 #28 [10]
74 (4-06) The Art of War November 4, 2012 6.2 9 1.7 9.93 #25 [11]
75 (4-07) Anatomy of a Joke November 11, 2012 6.1 9 1.7 9.02 #23 [30]
76 (4-08) Here Comes the Judge November 18, 2012 6.6 10 1.7 9.94 #19 [31]
77 (4-09) A Defense of Marriage November 25, 2012 6.3 9 1.6 9.45 #19
78 (4-10) Battle of the Proxies December 2, 2012 6.5 10 1.8 9.70 #22
79 (4-11) Boom De Ya Da January 6, 2013 6.5 10 1.8 9.96 #12
80 (4-12) Je Ne Sais What? January 13, 2013 6.7 10 1.9 10.04 #14
81 (4-13) The Seven Day Rule January 27, 2013 6.3 9 1.5 9.35 #15
82 (4-14) Red Team/Blue Team February 17, 2013 5.5 8 1.3 8.35 #21
83 (4-15) Going for the Gold March 3, 2013 5.9 9 1.6 8.99 #17
84 (4-16) Runnin' with the Devil March 10, 2013 6.0 9 1.5 9.21 #13
85 (4-17) Invitation to an Inquest March 17, 2013 6.0 9 1.5 9.08 #15
86 (4-18) Death of a Client March 24, 2013 3.3 8 1.7 9.59 #12
87 (4-19) The Wheels of Justice March 31, 2013 5.6 9 1.5 8.59 #15
88 (4-20) Rape: A Modern Perspective April 14, 2013 6.7 11 1.7 10.14 #15
89 (4-21) A More Perfect Union April 21, 2013 6.0 9 1.5 9.02 #13
90 (4-22) What's in the Box? April 28, 2013 6.0 9 1.6 9.13 #18


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