21 August, 2012

The Good Wife: Predictions to Ponder for the Season Four Premiere

"I Fought the Law" - The Good Wife's Season Premiere Starts with a Bang
Season 4 Pre-Premiere| Post Date: August 21, 2012


It’s official:  CBS has released 18 photos* and an episode synopsis of the season four premiere of The Good Wife, entitled “I Fought the Law.”  Let’s start by stating the obvious: I’m excited, elated, hyperventilating. So much so, I’m cutting the small talk (and not just because all I can do is hum “I fought the law and the law won” while writing this) but because there is so much to discuss.

Direct from CBS:
“I Fought the Law” – Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper.  Meanwhile, after her ex-husband tracked her down in last season’s finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding, and Diane and Will delve into the firm’s financial problems, on the fourth season premiere of THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Sept. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Kristin Chenoweth guest stars as political reporter Peggy Byrne, Nathan Lane guest stars as Clarke Hayden, the firm’s appointed trustee and British actor Marc Warren guest stars as Nick, Kalinda’s ex-husband. 

Bonus:  According to TV Line, Nick wastes no time in meeting Alicia and Cary – “As a potential new client.” 

Breaking it down: Premiere Predictions to Ponder

I Fought the Law – Following the ever-clever naming scheme The Good Wife has worked with since season one (the number of words in the title correlating to the season number), this premiere episode continues the tradition with a catchy and musical title. The big question: Who’s fighting the law?

Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper – Ah ha.  I just answered my own question.  By the looks of things, the beloved (Alicia’s words, not mine) Florrick children get caught up in some kind of trouble.  I’m making my shocked face right now and trying very hard not to blame the whole thing on Grace.  It’s going to be the happiest of all days when these two get dropped off at College.  But I digress.

Meanwhile, after her ex-husband tracked her down in last season’s finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding – The big news here is that apparently Kalinda doesn’t shoot whoever is lurking on the other side of her door.  While that’s mildly disappointing (because, be honest, aren’t you curious as to where Kalinda would hide a body?), it probably makes sense.  Could this mean the looming figure with the slow and steady knock isn’t Nick, but rather someone else entirely?  Perhaps Alicia?  They are, after all, best friends again.  Or at least they will be.   If Alicia did as she should have and left Peter and the kids to eat their pizza in Highland Park, this is a viable open.  We all know Alicia kept K’s change of address from season two for a rainy day.  This could be that day.  Or, perhaps it’s Will on the other side of the door.  When last we saw these two drinking buddies, K was saying her goodbyes and asking for a cash advance.  Maybe Will is stopping by to convince her not to go?  Whatever happens, I hope we get to see more of Kalinda’s house (and, with any luck, at the same time, we’ll see Cary in her room helping patch up her sledge-hammered wall).  Pass the spackle, things are about to get interesting.

Diane and Will delve into the firm’s financial problems – Lockhart Gardner has financial problems?  Oh. Wait. When haven’t they had issues with cash flow?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: This firm needs an accountant… and it can’t be anyone David Lee knows, because the last thing this firm needs are rigged books. With Diane and Will’s tag-teamed brilliance, one would think they could find someone to make a spreadsheet and use the “auto sum” button.  I look forward to the day when someone at the firm can balance a budget (much like the day when Team Gardner reunites), but until then, I’ll hold my breath and watch Lockhart Gardner sink like a brick in water.  

Meanwhile, I can’t imagine what Cary is thinking right now.  I mean, he was originally let go because of cutbacks.  I’m sure he’s done the math: Last man in = first man out.  Only this time the SA’s Office isn’t an option.   And then there’s Eli, who is hopefully more focused on Peter’s campaign than he is with his partnership assets, but with David Lee lurking in the wings, there always seems to be an available shaker of salt to rub into Eli’s buttoned-up wounds.

Nick wastes no time in meeting Alicia and Cary – “As a potential new client.” – I. Have. No. Words.  The only thing that could make this better would be having Nick, Alicia and Cary trapped in an elevator together.  I can’t even begin to imagine what this meeting is going to look like, but I have a feeling it’s going to go straight to the top of my #IDidntSeeThatComing list that I’m already starting for season four.  The best part about all of this is that I have a feeling Nick’s return will bring Alicia and Kalinda closer together.  Kalinda’s staying in Chicago for Alicia and that’s the first step.  My prediction: While Kalinda is going to struggle with the “honesty policy” she has with Alicia, their divine relationship will be the ultimate force against the leather-clad Nick.  If all else fails, we know what’s hidden in Kalinda’s trunk. 

With all of the musings around The Good Wife, I can’t help but question whether or not season four will be the new season two (aka, the best season yet?).  What are you most looking forward to when it comes to the premiere?

*Check out all the photos from CBS via TV Line here!

Related to this Post:
  • The Good Wife Season Four Promo

  • "I Fought the Law and the Law Won" - Sure, it might be Zach battling the State Trooper, but when you listen to the lyrics of this song, the show's title could very well be more about the firm's finances than anything else.  "I needed money, cause I had none... I fought the law and the law won."  Honestly.  I couldn't be any more in love with this show.


  1. I look forward to see Cary at L&G again. I hope we'll finally do more with him now that they CAN.
    But the lack of development for Cary and Kalinda relationship last year doesn't allow me to be excited about Cary's involvement in that plot. Maybe I'll change my mind after the premiere but right now I don't understand why writers are involving him in that plot when through the 2nd half of season 3 they've done whatever they could to show that Cary is not someone important in Kalinda's life. Two years of that Cary and Kalinda thing and every thing ended up in a nothing. He came back to L&G and she barely noticed. And I'm really worried that it's going to end like that this time too. Probably he'll help Alicia to protect her or something like that but everything will be about Kalinda and Alicia being friends again with him being left alone in a corner.
    Cary's character really deserves more than being a mere witness of Alicia and Kalinda friendship rebuilding. I'm tired of Cary helping Kalinda and getting so litte love and consideration in return. I'd like to see Kalinda doing something big for him for once or being involved in a plot that is about Cary and not about her. But I'm almost sure that will never happen.

    1. You make some excellent points! Having Cary back at the firm will be great and it will also hopefully provide more of an opportunity to have him develop a true story line. The last three years really have Cary chase after Kalinda in one way or another. The thing is, I don't see these two ever having a true relationship. Cary is, for lack of a better analogy, the girl next door. He's wholesome and sweet and Kalinda doesn't seem to be in the market for either of those characteristics, unless they come in the form of her best friend, Alicia.

      I'm really looking forward to seeing Cary and Alicia team up on things again. In my perfect world, the firm of Florrick and Agos isn't too far off. These two have a terrific synergy and despite their differences in season one, they work brilliantly together. Not only that, Cary knows more about Alicia than anyone else on the show does (at least from a 'secrets' perspective) and I love how that comes into their dynamic.

      For season four, I predict a lot more Cary Agos. Of course, he'll be tied to Kalinda in some ways, but I think it's time he moves out of her shadow. Let's just hope he brings his beloved office ficus along for the ride!

  2. There are plenty of things they can do with Cary that season because they've underused him for 3 years. One thing that they should do and showing him in court again because I didn't like Cary the Peter's bureaucrat. I didn't like a lot of things about Cary in season 3. So now I expect a lot. Also, Cary's love life sucks big time so I'd like if they improve it, pairing him up with someone who's able to reciprocate his feelings for once ( I don't want to face things like Dana anymore).

    I don't want him to be tied to Kalinda if Kalinda won't be tied to him, that's my point. He can easily moves ouf of shadow just with more than 2 minute screentime and with a script that is focused on both of them and not just on her and that's my worry about that Cary's involvement, that writers won't able to do it.

    I thought there was space for other persons in Kalinda's life besides her best friend. Around season 2 Cary seemed to be one of those other persons. But last year writers failed to show if there was any type of relationship between those two: friendship, love, attraction. They said they wanted to developed that Cary and Kalinda thing but at the end of season 3 they went down to season 2 premiere status. And after all he did for her through season 2 and after what happened between them in the beginning of season 3 I was waiting for them to develop that plot. Did she say she had feeling for him? We never found out if it was true or what type of feelings she was talking about or if she cares about him at least. That was a big letdown for me because I invested in that storyline and it turned out that I was wasting my time beign excited about something they didn't want to further. That's never a good thing to find out for a fan.

    As for Cary being sorta out of Kalinda's league...I disagree.
    I think Cary is more than a sweet guy. He has ethics but he can be vindictive and mischievous. Sweet guys don't screw over people like Blake or Childs. Sweet guys don't swim with the sharks without being eaten alive. He's a really complex character who saddly got really few attention through those 3 years so I can see why people think he's just the girl next door for Kalinda. But, honestly, Cary's probably the only one that proved to be able to handle Kalinda without getting sucked into her tricks. Sweet guys are also not able to do it.
    So, well, I don't think there were big problems to pair up Kalinda and Cary romantically speaking. I just think writers don't want to go there for other reasons that have nothing to do with Cary being out of Kalinda's league or they would have never spent time writing about them from the start.


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