The Good Wife: series five recap

A brief look back at the goings on of Alicia Florrick et al ahead of tonight's series six launch



Tonight, series six of The Good Wife springs into action (9pm, More4) with Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry), Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi) and co ready to do battle in the courtroom once again. But after a lengthy break from the goings on within the US legal system, it’s time for a refresher. Do not read on if you’ve not watched series five.

I’ve got to get this out of the way straight away: Will has died.

Yes, Will Gardner (of Lockhart Gardner – now LG – law firm) got shot in a courtroom by his own client and actually died.

It was right in the middle of the ongoing will-they-won’t-they love affair between Will and lead character Alicia Florrick, wife of Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth).

Alicia was left clutching onto one tiny voicemail message in which Will said they needed to talk. Viewers knew he wanted to declare his love, but Alicia could only imagine the various topics he had intended to discuss: her leaving the firm, herself and new business partner Cary Agos stealing his clients… no happily ever after here.

As for her now pretty complicated relationship with hubby Peter, the duo decide to stay married but sleep with whomever they please; a marriage for the public, as it were. Peter himself has been busy fighting off allegations of a stuffed ballot box. Never a dull moment, eh?

Meanwhile, Alicia and Cary have stormed ahead with their own law firm Florrick/Agos, a business that for the most part looks more like it’s operating out of a university drinking hole rather than an office. But that’s not stopped them. Even their former boss Diane Lockhart has sat up and taken notice, looking set to jump ship from her own firm (where everyone is pretty determined to push her out anyway) in this upcoming new series. The ownership of wealthy internet-based client ChumHum is, as ever, causing a lot of the arguments and complications. That and the fact that Cary doesn’t particularly want to buddy up with someone who’s previously fired him.

It seemed unlikely the end of the series could strike a blow quite like that of Will’s death. But then Peter Florrick’s advisor Eli Gold (Alan Cumming) chucked this line at Alicia (and us): “Would you want to run for State’s Attorney?”

After a stunned “What?” we were left with that old teasing favourite: fade to black.

But don’t worry about the action slowing. Tonight’s first episode leaps straight back in, mid-conversation, no mucking about. Although, there’s drama to face before Alicia’s big decision can be made: namely the unexpected arrest of a certain Cary Agos…


The Good Wife, 9:00pm on More4