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The Good Wife: Season 4 (2012-2013)

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Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 0

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.

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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.

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Season Info

The fourth season of the legal drama begins with Lockhart/Gardner entering bankruptcy and having a humorless, court-appointed trustee (Nathan Lane) brought in to clean up the financial mess. But his merciless cost-cutting and severe staff reductions don't sit well with Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles). Meanwhile, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) greets her estranged husband, Nick (Marc Warren), with a gun when he shows up at her door and tries to force his way back into her life. As

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 30, 2012

I Fought the Law

HD. Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper. Meanwhile, after her estranged husband tracked her down in last season's finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding.

2
Air date: Oct 7, 2012

And the Law Won

Amidst staff and budget cuts at the firm, Will tries to help by turning down a low settlement offer in his first case back from suspension. Meanwhile, Alicia unexpectedly aids Peter's campaign.

3
Air date: Oct 14, 2012

Two Girls, One Code

Alicia and Will represent an internet startup in a lawsuit against a search engine accused of manipulating results. Eli attempts to head off a potential scandal for Peter's campaign.

4
Air date: Oct 21, 2012

Don't Haze Me, Bro

Alicia and Diane must constantly rethink their approach when an opposing lawyer keeps changing tactics.

5
Air date: Oct 28, 2012

Waiting for the Knock

Alicia and Diane scramble to protect Lemond Bishop, one of their most lucrative - and dangerous - clients.

6
Air date: Nov 4, 2012

The Art of War

When a female military officer accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan, Alicia tries to prove that he is not protected by a law prohibiting servicemen from suing the military.

7
Air date: Nov 11, 2012

Anatomy of a Joke

Alicia and Cary travel to D.C. in an attempt to save a comedienne from being sued for millions.

8
Air date: Nov 18, 2012

Here Comes the Judge

When Will is convinced that a judge is biased against his client, he and Alicia risk the judge's wrath by demanding a hearing to determine if another judge should take over the case.

9
Air date: Nov 25, 2012

A Defense of Marriage

Alicia and Diane's case gets hijacked by a legendary legal crusader.

10
Air date: Dec 2, 2012

Battle of the Proxies

HD. Will defends a man accused of murder while Alicia aids the prosecution of another man in the same case.

11
Air date: Jan 6, 2013

Boom De Ya Da

HD. Rebroadcast. Wills latest case which could net the firm millions hangs in the balance as Alicia navigates Louis Cannings attempts to delay a deposition crucial to Wills argument.

12
Air date: Jan 13, 2013

Je Ne Sais What?

When lawyer Elsbeth Tascioni is arrested, putting a case she's working on in jeopardy, Alicia, Will and Diane step up to aid the quirky litigator.

13
Air date: Jan 27, 2013

The Seven Day Rule

Rebroadcast. Alicia is conflicted when shes presented with a career-changing offer which carries a large financial risk.

14
Air date: Feb 17, 2013

Red Team, Blue Team

HD. Rebroadcast. Office politics come to a head when Will and Diane ask Alicia and Cary to face off against them in a mock trial, only to get more than they bargained for.

15
Air date: Mar 3, 2013

Going for the Gold

When the Justice Department refuses to reveal who will be testifying against Eli, Elsbeth takes Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Perrotti to civil court for defamation in order to force him to answer her questions under oath.

16
Air date: Mar 10, 2013

Runnin' With the Devil

Jailed drug dealer Lemond Bishop requests that Alicia work with lawyer Charles Lester, but as witnesses against Bishop begin recanting their testimony, she begins to suspect that Lester's meek appearance is not all it seems.

17
Air date: Mar 17, 2013

Invitation to an Inquest

HD. Alicia and Will's latest case brings them to an inquest at the coroner's office, where they are hindered by a strict rule that limits their questioning to three per witness.

18
Air date: Mar 24, 2013

Death of a Client

Rebroadcast. When an erratic and litigious client is murdered, Alicia is convinced to waive attorney/client privilege to help the police when she learns that the killer may also be targeting someone close to her.

19
Air date: Mar 31, 2013

The Wheels of Justice

Rebroadcast. Alicia and Will go to trial unprepared when they learn that an impending Supreme Court ruling could result in Colin Sweeney being jailed for life.

20
Air date: Apr 14, 2013

Rape: A Modern Perspective

HD. As Alicia represents a girl who accuses a classmate of rape, the case takes on a life of its own when the hacker group Anonymous takes notice and brings the trial into the public eye via the Internet.

21
Air date: Apr 21, 2013

A More Perfect Union

Alicia represents a group of software coders in a contract dispute as a favor to her mother, but the case causes unexpected consequences to the firm.

22
Air date: Apr 28, 2013

What's in the Box?

Rebroadcast. Season finale. On the night of Peter's gubernatorial election, Alicia, Will and Diane race to a series of emergency court proceedings when Zach believes he's witnessed vote tampering.

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (0)

The mark of a great season finale is one that makes you look as fondly as possible on the season that just ended even as it's exciting you about what's coming next. "What's in the Box?" did both those things.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

The dramatic spotlight was directed towards more interesting places, including machinations at Alicia's firm and her combustible chemistry with Peter.

August 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

CBS' The Good Wife isn't merely good - it's great. Consistently great.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star

The Good Wife is so...good.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Throw in a few family subplots and a few dangling sleazy business acquaintances, and you have plenty of material for a two-hour finale.

April 29, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

There are still reasons to love The Good Wife, which doesn't get the buzz of those shows with CGI dragons or uncomfortable-looking '60s outfits:

April 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Even at its most desultory, when the show is happily proceeding through legal drama conventions or even high-concept schlock, the execution, from the writing to the acting, resonates with virtuosic polish.

April 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Although the only case this week's was Zach's arrest, all other story lines were on full throttle making "I Fought the Law" a strong premiere.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The show's still a barrel of fun and has some elements you could never ruin, like Will and Diane's chemistry, or Alan Cumming's amusing pouty face.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Who doesn't like to see rich professional people in economic straits, or Edward Herrman returning to the defendant's table as Lionel Deerfield, or James Urbaniak as a marvelously snotty judge?

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Fun, wild start to the fourth season.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Scintillating and sophisticated.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Broadcast's best hour returns in excellent form.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The Good Wife is the only show on the broadcast networks at the moment that matches the cable channels when it comes to interlacing multiple story lines in each episode, and most weeks it beats them.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

It remains, as it ever was, the cleverest, smartest, most tech-savvy procedural on television, its every case of the week so much less predictable and more hard-elbowed than those of its kin.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

The Season Four premiere of The Good Wife returns the series to the rarified world of hardball politics.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

Each story set the stage for an intriguing season of struggle.

September 30, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

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