The Good Wife: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)

Season 4
The Good Wife

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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.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 126

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Air date: Sep 30, 2012

Brand new series: The award-winning US legal drama starring Julianna Margulies returns to More4 for its fourth season. Zach is pulled over by a police officer who insists on searching his car for drugs, and Alicia must go on the offensive when she steps in to defend her son in court. When Lockhart & Gardner narrowly avoids being made bankrupt, Will and Diane must try to rescue the firm's finances, and trustee Clarke Hayden is appointed by the courts to guide the company through the crisis. Kalinda is forced to stand her ground when her estranged husband Nick (guest star Marc Warren), a persuasive but dangerous man, becomes the firm's newest client. As Peter's primary campaign for the Illinois governorship gathers pace, he faces questions from the press about Alicia's devotion to his cause. Kristin Chenoweth guest stars as political reporter Peggy Byrne.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2012

Back in court to tackle his first case after suspension, Will is determined to reject a low settlement offer when he represents the family of a young man who died during a protest march. Trustee Clark Hayden has begun making brutal staff and budget cuts. When Diane asks Alicia to speak to financier Maddie Hayward about re-structuring the lease on the company's office building, there are unexpected benefits for Peter's campaign. Kalinda struggles to focus on her work thanks to the reappearance of her estranged husband Nick.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2012

Alicia and Will represent an internet start-up company in a case against a search engine that is accused of manipulating its search results in favour of businesses that pay for advertising. Eli discovers that a journalist writing a high-profile article about the Florricks is going to reveal evidence of a new affair and struggles to contain the potential scandal for Peter's campaign. Sopranos star Dominic Chianese guest stars as Judge Marx, and Rita Wilson returns as Alicia's old adversary Viola Walsh.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2012

Alicia and Diane represent the parents of a student who died during a hazing ritual at a party for the college water polo team, arguing that the college authorities knew what was going on but didn't do enough to prevent it. However, they are forced to rethink their approach when the opposing lawyer abruptly changes tactics, asserting that the death was the result of a hate crime. Eli wins a victory in his efforts to protect Peter's image, the firm loses a floor of its office building to the financial restructuring, and Alicia wonders whether Jackie is not as fully recovered from her stroke as she seems. Maura Tierney and Nathan Lane guest star.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2012

An accountant employed by drug dealer Lemond Bishop, one of the firm's most lucrative and dangerous clients, is arrested by the FBI. Alicia and Diane must work with Lesli Rand (guest star Annabella Sciorra), from the law firm that handles Bishop's illicit activities, to find out whether the authorities are after his legal businesses or his drug money. Meanwhile, Nick creates more trouble for Kalinda, Peter prepares for a straw poll, and Eli tries to stop a blogger from publishing a story that he has been working hard to bury.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2012

Alicia must deal with complex matters of military law when army officer Captain Laura Hellinger accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her while she was on a tour of duty in Afghanistan. When Peter's quest for the governorship suffers an unexpected setback, Eli wonders whether Alicia has revealed too much to a friend in confidence. Nick's company loses its bid for a government contract, but Cary may have found a solution to the problem. Brian Dennehy, Maura Tierney and Marc Warren also guest star.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2012

Cary and Alicia travel to Washington DC to represent edgy comedienne Therese Dodd, who is being sued for indecency by a television network after baring her breasts during a live broadcast in an attempt to raise awareness about breast cancer. Eli has to deal with the fallout when Maddie starts a rumour about Peter. Cary has an uneasy reunion with his father after an absence of several years. Diane and Will are shocked to discover that Burl Preston has spoken to Clarke about buying the firm.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2012

While defending a woman who is alleged to have hired someone to kill her husband, Will becomes convinced that Judge Harrison Creary is biased against his client. He and Alicia realise that they must risk the wrath of the judicial community by demanding a hearing to decide whether a different judge should take over the case. Meanwhile, Grace is affected by the death of a classmate, Nick is jealous of Cary's friendship with Kalinda, and Zach looks for a way to help Peter's campaign.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2012

Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer help them with their latest case, but they soon realise he may not have their client's best interests at heart. Meanwhile, Alicia's mother arrives for Thanksgiving seeking moral and legal support from Alicia and her brother Owen.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2012

Will defends a man accused of murder, and Alicia attempts to influence the outcome of the case by assisting a prosecutor in a nearby county who is trying another man for the same crime. Meanwhile, Eli feels pressure from the Justice Department.

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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 for Alicia (Julianna Margulies), she continues to be pulled between her feelings for Will and her growing attachment to Peter (Chris Noth), who is busy running for governor. She also receives a surprise visit from her mercurial mom (Stockard Channing) and gets an offer to become an equity partner at the firm?which comes at a steep price. In other L/G news, Eli (Alan Cumming) is investigated by the Justice Department for possible violations while working as a crisis manager for a previous client; and a new investigator (Jess Weixler) joins the firm, much to Kalinda's dismay.

Cast & Crew

Julianna Margulies
Alicia Florrick
Christine Baranski
Diane Lockhart
Josh Charles
Will Gardner
Archie Panjabi
Kalinda Sharma
Matt Czuchry
Cary Agos
Makenzie Vega
Grace Florrick
Graham Phillips
Zach Florrick
Chris Noth
Peter Florrick
Mary Beth Peil
Jackie Florrick
Nathan Lane
Clarke Hayden
Maura Tierney
Maddie Hayward
Marc Warren
Nick Saverese
Jess Weixler
Robyn Burdine
Amanda Peet
Laura Hellinger
T.R. Knight
Jordan Karahalios
Yul Vazquez
Cristián Romano
Tony Scott
Executive Producer
Ridley Scott
Executive Producer
Robert King
Executive Producer
Michelle King
Executive Producer
Dee Johnson
Executive Producer
David W. Zucker
Executive Producer
Julia Wolfe
Matthew Montoya
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Critic Reviews for The Good Wife Season 4

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (15)

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

Apr 29, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fun, wild start to the fourth season.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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.

Nov 5, 2019 | Full Review…

The Good Wife still seems like one of those slick, legal dramas that the US can pump out without breaking sweat, such as Boston Legal or Suits. There was a feeling last night that the show is now running on tracks.

Nov 5, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A slightly conflicted return but given the consistent form of the three seasons so far, well worth hanging in there.

Feb 13, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

Aug 21, 2013 | Full Review…

Legal and political drama is still at the top of its game as fourth series begins.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

All in all, this was a solid season opening.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

[The finale] capped off an uneven fourth season full of of ill-conceived and half-baked plots.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

Because it so scrupulously observes the highest standards, to find fault with it is very serious business.

Sep 1, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Aug 20, 2013 | Full Review…

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:

Apr 26, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Wife: Season 4

  • Apr 03, 2021
    This was really stupid why because its i dont get it
  • Apr 02, 2021
    I hate it so much dude
  • Oct 28, 2017
    This season is one of my favorites, I loved the firm storylines, and watching Alicia's undeniable chemistry with Peter is always enjoyable.
  • Apr 23, 2015
    The return of Kalinda's husband was a misfire. Other than that the series gets better and better.
  • May 16, 2014
    Such a smart show. Keep enjoying your run, The Good Wife!

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