History Series / TheGoodWife

14th Sep '16 11:37:44 AM jedidarrick
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--->'''Peter''': I should kick your ass.
--->'''Jason''': You could try. And then what?

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--->'''Peter''': -->'''Peter''': I should kick your ass.
--->'''Jason''': -->'''Jason''': You could try. And then what?



* RealLifeWritesThePlot:
** [[spoiler:Josh Charles]] decided to leave the show, so the writers [[spoiler:killed off Will in a sudden courthouse shooting.]]
*** Though unlike most cases of this trope, the decision was made a year in advance, so the Kings constructed [[spoiler:Season 5]] to set up for it.
** Somehow [[AvertedTrope averted]]: Something happened behind the scenes (very little is known about it) leading to Archie Panjabi and Julianna Margulies [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/emilyorley/kalinda-and-alicia-relationship-on-the-good-wife#.sgDEN3DPv not appearing onscreen at the same time for over 50 episodes]]. Normally the Kings would have adapted the storyline and found a reason why the characters are never seen together anymore, but the show is pretending that Kalinda and Alicia are still close friends, which is quite jarring.
20th Jun '16 5:53:08 PM Fireblood
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: {{Discussed}} and {{averted}}. Diana is a supporter of abortion rights, while her client R. D. opposes it, and they have an informal debate about it, but later respectfully agree to disagree. On the other hand Nisa, Zack's girlfriend, is the only character mentioned to have had an abortion. This is treated neutrally, with no comment either way. Alicia is only upset that she didn't know Zack was having sex, and if the reveal could be bad for Peter's political career given the controversial issue.
20th Jun '16 3:35:13 PM StarSword
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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Subverted in ‘Cooked’, when Howard brings in the Food Service Union (worth 33 million annually), his fellow partners are amazed, but it turns out [[spoiler:it was Jackie, a friend of the chairman of the FSU and Howard’s new girlfriend, who arranged it]].

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Subverted in ‘Cooked’, when Howard brings Lyman, the oldest and for most of the series, laziest partner in the firm. He's initially used mostly as a compliant political football in intra-firm power games. However, after Cary Agos attempts to retire him in "Cooked" because the younger associates are complaining about his laziness, he gets serious and begins using his connections to legitimately help out. He starts by bringing in the Food Service Union (worth 33 $33 million annually), his fellow partners are amazed, but it turns out [[spoiler:it was Jackie, via [[spoiler:Jackie, a friend of the chairman of the FSU and Howard’s new girlfriend, who arranged it]].girlfriend]], and later uses his friendship with a judge to get the team some more preparation time after several associates jump ship.
20th Jun '16 3:30:14 PM StarSword
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* RacistGrandpa: The elderly partner Howard Lyman isn't exactly ''actively'' racist, but he does do things like ask if a black job applicant is from Nigeria and assume a man is gay during a job interview just because he didn't name any women when asked "Who would you bring with you to a desert island?"
20th Jun '16 3:24:54 PM StarSword
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: In a rather awkward and contrived manner, with Zack’s (ex-)girlfriend Nisa. Initially it’s only her skin color that’s a topic of debate (because of the possible repercussions for Peter’s campaign), but later she is mentioned to be the daughter of a Hamas-sympathizing Muslim cleric, which basically rolls three separate unlikely scenarios into one. A Muslim girl not wearing a scarf? Progressively more unlikely the more conservative the family gets. A Muslim girl allowed to have a boyfriend before marriage? Progressively more unlikely the more conservative the family gets. A Muslim girl allowed to have a ''nonbeliever'' as a boyfriend? Unlikely even for moderately Muslim families. All of the above at once, with the father in question being the aforementioned Hamas-sympathizing cleric? You must be joking, even if the boyfriend is the son of the Cook County State’s Attorney (and later Illinois Governor), unless the support stems from seeing them as the LesserOfTwoEvils in a BlackAndGrayMorality interpretation of the ArabIsraeliConflict.
** Later it strains credibility even further when we found out that [[spoiler:Zack got Nisa pregnant]].

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: In a rather awkward and contrived manner, with Zack’s (ex-)girlfriend Nisa. Initially it’s only her skin color that’s a topic of debate (because of the possible repercussions for Peter’s campaign), but later she is mentioned to be the daughter of a Hamas-sympathizing Muslim cleric, which basically rolls three separate unlikely scenarios into one. A Muslim girl not wearing a scarf? Progressively more unlikely the more conservative the family gets. A Muslim girl allowed to have a boyfriend before marriage? Progressively more unlikely the more conservative the family gets. A Muslim girl allowed to have a ''nonbeliever'' as a boyfriend? Unlikely even for moderately Muslim families. All of the above at once, with the father in question being the aforementioned Hamas-sympathizing cleric? You must be joking, even if the boyfriend is the son of the Cook County State’s Attorney (and later Illinois Governor), unless the support stems from seeing them as the LesserOfTwoEvils in a BlackAndGrayMorality interpretation of the ArabIsraeliConflict.
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ArabIsraeliConflict. Later it strains credibility even further when we found out that [[spoiler:Zack got Nisa pregnant]].



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Eli spends most of the last season working up a BatmanGambit to simultaneously vindicate Alicia of the election-rigging scandal and get back his old gig as Peter's campaign manager (after being set aside in favor of a new character with experience running national campaigns so Peter can run for president). He finally manages to get someone to go on record that the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party rigged the election without Alicia's knowledge, [[spoiler:only for the person to mention to him it was ''Peter's'' idea at the last minute]]. This reduces Eli to a HeroicBSOD.



* FoxNewsLiberal: Surprisingly {{averted}}: the show does a good job of presenting both left- and right-wingers as people instead of political platforms.
** Recurring firearms expert Kurt [=McVeigh=] is an unabashed conservative who is an open admirer of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, something in stark contrast to the rest of the cast, all implied or outright stated to be liberal Democrats. The show keeps sympathy on his side by making him still a rather open-minded guy who can get along with Diane, and very principled to the point where he won’t give testimony in support of a client he believes to be guilty no matter how much he’s paid. Diane and Kurt later develop a romantic relationship featuring what seems to be a private joke where she randomly name-drops Democratic topics like Obamacare just to annoy him. [[spoiler:Eventually the two get married.]]
** Later the show introduces R. D., a wealthy conservative activist who opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. Diane respects him enough to take R. D. as a client, even though they disagree (although she refuses to launch any anti-abortion lawsuits). In one instance they collaborate on a constitutional case on mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, and R.D. explicitly states that liberals (Diane) hate them because they’re inhumane and ineffective, while fiscal conservatives (R.D.) hate them because they’re wasteful and ineffective.


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* StrawmanPolitical: Surprisingly {{averted}}: the show does a good job of presenting both left- and right-wingers as people instead of political platforms, and Democrats (who comprise most of the elected officials in Chicago) can be just as corrupt or as honest as Republicans and vice versa.
** Recurring firearms expert Kurt [=McVeigh=] is an unabashed conservative who is an open admirer of the Tea Party and Sarah Palin, something in stark contrast to the rest of the cast, all implied or outright stated to be liberal Democrats. The show keeps sympathy on his side by making him still a rather open-minded guy who can get along with Diane, and very principled to the point where he won’t give testimony in support of a client he believes to be guilty no matter how much he’s paid. Diane and Kurt later develop a romantic relationship featuring what seems to be a private joke where she randomly name-drops Democratic topics like Obamacare just to annoy him. [[spoiler:Eventually the two get married.]]
** Later the show introduces R.D., a wealthy conservative activist who opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. Diane respects him enough to take R.D. as a client, even though they disagree (although she refuses to launch any anti-abortion lawsuits). In one instance they collaborate on a constitutional case on mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, and R.D. explicitly states that liberals (Diane) hate them because they’re inhumane and ineffective, while fiscal conservatives (R.D.) hate them because they're wasteful and ineffective.
17th May '16 4:59:48 PM Fireblood
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** In ‘The Trial’, Kalinda wants Lemond Bishop to get one of his subordinates, Dante, to appear at a trial. [[spoiler:Specifically, Cary’s trial. Kalinda does this by threatening to show photos of known drug dealers at Lemond’s house, which would get child services to take Dylan away. Lemond is furious, but gets Dante to appear at Cary’s trial as requested... and attends the trial when Dante is testifying, so says Cary is guilty of telling drug dealers how to avoid arrest.]]

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** In ‘The Trial’, Kalinda wants Lemond Bishop to get one of his subordinates, Dante, to appear at a trial. [[spoiler:Specifically, Cary’s trial. Kalinda does this by threatening to show photos of known drug dealers at Lemond’s house, which would get child services to take Dylan away. Lemond is furious, but gets Dante to appear at Cary’s trial as requested... and attends the trial when Dante is testifying, so says who then testifies Cary is guilty of telling ''did'' tell drug dealers how to avoid arrest.arrest as revenge for threatening Lemond's family.]]
17th May '16 1:56:45 PM SvartiKotturinn
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** In ‘The Trial’, Kalinda wants Lemond Bishop to get one of his subordinates, Dante, to appear at a trial. [[spoiler:Specifically, Cary’s trial. Kalinda does this by threatening to show photos of known drug dealers at Lemond’s house, which would get child services to take Dylan away. Lemond is furious, but gets Dante to appear at Cary’s trial as requested... who then says Cary is guilty of telling drug dealers how to avoid arrest.]]

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** In ‘The Trial’, Kalinda wants Lemond Bishop to get one of his subordinates, Dante, to appear at a trial. [[spoiler:Specifically, Cary’s trial. Kalinda does this by threatening to show photos of known drug dealers at Lemond’s house, which would get child services to take Dylan away. Lemond is furious, but gets Dante to appear at Cary’s trial as requested... who then and attends the trial when Dante is testifying, so says Cary is guilty of telling drug dealers how to avoid arrest.]]
10th May '16 7:04:26 PM Fireblood
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Creator/{{CBS}} legal drama series, 2009 to 2016, executive-produced by Creator/RidleyScott and starring Julianna Margulies, currently in its seventh (and final) season and both a Golden Globe and Emmy winner.

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Creator/{{CBS}} legal drama series, 2009 to 2016, executive-produced by Creator/RidleyScott and starring Julianna Margulies, currently in its seventh (and final) season and both a Golden Globe and Emmy winner.
10th May '16 7:03:31 PM Fireblood
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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: Peter cheats on Alicia as one part of the scandal that starts up the series, and then with other women in later years. This is always portrayed as bad, even when their marriage is really just for show. On the other hand, Alicia is involved with multiple other men as well in the course of the series, but is portrayed well because a) Peter did it first and b) she unlike them, is either in love or at close to it.



* YourCheatingHeart: The original premise of the show is Peter cheating on Alicia with multiple women during his time as District Attorney. Every time they seem to reconcile their relationship, this keeps coming back to drive them apart. In contrast, Alicia ends up having affairs with several men over the course of the show, although it's clearly portrayed as more romantic than Peter's mostly sexual affairs. At one point, though, even Peter is shown to be having a steady extramarital relationship with a woman on his staff (his marriage with Alicia is just for show at that point), but he's forced to break it off for political reasons. In the series finale, [[spoiler:Diana's husband Kurt is revealed to have been having an affair with a former colleague of his]].

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* YourCheatingHeart: The original premise of the show is Peter cheating on Alicia with multiple women during his time as District State's Attorney. Every time they seem to reconcile their relationship, this keeps coming back to drive them apart. In contrast, Alicia ends up having affairs with several men over the course of the show, although it's clearly portrayed as more romantic than Peter's mostly sexual affairs. At one point, though, even Peter is shown to be having a steady extramarital relationship with a woman on his staff (his marriage with Alicia is just for show at that point), but he's forced to break it off for political reasons. In the series finale, [[spoiler:Diana's husband Kurt is revealed to have been having an affair with a former colleague of his]].
10th May '16 11:15:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* BlandNameProduct: Inverted when Will Gardner tries to make the firm more "hip" by re-branding Lockhart Gardner into LG. No one seems to mention that the RealLife LG Corporation might have something to say about that. This is promptly forgotten in later episodes, possibly due to the fact that the new name doesn't take off. Will tries to introduce himself to a prospective new lawyer as from "LG" only to get blank looks, forcing himself to go back to the old name.
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