History Series / TheGoodWife

9th Oct '16 5:16:19 PM Fireblood
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** Patti Nyholmtries to put on this front, as she will often antagonize Alicia and Will with a smile, often after showing off one of her kids to judges/witnesses in order to gain sympathy points.

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** Patti Nyholmtries Nyholm tries to put on this front, as she will often antagonize Alicia and Will with a smile, often after showing off one of her kids to judges/witnesses in order to gain sympathy points.



** Joe Kent, a character who’s [[TheGhost never seen on screen]] that the second season episode ‘V.I.P. Treatment’ revolves around. Kent is a well known and lauded philanthropist who has founded multiple charities and raised millions of dollars to advance the cause of women’s rights around the world, but the firm is contacted by a young massage therapist interested in filing a suit against him after reporting that he sexually harassed her in a hotel. The firm is at first reluctant to take the case and believes she may just be gold digging, but after some investigation and evidence of other women who have reported similar instances but never pressed charges or filed lawsuits, they become willing to pursue the case, despite aggressive threats from Kent’s legal team an an impassioned plea from Kent’s own wife stating that even if Kent is guilty, the damage to his reputation would harm his charitable work and do more harm to the cause of women. In the end, the massage therapist opts not to file suit, deciding that she wouldn't be able to emotionally and mentally handle going through the case, and it’s implied [[TheBadGuyWins Kent successfully buries the allegations completely and gets away with his reputation fully intact.]]

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** Joe Kent, a character who’s [[TheGhost never seen on screen]] that the second season episode ‘V.I.P. Treatment’ revolves around. Kent is a well known and lauded philanthropist who has founded multiple charities and raised millions of dollars to advance the cause of women’s rights around the world, but the firm is contacted by a young massage therapist interested in filing a suit against him after reporting that he sexually harassed her in a hotel. The firm is at first reluctant to take the case and believes she may just be gold digging, but after some investigation and evidence of other women who have reported similar instances but never pressed charges or filed lawsuits, they become willing to pursue the case, despite aggressive threats from Kent’s legal team an and an impassioned plea from Kent’s own wife stating that even if Kent is guilty, the damage to his reputation would harm his charitable work and do more harm to the cause of women. In the end, the massage therapist opts not to file suit, deciding that she wouldn't be able to emotionally and mentally handle going through the case, and it’s implied [[TheBadGuyWins Kent successfully buries the allegations completely and gets away with his reputation fully intact.]]
9th Oct '16 10:31:34 AM TVRulezAgain
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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. Later it strains credibility even further when we found out that [[spoiler:Zack got Nisa pregnant]].



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Elsbeth Tascioni, to the point where in ‘Shiny Objects’ Alicia and Dean pretty much render her useless as a lawyer by randomly taking magazines with pictures of steamships and penguins out of their folders during her cross-examination. Later we get an ImagineSpot from Elsbeth’s perspective featuring random images of a steamship and a clown. In spite of this [[BunnyEarsLawyer she’s an extremely competent attorney when she can stay on track]].
* AudienceSurrogate: Those two NSA guys who basically treat Alicia's life like their soap opera.

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Elsbeth Tascioni, to the point where in ‘Shiny Objects’ Alicia and Dean pretty much render her useless as a lawyer by randomly taking magazines with pictures of steamships and penguins out of their folders during her cross-examination. Later we get an ImagineSpot from Elsbeth’s perspective featuring random images of a steamship and a clown. In spite of this [[BunnyEarsLawyer she’s an extremely competent attorney when she can stay on track]].
* AudienceSurrogate: Those two NSA guys who basically treat Alicia's life like their soap opera.



* BewareTheQuietOnes: Lemond Bishop, middle name ‘Do Not Fuck With’. His status as a ScaryBlackMan is only amplified by the fact that Creator/MikeColter rarely raises his voice (one of the few times was when [[spoiler:Kalinda threatened to have Child Services take away Dylan]]), and even when he’s visibly angry he goes into TranquilFury. Bishop’s known for a fact to have had his own people killed on mere suspicion they might be informing on him.

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* BewareTheQuietOnes: Lemond Bishop, middle name ‘Do Not Fuck With’. His status as a ScaryBlackMan is only amplified by the fact that Creator/MikeColter rarely raises his voice (one of the few times was when [[spoiler:Kalinda threatened to have Child Services take away Dylan]]), and even when he’s visibly angry he goes into TranquilFury. Bishop’s known for a fact to have had his own people killed on mere suspicion they might be informing on him.



** Patti Nyholm basically tries to put on this front, as she will often antagonize Alicia and Will with a smile, often after showing off one of her kids to judges/witnesses in order to gain sympathy points.

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** Patti Nyholm basically tries Nyholmtries to put on this front, as she will often antagonize Alicia and Will with a smile, often after showing off one of her kids to judges/witnesses in order to gain sympathy points.



** Zach and Grace of course. They take such good care of their Mom.

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** Zach and Grace of course.Grace. They take such good care of their Mom.



* TheIngenue: Invoked by Nancy Crozier, who specializes in pretending to be just an inexperienced, attractive, innocent blonde lawyer new to the big city, batting her big blue eyes at the jury and judge. In one episode, Alicia counters her by having David Lee’s niece (who is younger, prettier, and even less experienced, except her naivete is genuine) as second-chair. She promptly begins out-charming the judge, leading to DeathGlare[=s=] from Crozier.

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* TheIngenue: Invoked by Nancy Crozier, who specializes in pretending to be just an inexperienced, attractive, innocent blonde lawyer new to the big city, batting her big blue eyes at the jury and judge. In one episode, Alicia counters her by having David Lee’s niece (who is younger, prettier, and even less experienced, except her naivete is genuine) as second-chair. She promptly begins out-charming the judge, leading to DeathGlare[=s=] from Crozier.



** Peter, for all his adultery, not to mention his sleaziness and unethical campaigning, whenever needed always does the right thing. Perhaps the best example being in ‘Closing Arguments’ where it’s revealed that [[spoiler:he was the anonymous leak of the evidence to Lockhart & Gardner that allowed them to exonerate the accused judge killer]].

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** Peter, for all his adultery, not to mention his sleaziness sleaziness, and unethical campaigning, whenever needed always does the right thing. Perhaps the best example being in ‘Closing Arguments’ where it’s revealed that [[spoiler:he was the anonymous leak of the evidence to Lockhart & Gardner that allowed them to exonerate the accused judge killer]].



** A notable example is Joe Kent, a character who’s [[TheGhost never seen on screen]] that the second season episode ‘V.I.P. Treatment’ revolves around. Kent is a well known and lauded philanthropist who has founded multiple charities and raised millions of dollars to advance the cause of women’s rights around the world, but the firm is contacted by a young massage therapist interested in filing a suit against him after reporting that he sexually harassed her in a hotel. The firm is at first reluctant to take the case and believes she may just be gold digging, but after some investigation and evidence of other women who have reported similar instances but never pressed charges or filed lawsuits, they become willing to pursue the case, despite aggressive threats from Kent’s legal team and even an impassioned plea from Kent’s own wife stating that even if Kent is guilty, the damage to his reputation would harm his charitable work and do more harm to the cause of women. In the end, the massage therapist opts not to file suit, deciding that she wouldn't be able to emotionally and mentally handle going through the case, and it’s implied [[TheBadGuyWins Kent successfully buries the allegations completely and gets away with his reputation fully intact.]]

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** A notable example is Joe Kent, a character who’s [[TheGhost never seen on screen]] that the second season episode ‘V.I.P. Treatment’ revolves around. Kent is a well known and lauded philanthropist who has founded multiple charities and raised millions of dollars to advance the cause of women’s rights around the world, but the firm is contacted by a young massage therapist interested in filing a suit against him after reporting that he sexually harassed her in a hotel. The firm is at first reluctant to take the case and believes she may just be gold digging, but after some investigation and evidence of other women who have reported similar instances but never pressed charges or filed lawsuits, they become willing to pursue the case, despite aggressive threats from Kent’s legal team and even an an impassioned plea from Kent’s own wife stating that even if Kent is guilty, the damage to his reputation would harm his charitable work and do more harm to the cause of women. In the end, the massage therapist opts not to file suit, deciding that she wouldn't be able to emotionally and mentally handle going through the case, and it’s implied [[TheBadGuyWins Kent successfully buries the allegations completely and gets away with his reputation fully intact.]]



* LoveTriangle: Peter/Alicia/Will. The CliffHanger ending of the first season basically has Alicia deciding between them--[[spoiler:Does she join her husband on stage where he’s announcing his attempt to get his elected position back or take a call from Will]].

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* LoveTriangle: Peter/Alicia/Will. The CliffHanger ending of the first season basically has Alicia deciding between them--[[spoiler:Does she join her husband on stage where he’s announcing his attempt to get his elected position back or take a call from Will]].



** The role of HillaryRodhamClinton is split between Alicia (ostensibly loyal lawyer wife of the philandering husband with, eventually, her own political ambitions) and Diana Lockhart (blonde, crusading, leftist lawyer with feminist leanings). She’s also been compared to Elizabeth Edwards, also a lawyer.
* NoPartyGiven: Averted, as just about every major character is stated to be a Democrat and the Democratic National Committee is often shown getting involved. Of course getting elected in Cook County as anything other than a Democrat is virtually impossible, so it’s [[JustifiedTrope justified]].

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** The role of HillaryRodhamClinton UsefulNotes/HillaryRodhamClinton is split between Alicia (ostensibly loyal lawyer wife of the philandering husband with, eventually, her own political ambitions) and Diana Lockhart (blonde, crusading, leftist lawyer with feminist leanings). She’s also been compared to Elizabeth Edwards, also a lawyer.
* NoPartyGiven: Averted, as just about every major character is stated to be a Democrat and the Democratic National Committee is often shown getting involved. Of course getting Getting elected in Cook County as anything other than a Democrat is virtually impossible, so it’s [[JustifiedTrope justified]].



** The case in ‘Goliath And David’ is the Jonathan Coulton vs. ''Series/{{Glee}}'' conflict about Coulton’s ‘Baby Got Back’ arrangement if it ever went to court. Needless to say, the show is not on [[SmallNameBigEgo Ryan Murphy]]’s side.
** In ‘Whack-a-Mole’, after a bombing in Milwaukee an Internet witch-hunt starts up on a website that is [[FictionalCounterpart totally not Reddit]]. The witch is an Arab-American anthropology professor who kinda looks like a blurry photograph not-Reddit thinks is the bomber. This was clearly lifted from what happened on the real Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombings, with the following caveats:

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** The case in ‘Goliath And David’ is the Jonathan Coulton vs. ''Series/{{Glee}}'' conflict about Coulton’s ‘Baby Got Back’ arrangement if it ever went to court. Needless to say, the The show is not on [[SmallNameBigEgo Ryan Murphy]]’s side.
** In ‘Whack-a-Mole’, after a bombing in Milwaukee an Internet witch-hunt starts up on a website that is [[FictionalCounterpart totally not Reddit]]. The witch is an Arab-American anthropology professor who kinda looks like a blurry photograph not-Reddit thinks is the bomber. This was clearly lifted from what happened on the real Reddit after the Boston Marathon bombings, with the following caveats:



* VillainDecay: Glenn Childs went from rather cunning and vicious in season one to fairly incompetent and even approaching JerkassWoobie status in season two.

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* VillainDecay: Glenn Childs went from rather cunning and vicious in season one to fairly incompetent and even approaching JerkassWoobie status in season two.
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.
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