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The Good Wife recap: Anatomy 101

Christina Ricci guest stars as a comedienne under fire after she flashes her boobs on network TV

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The Good Wife Recap
David M. Russell/CBS

The Good Wife

TV Show
run date:
43 minutes
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth
Current Status:
Off Air

And the great influx of guest stars continues on season 4 of The Good Wife: Christina Ricci! Bill Maher (as himself)! John Shea! Robert and Michelle King are really making it hard to keep up, but at least they’re keeping things interesting. By the end of the season, we’ll be able to ask who has not been on The Good Wife and the list will be shorter than that of the people who have been on the show. And I kind of love it.

In the case of the week, Christina Ricci made her debut as Therese Dodd, a comedienne being sued by a television network for indecency. Specifically, Therese bared her breasts on a late-night talk show to demonstrate a self-exam. Anything for breast cancer awareness, right? Unsurprisingly, the network didn’t see it the same way and sought $2 million from Therese hoping to offset the inevitable FCC fines that would come with her, um, exposure.

Therese’s defense? Well, honestly she didn’t really think she’d done anything wrong. Not surprising from the same woman who made jokes about rape and 9/11. For her appearance in court, she claimed that she just wanted to be informative about the disease that took her mother’s life. And then, of course, she thought the broadcast was on a seven-second delay and that her nudity and use of a word that rhymes with “bits” would have spared the network any problems. How awesome was it that the had a car horn censor the word tits? The window in the court room was conveniently open, saving The Good Wife from its own standards and practices. Genius.

Anyway, Therese said she didn’t plan to disrobe on the show, it just happened. Not the mention, the show in question always had her on to push the envelope. Mission accomplished. In a great nod to The Good Wife‘s real-life Sunday-night schedule, Alicia pointed out that the show had been delayed due to a football overrun. That delay would place the show in the broadcast safe harbor period between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. where networks can broadcast nudity and vulgar language. Because the networks have self-imposed censors—likely due to their advertisers—the judge ruled that Therese should not be held liable for the network’s choices. Lawyer Burl Preston (returning guest star F. Murray Abraham) would have to prove premeditation in order to continue with the suit against Therese.

NEXT: Alicia & Co. go to Washington, D.C., to take on the FCC