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The Good Wife recap: Presiding Prejudice

Will and Alicia make a risky move to prove one judge’s bias

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The Good Wife
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The Good Wife

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

Welcome to the ranks of Good Wife guest stars, Judd Hirsch! I’m starting to sound like a broken record each week with all the guest star announcements, but The Good Wife gets all the good actors. It seems everyone is clamoring to be on the show, and the proof is in the season 4 pudding. So much star power!

Anyway, the case of the week had Will defending a women, Gwyneth Van Zandt, who had been accused of paying someone to murder her husband. Specifically, Gwyneth allegedly got her Pilates instructor, Mr. Yates, to pull the trigger. (Four times, no less.) Yates’ guilt was never in question, but he took a 20-year plea bargain to testify against Gwyneth in court. He claimed he had an affair with the accused, and she promised him they would split her husband’s money if he agreed to murder Mr. Van Zandt. Gwyneth had a pre-nuptial agreement with her husband and would not get the money if they divorced. So he had to go. It’s important to note that the opposing counsel was led by Amanda Peet’s Laura Hellinger. (Now’s the time where Alicia feels a pang of regret for getting Laura a job at Peter’s office, right? No! Because she’s the good wife!)

Will & Co. tried to prove that their client never cheated on her husband, and thus, had no reason to contract out her his murder. But that case took a backseat after Will encountered the presiding judge in a bar. Will, who was at the bar catching up with Kalinda, knew the results of this particular case had huge implications. If he won, the case would pull the firm out of bankruptcy. So Will made his presence known to Judge Creary (Judd Hirsch), hoping to feel out the judge’s thoughts on the case. But Will got way more than he bargained for when Creary—who happened to be dining with Giada Cabrini (Karen Olivo)—didn’t hold anything back. Creary told Will that he was “deep-fried cooked,” and made it very clear that he believed in the guilt of Will’s client. Creary even called her the “ice queen.” Will was obviously surprised by his candidness, and asked that Creary recuse himself from the case because of his bias. But Creary turned that around, questioning Will’s ethics considering his recent suspension. Creary even said he thought Will should have never been allowed to practice law again.

The whole confrontation was pretty ugly, but mostly just immature. But because of the aforementioned implications of winning the case—They could get the 27th floor back! Clarke Hayden would go away!—Will and Diane decided to pursue a motion for Judge Creary’s recusal. It was an incredibly risky move. If Creary said no it would definitely turn him against Will if he wasn’t already, not to mention the likely fallout from the judicial community by going after a beloved, albeit a bit of a loose cannon, judge.

NEXT: Gardner vs. Creary