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The Good Wife season premiere recap: Everything Is Beginning

Lockhart/Gardner tries to halt a convict’s execution, and Alicia and Cary continue their plans to start their own firm

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Good Wife Recap
David Giesbrecht/CBS

The Good Wife

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

Welcome back! Season 5 is finally here, and nothing — not even the inevitable CBS football delays — will keep me from Alicia & Co. But before we dive into “Everything Is Ending,” let’s take care of a little bit of summer hiatus housekeeping: First of all, congratulations to Josh Charles, who married his longtime girlfriend, Sophie Flack, earlier this month. Congrats are also in order for Carrie Preston, who took home an Emmy for her role as the always-delightful Elsbeth Tascioni. And, of course, let’s congratulate the Good Wife herself, Juliana ¬†Margulies, for having a Hot Husband to take to all those events where her colleagues win awards. Last and definitely least: Congrats to me for getting assigned jury duty over the break! I appear in a couple of weeks and plan to use all my Good Wife knowledge to be the best juror ever.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s chat about the premiere: Season 5 picked up right where season 4 left off. It was Cary on the other side of Alicia’s door — not Will — and the two agreed to leave Lockhart/Gardner to start their own firm with the other fourth-years. And thus, we have the circle of life. Mufasa was right when he said, “Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance.” And Alicia basically spent the entire episode trying to keep that balance, lest the proverbial you-know-what hit the fan. She managed to keep the other Lockhart/Gardner partners — and the super-suspicious David Lee — at bay for at least one episode. But we know the harmony will only last so long. Eventually, Will and Diane are going to learn of Alicia and Cary’s plans. And I think we all know that their motto will not be “Hakuna Matata.”

It’s just a matter of time. Alicia wanted the other fourth-years to leave within a week’s time, but they wanted to wait three more weeks so they would get their bonuses. (Sidenote: Apparently, there’s another fourth-year named Carey. But this one is spelled differently and played by guest star Ben Rappaport.) Alicia told Cary she was worried about being in the middle, and that she would miss seeing Diane and Will work together. But Cary reminded her that they are the new Will and Diane. I can’t wait to see the aftermath of their revelation. It’s going to be nothing short of explosive.

NEXT: The firm races against time in the case of the week….