The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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A Material World 

Diane discusses a merger with Alicia, who is still reeling badly. Meanwhile, after David Lee gets wind of the news, he begins plotting to have Diane removed as managing partner.


Griffin Dunne


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips ... Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega ... Grace Florrick
Matthew Goode ... Finn Polmar
Zach Grenier ... David Lee
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Chris Noth ... Peter Florrick
Jason O'Mara ... Damian Boyle
Michael Cerveris ... James Castro
Ben Rappaport ... Carey Zepps
Reg Rogers ... Asher Mercer
Sarah Wynter ... Carol Mercer
Jordana Spiro ... Detective Jenna Villette


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After attending Will's funeral, Diane and Alicia talk about finding a way to merge their two firms. Unfortunately, they're overheard by Damian Boyle who promptly tells David Lee what is going on. Kalinda soon hears that they are out to oust Diane as the firm's managing partner and gets information that helps Diane. Not to be outdone, Lee turns to an old adversary. When Alicia hears that State's Attorney Jimmy Castro has promised heads will roll after the courtroom shooting, she becomes concerned that ASA Finn Polmar might become a target. Finn assures her that he and Castro are old friends - he was best man at Castro's wedding - and there's nothing to worry about. Meanwhile, David Lee faces off against Alicia and Cary in a nasty divorce case. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Michael J. Fox (Louis Canning) & Peter Ashton Wise (Ned Grant) also worked together on episode 1.7, The Michael J. Fox Show: Golf (2013), of The Michael J. Fox Show (2013) See more »


When Kalinda is in Will's apartment she finds a file named Mergers and Aquisitions. Acquisitions misspelled. See more »


References Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) See more »


Performed by Dawn Landes
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Collection of Atoms can feel pain... products of atoms can have morality!
8 February 2020 | by scichomaticSee all my reviews

Let me begin by saying I cant believe how good the last episode was (10/10) and i cant believe what a pile of crap they turned this episode into.

I understand that the protagonist Alicia in this episode is having a difficult time dealing with the shooting that happened in the last one ... i understand that a person would go through shifting beliefs after trauma in an almost bipolar fashion... In the last eposode Alicia was herself discussing how it was all a meaningless random accident and claimed she didnt believe in heaven/hell...but its so sad how this episode was written after that... its just bad... inconsistent and rude... i mean storywise.

Attacking Scientific Materialism this episode goes on with ridiculous arguments like "you believe hurting a store owner by shoplifting doesnt matter because he is just a collection of atoms". This was said in an attempt to take a kids custody from the father who authored a book about emperical materialism... this argument is one of the stupidest things ive ever heard.

What does it matter if we are made up of collection of atoms... or plutonic elements... or ectoplasma of souls... or napalm and silly putty... what the hell does that have to do with morality lady ?!

The episode degrades into complete garbage in the scene which follows this event... where apparently alicia discovers bravery and meaning of life by talking to that stupid idiotic street dancer/graces' tutor (god i hate that character... if i could just have her arrested for public indecency and disturbance of peace and incarcerated in solitary confinement for life... that would be how i would write the finale of her story arc... why couldnt have the shooter shot her instead?).

This is what i hate about this otherwize excellent show... it has great characters... great courtroom drama... amazing energy and vibe... but when you start analyzing the personal lives of the characters they all turn out to be hypocritical backstabbers using anything and everything to attack others and only caring about themselves.

The actress playing alicia "Julianna Margulies" does a great job but... its just her character... it is written to be so damn hypocritical and selfish... she is not what i would call the good wife... she treats her mother in law with no respect to the point that her kids call Jackie the b-word (thanks imdb community guidelines... cough* hypocrite cough*), she drove jackie to the point that she had a stroke... she stole her law firm's clients.... she slept with her boss while continuing to treat her husband like crap... she defends people like the city's biggest drug dealer and wife killer sweeny todd and she has the audacity to judge people's morality because they believe that they are collections of atoms... what Nonsense !

thats why i found this episode to be a heartbreak. Poor writing... esp because the last episode was such a masterpiece!

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