The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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Breaking Up 

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The firm tries to get a client's son to turn on his girlfriend when they both face murder charges, Alicia's brother comes for a surprise visit, and Will finds out that Diane is planning to break away from the firm.


Félix Enríquez Alcalá (as Felix Alcalá)


Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Josh Charles ... Will Gardner
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Elizabeth Reaser ... Tammy Linnata
Scott Porter ... Blake Calamar
Frederick Weller ... Wilk Hobson
Dallas Roberts ... Owen Cavanaugh
Michael Boatman ... Julius Cain
Ollie Marsden ... Jonathan Murphy (as Oliver Smith)
John Dossett ... Kyle Murphy
Vincent Laresca ... Detective Navarro
Nick Gehlfuss ... Jesse
Vivienne Benesch Vivienne Benesch ... Eliza Symanski


The firm finds itself representing Jonathan Murphy and his girlfriend and Alexis Symanski when they are arrested for possession of prescription drugs. Murphy is the son of one of the their biggest clients and they have every intention of getting him out of jail as soon as possible. Cary Agos is the ASA on the case and Alicia finds his behavior very odd. He has good reason when he finally reveals that Jonathan and Alexis are suspected of murdering a pharmacist in the course of a robbery. The young couple are obviously deeply in love and refuse to point the finger at the other, even when Cary offers probation to the first one that blames the other. Will Gardner and Diane Lockhart know where their bread is buttered and work feverishly to convince Jonathan to put the blame on Alexis. Meanwhile, Diane is still planning to leave and set up her own firm and asks Alicia to join her. Will gets wind of what's going on from a prospective client. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

11 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Peter Florrick) & John Dossett (?) also worked together on episode 6.17, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Players (2007), of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001) and episode 3.19, Law & Order: Virus (1993), of Law & Order (1990). See more »


The close-up shot of the telephone logs shows two calls supposedly of 2 and 4 minutes' duration, but with Connect and Disconnect times indicating a 9-hour call and a 10-hour call respectively. Additionally, the Connect and Disconnect times for several of the calls overlap, so the calls could not all have been made from the one telephone. See more »


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2.18 Best Episode Ever ****
12 January 2011 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Superb episode as Diane secretly plots to break up Lockhart and Gardner and take Alicia along with her to her new firm.

Cary steals the show in an extremely smug performance. Embittered by the fact that he lost out in his position at Lockhart and Gardner due to political considerations, he is going after the young couple accused of murdering a pharmacist in a vengeful way. Matt Czuchry is cocky and confident. He has come a long way in a very good performance.

This episode shows how the attorneys attempt to get their clients to turn on each other so as to save one's own neck.

Anyone notice that Alicia, Julianne Margulies, looks pale and rather gaunt? Hope nothing is wrong with her.

Some very good acting as well by Owen, Alicia's brother, and mother-in-law. Her scenes with Owen are excellent as she fears that her granddaughter may be turning to being a lesbian.

Breaking up is hard to do as the song goes. Let's see what happens in further episodes.

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