The Good Wife (2009–2016)
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Je Ne Sais What? 

The firm steps in for a colleague in an athletic doping case after she is arrested, and an attack by Maddie Hayward creates a rift within Peter's campaign team.

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Matt Shakman

Writers:

Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos (credit only)
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Graham Phillips ... Zach Florrick
Makenzie Vega ... Grace Florrick
Alan Cumming ... Eli Gold
Josh Charles ... Will Gardner
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Chris Noth ... Peter Florrick
Carrie Preston ... Elsbeth Tascioni
Maura Tierney ... Maddie Hayward
T.R. Knight ... Jordan Karahalios
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Geneva Pine
Vincent Curatola ... Judge Thomas Politi
Ronald Guttman ... Judge Antoine Villapique
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Storyline

When their friend Elsbeth Tascioni finds herself under arrest Alicia, Will and Diane pull out all the stops to represent her client, Anna, an athlete whose sponsor has now reneged on a $5 million sponsorship contract. The company is doing what it can to get out of the deal arguing that a recent drug ban releases them from their obligations. Anna denies doping but she did terminate a pregnancy and took medication but she refuses to make that public. On the campaign trail meanwhile, Peter is facing accusations of racial bias in the way he manages his office. Eli and Jordan Karahalios don't quite see eye to eye on how to run the campaign. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Alan Cumming (Eli Gold) & Vincenzo Amato (Judge Ciccone) also worked together on episode 1.1, Instinct: Pilot (2018), of Instinct (2018) as Dr. Dylan Reinhart & Mr. Moretti respectively. See more »

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References First Blood (1982) See more »

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Non, je ne Regrette rien
(uncredited)
Music by Charles Dumont
Lyrics by Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Absolute Delight
24 January 2013 | by alserranoSee all my reviews

One of those episodes that I have to see again and again for the pure pleasure it is, it's wonderful at so many levels that makes me think that when The Good Wife is good, it's my favorite show. Many stories go at the same time: there is a wonderful dialog about racial bias with the Peter subplot, but the heart of the episode is at Elsbeth Tascioni, one of the better recurring characters of the show, which makes the whole firm move to defend her case as she is that brilliant lawyer.

Maybe you could criticize "Je ne sais what" for being too safe for the characters: they almost have no danger and they do not face any of the usual contradictions; in fact, the only character that actually suffers is Will, gloriously out of his field in a sport tribunal. The rest is the usual "two simultaneous trials" format that this show has taken in the last weeks, but the difference is in the craft: screwball rhythm, memorable punchlines, and great characters as the European tribunal that speak in french. Also great editing, lighting and composition, and the usual great dressing, but above it all, the sense that all the characters are alive, doing what they do best, and taking care of each other. The last minutes of the show were wonderful, with Tascioni running and being brilliantly manipulative with the tribunal. She's so charismatic, so funny, so lovable that she deserves a spin off. 10/10


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