THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.
Alicia returns to work as a defense attorney after her husband's corruption scandal and incarceration. She is assigned her first case; a retrial of a woman accused of murdering her ex-husband. Her firm successfully deadlocked the first jury, and they hope that sticking to that strategy will work again, but Alicia realizes that this trial will be more of a fight than anyone expected.
After the State's Attorney refuses to pursue criminal charges, Alicia becomes second chair on a civil suit involving the rape of a prostitute at a bachelor party who may have been hired and abused by her own husband.
The son of Alicia's former friends is charged with felony murder and Alicia decides to defend him, despite the fact that they ostracized her ever since the scandal.
Alicia thinks she's discovered evidence of jury tampering in the firm's class action law suit against a pharmaceutical company. Meanwhile, her husband's legal team gets closer to his appeal.
Alicia and Will have only 72 hours to prove that a freight train crash was caused by the train company and not the engineers in an attempt to save the widows their husbands' pensions. Meanwhile, Alicia and Jackie disagree about whether or not to take the children to see their father in prison.
Alicia agrees to a conjugal visit with Peter in order to get information from him about her new client, a death row inmate, who was convicted while Peter was the state's attorney.
Alicia, representing a daughter of one of the partner in the firm, finds herself very attracted to her co-counsel, mostly because of his unorthodox approach of defending their client.
While Alicia is preparing in a case defending a scientist accused of arson, she is suddenly asked to testify on Peter's behalf. Damages Peter Riegert guest stars as the judge in Peter's case and CBS' The Early Show star Russ Mitchell guests as himself and interviews Peter.
When the firm's senior partner Jonas Stern is arrested for a DUI, Alicia is asked to represent him, but office politics and Stern's ego get in the way.
When Alicia believes a judge acted with racial bias in sending a child to a detention facility she looks deeper into the issue discovering a trend dating back to June of 2008. Also, Diane receives an offer to become a judge.
Alicia learns more about Peter's fall from office when she represents Glenn Child's wife, Marie Browning, in her divorce appeal. Meanwhile, Will and his opposing counsel named Emily, get cozy during a death suit against Duke Rosco, a caustic TV commentator.
Alicia and the kids have to deal with some really bad news; Peter learns some new information that makes him furious. Meanwhile, Alicia has to represent the doctor who prescribed medication to a high school quarterback, who appeared to die from a painkiller overdose.
Tensions are high as Peter's appeal begins while Alicia has to defend a wealthy client who doesn't seem that innocent, even after he's found not guilty of murdering his wife. Meanwhile, Diane takes precautions when a prisoner she put in jail is to be released from prison.
Alicia defends a man accused of killing his child's babysitter. Meanwhile, Peter's appeal seems to be going well, and Alicia prepares for the idea of his returning to her life.
While Peter gets settle at home and continue working in his comeback strategy, Alicia and Diane fight with the spousal privilege laws in a murder case, in order to get a wife to testify against her husband.
Alicia and Will defend an attorney arrested for murder, while Peter strategizes with his team on how to handle his retrial and his public rehabilitation.
An emergency courtroom was set up in the middle of a hospital, and Alicia and Will have to battle Patti Nyholm and an insurance company, who refuses to pay the client for a life-saving in-utero surgery. Meanwhile, Alicia gives Peter a proper welcome home.
Alicia and Will try to defend a college student who was accused of killing her sorority sister while on sleeping aid. At the same time, they must deal with their growing sexual tension and Diane and Kurt McVeigh continue flirting with each other.
Alicia must face her former boss, Jonas Stern, in court, and debates incorporating personal information into her case. Meanwhile, Peter continues to explore religion in his attempt at a comeback.
Peter finds himself in danger of going back to jail after he chases Alicia out of the apartment, thereby breaking his house arrest, and causing his monitor to go off.
The winner in the competition between Cary and Alicia for a spot at the firm is decided.
Alicia is forced to defend a man who claims he killed a woman that he is handcuffed to in self-defense. Meanwhile, Eli Gold continues in his attempts to get Peter's charges dropped.
Alicia must decide whether to stand by her husband or pursue a relationship with Will.