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The Good Wife Episode: "Cleaning House"

Season 2, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: Alicia becomes embroiled in an ethics scandal and risks being disbarred. Her trouble also threatens to fatally harm Peter's campaign. Meanwhile, a third candidate comes forward to run for state's attorney.
Original Air Date: Oct 19, 2010
Guest Cast Scott Porter: Blake Griffin Dunne: Judge Jared Quinn Anika Noni Rose: Wendy Scott-Carr Roslyn Ruff: Poetess Edward Herrmann: Lionel Deerfield Jason Fuchs: Paul Dylan Lisa Banes: Georgia McGowen Elizabeth Reaser: Tammy Kate Burton: Judge Victoria Adler Nick Wyman: Andre Baylon Titus Welliver: Glenn Childs Sonequa Martin: Courtney Wells Michael Ealy: Derrick Bond Mamie Gummer: Nancy Crozier Corbin Bleu: Javier Berlin
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The Good Wife Episode Recap: “Cleaning House” Season 2, Episode 4

On this week's episode of The Good Wife, Alicia faces disbarment after her deposition with Glenn Childs is leaked. Plus, the race for the state attorney's office takes an interesting turn when a surprise third candidate is revealed.

When It All Falls Apart

My absolute favorite part of the evening was the big confrontation between Kalinda and Blake. It's been a few episodes coming, but it was well worth the wait. After Alicia mentioned to Kalinda that Blake was asking about "Leela," the look on Kalinda's face meant war. Watching Kalinda, in her trademark boots, with her dark shades and her radio blasting, smash Blake windows in with a baseball bat was a vision to behold.

However, it was the scene right after that provided the night's biggest fireworks. Blake obviously knew it was Kalinda that broke in and she so conveniently placed his stolen rental receipt in her bra.  And then she asked about his big gun and whether he was compensating for anything else and then checked to see for herself. Wow, great television. I really couldn't tell if they were going to have an angry make-out session right there or shove each other, but restraint is much more fun with these two, so only time will tell where this is all headed. What is Blake's connection to Will? Why did Kalinda lie about having a picture-perfect childhood in Menlo Park (and what really happened?). Either way, their relationship and rivalry is one of the most interesting parts of the show, and it seems like it's only to get better from here.

This is How You Play the Game

A big theme of tonight's episode was Alicia learning the true meaning of being a lawyer, from blaming the helpless victims at the rave to defending her own client, or even throwing Peter under the bus to save herself from disbarment. Alicia didn't have to do the latter, thanks to Will, but she sometimes seems unable to stomach the less romantic aspects of being a lawyer. Now that there is a third candidate in the running for state's attorney, and Cary doesn't seem to be letting go of his grudge anytime in the next hundred years, Alicia is really going to have to learn to loosen her own high standards (see: last week's mention of the "Alicia glare") in order to get where she wants in the legal world with her marriage, as well as her integrity, still intact.

What's Going on, Will?

This episode finally gave those Team Will shippers (including yours truly) something to write home about. Following his voicemail confession and his brief time behind bars during the JAG case, Will and Alicia's scenes regarding her disbarment were some of my favorites. After Will found out Alicia had discussed a previous case with Peter, Will is clearly not only trying to save her butt, but also push the limits to see what she will, and will not, do for Peter. How strong is their bond? Obviously, Alicia still has a lot to learn about being a lawyer, but the fact that Will went so far as to put the firm at risk to protect her (and protect Peter for telling her classified information about a case) was a really nice moment.

The episode also brought up more and more questions about Will. What is his connection to Blake? What crazy dirt does he have on Glenn Childs that he dared not utter a word about in front of Cary? Maybe it's just something Will made up to protect the Florricks, but it seems like a pretty big bluff. Finally, who is Tammy? At the big gala, Will brought Tammy (Elizabeth Reaser), a sports writer, who judging from the banter and the body language, is so much more than just another one of Will's flings. I had a feeling Elizabeth Reaser and Josh Charles would have great chemistry, but wow. I hope she sticks around for awhile. P.S. Why is Will punching someone in next week's episode?

Who is Wendy Scott-Carr?

It turns out the real person who leaked the deposition was Wendy Scott-Carr (Anika Noni Rose), the prosecutor who so skillfully buttered up the son of the falsely accused sniper last week. She leaked the information to hurt both Peter and Glenn Childs because she is now running for state's attorney. As Eli says earlier in the episode, it only makes perfect sense for a surprise third candidate to come in just as Peter and Glenn have tightened their grips around one another's throats. I still can't tell when the actual election is supposed to take place, but Wendy is a great addition to really make things interesting for the rest of this run. Not only is she a woman, but she's someone who hasn't been involved in the constant back-and-forth between Florrick and Childs yet still knows how to play rough with the boys (as evidenced by her leaking of the deposition). I particularly loved the scene with Peter and Glenn in the diner, they so rarely come face-to-face these days. I have no idea if they actually do debates for this kind of office, but I have my fingers crossed.

The best part about Wendy's surprise candidacy is thinking about what happens if she actually wins. Last time Peter was out of office, it was because he was in jail so what would he do for work if he didn't win? And what would Glenn Childs do? And where would that leave Cary? Cary was hired specifically to help Glenn take care of Peter and Alicia, but he's also proved himself a very worthy opponent for Alicia and the rest of the firm.( The second part of the deposition with Cary vs. Will and Alicia? Great stuff.)  So would he stay on or get the boot?

Finally, I have to give an honorable mention goes to Mamie Gummer for another great turn as the bubbly (but not so stupid) Nancy Crozier.

So what did you think of tonight's episode? How many more times is Peter's campaign going to get in the way of Alicia's job? Is Blake really going to expose Kalinda, or are they going to hook up (or both?) What the heck does Will have on Glenn Childs? And what do you think of the candidate? Sound off on this great episode in the comments below!

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On this week's episode of The Good Wife, Alicia faces disbarment after her deposition with Glenn Childs is leaked. Plus, the race for the state attorney's office takes an interesting turn when a surprise third candidate is revealed.

When It All Falls Apart

My absolute favorite part of the evening was the big confrontation between Kalinda and Blake. It's been a few episodes coming, but it was well worth the wait. After Alicia... read more

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