A Blast From the Past for The Good Wife

Matt Czuchry previews the flashback-heavy episode of the hit CBS drama

By Chris Harnick May 01, 2015 3:00 PMTags
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It's been a bad year for just about everybody on The Good Wife. Between jail, drug charges, elections, drug lords, backstabbing and even more backstabbing, the good lawyers of Florrick, Agos and Lockhart Lockhart, Agos and Lee need a break. But they probably won't get one. However, the actors are getting a little break from the drama—the current drama that is—in the penultimate episode airing Sunday, May 3.

"In episode 21 a lot of that is done in flashbacks so you do see Cary and Alicia working on a case from back when they were competitors, " Matt Czuchry teased. "So you're going to get a different sense of Cary and how he was in season one, fresh out of law school and competitive with Alicia as opposed to how he his now."

The episode, which is titled "Don't Fail," sees Alicia get a call from a former client after he's charged with murder tied to a case from 2009. To get back in the mindset of season one Cary, Czuchry said he watched early episodes, "just trying to be in the moment in terms of, again, just some small nods, tips of the cap to Cary's competitiveness when I could because that was certainly one of the main through lines for Cary, that competitiveness with Alicia." He said the experience was fun to revisit the "boy" Cary was back in the day as opposed to the "man" he's become after starting his own firm and his brush with the law and Lemond Bishop.

As for Alicia (Julianna Margulies) and Cary in the present, well, things aren't exactly great. After Alicia had to give up the State's Attorney seat, Cary tried to get her back to the firm. There was some misunderstanding and a lot of scheming, but ultimately things worked out…until they didn't. R.D. (Oliver Platt) told Cary and Diane (Christine Baranski) that he'd take his business out of the firm if Alicia returned. Can Cary and Alicia repair the fractured relationship? Czuchry thinks they can thanks to their "life-changing" bond.


"I think that season five, when they started their own firm together, it took an incredible amount for them both to do that, to create that bond together and I think when you go out on a venture like that, that's life-changing. I certainly think that Cary and Alicia can repair any damage that there might be. And in episode 20, we saw that Cary was fighting for Alicia to come back, regardless of any kind of scandal, regardless if she lost. He was the first one to call her, he wanted her back, he understands her value. They're not in competition anymore, like they were in season one. They're in a place of mutual respect…I think whatever they may face, there's certainly mutual respect there and Cary believes in Alicia's ability."

 Florrick/Agos 2.0 anybody?

The Good Wife airs Sundays, 9 p.m. on CBS.