Guest Star Goodness: The Good Wife S4 Premiere “I Fought the Law”
[Warning: This is as much recap as it is Guest Star Goodness. So, if you haven’t seen the episode, watch out for spoilers]
The fourth season of CBS’ The Good Wife has begun. Kalinda’s past coming back to haunt her was a pretty brutal (and badass) situation; Alicia having to defend her son against manipulated charges was a fun storyline to follow — Zach stepped up and really showed he may have what it takes to follow in Alicia and Peter’s footsteps; financial troubles hit Lockhart & Associates hard; and Will’s six-month suspension has finally come to an end. There were also a ton of guest stars making appearances so let’s get to the Guest Star Goodness, shall we?
The Good Wife Role: Peggy Byrne, a political reporter who interviewed both Peter and Alicia Florrick. She didn’t softball the questions — she went for the jugular during both Q&As. Thankfully, the estranged couple, whose party line seemed to be they’re “mending fences,” were able to bob and weave around some of the tougher questions.
The Actress: The Tony winner is known for her esteemed Broadway career, having made a name for herself in musicals like You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked. The former Glinda (the Good Witch) has also had quite the career on TV. She’s an Emmy winner for her role on the brilliant but canceled series Pushing Daisies; she’s appeared in multiple episodes of Glee and The West Wing; she was part of the (too) short-lived series GCB; and has guest starred in an episode of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland.
The Good Wife Role: Lane is recurring on the CBS series as Clarke Hayden, an accountant assigned to the firm to help them get out of debt and become more financially stable. His presence will be a benefit and a detriment to Lockhart & Associates — while his tough stance helped reverse David Lee’s decision to leave the firm, he also told Diane and Will they were going to have to get rid of 30% of the staff. Ouch. Hope that reduction doesn’t involve Cary. It was kind of awesome seeing Alicia turn to him for help in “I Fought the Law.”
The Actor: Lane’s known for his movie career, having starred in films like The Birdcage, The Lion King (he was the voice of Timon), He Said, She Said and Stuart Little. On the stage, he won Tony Awards for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and The Producers; and on TV he’s guest starred on Frasier, 30 Rock and Modern Family. He also had the lead in two series that were quickly canceled: Charlie Lawrence and Encore! Encore!
The Good Wife Role: Officer Robb — the cop who pulled Zach over and proceeded to shake him down and doled out some bogus charges. Zach fought back and, in the end, Officer Robb had to call him, apologize and drop the obstruction charges.
The Actor: Fans of TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles will recognize Del Negro as Giovanni, the clueless mechanic who doesn’t have a lot going on in the brains department. He had a bit of a thing for Maura, but fortunately, that didn’t go anywhere. Every once in awhile, he pops in for humorous effect. On the CW’s now canceled series called Ringer, he played cocky FBI Agent Grady Torrance, who crossed paths with Nestor Carbonell’s Agent Machado. He also appeared on HBO’s The Sopranos and Showtime’s The United States of Tara as well as a couple episodes of NBC’s Parenthood.
The Good Wife Role: Melinda, Kalinda’s “friend” and the dog trainer who was called on to help Alicia with her son’s case. She helped Alicia realize how easy it was for Officer Robb to manufacture a false positive as the handler of his K9 companion. Melinda and Kalinda clearly shared a past. Wonder if we’ll ever see her again?
The Actress: Cypress is best known for playing Simone Deveaux on Heroes. First, she was Isaac’s girlfriend but after they broke up, she then entered into a relationship with Peter before she was killed off. Isaac accidentally shot her thinking he was shooting at an invisible Peter. To this day, I hate that Simone died during the show’s first season. Anyway, Tawny has also had roles on Rescue Me and the not so brilliant but canceled Fox cop series K-Ville. She’s also guest starred on Law & Order: SVU, Army Wives and Warehouse 13. It was so great to see her on The Good Wife.
The Good Wife Role: Nick, Kalinda’s no good husband, who finally tracked her down in the season 4 premiere. He infiltrated Lockhart & Associates, trying to get at Kalinda through her job. The two had a knockdown drag out fight in the firm’s elevator that continued in the garage. However, they also let sexual tension get to them and took things out in bed. Kalinda told him she wanted him gone an out of her life. That’s definitely not what he wanted. He told her he wants her back. Don’t think he’s going away anytime soon.
The Actor: He was Danny Blue on the recently ended British grifter series Hustle; Dominic Foy on the acclaimed British miniseries State of Play; and he was Elton Pope in the Doctor Who episode “Love & Monsters.” Elton was a guy who became obsessed with David Tennant’s Doctor and ended up joining a group of like-minded individuals. He did find love but, of course, that love story got a little (okay, a lot) twisted.
The Good Wife Role: Judge Kakissis — he was the judge in Zach’s case.
The Actor: This veteran actor goes way back. In the 80s, he played Booker in I’ll Take Manhattan, a miniseries based on the popular Judith Krantz novel. It was the highest-rated miniseries of 1986 – 1987 season and starred Barry Bostwick, Valerie Bertinelli, Perry King and Tim Daly. I loved this miniseries lots. And according to IMDB, he’s been on Law & Order and its two spin-offs (SVU and Criminal Intent) a total of 12 times over the last 16 years. Last season, he guest starred in an episode of Person of Interest called “The Fix.”
The Good Wife Role: Judge Chase — the judge facing Diane and Will, who appointed a trustee (Nathan Lane) to help Lockhart & Associates with its crushing 60 million dollar debt.
The Actor: Tigar’s another actor that goes way back. And while he’s appeared in movies like this year’s The Avengers, he’s mostly known for being a go to character actor on TV. He played Maggie’s news director boss, Sid Sidlevich, on the late great sitcom Growing Pains. He played Captain Jensen for two seasons of a cop show called L.A. Heat. And he’s guest starred on everything from Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place to NYPD Blue and Fringe (he was Warden Johan Lennox in two episodes).
The Good Wife Role: Phil, the Madison County State’s Attorney who has a rivalry (in his own mind) with the Cook County State’s Attorney, Peter Florrick. He tried to go after Peter’s son Zach to the fullest extent of the law, but eventually had to back down because he didn’t have a leg to stand on. Power talks and Peter’s got the power in the great state of Illinois.
The Actor: Davidson has played a love interest to Kitty on Brothers & Sisters and Isabel on Roswell (he was Grant Sorensen). He was a bad guy in theÂ Person of Interest episode called “Many Happy Returns.” He was U.S. Marshall Brad Jennings, an abusive S.O.B., who was trying to track down his runaway wife. John Reese took care of this vicious individual but good. “Many Happy Returns” is arguably the best POI of its incredible first season (in my humble opinion). Davidson was also Richard Parks in the one-season period drama Pan Am; and starred in several seasons of Lifetime’s Army Wives as SFC Chase Moran.
Just fyi…Go On and Friends star Matthew Perry also made a brief appearance in “I Fought the Law.” The Good Wife airs Sundays on CBS at 9/8c.
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Thank Me Later: Will Trent
[Warning: spoilers ahead.] I’m on record as loving and losing shows over at ABC so I’m usually very reticent to pick something up on the network until it’s been renewed, and I seriously hope I’m not jinxing it, but I took a chance on the deeply odd and very sweet…
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From on EPIX Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks EPIX’s From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
Avery Konrad Talks About Sara’s Struggle in From “Silhouettes”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Over the course of the season so far on From, we’ve witnessed Sara’s battle against the voices telling her to to do terrible things, and tonight we saw her unravel further, threatening the Matthews and lashing out in a moment of terror with horrifying results….
Hannah Cheramy Talks From “Choosing Day”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight, on EPIX’s From, the Matthews participate in the show’s version of the sorting hat, choosing where to call home–the town or Colony House. At the end of the episode, Julie makes the decision to split from her family and instead settle in with Fatima…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…
Leave a Reply