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The Good Wife Binge-Watch Guide: Season 3

A recap of the key episodes and important moments you need to know
Posted on Apr 6, 2016 | 08:15am
A popular legal and political drama, The Good Wife manages to be smart and funny while addressing today's hottest issues. For seven seasons, we've followed Alicia Florrick and her family through ever-evolving relationships, which set the stage for riveting story arcs, dynamic character growth, and nail-biting scenes.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the show with our guide to some of the biggest episodes of Season 3.

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Episode 5, Season 3: "Marthas & Caitlins"

Alicia is given the responsibility of picking the new associate, but things go awry when nepotism comes in to play. Alicia is forced to reach out to the infamous Colin Sweeney for help after a key witness commits suicide—which, naturally, comes with dangerous strings attached.

Watch "Marthas & Caitlins" on CBS All Access.

Episode 7, Season 3: "Executive Order 13224"

Elsbeth Tascioni—Peter's lawyer from Season 1—returns to represent Alicia against the Treasury Department. We see that Tascioni's quirkiness combined with her deep knowledge of the legal system make her one of the best characters—and lawyers—in the series.

Watch "Executive Order 13224" on CBS All Access.

Episode 14, Season 3: "Another Ham Sandwich"

Wendy Scott-Carr, who you'll remember lost the State's Attorney race to Peter last year, brings Will Gardner to a grand jury in an attempt to nail him with judicial bribery. She's joined on the case by Cary Agos, who now works for the State's Attorney. All of the deposed parties offer counter-evidence against her, leading to a very surprising outcome.

Watch "Another Ham Sandwich" on CBS All Access.

Episode 16, Season 3: "After the Fall"

After failing to indict Will, Wendy Scott-Carr turned over her evidence to the Illinois State Bar Association. In an effort to avoid complete disbarment, Will agrees to take a six-month leave.

Watch "After the Fall" on CBS All Access.

Episode 19, Season 3: "Blue Ribbon Panel"

Mike Kresteva, a lawyer heading up an investigation involving a suspicious police shooting, asks Alicia to sit on his blue ribbon panel. Things go awry when Alicia begins to question Kresteva's motives, much to his chagrin.

Watch "Blue Ribbon Panel" on CBS All Access.

Episode 20, Season 3: "Pants on Fire"

When Mike Kresteva decides to run against Peter for the governorship, Alicia joins her estranged husband once again to show her support as he announces his candidacy.

Watch "Pants on Fire" on CBS All Access.

Episode 22, Season 3: "The Dream Team"

In the Season 3 finale, ruthless attorneys Patti Nyholm and Louis Canning attempt to take down Lockhart/Gardner. We'll see them continue to face-off against the firm for a long time.

Watch "The Dream Team" on CBS All Access.

Season 3 at a glance:  
  • Quirky and exceptionally brilliant attorney Elsbeth Tascioni represents Alicia (when she's under review by the Treasury Department) and Will (when he is taken to the grand jury for judicial bribery).
  • After losing the grand jury, Wendy Scott-Carr vindictively sends the evidence she has against Will to the Illinois State Bar Association. Instead of risking his license to practice, Will agrees to take a six-month leave from the law. This sends the other, non-named partners of the firm into a frenzy to claim his spot.
  • Because of Will's suspension, he asks Alicia to take over Kalinda's tax case.
  • Alicia begins mentoring David Lee's niece, Caitlin D'Arcy, who later becomes a full litigator after early courtroom triumph.
  • Michael Kresteva joins the gubernatorial race against Peter Florrick.
From Left: Mike Kresteva, Caitlin D'Arcy, Patti Nyholm, and Elsbeth Tascioni 

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