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It's A "New Day" For "The Good Wife": Season Three Premiere Recap

Keanna Harper |
September 25, 2011 | 10:51 p.m. PDT


Will they or won't they?

Julianna Margulies as the "new" Alicia Florrick. (Credit - CBS)
Julianna Margulies as the "new" Alicia Florrick. (Credit - CBS)

This is the question that was looming over viewers at the end of the the last season of "The Good Wife."

When we last saw our characters this past May, Alicia Florrick (Emmy Award Winner, Julianna Margulies) and Will Gardner (Josh Charles) had just checked into a hotel room together.

What has happened since that time?

Well, the third season premiere, "The New Day," didn't let us down in terms of catching up.  The episode began [on its new night and time, Sundays at 9pm. Facing off, might I add, against ABC's veteran dramedy, Desperate Housewives] showing a new Alicia, no longer "the good wife" but indeed a badass third-year associate (with a new office.)

And did they answer my original question? Not initially, but we must have figured something had changed. In true TGW fashion, they kept us hanging. We thought that nothing had happened because of the cold way Will was treating Alicia...until twenty-six minutes in. And yes, they did. 

Meanwhile, the legal case of the week was about a Muslim student who was charged with murdering a Jewish student at a Chicagoian college. Turns out that the Muslim student implicated himself in the murder. Kalinda (Archie Panjabi) and her old friend Sophia (Kelli Giddish), who now works in the State's Attorney's Office, are able to prove that it wasn't the Muslim student who committed the murder. In fact, it was the student's roommate, who made it look like it was a hate crime.

In other news, the feud between Alicia and Kalinda seemed to simmer down a little. I mean, you can't just sleep with your best friend's husband and expect her not to be upset. If the boss, Diane (Christine Baranaski), begins to notice something is going on between them, they really need to come to some sort of short-term truce to deal with each other at the workplace.

On the other side of things, Eli (Alan Cumming) takes on a "crisis management" project with a Muslim millionaire, Peter (Chris Noth) promises to be tough in his first two months as State's Attorney, and Cary (Matt Czuchry) upholds this.

In the domestic world, Zach (Graham Phillips) and Grace (Makenzie Vega), the Florrick kids, are continuing on with life as usual, despite the tension from their parent's divorce.

With the first episode of the new season wrapped, it is easy to see why "The Good Wife" has been called "the best show on [network] television" by many people, including Entertainment Weekly. Also note that "TGW" was the only network drama nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the "Oustanding Drama Series" category." With talented cast and crew such as co-creators Robert and Michelle King, Marguilles, Charles, Panjabi and Cumming, juicy charcater-driven storylines as well as hard-hitting legal cases, this is no surprise. It just keeps you wanting more.

The episode answered some questions and posed many others that we will continue to wonder about throughout the rest of the season. 

One down, 22 to go.

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