"Hitting the Fan"--Alicia (Julianna Margulies, center) and Carry's plans to depart Lockhart/Gardner are suddenly exposed, leading to mass firings and a desperate battle between the two firms to retain clients, on THE GOOD WIFE, Sunday, Oct 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: David M. Russell ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved(Photo: David M. Russell , CBS)
Lorena Blas , USA TODAY
Now that The Good Wife's law firm has been broken (up), we're dishing up some trivial matters for fans to digest in preparation for "The Next Day" episode airing Sunday (CBS, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
1) Ugly Betty is back.
America Ferrera returns this month. She first appeared in Season 2 as then-college student Natalie Flores and had what Good Wife co-creator Robert King describes as "a very unorthodox relationship with Eli Gold (Alan Cumming)" who was at the time working at Lockhart Gardner and Peter Florrick's campaign.
2) Give me five.
Robert and co-creator Michelle King are writing episodes this season in storytelling increments of 5. Last week's eventful episode was the season's fifth, and he says other big ones are in store in episodes 10 and 15. "At the start of this year, we always planned on Episode 5 when all these (big) events happen," he says.
3) Double the fun.
There are two Carys at the new firm Florrick Agos. Both were at Lockhart Gardner. That was intentional, the Kings say. Every office has the equivalent of two Carys, Robert explains. "Our version of that in these offices is David. It seems like everybody is named David. So it's always this difficulty of confusion which is comic. But also there's a serious aspect in that Alicia's kind of worried that the two characters (Carys) are ganging up on her."
4) Laughing matters.
After Episode 5 was complete, Robert King wrote a note to Margulies saying that she should do comedy. "If there isn't laughter, then what's the point?" Margulies says. "Of that whole huge ("Hitting the Fan") episode that we shot -- the note that I got back from Robert (King), which was so funny was: 'You have to do comedy. I loved you walking out of the room realizing you lost your underwear.' " Margulies says her response was: "'Really? Oh my God. I love you that that was the moment you loved.' Because you have to have moments like that for the drama to be real."
5) Voir dire.
And while the legal drama is in its fifth season, can you believe that its creators don't have any background in law? "Neither of us are lawyers," says Michelle. "There are seven other writers on staff. Three of them are lawyers. And in addition to that, we have a technical adviser in Chicago who is a lawyer." But what about the details and nuances of the breakup of such a high-profile law firm? "For this episode, we interviewed a few law firms that had these kind of breakups," Robert says. "Basically how they're handled and how even though people have legal instincts about how to handle things, everything goes to crap like this."
6) Dead man walking.
The Good Wife has its own version of walking dead. John Noble (Fringe) played an eccentric, litigious client who was killed by one of the people he sued, so his previous appearance last March was in a flashback. This week, he has been shooting the 100th episode of the show, in another flashback: "Even though they killed him off, we had a lot of fun, so they decided to bring him back," Noble says. Look for him next month.