Who do you love? That’s the question Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is asking herself as CBS’ ‘The Good Wife‘ returns for its sophomore run Tuesday at 10/9c.
Last season’s most successful new drama series ended its inaugural go-round with Alicia torn between two lovers – her disgraced-politician husband, Peter (Chris Noth), and law-firm colleague Will Gardner (Josh Charles) – who also happens to be her boss.
As Season 2 begins, Alicia is still torn, though she’s clearly warming up to her hubby in the premiere. What’s on tap for Alicia, Peter, Will and the rest of ‘Good Wife’s Chicago legal eagles? Without spoiling your fun, here are five things about the new season that Fancast gleaned from a visit to the series’ Brooklyn set and the season premiere itself.
Things can get pretty steamy in a bathroom, but not necessarily from a hot shower. A bathroom sex scene between Alicia and Peter that was screened for reporters in August was so explicit that CBS officials weren’t even sure at the time that the scene would make the final cut. Well, the scene survived, though it’s been nipped and tucked here and there to tone it down. Still, it remains a scene strictly for adults, if you catch our drift. See for yourself – it arrives about 50 minutes into the episode. Then let us know if you think this scene is too hot for prime time.
A merger with another law firm presents conflicts and challenges for everybody. Look for Derek Bond (played by Michael Ealy, ‘Sleeper Cell’), the attorney whose firm merges with Lockhart/Gardner, to start shaking things up with a handful of suggestions – including requests for an associate-mentoring program and offices allocated democratically and not according to firm hierarchy – that don’t sit well with Will Gardner. Also not sitting well: The Bond firm’s in-house investigator (Scott Porter, ‘Friday Night Lights’) is placed almost immediately in conflict with Lockhart/Gardner’s own strong-willed snoop, Kalinda (Archie Panjabi). Our hunch: When two characters such as this are put together on a TV drama, despite their differences (or because of them), it usually leads to romance, sex or both.
Speaking of conflicting personalities, newly minted prosecutor Cary Agos gets to go up against former colleague Alicia. In Tuesday’s premiere, a judge throws Alicia on to a murder case involving a defendant who has no lawyer and, more importantly, would seem to have no case. But when Alicia starts to turn the jury in her client’s favor, Glenn Childs (Titus Welliver) puts Cary (Matt Czuchry) on the case, with surprising results.
With Peter attempting a career comeback, the Florrick kids are poised to become more involved in politics, though one of them is nearly taken in by dirty tricksters in the season premiere. “My character is starting to get really interested politically, as far as Peter’s whole campaign,” says Graham Phillips, who plays 14-year-old Zach Florrick. “I think that is going to be really fun for me to get more involved with that.”
How’s this for a guest-star? None other than former CNN curmudgeon Lou Dobbs plays himself in Episode 2 of the new season, in a storyline involving the trial of an Army reservist accused of murdering his wife. Dobbs, who became best known for taking up the topic of illegal immigration almost nightly on his CNN talk show, hasn’t been seen on TV since he left CNN almost a year ago.
We can reveal this too: ‘The Good Wife’ premiere is really good. Will you be watching?