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The Good Wife: Anatomy of a Joke

Cary has an uneasy reunion with his father when he and Alicia travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a comedienne who is being sued by a television network for indecency. Meanwhile, a former client turns to Alicia for help, and Diane and Will question Clarke's latest strategy to help the firm out of debt.

Source: CBS

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x7
Airdate: Sunday November 11th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Nov 21, 2012
UK (MORE4) Mar 07, 2013


Guest Stars
Amanda PeetAmanda Peet
As Laura Hellinger
Chris NothChris Noth
As Peter Florrick
F. Murray AbrahamF. Murray Abraham
As Burl Preston
John LutzJohn Lutz
As Eddie Kowalski
Nathan LaneNathan Lane
As Clarke
Renée GoldsberryRenée Goldsberry
As Geneva Pine
Skipp SudduthSkipp Sudduth
As Jim Moody
Zach GrenierZach Grenier
As David Lee
Andrew Stewart JonesAndrew Stewart Jones
As Commissioner Tom Gill
Austin LysyAustin Lysy
As Punch
Bill MaherBill Maher
As Himself
Christian FinneganChristian Finnegan
As Talk Show Host
Christina RicciChristina Ricci
As Therese Dodd
John HortonJohn Horton
As Judge Fendler
John Shea (1)John Shea (1)
As Nestor Agos
Megan ByrneMegan Byrne
As Commissioner Bix
Thom SesmaThom Sesma
As Commissioner Martinez
Main Cast
Julianna MarguliesJulianna Margulies
As Alicia Florrick
Matt CzuchryMatt Czuchry
As Cary Agos
Christine BaranskiChristine Baranski
As Diane Lockhart
Josh CharlesJosh Charles
As Will Gardner
Archie PanjabiArchie Panjabi
As Kalinda Sharma


The episode begins with a comedienne Therese Dodd on her show and this time she is talking about breast cancer. To demonstrate a self-exam she removes her shirt. The video is paused and Therese is on the stand and she is being sued for 2 million dollars for indecency. Preston cross-examines her and says that she offended 8 million households and did not care about the use of vulgar language as she often did that to provoke her. Alicia defends her client saying that this show was telecasted during the safe harbor period which according to the rules of FCC allows nudity and use of such languages. But Preston says that t was recorded at 8pm in Chicago and telecasted in the West Coast. ..

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