From the very first moment, The Good Wife caught our attention.
It had two stars we already loved and a concept that completely intrigued us. Why would any wife stand stoically by the husband who humiliated her?
We had to know.
But that was just the start of Alicia Florrick's journey and since then it's been one hell of a ride.
In seven seasons there have been career highs and devastating lows, romance and tragedy, and friends whom we'll always miss.
Check out these 17 memorable moments from The Good Wife.
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Standing by Her Man...
We knew Julianna Marguilles from E.R. We knew Chris Noth from Sex and the City. But we had no idea what to expect from The Good Wife. Alicia Florrick showed us why a wife would still stand next to her powerful husband, even after his actions humiliated her. Right from the beginning The Good Wife never dumbed it down for its audience. It presented a complicated, human situation and expected us to keep up right from the pilot episode.
A Look Back to the Start
When Alicia was asked to write the keynote speech for the American Bar Association about how she got back into the workplace after “opting out” to raise her kids, the look back was a fascinating glimpse into her relationship with Will Gardner. He both literally and figuratively held the door open for her to come back to the law and we'll always love this inside glimpse into their history Unfortunately, it makes events in their future all the more sorrowful.
It's the voicemail where Will put it all on the line on The Good Wife Season 1 Episode 23. It's the voicemail that Alicia never heard thanks to Eli's meddling. We're still a little sick that she never heard his words.
-- WILL: "No, you know what? I'm not just dropping this. You want to know my plan? My plan is I love you, OK? I've probably loved you ever since Georgetown. So phone me. I'll meet you anywhere, and we will make a plan. If none of this makes sense to you, just ignore it. No embarrassment, nothing. We'll just go back to how things stood."
An Exceptional Moment
WILL: "We've always had bad timing, haven't we?" --
ALICIA: "We have." --
WILL: "What if we were to suddenly have good timing, just for… an hour? What would that look like?" --
ALICIA: "I think that would look like an exceptional moment."
-- And it was! After winning a case and downing tequila in a hotel bar, Will and Alicia finally made the timing work.
Will and Diane: The Perfect Partners
DIANE: "We're the perfect couple." --
WILL: "Yeah, everything but the sex." --
Diane Lockhart and Will Gardner really were the perfect partners, both in the law and as friends. Will's relationship with Diane makes us miss him all the more.
Alicia Breaks Up with Will
After thinking that her daughter may have been kidnapped, Alicia breaks down about having too many distractions, and the die is cast when Grace unwittingly tells her to get rid of them.
We couldn't believe it when Alicia chose to break up with him at work, with it's windowed walls so the entire firm could see in. The moment broke not only our hearts, but Will's as well.
Alicia Ditches Lockhart Gardner!
It all hit the fan when Will found out that Alicia was secretly plotting to leave Lockhart Gardner to start her own firm with Cary. It was bad enough when she ended their affair, but to go behind his back to steal clients and leave the firm where he'd given her the second chance that no one else would...it was just too much for Will to take. His reaction made for one of the most epic scenes of the series.
Great Lines We'll Never Forget
When Alicia learned that Peter was having yet another affair with someone he worked with and it could adversely affect her run for State’s Attorney, she told him off in epic style…
ALICIA: "Zip up your pants, shut your mouth, and stop banging the help."
Will Gardner is Killed
We still can't believe he's gone.
Things for Alicia, Diane, Lockhart Gardner and the show have just never been the same.
The Florricks Are Unofficially Over
Alicia was reeling from Will's death when she found Peter standing in her kitchen and the anger between the two spilled over. Suspecting that Alicia had had an affair with the man who was just killed, Peter should have either been more sympathetic or simply given her space. Instead, the fight was the end of any chance of a reconcilliation between them. They'd stay legally married because it helped both of their careers, but on a personal level, their marriage was truly over.
Cary Agos is Arrested!
How could anyone think that Cary was really guilty? Well, people will think that when you dance with a devil like Lemond Bishop, you might just skirt to boundaries of hell but Cary was innocent. Of course that didn't mean he wasn't in deep trouble. Between $1.5 million bail and a drug lord worried he'd turn on him, Cary was lucky to make it out of jail with only a cut hand.
Alicia's Turn in the Spotlight
When Alicia decided to run for State's Attorney, the tables were turned. Instead of her standing by Peter's side and supporting him for election, he was there to stand by her side and support her. All we could think was, It's about time!
Alicia Wins...But Loses
ALICIA: "You win the election. You think it's over. It's never over." --
Well, Alicia's bid for State’s Attorney was over before it had even begun when DNC chairman Landau stabbed her in the back by making her the scapegoat for election fraud. Little did Alicia know as she took solace in Peter's arms that he was in on the scheme. We still wish she'd find out but perhaps she's suffered enough devastation already.
Kalinda Hits the Road
Who could possibly forget Kalinda Sharma? Smart, mysterious, and incredibly sexy, Kalinda kept us rivited to the screen, but when she ended up on the wrong side of drug lord Lemond Bishop, she knew it was time to go. Maybe Cary can run off and meet her on some tropical island now that he's resigned.
Eli Tells Alicia He Erased the Voicemail
We were stunned when Eli confessed his sins to Alicia. It had been years since he'd erased that heartfelt voicemail and now with Will dead, there was nothing Alicia could do to change the past. Alicia looked as though she'd taken a physical blow as she digested the news and it left her almost catatonic for her bus ride through Iowa with Peter and his campaign. Thank goodness for dark sunglasses.
Alicia Wants a Divorce
Alicia finally found some happiness in the romance department with investigator Jason Crouse and it helped spur her to tell Peter she wanted a divorce. Now the big question is, will she actually go through with it!
Peter is Arrested...Again!
As if coming full circle, Peter Florrick has been arrested once again and Alicia has remained steadfastly by his side. Will Peter be sent to prison? Will Alicia go through with the divorce? We're all waiting to find out on The Good Wife series finale.