The Good Fight: Inauguration
February 27, 2017 4:43 AM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

The Good Fight is the sequel to The Good Wife. The series follows Christine Baranski as attorney Diane Lockhart.

Diane watches the inauguration of Donald Trump in stunned silence and is motivated to make a change. She plans for her retirement and signs an exit agreement with her firm. She meets with friends to celebrate, including the Rindell family, headed by the powerful and respected Henry Rindell (Paul Guilfoyle), married to Lenore (Bernadette Peters). Henry is a financial consultant who has invested money for many prominent businesspeople in Chicago, including Diane and many of her clients. Diane is the godmother to Rindell's daughter, Maia (Rose Leslie), who has just passed the bar, and through Diane's connections, has secured her a starting position at the firm. Diane heads what will be her final case at the firm, a police brutality charge, in which she is representing the state. Opposing her is Adrian Boseman (Delroy Lindo), the head of a rival firm, hoping to secure a large settlement for his client. Boseman is assisted by Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo), having joined Boseman's firm after leaving Diane's employ.

Before Diane can close the case, Henry Rindell is arrested for orchestrating an elaborate Ponzi scheme, and Diane finds herself broke and unable to follow through with her retirement. However, when she attempts to return to the firm, she is rebuffed. Joining another firm also proves difficult, as Diane is seen as complicit in the scam, having directed many of her clients to invest with Rindell. Diane is told that her assets may be seized as evidence, and she is advised to divorce her husband, Kurt (Gary Cole), to prevent his assets being seized as well. Having separated from Kurt after the discovery of his affair, Diane brings up the option to him, but he refuses to file for divorce, still hoping for a reconciliation. Meanwhile, Boseman realizes that there is an opportunity to gain Diane's services for a fraction of her value, and he offers her a junior partner position at his firm. With few other options, Diane accepts Boseman's offer, and when Maia is fired, in part due to her father's financial scandal, Diane brings her along to her new firm.
posted by I_Love_Bananas (19 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Thank you for doing this!

Almost died of glee during the opening six seconds or so. Very much enjoying the return of the things we loved about the last show - daft judges, lawyers arguing like lawyers in settings where they're not allowed to argue like lawyers, etc. The OMG LSBNS of the trailer seems like it's not really going to be a thing, thankfully. And the shorter series hopefully will mean less filler case-of-the-weeks and better attention to the overall arcs.

Who's everyone hoping for return appearances from? Bit niche, but I'd love to see the return of Matthew Lillard's hopeless musician...
posted by ominous_paws at 5:01 AM on February 27, 2017 [1 favorite]


This show is doing so much to make up for the yawning ache in my soul for old-school Law & Order. MOAR COURTROOM SCENES PLZ
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:46 AM on February 27, 2017


Courtroom = awesome guest judge actors (JANE ALEXANDER!) and prosecutors (CHRISTINE LAHTI!!)
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 7:48 AM on February 27, 2017


I was sooooooo excited to see Erica Tazel of Justified as Barbara. One of my (very few, everyone go watch it) complaints about that show is that her role wasn't meatier.
posted by lalex at 11:25 AM on February 27, 2017 [1 favorite]


I don't know if I can handle this show, inasmuch as I shipped Diane & Kurt with rare intensity and I was heartbroken to learn that The Good Wife's last-season disintegration included the sinking of that particular ship among its various crimes.

But HELL, I do love Christine Baranski and this character. I guess we'll see.
posted by Sokka shot first at 11:25 AM on February 27, 2017


Return Appearance Wish List:

Robin and Kalinda
Cary #1
Simone (and Louis, but more Sydney) Canning
Lemond Bishop
Nancy Crozier
Caitlin
Patti Nyholm
Judge Lessner
Julius Cain
Owen

Please Don't Come Back:

Alicia
Alicia's kids
posted by lalex at 11:33 AM on February 27, 2017 [3 favorites]


What is going on with this show? Do I have to subscribe to some weird online thing? 'Cause that ain't happening.
posted by Justinian at 2:56 PM on February 27, 2017


Please Don't Come Back:

Alicia
Alicia's kids


Or husband. Taking Alicia out of the equation was the best thing ever. I LOVED this episode. I absolutely loved, loved, loved this -- it was brilliant, and I cannot wait to see the rest of this work of genius.
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 8:02 PM on February 27, 2017


Robin

Well, it *would* be satisfying to know where she disappeared to, apparently unnoticed by absolutely everybody...
posted by ominous_paws at 7:50 AM on February 28, 2017


Never watched the Good Wife, came only to see Christine Baranski, will stay for all the other great characters/actors. Thoroughly enjoyable.
posted by pjsky at 10:00 PM on February 28, 2017 [2 favorites]


Do I have to subscribe to some weird online thing?

Yeah, it's the flagship of CBS All Access, the Tiffany network's streaming service. I might sign up when the new Star Trek joins this, but it's a very soft might.
posted by Etrigan at 6:51 AM on March 4, 2017


It's also on the W Network in Canada, though running about a week behind the CBS schedule.
posted by cardboard at 7:11 AM on March 7, 2017


Add to the wish list:

Elsbeth Tascioni
Nathan Lane's character
I was never a big Robin fan but the investigator who dragged his kids around with him always cracked me up.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 8:54 AM on March 8, 2017


Are we not doing the rest of the season?

Elsbeth IS coming back, though.
posted by mippy at 4:28 AM on March 14, 2017


I'm really enjoying this show! Episode 3 was a little less than stellar, but just caught up to ep5 and it's getting it's groove. I love it.
posted by pjsky at 7:37 AM on March 19, 2017


Finally got the chance to watch Ep 1 and it was GREAT.

Sad about the divorce because I liked that relationship. Also hoping that David Lee pops up now and then. so many good characters like old friends. Nice call out to Will.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 2:53 PM on March 19, 2017


Okay, four episodes in and, one odd note: I've never before googled a performer's name plus the word "stroke" before and now I've done it twice today.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 5:56 PM on March 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


I love you all but can we keep details past the listed episode (1) to a post about the full season? I'm just about to watch the last two episodes.
posted by lalex at 7:40 PM on April 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


I've put up a post for the full season!
posted by lalex at 4:09 PM on April 18, 2017


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