The Good Wife

10 Best Episodes of The Good Wife - Season 5

Alicia Florrick boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 04, 2023.

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The Good Wife - S5E17

#15 - A Material World (Season 5 - Episode 17)

Alicia and Diane consider merging their firms in the wake of Will's death, even as they find themselves on opposite sides of a contentious divorce suit. Meanwhile, Alicia offers assistance to Finn when it becomes clear that the State's Attorney is looking for a scapegoat in the Jeffrey Grant case.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 846 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E8

#14 - The Next Month (Season 5 - Episode 8)


Alicia must block the deportation of an undocumented immigrant who has been threatened by a cartel in Mexico. Eli's reconnection with Natalie Flores concerns Marilyn. Robin tries to emulate Kalinda.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 802 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E11

#13 - Goliath and David (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Alicia represents a band suing a TV show for copyright infringement, but the simple case becomes psychological warfare when Will joins the opposing council and uses his knowledge of Alicia’s strengths and weaknesses against her.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 805 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E3

#12 - A Precious Commodity (Season 5 - Episode 3)


Alicia receives a stunning offer that causes her to reconsider leaving the firm. The partners must take action when Diane is put at odds with her colleagues.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 821 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E13

#11 - Parallel Construction, Bitches (Season 5 - Episode 13)

Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner fight to keep Lemond Bishop as a client when he is arrested on a drug-related charge, which possibly resulted from a leak inside Alicia's firm. Meanwhile, the investigation into voter fraud in the gubernatorial election continues to move forward when Marilyn is approached by an agent in the Office of Public Integrity.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 819 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E18

#10 - All Tapped Out (Season 5 - Episode 18)


Florrick/Agos takes on the case of an NSA whistleblower, only to learn that the agency has been monitoring the firm as well as Alicia’s personal life. Meanwhile, Diane faces the difficult task of working alongside Louis Canning when he joins Lockhart/Gardner. Also, Alicia goes after the State’s Attorney when he attempts to make Finn a scapegoat in the Jeffrey Grant case.

The episode was rated 7.97 from 821 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E7

#9 - The Next Week (Season 5 - Episode 7)

Zach makes a discovery that leads Alicia and Cary to believe that the firm is spying on them. Will helps one of Alicia's former clients. Clarke Hayden offers financial advice to Florrick/Agos.

The episode was rated 7.99 from 800 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E6

#8 - The Next Day (Season 5 - Episode 6)


Alicia and Cary represent a client who changed firms and Will and Diane delay turning over the case files. Marilyn tries to give advice to Alicia.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 811 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E4

#7 - Outside the Bubble (Season 5 - Episode 4)

Alicia tries to obtain Lockhart & Gardner files as she prepares to exit the firm. Faced with a sexual harassment lawsuit, the firm hires Elsbeth Tascioni.

The episode was rated 8.12 from 801 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E1

#6 - Everything Is Ending (Season 5 - Episode 1)


Alicia works to prevent the execution of a convicted murderer as she plans her exit from the firm with Cary. Eli helps Peter put together his staff.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 852 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E16

#5 - The Last Call (Season 5 - Episode 16)

Alicia searches for answers as she tries to make sense of Will’s death in the aftermath of the courthouse shooting. Meanwhile, Diane delivers the somber news to the partners at Lockhart/Gardner who must decide how to move forward.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 889 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E10

#4 - The Decision Tree (Season 5 - Episode 10)


Alicia is shocked to learn that a former client bequeathed her millions, but Lockhart/Gardner quickly contests the will on behalf of the deceased's wife. Meanwhile, Diane asks Kalinda to look into Damian's background. Also, Eli and Marilyn are concerned about Peter being seen with Alicia's more disreputable clients at the Florrick/Agos holiday party.

The episode was rated 8.24 from 853 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E22

#3 - A Weird Year (Season 5 - Episode 22)

An open feed from a camera mistakenly left on after a teleconferenced deposition between the lawyers of Florrick/Agos and Lockhart/Gardner reveals a threat to the firm that Alicia and Cary never saw coming. Meanwhile, the fate of Lockhart/Gardner hangs in the balance as Louis Canning vies for a larger role. Also, Alicia entrusts Zach's high school graduation party to Jackie and Veronica.

The episode was rated 8.26 from 844 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E15

#2 - Dramatics, Your Honor (Season 5 - Episode 15)


Alicia enlists Cary as her lawyer when Nelson Dubeck approaches her to participate in a deposition regarding his investigation into election rigging. Meanwhile, Will continues the difficult defense of Jeffrey Grant as he faces off against a new prosecutor who proves to be a formidable adversary.

The episode was rated 8.51 from 955 votes.

The Good Wife - S5E5

#1 - Hitting the Fan (Season 5 - Episode 5)

A desperate battle to retain clients begins when Cary and Alicia's plan to leave the firm is exposed.

The episode was rated 8.71 from 953 votes.

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