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Sticky Content 

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After Prady goes to Alicia with an intriguing proposal involving their campaigns, Alicia discovers that Peter may be seeing another woman. Meanwhile, Cary learns that Lemond Bishop may be trying to kill him.

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Michael Zinberg

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Robert King (created by), Michelle King (created by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julianna Margulies ... Alicia Florrick
Matt Czuchry ... Cary Agos
Archie Panjabi ... Kalinda Sharma
Matthew Goode ... Finn Polmar
Christine Baranski ... Diane Lockhart
Chris Noth ... Peter Florrick
David Hyde Pierce ... Frank Prady
Jill Flint ... Lana Delaney
Michael Rispoli ... Stu Harper
Mike Colter ... Lemond Bishop
David Krumholtz ... Josh Mariner
Victor Williams ... Carter Greyson
Sarah Steele ... Marissa Gold
Jason Babinsky ... Howell
Matthew Porretta ... Ian Gatins
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Alicia and Prady go head to head with their campaigns. Prady asks Alicia not to go negative and in return he promises not to use the dirt Castro had given him on Alicia. Alicia opens the box with Castro's dirt to find photos of Peter and Ramona having a fling. Meanwhile, Cary has hired a bodyguard because he feels threatened after hearing a leaked tape where Bishop says he wants to kill Cary. Written by Mary Hanna

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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English

Release Date:

16 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Victor Williams & Julianna Margulies previously worked together on four episodes of ER (1994). See more »

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"Sticky Content" Amazes With Character Development
23 November 2014 | by RyanCShowersSee all my reviews

BY RYAN C. SHOWERS

Whenever people who have not followed the show for the entire six years casually stop in to watch an episode of "The Good Wife" here or there and you explain the premise when the show first began, they automatically come loaded for gossipy plots, something "The Good Wife" is not every week. It's about one woman questioning herself, the world around her, and the difference between right and wrong. "The Good Wife" is a more passive show than the CBS promos suggest. Instead of warping our minds with a new twist every week, Robert and Michelle King sparingly use scandalous events to make each twist substantial and full of impact. As is done with the episode from last week, "Sticky Content". Many will leave this episode breathless from the momentous action that transpires in this single hour of television. The Kings hit us with several big plot turns, ones which fans have been anticipating for quite some time.

"Sticky Content" is best at developing Alicia and her relationships with the men in her life. In this area in particular, "Sticky Content" amazed me. Revealing that Peter has been sleeping with Ramona presents an interesting personal conflict for Alicia to struggle with in this episode. The scene in which Alicia become privy to this information is a terrific scene; produced without a musical score to make the audience feel as spontaneously conflicted as Alicia, the scene smartly and realistically acted by Margulies. The first Alicia sees Peter and Ramona after learning of their affair is before the joint interview, which Alicia uses passive-aggressively to intimidate Ramona. My favorite thing about this episode is the reoccurrence of Alicia holding hands with Peter and then with Finn. In the interview, Alicia puts her hand over Peter's, wedding band in the dead center of the frame, showing her control over the marriage and him, but when she goes to Finn for comfort, he takes her hand and covers the wedding ring, something which I interpreted as this relationship being unknown to Alicia, something that she has not mastered but will in the future. "Sticky Content" finally opens the door to the long-anticipated Alicia and Finn romance with this one gesture, they cross a line.

The next day in the episode, Alicia confronts Peter and recites what will probably grow to be the line of the year, "Zip up your pants, shut your mouth, and stop banging the help." Margulies kills this episode but really this scene in particular, firing each word with Alicia's complicated feelings towards her husband. Peter Florrick is the worst. He's a despicable, lying man whose true colors were not only shed in the wake of the scandal in 2009, but progressively this season since the "agreement" became active last year. One male character whose presence is especially important to Alicia's development in this episode is Will's. Alicia records her recollection of Will for her 10-minute campaign video, a scene that Margulies aces. (Later in the episode, her comedic range is shown when she tries to duplicate what she says about Will.) Will's presence, or lack there of, is vital to everything Alicia is experiencing with Peter's affairs and her advancements with Finn.

Though everything surrounding Alicia's emotions and Julianna Margulies's powerhouse performance are the boasting point of "Sticky Content", it juggles three other strong elements. The process behind the propaganda videos was clever and provided a lighter portion to the episode. Seeing each element of the campaign video slowing coming together gave the feel of the procedure of compiling an political advertisement, as well as being very fun. David Hyde Pierce returned as Frank Prady and he continues to slide into the role with a natural ease. The strange, precarious relationship between Prady and Alicia is heightened in this episode and causes the mixed feelings the writers want to draw out of the viewers. A good amount of time in "Sticky Content" is dedicated to Cary's legal troubles. Matt Czuchry drills out great acting chops and the efficient directing, which creates massive amounts of tension, make Cary's part of the episode memorable.

"Sticky Content" is "The Good Wife" slapping us with the first rate characterization its known for and the Emmy-worthy performances from Julianna Margulies and Matt Czuchry.

Grade: A


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