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'Good Wife' actor says 'eyes have not recovered' from Sunday episode

October 28, 2013|By Yvonne Villarreal
  • Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos in a scene from "The Good Wife."
Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos in a scene from "The Good Wife." (Myles Aronowitz / )

It's all his doing.

Cary Agos, the cryptically cool, ambitious Harvard-educated lawyer played by Matt Czuchry on CBS legal drama "The Good Wife," got us here. He's the one that wanted to break free from Lockhart/Gardner, the central law firm in the series, to start his own enterprise. He's the one who cajoled Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) to ditch the partnership she had recently secured -- alongside her former lovaah Will Gardner (Josh Charles) -- to join him. He's the one to send thank-you cards to because in Sunday's episode, aptly titled "Hitting the Fan," everything Cary had set in motion came to a head. Will and Diane (Christine Baranksi) know.

A desk was manhandled. Laptops were roughed up. People were fired. Sex was had. It was a doozy of an episode.  (If you haven't watched, we have no sympathy for you. Get on that.)

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We spoke with Czuchry last week about the episode, which he himself had not yet seen (he was waiting to watch in real-time Sunday night).

My response after Sunday’s episode was very simple: Dudeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Ha! I like that. I’m going to take that very positively. It’s a great script written by Robert and Michelle King.  They seem to know what they're doing, don't you think?

I think that's fair to say. And your character is the reason for all this mess!

He definitely is. Good ol' Cary.

Let me get the superficial part out of the way before we dig in:  Cary’s tie is way better than Will’s tie in this episode.

I haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t comment on that -- I don't remember. But now it’s going to be the only thing I focus on when I watch the episode!

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What went through your mind when you read the script? 

I think it’s one of the best scripts we’ve had in five seasons of the show. For Robert King and Michelle King, I mean -- it’s just an excellent, excellent script. When I read it, I was wondering if everyone felt the same way I did about it, so when I went to set and everyone was like, “Did you read the script??!!” -- every single person. It’s a rare thing when you find everybody so excited.

For the first stroke of episodes, I had sat down with Robert and Michelle, and we talked about the first arc for Cary, so I knew it was going to happen. But again, when I read the script, it was so much better than what I thought was going to happen. I didn’t know how it was going to all go down and this episode just had my eyes wide open every time I turned the page. My eyes have not recovered. It’s a great episode for the show because it builds off of all the characters’ histories. We’ve seen all these relationships develop through the seasons and now we’re kind of tearing them apart.

It’s very rare that you can build this sort of buzz in the fifth season. All the critics have been hyping this episode.

It is very rare. I mean, we’ve been following Lockhart/Gardner for four seasons. One firm. In season four, having Alicia make that decision to go with Cary and start a new firm was a huge cliffhanger and a huge shift in the storyline. There was a renewed excitement at the end of season four. And with the buildup this season, it comes to a head. It’s incredibly rare, especially when you’re talking about a show that has 22 episodes like we do, that there would be this much excitement is incredible. That credit really goes to Robert King and Michelle King and all the writers for breaking the storyline.

Cary has said that he views he and Alicia as the next Will and Diane. Does he really believe that? We've seen her question that. And, I mean, she was the reason he got passed over.  Does he realize she’s not to blame or is it all just a ploy for the sake of a good business decision?

I definitely think Cary thinks he and Alicia are the new Will and Diane. Although they’ve had their differences, Cary has always respected her as a lawyer. On top of that, she is the governor’s wife, so he understands her value as a lawyer and her value from a business sense. It’s a genuine smart move by Cary.

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Let’s talk about your entrance in this episode. A lot goes down before Cary gets to work. Which had me thinking: 1) Did he sleep in or was he at court? and 2) Why didn’t he take the stairs?! That elevator was just not in the mood.

Oh, man. Why was he so late? Oh, why was he so late. Maybe he was doing mushrooms before he showed up? Is that an option? I love that moment when he’s pushing the buttons and the elevator won’t close because that’s what happens in real life! When you’re trying to get somewhere in a hurry, it feels like the world is working against you. That’s what is so great about the writing. It’s a fun moment. That adrenaline.

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