Emmy Episode Analysis: ‘Hitting the Fan’ is Josh Charles’s last chance to win for ‘Good Wife’

Two-time Emmy-nominee Josh Charles may not be returning to CBS’s “The Good Wife” next season, but he’s made his way back into the Drama Supporting Actor Emmy race this year for his portrayal of Will Gardner.

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SYNOPSIS: In Charles’s submitted episode, “Hitting the Fan,” Will finds out that his colleague and former lover Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) is leaving the firm and taking some high-profile clients with her to begin her own practice with fellow colleague Cary Agos (Matt Czuchry). Will confronts Alicia, and when she confirms that it’s true, he goes ballistic and fires her on the spot.

Will has her escorted out, and fires others who planned to leave with her. Will then scrambles to win back clients who have promised to follow Alicia and hold on to others, including digital giant ChumHum, Lockhart Gardner’s biggest client, which is on the fence.

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He gets a restraining order that prevents Alicia from making contact with their clients. After Alicia counters with a restraining order of her own, both sides agree to each present their proposals to ChumHum. The company seems to be leaning Will’s way but is swayed when Alicia’s husband, Governor Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) makes a tax proposal that convinces them to side with her instead. Will concedes his defeat.

Will Charles win the Drama Supporting Actor race? Let’s analyze the pros and cons:


Charles starts off with a bang. The first 15 minutes are focused on Will as he displays a range of emotions: shock, hurt, anger, and a bit of crazy.

If voters heard the deafening buzz around the tragic twist for Will Gardner later in the season, then they know this is the last chance to honor Charles for his work on “The Good Wife.”

“Hitting the Fan” was one of the most acclaimed episodes of the past season.


Will isn’t the character we’re rooting for in this episode — that’s Alicia.

There are two competitors in this race who have at least as much buzz: Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones“) and Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad“), with Paul also earning his final nomination for his show.

Despite its critically hailed season, “The Good Wife” underperformed at the Emmys overall, failing to secure major nominations for Drama Series, Writing, and Directing that many had predicted. Is there as much support for the show among the TV academy as there is among critics?

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Charles currently sits third in our predictions with 4/1 odds. Can Charles overcome his tough competition? Make your predictions below.

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