'The Good Wife' Season 4: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

August 29th, 2012 12:00pm EDT

The Good Wife Last season on "The Good Wife," Lockhart Gardner faced some financial troubles after their biggest client Patrick Edelstein (Jack Carpenter) decided to take his business elsewhere, specifically to Louis Canning (Michael J. Fox) and Patti Nyholm (Martha Plimpton).

During testimony at a trial, Peter Florrick (Chris Noth) admitted for the first time publicly that he and his wife Alicia (Julianna Marguilies) had separated. Meanwhile, Alicia visited her mother-in-law Jackie Florrick in the hospital and threatened to sue her for taking money from the children's trust fund.

But perhaps the most dramatic storyline centered on private investigator Kalinda Sharma (Archie Panjabi). After she told former gal pal Alicia, "I'm not gay. I'm flexible," and the two appeared to patch things up, Kalinda found out a man from F&E Construction was weaseling his way back into her life (he happens to be Kalinda's husband).

So Kalinda bought a sledgehammer, broke a wall in her apartment, removed money and a gun from a hiding spot, and packed a bag. After seemingly quitting her job at Lockhart Gardner, Kalinda returned to her apartment, sat in a chair right in front of the door, loaded her gun, and waited. Three knocks pounded on the door before the screen went to black and season 3 ended.

So what happens next? Check out five spoilers from the upcoming season, which debuts Sunday, Sept. 30, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS...

1) In the premiere episode, titled "I Fought The Law," Kalinda takes a stand against her ex, Nick (Marc Warren), CBS revealed in a press release. Apparently, Nick also shows up to Lockhart Gardner seeking some legal advice, but it's unclear what he wants.

2) Christine Baranski (Diane Lockhart) told Entertainment Tonight that season four "picks up at a very dramatic moment for all the characters. The firm is definitely in crisis."

"There's a big, big seismic shift at the beginning of this season," Baranski added. The first episode opens with Diane in bankruptcy court, which is "devastating" for the attorney.

3) There will be guest stars galore! Nathan Lane will play "a bottom line-obsessed manager imposed on Lockhart & Gardner by the bank to cut costs," according to His character will help get the firm back in financial shape, but his presence irks Will and Diane. According to Baranski, Lane's character fires an entire department early in Season 4.

Kristin Chenoweth will guest star as a reporter, but since she was injured by a falling piece of lighting equipment while shooting scenes in Brooklyn in July, her role is not recurring as was originally intended.

Other new faces will include Maura Tierney and Amanda Peet. Tiereney will play a Chicago billionaire who is aggressively pursued by Eli as a donor for Peter's gubernatorial campaign. Tierney is expected to appear on at least 10 episodes, according to the Peet will play a military lawyer who hires Alicia after she sues a man for attempted sexual assault.

4) In the season premiere, Alicia comes to her son Zach's (Graham Phillips) defense when he's targeted by an "overzealous" state trooper. Rita Wilson will also reprise her role as Viola Walsh in the premiere. In addition, Peter's campaign will be a central story this year, according to

5) Viewers will finally get to meet some of Cary Agos' (Matt Czuchry) family. Apparently, these family members will cause complications for the young attorney.

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