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Will Gardner's 10 Best Moments from 'The Good Wife'

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | April 2, 2014 |

By Nadia Chaudhury | Lists | April 2, 2014 |

We all know what happened on The Good Wife two weeks ago (has it really been that long?), right? Right. If not, here’s your SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER alert.

Now that we got that out of the way:

There’s never enough time to properly mourn the dearly departed Will Gardner, a master smirker of a man who was, at times, a friend, a lover, and a colleague, and so much more, to Alicia Florrick, Diane Lockhart, and Kalinda Sharma. To honor him, here are Mr. Gardner’s 10 best moments from his time on The Good Wife:

10. This Sex Scene

This is one of the hottest sex scenes I’ve ever seen on television. Getting this all-too-brief glimpse into the workings of Will and Alicia as lovers and colleagues made me feel like a voyeur, and, hey, Will DID know what he was doing.

9. When Alicia Broke It Off

Good things never last, and after Grace disappeared for a day, Alicia broke it off with Will, because their romps distracted her, as she claimed. Will’s strong poker face didn’t give away the heartbreak he felt inside as he sat back down in his thinking armchair.

8. Casual Will
After Will was suspended for six months after his potential disbarment, he walked out of the offices with a baseball bat on his shoulder. In upcoming episodes, we saw Will not wearing suits (which suit him well), bumming around in his swanky apartment, and played a guitar with his sister.

7. Will’s Plea for Love
We’ll never find out what Will wanted to say to Alicia in his last voicemail to her, but we’ll always have this voicemail from season one that she also never heard. Because I couldn’t find a video, I’ll let his monologue stand for itself: “No, you know what? I’m not just dropping this. You wanna know my plan? My plan is I love you, OK? I’ve probably loved you ever since Georgetown. So phone me. I’ll meet you anywhere, and we will make a plan. If none of this makes sense to you, just ignore it. No embarrassment, nothing. We’ll just go back to how things stood.”

6. Will’s Moments of Adorable Randomness
Will always had a way of lifting the levity, like when he kept forgetting to add “in my opinion” to everything he said while in Judge Patrice Lessner’s court, when he seconded pop star Sloan Burchfield’s declaration of him being the man (“Yes, I am the man,” he echoed.), and when he drove along the Chicago highway in a convertible wearing cool shades on a breezy Saturday.

5. Will’s Alicia Decision Tree

There was no way Will could say what he really wanted to say to Alicia in real life, so he took to working out his emotions through his decision tree the night before questioning her as a witness.

4. The Perfect Couple: Will and Diane
Will and Diane were the extremely close siblings they always wanted and lovers without the messiness of sex. Or as they explained it: “We’re the perfect couple,” Diane said. “Yeah,” Will added, “Everything but the sex.” And we got to hear his singing voice again when he serenaded Diane with the Growing Pains theme song.

3. This Last Moment Between Will and Alicia
Excuse me while I sob in the corner again.

2. Will Confronting Alicia About Leaving the Firm

There was no way to express Will’s sense of deepest betrayal after he found out that Alicia was leaving Lockhart Gardner with clients to start her own firm besides a whole lot of yelling and swiping her desk clean in one swoop.

After winning a case and downing tequila in a hotel bar, Will and Alicia took advantage of their good timing. Best use of elevator doors revealing riveting snippets of a hook-up through the aftermath of annoying kids who pressed every button on the elevator ever. It was nothing but “an exceptional moment,” as Alicia described it.

Nadia Chaudhury rewatched “Dramatics, Your Honor” at least five times, and it doesn’t get any easier.