"Hitting the Fan" is the fifth episode of the fifth season of The Good Wife and the ninty-fifth episode overall.
After Diane Lockhart tells Will Gardner that Alicia Florrick and Cary Agos are forming their own firm, and taking top Lockhart Gardner clients with them, Will acts angrily and quickly to fire those involved and protect his firm. The leaving fourth years struggle to download client files, as they are all fired one by one. With Alicia voted out as a partner, the new Florrick Agos firm tries to beat their old coworkers to the client lists to secure their client base. Lockhart Gardner employs several techniques to slow the new firm down, such as spreading malicious rumors, filing non-compete clauses, and sabotaging their office spaces. Kalinda Sharma plays both sides in an attempt to remain on good standing with both and protect her best interests. Peter Florrick pulls what strings he has as the governor to swing clients his wife's way.
- Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick
- Matt Czuchry as Cary Agos
- Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sharma
- Alan Cumming as Eli Gold
- Josh Charles as Will Gardner
- Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart
- Chris Noth as Peter Florrick
- Graham Phillips as Zach Florrick
- Mackenzie Vega as Grace Florrick
- Erin Dilly as Joely Angler
- Tonya Glanz as Candace Frawley
- Greg Hildreth as Gary
- Victoria Mack as Beth Ferretti
- Bhavesh Patel as Anthony Wright Edelman