'The Good Wife': The story behind the talking lion

Honestly, last night’s episode of CBS’ The Good Wife had Alan Cumming’s Eli coming comically unglued and the return of Michael J. Fox’s Louis Canning and Denis O’Hare’s Judge Abernathy, and yet… we’re still obsessed with the talking lion delivering the voice of Titus Welliver’s Glenn Childs to Cary (Matt Czuchry, who may deserve an Emmy nomination for keeping a near straight face). Props again to series creators Robert and Michelle King. “Michelle was given a talking teddy bear speaker phone by her uncle a long time ago; and we always wanted to do a scene involving an intense and intimidating phone conversation over the phone,” Robert tells EW. “Our daughter suggested we give the phone to our Mr. Mom investigator, Wiley. It seemed like a good idea to do this in an episode where we couldn’t get Titus. The only problem is our prop person couldn’t find the phone. So we tried various talking animal toys: and the funniest was the lion from a small Japanese company, Kuchi-Paku. The doll can be attached, as we did, to an actual phone, or an iPod. It’s very funny to play Presidential speeches through it.” Watch the scene again below. And happy Web surfing

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  • Abby

    I have to say, this is the scene that first comes to mind when I think of this episode. It actually had me laughing out loud. And I want that speaker phone for myself.

    • TopherGracesucks

      That Lion is a far better actor than Topher Grace

      • jenny

        Okay, I’ll ask. So why don’t you like Topher?

      • Mikey

        TopherGracesucks probably is Topher Grace or someone who knows him who is having fun and making people remember who Topher Grace is. I wouldn’t look too far into it.

  • Jujubee

    I absolutely LOVED that scene and I want one of those gadgets immediately! My kids would go nuts! (And I would like it too) :) What a fantastic show. I’m blown away every week.

  • Kat

    Holy God, I want one of those. I don’t watch this show, but that scene was hilaaaarious.

    • Heidi

      I want that phone! IT was such a great moment that they didn’t even talk about it.

    • Daniel

      Found it in Australia at theishop.com.au

  • Rachel

    Thank *you* for finding the talking lion! I loved it – very funny to watch and just a great show overall!

  • Jackie

    Oh my god, between Cary’s expression in this scene and the Judge’s expression as he watched the video of the homicidal lab mice, I literally laughed until my stomach hurt :)

  • Amy

    I laughed so hard which was great considering it was another intense episode. Childs’ pause is brilliant.

    • Mandi Bierly

      I know. The [pause] “Cary” is my favorite part.

      • Callie

        I said the exact same thing about the pause and the “Cary” on a nonEW form yesterday – great minds!

    • KC

      don’t you mean the “paws”

      • Katie

        KC FTW!

  • Jelana

    I was so hoping you would have info on this when I watched it last night. I loved this, and I really, really want it!

  • Kate

    Can’t watch the link “in my geographical area”….crap

  • elizabeth

    OMG, that was one great ep, and the phone scene was still hysterical. Thanks for the background info, Mandi, and the the great post.

  • Lori

    That scene had me laughing; had a hard time stopping. I hope series creators Robert and Michelle King can find other ways to fit scenes like that in “The Good Wife”.

  • Dana

    That was genius putting that light-hearted bit in that serious scene. I’ve played it back a lot. I want that phone.

  • Dramaqueen

    My favorite moments were Eli becoming unglued and the lion speaker phone. I want one. It would freak my hubby out–he doesn’t watch GW.

  • Lisa

    Kuchi-Paku is going to have a run on those. I was watching that and have no clue of the dialogue, well except for “Cary ?” because, like Cary, I was captured by this toy. I couldn’t take my eyes off it. Loved it. Want one.

  • Cathy

    Totally want the lion!

  • Sissy

    I have the talking teddy bear telephone… from probably 20+ years ago. It’s hilarious and my son loved it when he was little. When I saw the talking Lion it really gave me and awwww moment.

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