Boston Legal


Season 5, Ep 11, Aired 12/1/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Denny learns some disturbing news about the progression of his Alzheimer's disease and that an experimental drug which could slow his deterioration is available but not FDA approved, Alan tries to convince the Massachusetts Superior Court to let his best friend have access to it and be responsible for his own actions. Meanwhile, Catherine Piper appears in the lobby, bored and frustrated and enlists Carl's help to help her sue TV networks for not programming for senior citizens. Jerry and Katie take on the case of a student fighting to reacquire her admission to Harvard after being disqualified for endorsing a brain-enhancing drug to help her focus and pass.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Spader

    Alan Shore

  • John Larroquette

    Carl Sack

  • Tara Summers

    Katie Lloyd

  • Christian Clemenson

    Jerry Espenson

  • William Shatner

    Denny Crane

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Denny's Alzheimer's has indeed progressed to stage four which means he is now actually being affected by the disease. Catherine Piper shows up at the firm while Shirley is away and before she is done gets Carl to sue the networks for age discrimination.

    By jyarter, May 25, 2009

  • Breaking The Fourth Wall With A Vengeance ...

    By DBizTV, Dec 04, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Denny: (Discussing their upcoming case and the series finale) Hey, maybe I'll retire after this. Alan: Don't be ridiculous... Denny: Well, what better way to go out? My last case, in front of the Supreme Court. Now there's a finale, Alan. Alan: They should put it on TV. Denny: We'd get ratings. Alan: If they promoted us. Of course, I think there's a law against promoting us. Denny: Seems to be. Alan: (Later in scene) Oh, won't they be so happy to see us again? Denny: The rematch. Alan: (laughs) The rematch. Denny: Grand finale. Alan: Special 9:00 start time.

    • Jerry: I take pills that affect my brain to help me perform better. Alan: Jerry, I'm the first one to say we have an overmedicated society. We've got 3-year-olds on antipsychotics. People who don't even have high cholesterol take statins. People take sleep aids when maybe they should just read a book or masturbate. It-it's out of control. But that's not to say that many drugs don't do a lot of good. They save lives. People need drugs like insulin or blood pressure medicine to simply maintain their health. And drugs help some people to live normal, productive lives who might otherwise not. You fall into that category. Popping pills to … (scoffs) get better S.A.T. scores that's … something different.

    • Hollis: Certainly you're aware that Harvard has extremely high standards? Margie: Of course. Hollis: John F. Kennedy was a graduate. Margie: As was the Unabomber. Hollis: F.D.R Margie: Hitler's foreign press secretary. Hollis: Numerous literary figures - Emerson, Thoreau … Margie: And the Cardinal Archbishop who shielded child molesters from prosecution. For faculty, you had Timothy Leary and his L.S.D. experiments … Hollis: Ms. Coggins, do you want to go to Harvard or not?

    • Catherine: Th-this is exactly the problem. We're just shoved aside as a nuisance. I can't even watch television shows, for God's sake, because the networks consider me irrelevant. You'd think they don't program for anybody over 50. Is it any wonder I'm out knocking over convenience stores? Carl: You actually may have something there. The networks … they're supposed to serve the public. Okay, Catherine … we'll take that case. Margie: Really? Carl: I'm over 50 myself … and I want something to watch.

    • Denny: Shirley's at the fat farm, you hear? Alan: Why? She's not fat. Denny: You know, brides like to get all … skinny before the wedding. It's all about how they look in the dress. Alan: Um-m-m. Denny: You know, the best part of having, uh … mad cow? Sometimes … not often … I think we're still together. As delusions go, it's one of the better ones. (Alan looks away and pauses) Alan: You gonna be okay, Denny, attending her wedding? Denny: Yeah, well … what I'm not okay with is sitting on my ass while my brain rots.

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    Notes (2)

    • International airdates: Latin America: December 15, 2009 on Canal FX.

    • Although Candice Bergen does not actually appear in this episode as Shirley Schmidt, Denny Crane's flashbacks are stock footage of a young Candice Bergen swimming from the 1960's.

    Trivia (1)

    • Catherine's ringtone is the theme song to "The Practice," the predecessor to "Boston Legal."

    Allusions (1)

    • Are you Smarter than a Fifth Grader? Carl was making an allusion to this show when he mentioned 'game shows aimed at those slightly smarter than fifth graders'.

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