L.A. Law

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (8)

  • Kuzak: "My apologies. Something came up."

  • Morty: "It's Izzy, all right. He looks good." Milton: "Why shouldn't he look good? He just came back from Florida!"

  • Melman: "You think I like feeling this way?" Becker: "Rox, the only diet that's going to make you feel better is the one where you lose 170 pounds of Dave Meyer."

  • Allison: "Victor, I know that there are certain people who think that just because they're involved with a lawyer they are entitled to special favors with their legal problems. I think it's really important that at this stage of our relationship you realize I'm one of them."

  • Daniel Morales: this is a different world from my private practice up north,I'll tell ya. Stuart: where were you up north? Morales:Santa Barbara

  • McKenzie: "May the saddest days of your future be no worse than the happiest days of your past."

  • Taylor: "Where is Melina, anyway?" Morales: "The last time I saw Paros, she was on her way out."

  • Daniel: Mom, just put the phone by Lucy's ear. Hi, sweetie, it's daddy. I love you, sweetie, and I will see you soon. Bye-Bye.(turns to Gwen and says,"she says bye-bye). Yeah, mom. I will talk to you tomorrow. Bye. Gwen: You know Santa Barbara is the safest place for her right now.

Notes (76)

  • This episode introduces the following regular cast members: Corbin Bernsen (Arnie), Richard Dysart (Leland), Jill Eikenberry (Ann), Michele Greene (Abby), Harry Hamlin (Michael), Alan Rachins (Douglas), Susan Ruttan (Roxanne), Jimmy Smits (Victor) and Michael Tucker (Stuart).

  • The episode won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series and¬†Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series -¬†Alfre Woodard.

  • This originally aired as a two hour made for television movie and is sometimes rerun as two one hour episodes.

  • Susan Dey (who was not in the pilot episode) joins the cast in the role of Grace Van Owen.

  • Guest star Barbara Bosson is the real-life wife of the show's executive producer, Steven Bocho.

  • In the 2008 Emmy awards, Stewart making the sexual reference "The Venus Butterfly", was in the list of the Most Memorable Drama TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.

  • This episode earned Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher the 1987 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

  • Jeanne Cooper, who plays Gladys Becker in this episode, is Corbin Bernsen's mother.

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Trivia (8)

  • Juanin Clay was originally suppose to be the love interest for Harry Hamlin's character.

  • This is one of the most famous episodes in this show's history and, arguably, one of the most famous of the entire 1980's, thanks to a dweeby serial bigamist imparting an incredible sexual technique to Stewart Markowitz, which guarantees his partner incredible orgasms. There is however, one very big logical flaw in the script. Stewart finds out that this bald, nebbishy, dumpy guy has all these super-model hot ex wifes, all of whom praise him to high heaven in the bedroom department! The problem is this: How on God's green earth did this guy even get to talk to these women, let alone get them to marry him? There is no way they would even give him the time of day in a bar, let alone sleep with him. Did he come on with, "Hey Babe, I am the master of an obscure sexual technique which I guarantee is going to give you multiple orgasms beyond your wildest dreams, just sleep with me to find out!" Yeah right! Like that is ever going to happen in this lifetime! All in all it was a cute episode and speculation on the Venus Butterfly technique was rampant for weeks (in the pre-internet days).

  • Michael said at the end of this episode that his father would be moving to L.A., which meant he would have been seen in the next season but he wasn't.

  • A Martinez's character, Daniel Morales, says he had a private practice in Santa Barbara. Martinez played Cruz Castillo on the NBC soap opera, Santa Barbara.

  • Gwen comments to Daniel that his daughter, Lucy, will be safe with her grandma in Santa Barbara. Daniel is played by A Martinez, who had previously played Cruz Castillo on the soap opera "Santa Barbara".

  • Jayne Brook and Alan Rosenberg would both go on to star on CBS's Chicago Hope.

  • On Sept 30 1993, one week before this episode aired, Fox Network's Animaniacs aired a parody of the show called "La La Law". The animators included non-speaking characture cameos for three of the characters ... Dot Warner pounces and kisses Sifuentes, Yakko Warner chases Grace Van Owen around a desk and jumps into her arms, and Benny uses Wakko Warner as a Xerox machine.

  • This is Michael V. Gazzo's last acting role.

Allusions (5)

  • Episode Title: House of the Rising Flan The title refers to the 1964 Animals' hit song, "House of the Rising Sun."

  • Jill Eikenbrrry does not appear in this episode.

  • The title of this episode refers to Ralph Kramden's catchphrase "Bang! Zoom! Straight to the moon!" on The Honeymooners.

  • "Maggie's Farm":
    "Maggie's Farm", the name of the slaughterhouse in this episode, is also the name of a famous Bob Dylan song.

  • Episode title: Parody of the title of the Patti Page song "How Much is That Doggie in the Window?".