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Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 4

A Whiff and a Prayer

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on ABC
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A Whiff and a Prayer
Denny's strong conservative values are put to the test when the firm represents a Democratic congressman who refused to keep a promise to his supporters. Alan tries to forget about Tara as he prepares to defend Catherine who is on trial for murder. Meanwhile, Sara is given a bizarre ultimatum.moreless

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  • Excellent episode

    I really loved this episode. I am a big fan of Catherine Piper, and I thought her trial was brilliant in this episode. Her and Alan have a good friendship.

    Denny and Alan's friendship was also brilliantly written in this episode, as its so often is. Their conversation while Denny was fishing in the sewer was touching, and I loved the site of them walking at the end.

    Denny's trial was in itself entertaining- it brought a lot of laughs, especially his closing argument. It was very entertaining.

    The priest returning to blackmail Sara was also entertaining- there were some very funny moments brought by the pair of them.

    Overall- a balance of humour, touching moments and drame- and making all the plots as entertaining as each other- a rare treat in a Series.moreless
  • Really enjoyed this one.

    So Tara is offically gone. Poor Alan is stil trying to get over her leaving. So Denny tries to help him. Meanwhile Alan is up in court defending Catherine on her murder charge. Alan wins the case narrowly but he shares a hug with Catherine for the first time. Also Denise and Shirely argue in court for the use of weapons in America, and they recieve a little help from Denny as he brings in a musket into the courtroom. Overall really liked the episode. It was not quite as good as the previous episode but it still help me. Can wait to see the next episode.moreless
  • You can't send Rose to jail, well.......what would the girls think of Alan Shore. The gen segment was Very, Very Good! Definitely good writing, kinda surreal, but point brought home when Denny Crane shot up courtroom. People kill people not guns, only amoreless

    Poor Alan, Tara is gone, take a moment.........................Ok, moving on. He was great defending the old bitty lol lol. The new female lawyer don't like her she is too ditzy. On the other hand her two assistants are great in their roles. Get rid of her and bring back the original bleach blonde, in the first season that didn't like Shore. She was good in her role. This actor is not believable, I don't care how good she does her lines. This is not her for that character, find a new person.moreless
  • Denny the frick Crane, ladies and gentlemen. Denny the frick Crane.

    Ah, at last the question arises as to Denny's secret fear, that he's no longer as great as he once was. A great episode for Shatner, especially the great look when Denny learns he's representing a Democrat. The stuff with the guns was a bit much but funny. While dressing up in the colonial outfit was over the top even for him, Denny's closing was absolutely brilliant and once again I'm struck by how I cannot picture anyone but Shatner in this role.

    Was surprised that in the murder trial, no one brought up the fact that it was Alan who got the killer off in the first place. Alan did do a great closing as well and Betty White was brilliant as always. Seeing them hug was a nice touch but I hope we see Betty going back to her biting comments on everyone soon.

    The pastor subplot was really unnecessary and dragged things down. But this was a Shatner show all the way and reminds us just why he's won two Emmys already and this one may just nab him a third.moreless
  • Denny Crane!

    This is a fine example of Boston Legal. Denny was funny and crazy all at the same time. Alan was brillant in the court room. And Betty White is a fine example of a great actress. I love the mad cow disease bit. I don't miss Tara at all but I do miss Monica Potter.
Kurt Fuller

Kurt Fuller

Reverend Donald Diddum

Guest Star

H. Richard Greene

H. Richard Greene

Judge Harry Hingham

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

Attorney Christopher Palmer

Guest Star

Betty White

Betty White

Catherine Piper

Recurring Role

John Thaddeus

John Thaddeus

Detective John Stephenson

Recurring Role

Lou Beatty Jr.

Lou Beatty Jr.

Judge Gordon Kolodny

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • While Alan is doing his closing (standing up in front of the jury) the camera switches back and forth between him and Catherine sitting down but after Alan says "mostly about humanity...and humanity isn't about" it shows Catherine sitting down next to Alan even though a second ago he was shown standing.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Shirley: I, I just wanted to say that you intermittently made sense in there and...
      Denny: You'll have sex with me. Come on. At least pet the musket.

    • Shirley: Awfully tiny cigar.
      Denny: It's the kind of cigar that goes along with our wimpy defense today.

    • Congressman Raymond Jacobs: May I ask, Denny, how do you feel about gun control?
      Denny: For Communists.
      Congressman Raymond Jacobs: What about banning assault weapons in the private sector?
      Denny: As soon as you say it's OK to ban assault weapons, my friend, even in the private sector, you make it easier to take guns away from hunting... then personal protection... soon the military and the police are without firearms.

    • Denny: When God strips you of your talent, He should at least have the decency to strip away the memory of having had it.

    • Denny: And I've decided for my New Year's resolution, I'm gonna remember that. What's your resolution?
      Alan: It's October.
      (Denny checks his watch)
      Alan: And that's a watch.
      Denny: October's not too late to make a resolution. You don't have any?
      Alan: Mine would be to appreciate my friends every single day and catch more fish.

    • Catherine: (to Alan Shore) Thank you. Baretta said that to his attorney. It brought him luck.

    • Catherine: I thought you'd be better.
      (said to Alan Shore after he had just finished his closing argument in her defence)

    • Alan: Humanity is about compassion, even forgiveness.

    • Prosecutor: Law and order isn't simply something found on television four nights a week.

    • Denny: I still am Denny Crane.

    • Denny: I wish I was never great...
      Alan: Because...
      Denny: ...because I remember.

    • Denny: I can't be sure, but in the middle I think I actually felt smoke coming out of my ass.

    • Alan Shore: Catherine, may I ask why would you seek to befriend this man?
      Catherine: Well, I felt at his core he wasn't evil. I also thought I could help him by introducing him to Jesus Christ, our Savior.
      Alan: Was he open to that?
      Catherine: Not terribly. He thought it would make him look like a bad Jew.

    • Denny: I heard about Tara. I feel you're hurt.
      Alan: What's most upsetting, Denny, is I don't hurt.
      Denny: So I don't have to hug you and tell you I'm there for you and all that crap?
      Alan: We can skip it.

    • Congressman Jacobs: Raymond Jacobs, you handled my first divorce 15 years ago. My wife's name was Lois.
      Denny: I remember.
      Congressman Jacobs: Why wouldn't you? You slept with her.
      Denny: Only after the divorce was final.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Prosecutor: Law and order isn't simply something found on television four nights a week.
      This is a reference to the NBC show Law and Order.

    • The whistled theme played as Denny Crane and Alan Shore walk down the street with their fishing poles is the famous theme from the classic television series The Andy Griffith Show. On that show, the theme was played as Andy Taylor walked with his young son Opie.

    • Episode Title: A Whiff and a Prayer
      Allusion to the classic 1944 movie A Wing and a Prayer.