Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 3

Catch and Release

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 17, 2004 on ABC
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Catch and Release
A client of Crane, Poole & Schmidt want to build a shopping mall on an area where salmon are spawning and Denny’s son is the environmental lawyer defending the area. Alan and Lori take a sexual harassment case and learn that Christine, whom he recently helped get released from a mental institution and who he now fears is stalking him, is opposing counsel. Sally has her first trial case where she defends a man who is accused of stealing a wallet.moreless

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  • Strong Episode.

    I thought this episode carried on the strong start to Season 1, although I found that it didn't quite carry on from where the last episode left off, with Alan being quite scarily stalked by his ex girlfriend who had tried to kill him.

    Nevertheless, how they incorperated the storyline was good, and I loved how well they did that case, especially with the scenes between Alan and Lori- they have quite some chemistry,

    I also liked Sally's case, and the urban legend story she conjured up to win her first case- it was a good bit of writing, and the storyline was very well written.

    The best case this episode, however, was Denny's case against his son- his son is a classic lawyer, and I loved how Donny and Denny kept saying their names! Alan and Denny's discussion at the end was also good- as a person who watched the second series first, I miss the regular balcony scenes. The relevation that Donny wasn't Denny's son was also unexpected and gave a good scope for the episode.

    Overall, a very enjoyable episode, but certainly the weakest so far.moreless
Lombardo Boyar

Lombardo Boyar

Ramone Valasquez

Guest Star

Steven Anderson

Steven Anderson

Walter Seymore

Guest Star

Christopher Carroll

Christopher Carroll

Judge Bickell

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

Recurring Role

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Judge Resnick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Alan: Trust me?
      Sally: I do.
      Alan: And because you trust me, you'll believe what I'm about to tell you.
      Sally: I will.
      Alan: That's all it is.
      Sally: All what is?
      Alan: Trial law... Getting the jury to trust you so they'll believe what you tell them.
      Sally: Really?
      Alan: Sincerity, Sally. Once you learn to fake that, there'll be no stopping you.

    • Denny: Is it a score? Was I not there enough?
      Donny: Were you not there enough? Dad, I haven't seen you in 15 years.
      Denny: I may not have had the time to give that most dad's had, but I thought I was giving you something more important…money.

    • Walter: There's eye-witness testimony from the victim, a positive I.D and pictures.
      Paul: How do you plan to precede now Sally?
      Sally: Um…my client wants to testify.
      Paul: And say what?
      Sally: Um…that he's innocent.

    • Brad: We've offered several decent compromises.
      Paul: And?
      Brad: He just keeps saying his name.

    • Paul: Denny, the lawyer who got the T.R.O…
      (Denny looks at him)
      Paul: On the Caneb Construction project…
      Denny: Ah, pay him out Paul. Give him a bottle of scotch and some money to buy some more bus bench ads.

  • NOTES (2)


    • In the last scene of this episode Denny Crane is out on the office balcony with Alan Shore discussing that day's cases. Denny says "You don't think she'll go Glenn Close on you?" Alan says "No". They were referring to the movie Fatal Attraction where Glenn Close's character gets so obsessed with Michael Douglas's character that she would stop at nothing to get him back.