Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 4

Change of Course

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 2004 on ABC
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Change of Course
Edwin Poole escapes from the psychiatric hospital and gets a criminal case where a man is tried for murdering a police officer and Lori is forced to help him. Alan defends one of the firm's biggest clients after she is caught stealing a scarf. Alan asks Sally to perform an unprincipled task that can help win his case but also destroy their relationship.moreless

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  • The darker side of Alan Shore.

    This was a brilliant episode, and certainly one of the best written so far. The humour and drama were spot on.

    We get to see the darker, more troubled side of Alan Shore (I didn't see him in The Practise). The way he acted was quite despicable but also addictive viewing. Alan clearly has some issues, and we can see that in his final scene with Sally, when the couple part ways. I think Alan did have a point- Sally isn't cut out for the nastiness of law. Nevertheless, its clear Alan is a troubled soul- his scenes with Paul were funny but tense.

    Denny, as usual, provided some good comic relief.

    Lori's case was also poignant, as she comes to care for a man who commited a horrible crime. Edwins admission in the episode also provided both laughs and good drama. Despite the clients guilt, I really began to feel for him at the end.

    Overall, this was a very strong episode, with a mix of brilliant drama, pollitically incorrect tactics and good humour- a brilliant forty minutes of television.moreless
Will Radford

Will Radford

Miles Tibbett

Guest Star

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Edwin Poole

Guest Star

David Kaufman

David Kaufman

Dr. Sam Karp

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: As Alan Shore explains to Miles Tibbet all the things he'll have to do to him, there is a shot of Alan from the back and right. The lip movement doesn't match the words said, namely: "By the time I'm done..."

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Sally: Do you care about me, Alan?
      Alan: I care a great deal for you. That's why I'm gonna give you some very sound advice. Run.
      Sally: What?
      Alan: This is a bad business. It is an often filthy, dehumanizing, mean-spirited job. I assure you I take no pleasure in it. It just comes easily to me. But... you... are not that way. So I suggest you think long and hard about whether you really wanna wake up every morning, with all the promise that morning conveys, and come here. Which I say to you... only because I care.
      Sally: You are such a liar, pretending that this stuff doesn't affect you. That you can just brush it off.
      Alan: I'm afraid I can.

    • Denny: Sally that was not a pleasant meeting. Typically when associates are unhappy, I give them a hug.
      Sally: I don't want a hug Mr. Crane.
      Denny: Okay. May I have one?

    • Warren: That's it? Two questions. That was your cross?
      Lori: I didn't have much to cross him with Warren.
      Warren: Then what was the point of your questions? Tell me that.
      Lori: I was trying to establish that you were coerced. The judge doesn't shock easily but maybe the jury does.
      Warren: Oh I see; you were going for shock value. Well maybe you could've really gone for it and asked three questions.

    • Brad: Feel free to mock me all you want but don't you dare ridicule our troops.
      Alan: Just so I'm clear, I should feel free to mock you.

  • NOTES (2)