Boston Legal

Season 5 Episode 3

Dances with Wolves

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Denny is once again arrested, this time after shooting a mugger three times in self-defense. Wanting to improve his chances at becoming partner, Jerry helps Carl in defending him.

Meanwhile, Alan begins to question his attitudes and feelings towards women when he helps his friend Joanna, a sex surrogate, fight her husband who wants sole custody of their daughter.moreless

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  • Denny and Jerry are out at a bar discussing Jerry's partnership in the firm when they are mugged in the parking lot. Denny pulls a gun and shoots the assailant. Of course he is arrested and put on trial. Alan helps a Sex Surrogate keep her daughter.moreless

    Another interesting story from Boston Legal. It was almost too obvious that Denny was trying to be found guilty. One, he asked Jerry to close. Two, he had seven or eight guns on him when he knew they were coming to arrest him. Finally three, he wanted the case to go to trial and did nothing to stop it.

    It was funny how Jerry realized this and followed his lead. The policeman was also funny in that he had to admit he didn't want to arrest him because Denny had caught a dangerous criminal they had been chasing for a while.

    Now on to the more serious case. I really like Jane Lynch as an actress. I think I have enjoyed every guest appearence I have seen her do. She is great as the Psychiatrist on Two and a Hal men for instance.

    It was a little creepy that Alan had been a patient of hers and now he was defending her. Also he has been getting worse in his behavior toward woman (if that's possible?). She was spot on in her assessment of his behavior. He really needs to get control of himself if he is going to continue functioning as an attorney. The judges seem to have less and less patience with him regarding his attitude.

    In the end both cases are won but I agree with Denny that there is no way that jury finds him not guilty. He wins even when he shouldn't! Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Jerry & Denny finally bond. Only in America - Sweet land of Liberty Valance!

    Brilliant .. just an attempted mugging (and you had to shoot him 3 times!) - we also get a serious case of which parent is best to bring up a child. However the main emphasis is on Denny & Jerry versus the legal system, the onscreen chemistry between Sack,Denny and Jerry is brilliant, sheer comic genius. I'm no expert on gun culture and gun law in the States but this episode is both pro and anti gun in the same amounts - and it doesn't try to trivialise it either - just makes a few knowing comments. I do hope this is not the last series - I think Shatner & Spader have a few more meaningful Scotch & Cigar moments!moreless
Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Joanna Monroe

Guest Star

Pamela Adlon

Pamela Adlon

Attorney Emma Path

Guest Star

William Russ

William Russ

A.D.A. Christopher Palmer

Guest Star

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Jury Member: We the jury find the verdict in favor of the defendant.
      Denny: I can't lose anything.

    • Alan: We have more and more women proudly declaring to their friends over coffee, "I'm a Milf at my kid's high school". M-I-L-F. Mother I'd Like to fff... forgiving me for speaking this way in court.

    • (About the charges against Denny)
      Shirley: Do you want to get off or not?
      Denny: My place or yours?

    • (About Denny's arraignment)
      Alan: I'm on my way.
      Shirley: He doesn't want you, Alan.
      Alan: Excuse me?
      Shirley: He thinks you're too anti-gun.
      Alan: Oh. Did he say who he did want?
      Shirley: Angelina Jolie. But that's not going to happen.

    • Denny: Alan, you and I are the last people who could be called sexist. We love women. All women. Even the fat ones. Hell, sometimes I even prefer the fat ones.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Episode title: Dances with Wolves is a reference to the movie of the same name both starred and directed by Kevin Costner in 1990. In the movie Lt. John Dunbar (Costner), is exiled to a remote western Civil War outpost where he befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.