Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 24

Deep End of the Poole

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 02, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Deep End of the Poole
Name partner Edwin Poole returns from a mental institution to Crane, Poole and Schmidt, ready to jump back in, but Shirley has reservations when he decides to sue a candy company. An A.D.A. with a grudge against Alan brings charges, accusing him of advising his client to flee when a guilty verdict was inevitable. Meanwhile, Brad and Denise decide where to take their relationship.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Crane, Poole and Schmit!

    Welcome back to Edwin Poole! I wish he had starred more often in these, he was absolutely brilliant in this episode, full of laugh out loud moments! He gets the firm into trouble my taking the case of a fat man suing a cooking company, slowly getting Shirley on board. At the end, Shirley tells him he needs to go back to the hopsital. Its a shame, because I think having Poole around is a great bonus- I suppose the firms only big enough for one person though, and thats Denny.

    Speaking of which, his closing was brilliant in Alan's trial as hes arrested for "misplacing" the client during his case with Jerry. The whole case was good, but the closing took the biscuit! The balcony scene was one of the best yet too.

    Brad and Denise wasn't as interesting as the other stories, but it made for a fairly decent C-plot- especially the friends with benefits bit at the end.

    Overall- superb. Simple as.moreless
  • Edwins back!

    Its been a while since we've seen Edwin but he is still as crazy as ever! This time he sues a company for making a man fat! But all does not go as Shirley would like when she is unable to dimiss the case. Meanwhile Alan gets put on trial when they find the man who fled from the courtroom a few episodes before. Luckily Danny gives a great closing an saves Alan. Overall i thought this was a great episode. Edwin was fantastic he should be in the show more. If Edwin is so crazy why isn't Denny inside too?moreless
  • the law catches up with Alan and he resorts to Denny's form of nincompoopery to save the day. Also Edwin Poole comes back and is supposedly clinically sane although his actions prove otherwise.moreless

    I was actually hoping that the 'telling Mr Mckabe to run' thing would come and bite Alan a lot later than that but oh well they handled the story quite admirably. This was a moderately good episode, it showed that Denny can still be surprising on the courtroom floor, and put Alan in the shows of a defendant which disarmed him more than I expected. I hope that D.A. doesn't disappear I think he is quite a good adversary for Alan. That judge is getting to be a little overused, but I think he's still good for a little more shtick.

    The Edwin Poole and Shirley Schmidt story line was very very good, although I hope this isn't the last we see of Poole for a while it's good to bring him around more often, his name is on the door after all and he makes Denny look a lot less mad-cowish. KI like the thought of court cases lasting more than one episode like Shirley's case against the sugar manufacturer will since it makes the show seem a lot more realistic and sometimes these big cases need more than just a portion of an episode, also I want to see Shirley spar more with that horrid woman with the eyebrows, that's entertainment.

    Note: Don't forget to watch next week everyone Parker Posey Guest stars, I'm SO excited, she's just hilarious.

Annabelle Gurwitch

Annabelle Gurwitch

Attorney Vivian Marino

Guest Star

Allan Louis

Allan Louis

Ande Mkeba

Guest Star

Frank Payne

Frank Payne

Phil Mickle

Guest Star

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Melissa Hughes

Recurring Role

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Jerry Espenson

Recurring Role

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Judge Robert Sanders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Brad: You lecture me on not being able to express my feelings. Meanwhile, you keep yours bottled up like one of Denny's kidney stones.
      This quote is a reference to William Shatner's kidney stone in real life, which he bottled and sold for charity on eBay.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Alan: There was a day when all you had to do was say your name.
      Denny: That's still all I do.
      Alan: Denny, I find in life - and I know you must - that craft doesn't matter so much if one is a big enough star. You've spend your entire life getting away with who and what you are, because you're a star.
      Denny: Big star! I blow solar flares out of my ass.

    • Judge: Mr. Shore, you are the defendant. I don't wanna hear another poop out of you. How do you plead?
      Alan: Not guilty by reason of the district attorney's insanity.
      Judge: All right, then. We'll schedule... (pause) That's not a real plea!
      Alan: Not guilty, then.

    • Detective: We're looking for Alan Shore, please.
      Melissa: Alan! Men with guns... again. It wasn't me!

    • Denny: Oh, my God! Edwin Poole.
      Edwin: Denny Crane.
      Denny: Name on the door.
      Edwin: Mine too!
      Denny: Crane...
      Edwin: Poole and...
      Shirley: Schmidt!
      Denny: Man, you look great. Still mental?
      Edwin: Over it. You?
      Denny: Never. Mad cow. Denny Crane.
      Edwin: Edwin Poole.
      Denny: Crane...
      Edwin: Poole and...
      Shirley: Schmidt!

    • Edwin: Shirley, this is for you.
      Shirley: What is it?
      Edwin: It's a signed, certified letter from New Beginnings stating that I am 100% mentally healthy.
      Shirley: How lovely. You had it framed. That would make you the only certifiably sane person here.

    • Phil: I don't wanna sue.
      Edwin Poole: Stop making it about you. I need to sue. I need to make money for this firm. For that, I need a victim.
      Phil: But I'm not a victim.
      Edwin Poole: Of course you are, Paul...
      Phil: Phil...
      Edwin Poole (completely ignores him and continues): You're gigantic! Something has gone amiss here. People simply do not grow this large. For God's sake, you need to blame somebody. This is America!

    • Vivian: Did you see the calorie count? Were you able to perform basic math?
      Phil: I was addicted, Thin Mint!
      Shirley: All right...
      Vivian: Let the record reflect that he called me FOOD - a cookie, no less.

    • Judge Sanders: Mr. Shore! The court instructed you not to poop!

    • A.D.A. Kupfer: Mr. Shore, one day I hope to speak at your funeral.

    • Denny: Are we setting a bad example? I shoot people.
      Alan: I bribe them.
      Denny: We drink.
      Alan: Smoke.
      Denny: I'm unfaithful.
      Alan: Not to me.
      Denny: Never to you.
      Alan: We're not setting examples, Denny. We're just being true to who we are.
      Denny: Who are we?
      Alan: Denny Crane.
      Denny: Alan Shore.
      Alan: Leaders of men.
      Denny: With bull's eyes on our asses.

    • Judge: (to Denny, about Alan) What's going on here? Last week, he was in here defending you.
      Denny: Yes, judge. He gets me off, I get him off.
      Alan: We're flamingos.
      Denny: Don't ask, don't tell.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Denise compares Brad to Buzz Lightyear, a character from the animated classic, Toy Story. Lightyear is known for his bravery and courage. He believes that following rules are the way people should live their life. Though a great leader, at times he can be rather unemotional, one of his biggest character flaws. Buzz is also trained in several forms of martial arts and is a highly skilled warrior in hand to hand combat.

    • Denny: Don't tell me you turned Quisling.
      Vidkun Quisling was the leader of Norway during WWII. He gave control of Norway over to Hitler. His name has since become a synonym for traitor.