Boston Legal

Season 4 Episode 4

Do Tell

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2007 on ABC
8.9
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Shirley is compelled to help an old friend of Denny who is discharged from the army for coming out publicly as being gay, but finds resistance from the judge for challenging America during war time. Meanwhile, Alan's "word salad" returns whenever Lorraine is around, and new associate Whitney Rome is thrown into a case involving a bullfighting child whose mother wants sole custody.moreless

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  • Do Tell

    7.0
    While the interaction between characters is as entertaining and laugh out loud funny as always, and it is entirely within Mr Kelly and the writers discretion to stretch the boundaries of common sense when it comes to jury verdicts, this episode seemed to go too far in its assertion of gay rights and the military. While the writers may wish that all gays in all walks of life be able to assert themselves and have everyone around them applaud their openness or pay the punitive cost, the real world does not operate that way. No four-star general is going to admit to being gay after hiding it for his entire career, losing his pension and benefits. While he may not be courts martialed today, he or she will still have the notoriety of having lied to enlist, committing a fraud all the years it was not allowed, and may or may not be discharged with something other than honorable. The military operates under a different set of ethics and laws for its personnel, one of the main being that a currently serving officer/enlisted person may not sue the government, the military, or protest the same. To insinuate in a television episode that this character's situation could, can or should be different is taking literary license to an unattainable altitude. Bravo to Mr Kelly and the other writers for their exceptional and consistent dialog between the characters and for bringing unusual cases to the forefront, but in some instances, fiction must be tempered with reality, even if it is in your own.moreless
  • Bullfighting, Don't ask Don't tell, a new lawyer, and Word Salad...what else could it be, Boston Legal!

    10
    This was an excellent episode, very well written and paced extremely well. It was also very funny, Alan's word salad never fails to elicit laughs, Denny's antics were spot on, and another use of double entendres and the nun-brilliant.



    The episode was rather thoughtful and showed a great deal of emotion between the characters. Denny is distraught, yet happy about Shirley's relationship with Carl Sack. Denny just never gives up hope that he'll be with Shirley again, and it seems he never will. It's rather touching, and funny when Denny's ravenous libido comes to the front.



    The interactions between Jerry and Katie are great. Katie comes across as a genuinely loving and caring woman. The actress who plays her is doing phenomenally and is a welcome addition to the show. John Larroquette is also a fine edition, he gets better every week.



    Alan is dealing with his own issues regarding Lorraine, he just goes to pieces when she is near, and his word salad begins to act up. The story that he shared with Denny was well presented, and was vintage Alan Shore. Denny's reaction was a riot and likewise, vintage Denny Crane. The cigar and scotch moments at the end of the show are some of my favorite moments, and this one was one of the best. It was well written, well acted, thoughtful, and funny.



    This was a great example of how wonderful this show can be. The talent is amazing on all sides of the camera. Well written, well directed, well acted-just TV at it's finest this episode.moreless
  • A gay military officer goes to Denny Crane and comes out of the closet, then asks to be represented in suing the Army for discharging him for being openly homosexual.

    9.5
    This was a very good episode (I'm going out of my way to review it because I would prefer to see it get a review). Though it was no surprise to see another form of anti-gay sentiment from Mr. Crane, it was a nice surprise to see Henry Gibson's ruling on it (he has a whopper of a speech at the end, boys & girls!). This was a very well-written, interesting episode that saw a (momentary?) resolution to the pursuit of feelings in two relationships: Jerry and that new British girl (who I can't recall the name of at this time) and Alan and Saffron Burrows' character (again, the name is escaping me - would you please stop changing the cast every time Fall comes around, David E. Kelley!!!). Though the show is entertaining enough (and I don't dislike Taraji P. Henson's character), I do miss Rene Auberjonois (Paul) and Constance Zimmer (Clarice). Still, nice to see Jerry on a regular basis, and I do love me some John Larroquette...



    Keep on keepin on!moreless
Sam McMurray

Sam McMurray

General Mark "Fitz" Fitzgerald

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Jessica Tuck

Jessica Tuck

Attorney Sheila Zale

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Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

JAG Schoenewics

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Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

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Roma Maffia

Judge Victoria Peyton

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