Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 13

Dumping Bella

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 2007 on ABC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Denny: Imagine people looking out their windows and seeing Dick Cheney and Shirley Schmidt dancing on the balcony.
      Alan: Well, if they're regular viewers, they know by now that anything goes.

    • Paul: What's it like being Shirley?
      Alan: The thong is a little uncomfortable. (Paul's eyes widen as he looks downward at Alan's torso.)

    • Paul: Denny, it's supposed to be somebody you admire.
      Denny: (dressed in camo hunting garb, shotgun over his shoulder) Anybody who can blast his friend in the face and get him to take the rap for it is my kind of citizen!

    • Denny: Alan, you've got to help me dump Bella. I'm not good when it comes to breaking up with women. I'm too soft.
      Alan: Denny, you shoot people!
      Denny: I thought of that, but that would be illegal. Except in Florida.

    • Denise: You can assume that any sex I'm having is safe, not that I'm having any separate and apart from you.
      Brad: Are you sleeping with somebody else from this office? I'll not be made a fool of. Are you sleeping with somebody else from this office?
      Denise: If you no longer want to sleep with me, that's fine. I'll miss it, but I'm not answering these questions.

    • Denny: Shirley, Shirley, when the woman is unhappy, the man is rarely satisfied. I'll let you play with my gun. (leeringly)
      Shirley: Your gun goes off too prematurely for me, Denny. It always has.

    • Denny: I'm about to drop the big one for the little one.

    • Brad: Could I get you to put your tongue back in your mouth there, soldier?
      Alan: Thank goodness we have you, Brad, to keep track of our tongues. Would you like a list of the places mine has been this week?
      Brad: Perv.

    • Denny: It's gonna get ugly, Shirley.
      Shirley: Denny Crane ugly.
      Denny: Hmm-mm.

    • Vanessa: I'm sure it's a long, very complicated answer, but what is your problem?
      Alan: (chuckles) You're right. It's a long...very complicated answer.

  • Notes

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: October 29, 2010 on JOJ

    • When Denny and Alan are dancing on the balcony dressed as Cheney and Shirley (respectively), Alan says "Well, if they're regular viewers, they know by now that anything goes."
      This is another example of this show breaking the fourth wall.

  • Allusions

    • Alan: Shirley, we've been instructed to chose somebody we admire. That leaves you and Dog the Bounty Hunter.

      He refers to the TV show Dog the Bounty Hunter, which is a series revolving around Duane "Dog" Chapman and his crew trying to capture criminals.

    • The fictional C.O.T.A. is an allusion to P.E.T.A. (People for Ethical Treatment of Animals), an organization known for using demonstrative tactics similar to the blue paint applied to Bella in this episode.