Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 4

Fine Young Cannibal

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 10, 2006 on ABC
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Fine Young Cannibal
Alan and Shirley defend a homeless man, on trial for eating his dead friend to stay alive, while Alan's pleas to Denny for permission to sleep with Shirley result in a bizarre contest. Meanwhile, Denny helps Bethany in her case against a ruthless HMO and Claire flirts with a key witness in the Judge Hooper murder trial.moreless

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  • The wrestling match and the Canibal- it can only be Boston Legal!

    Another brilliant episode to a brilliant series! Alan and Shirley, however, don't quite cut it for me regarding sexual tension! Spader is brilliant as Alan, as it Bergen with Shirley, and the two have excellent chemistry- but it just doesn't seem to work for me!

    That being said, it was brilliant seeing Alan and Denny's reaction, especially the proposed wrestling match! The wrestling match itself was hilarious, and can only be gotten away with on a show like this!

    Claire flirting with the creepy therapist was nicely done, as well as Paul scenes with Judge Hooper- I loved how they did that, and when they use Paul they do get a brilliant performance.

    Bethany's case was brilliant, especially with her being rattled but delivering the opening she did- it was really well done, and got a chance for Brad to do something useful- that exchange was just brilliant! It was nice seeing her and Denny as well.

    The canibal case seemed silly at first, but it was actually quite moving- and Alan's closing was one of the best yet. I really like the DA he went up against, and it really did make me laugh!

    Overall, another brilliant episode- after a weak premiere, the Season really is going strong. Cracking stuff.moreless
  • This was Boston Legal at its finest. The show focused on the talented Spader and Shatner.

    Fine Young Caniabel should serve as a reminder to what makes Boston Legal the fastest, funniest, and best acted series on television. This episode put the focus back on Shatner and James Spader. The episode put a perspective on the homeless and how they are mistreated in this country. James Spader, as usual gave an impassioned speech and it was indeed funny to see Shatner somewhat get his comeuppance by a midget he has the hots for. Boston Legal is at its best when it remembers it is a spoof of law and this was the best episode to date for season three. This show is still can\'t miss.moreless
Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Guest Star

Mark L. Taylor

Mark L. Taylor

Attorney Adam Jovanka

Guest Star

Thom Gossom Jr.

Thom Gossom Jr.

Judge Blake Winters

Guest Star

Betty White

Betty White

Catherine Piper

Recurring Role

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

Claire Simms

Recurring Role

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • (After Alan loses the wrestling match to Denny)
      Shirley: Five seconds?
      Alan: He cheated. You can't squat on the head.
      Shirley: Five seconds?
      Alan: Four, actually.

    • (Before their wrestling match)
      Alan: Shouldn't we pee in a cup first. I don't trust his testosterone levels.
      Denny: Mine's naturally high.

    • Alan: My friend, one of my goals in life is to go to all the places you've gone.
      Denny: Just don't go to Shirley. She's mine.

    • Alan: If I should ever like to drive your car...
      Denny: I toss you my keys.
      Alan: If I should ever need any money...
      Denny: My check is blank.
      Alan: Or need to pick your brain.
      Denny: My mind is blank.
      Alan: Anything. You have, or once did have, is there for me.
      Denny: Except for Shirley. Keep your root away from Shirley.

    • Alan: Denny I... Why do you have clothes pins on your ears?
      Denny: Personal.

    • Alan: Admit it Shirley, you're drawn to me like Eve to the Serpent. Take me home and help me stretch my coil.
      Shirley: Has that line actually worked?
      Alan: It's working now.

    • Bethany: He baited me deliberately.
      Brad: He did this because the book on you is your less effective when you lose your cool.
      Bethany: Oh, shut up.
      Brad: This is exactly the state of mind that he wants you in.
      Bethany: It was an offer made in bad faith. I should bring a motion for sanctions.
      Brad: That wouldn't make any difference.
      Bethany: Shut up.
      Brad: Shut up yourself.

    • Frank: No deal. He goes to jail. And tell your boy, between now and trial, he'd better not eat anyone else.
      Alan: Tell me, Mr-Vote-For-Me-Come-November, what if you lose this trial? Did that ever occur to you?
      Frank: Funny. It didn't.
      Alan: Perhaps it should.
      Frank: I would love to see how you can open this one... Shirley.

    • Frank: Knowing you, you'd probably plan to get up in the end and deliver some stirring closing like cannibalism is good, the world needs more people devouring each other.
      Alan: No, we already have enough of that.

    • (Bethany is nervous and breathing hard)
      Brad: (to Denny) She okay? She's panting like a dog.
      Bethany: (angrily) I heard that!

    • (Discussing a case concerning cannibals)
      Shirley: Because this case is disgusting, it's distasteful, it's repugnant...
      Alan: Everything I stand for.
      Shirley: I'll drive.
      Alan: Shirley, is this about getting in a room with me?
      Shirley: (sarcastically) Yes Alan, I went out and recruited a cannibal just to get close to you.

    • (Bethany is pinching Denny's ear)
      Denny: It's sexual this ear pinch.
      Bethany: Yes. Pinching the ear gives you blood flow. When's the last time you got that without taking a pill?

    • Bethany: (To Paul) What? You've never seen a smoking dwarf before?

    • (About Gracie Jane)
      Paul: Denny, you have got to gag this woman.
      Denny: I would love to.

    • Alan:
      Primetime wants you on during sweeps. They want you to eat Diane Sawyer.

    • Alan: Denny, what would you do if you met God?
      Denny: I'd take him fishing.
      Alan: Indeed.
      Denny: He'd probably want to wrestle me for Shirley.
      Alan: Indeed again.

    • Denny: The dwarf fainted.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: October 19, 2010 on JOJ

    • This episode contains a Star Trek: Deep Space Nine reunion. Rene Auberjonois (Paul Lewiston) and Armin Shimerman (Judge Brian Hooper) shared a scene together. Something that happened frequently in the Star Trek series as Odo and Quark, respectively. They even alluded that both Paul Lewiston and Judge Brian Hooper had a history together.

    • Although Katey Sagal (Barbara Little), Ashton Holmes (Scott Little) and Betty White (Catherine Piper) are credited in this episode, they do not have any lines to say and have approximately less than one minute of screen time.


    • Alan: Admit it, Shirley, you're drawn to me like Eve to the Serpent. Take me home and help me stretch my coil.
      This a reference to the Biblical story in the book of Genesis about the expulsion from Eden, in which Lucifer, disguised as a serpent, seduces Eve into eating the forbidden fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

    • Episode Title: Fine Young Cannibal
      An allusion to the 80's pop band Fine Young Cannibals, which in turn is named after the 1960 movie All The Fine Young Cannibals.