Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 9


Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 2005 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When the FBI's hands are tied with red tape, Brad helps Denise go undercover as a rogue agent in order to find a missing boy who is close to her heart. But when legal and ethical roadblocks appear, they must make some difficult decisions. Meanwhile, Denny's nonchalance regarding the use of firearms becomes a real concern for the other senior partners when he shoots a homeless man in the head with a paintball gun.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Shooting the homeless

    Another great installment this season. The kidnapping case was both dramatic and humourous, which is credit to the writers. I loved the bit with priest and the cat running off with his fingers! It was also good to play Brad as the hero- good character development, and perhaps an attraction between him and Denise.

    Denny shooting the homeless guy was funny- I loved the scene in the conference room, and Alan going against his friend. It was also touching to see him drop the case because he doesn't want to damage his friendship with Denny- quite remarkable. Denny going back on Larry King but surviving quite so well was also good character development, as this time he was in the wrong.

    Overall, another fantastic installment from Crane, Poole and Schmit- the Season just gets better and better.moreless
  • Great episode.

    In this episode Brad and Denise have to take the law into their own hands to get back a kidnapped child. Denise feels that the police are not going fast enough so they petend to be FBI officals and manage to get the information that way. But all does not go as planned when Brad cuts off a priests fingers with an axe, he was intending only to scare the preist to reveal the information that they need. But the priest puts out his hand and Brad cuts off the fingers. Anyway after they blackmail the priest into finding where the child is they tell the police and Brad is treated like a hero. This was a great episode. The Denny and Alan story was also quite good. As always i can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • The in and outs of law in Boston.

    I have to say, this episode was alittle lacking in something. Denny was hilarious, as always, Alan was his usual caring self, with matters that should count with all, but Brad playing FBI?

    That threw me for a loop. The way they worked in all angles of a child kidnapping was pretty good. When Brad cut the priests fingers off, I thought I was going to fall out of my chair. This show never fails to have me in stitches. Denny Crane. Denny Crane. I walk around the house for a whole day after watching this saying it. I have also told my husband thatI have mad cow disease. He is funny and Denny sleeping with Alan topped it off. Just another great episode for this wonderful show.moreless
  • More quality work.

    this episode was funny as hell. loved the chopping off of the fingers and everyone just standing there screaming. i thought the fbi agent that kept "not" giving them suggestions on how to "not" find the boy was great. i hope they don't let garrett and denise have a tryst. i still haven't warmed up to garrett yet, even less so for sara. i think he's a huge douche bag. maybe someday i'll like him, but not today. julie bowen's little squint and head move to the side drives me crazy. she is absolutely stunning. i almost forgot about denny and alan sleeping together. how good was that, denny tying himself to alan. then denny shooting that hobo right square between the eyes with that paint gun and then shooting alan by accident which reminded you of the time he shot up the office. great episode.moreless
  • Only this show could turn a missing child case into slapstick.

    I get the feeling there were some cuts in this episode regarding this man being a refugee from New Orleans. It still flowed well with the case against Denny and I greatly enjoyed the scene of Denny with Gracie Jane, especially Edwin's horrified reaction to it all. And the last scene of Denny and Alan talking about Katrina and the poverty line did make you think. As Alan says "37 million people. Wonder what would happen if they all decided to rise up?"

    Then we have the other part with Brad and Denise on the case of the child which at first seemed thrilling but then got into a truly bizarre sequence with the priest. Once again, Kelly goes a bit overboard with Brad cutting the man's fingers off (although the cat running off with one was funny to see).

    The actual investigation was interesting as it's nice to see Brad get some major face time again. He really seemed to enjoy playing the "bad cop" here and it'll be nice to see him dealing with the aftereffects next week.

    So overall not too bad an ep although it did get a bit much at times but managed to pull it together in a good way.moreless
Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

Special Agent Kevin Drummond

Guest Star

Richard Fancy

Richard Fancy

Father Michael Ryan

Guest Star

Dianna Miranda

Dianna Miranda

Helena Perez

Guest Star

Jill Brennan

Jill Brennan

Gracie Jane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Sara and Brad tell the FBI that a priest might know where the kidnapper is hiding. The FBI can't ask the priest or search the church office because the religious confessional is absolutely confidential, where in the medical or law profession there are some instances that require doctors and lawyers to inform the police or comply with the court.

    • William Shatner (Denny Crane) breaks character during the episode, saying to James Spader (Alan Shore) "I can act., you know. I won an Emmy."

    • Julie Bowen's character, Denise Bauer, speaks Italian during the phony arrest scene. Julie is fluent in Italian. She majored in Italian Renaissance studies at Brown University. She spent her junior year studying in Florence, Italy.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Randall: Denny Crane?
      Denny: Denny Crane.
      Randall: You shot me.
      Denny: I did.
      Randall: You the big lawyer?
      Denny: I am.
      Alan: What's going on?
      Randall: I could take you to court for assault, man.
      Denny: Sue me.
      Randall: But I'm willing to settle. Give me $100,000.
      Denny: Seems a little high. How about zip? Does zip work for you?
      Randall: I may be homeless, but I ain't stupid.
      Denny: My mistake.

    • Gracie: Gracie Jane.
      Denny: Denny Crane.
      Gracie: Gracie Jane.
      Denny: Are you making fun of me?

    • Denny: Here's a little secret. I know things. Don't tell.
      Alan: That secret seems unbelievably safe.

    • (Referring to the poor in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina.)
      Gracie: Maybe they couldn't get out. Maybe they thought the federal government might rescue them or, failing that, give a damn.
      Denny: How stupid is that?

    • Alan: You and Jane Fonda?
      Denny: Lest we forget Barbarella. Then she turned on me. Went red. They caught her in one of those communist bitch hunts.
      Alan: I think you mean witch hunts.
      Denny: No... I'm right on this one.

    • Alan: Denny, I could be wrong, but you might want to think about settling this.
      Denny: You're absolutely right. You could be wrong.

    • Shirley: There are two things that you should constantly be aware of. Your actions reflect on Crane, Poole & Schmidt. What's the other thing?
      Denise: You're Schmidt.

    • Denny: (to Alan) We're friends--and we're sleeping together!

    • Denise: (to Garrett) I could kiss you--but I won't.

    • Shirley: (to Denise and Brad) We are lawyers. We sue people. Occasionally, we get aggressive and garnish wages. We do not abduct.

    • Brad: Shock and awe, boys, shock and awe.

    • Denise: (eyes locked with Garrett) Garrett, I need do some research.

    • Denny (to Warren): Here's what you need to know about the practice of law, son. It all comes down to money.

    • Denny: You, kid.
      Garrett: Yes sir.
      Denny: Fix my tie. Get in the conference room. Sit there quietly. Pretend you know something. (to Sara) You, you know my name?
      Sara: Yes sir.
      Denny: Maybe someday I'll learn yours.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • Ryan Michelle Bathe (Sara Holt) departs from the show, without prior warning or knowledge as to why. The rest of the series continues as if she never existed.

    • Early summaries for the episode included the following: "Instead of suing, [the homeless man] wants [the firm] to represent him in suing the government for letting his wife die after the hurricane in New Orleans."

      Apparently, this storyline was cut from the episode for unspecified reasons. Perhaps ABC did not want another episode about Alan suing the government about a controversial matter.


    • Denny: Lest we forget Barbarella.
      Barbarella was a 1968 film starring Jane Fonda as young woman chosen to save the universe from a young scientist, Duran-Duran.

    • Joe Mannix is Brad's favorite television character. Mike Connors played the role on the Mannix series, from 1967 to 1975. The series was notable for its violence and for the frequent gunshot injuries suffered by Mannix. Brad uses the phrase "go Mannix" on someone to refer to the use of tough interrogation techniques.