Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 22

Guantanamo By the Bay

Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 08, 2007 on ABC
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Guantanamo By the Bay
Alan and Denny's political differences again come into play when they defend an innocent man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for 2 years.

Meanwhile, upset at the lack of humanity at his private practice, Jerry begs Shirley to give him back his old job, despite having held a knife to her throat the year before.moreless

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  • Alan takes case of WASP Brit who "claimed" to be tortured in Guantanamo getting away with this claim unchallenged as well as that detainees get routinely tortured in Guantanamo, as well as that Geneva Conventions apply to combatants without uniform.moreless

    In light of recent events in London and Glasgow, the remark made by Alan that assumed a doctor would be automatically ineligible for Guantanamo was made even more absurd given the knowledge, albeit obviously not of Boston Legal's writers, that Usama's second in command, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is the head al Qaeda doctor.

    I also thought Denny overdid the "Americans just don't care" line. Okay; so, we get it - the writers hate the war and anything related to it and Bush. But denigrating the most charitable nation on earth alla Michael Moore is gratuitous and unbecoming a show of Boston Legal's usual quality.

    Americans seem to want to distance themselves from America in order to be thought of as acceptable - good and decent people and they do it by knocking their own country to the point of beating a dead horse. The script was hackneyed.moreless
  • Excellently written, with a very important message.

    As this is a show review rather than a political message (I'll leave them to my 1million United messageboard on facebook) I shall simply say that I agree wholeheartledly with Alan's closing arguments surrounding Guantamino. People are so quick to jump on criticism as "unpatriotic" (both in the States and here in the UK) that it's quite frightening. The case was well handled and brilliantly written/acted.

    Jerry provided some great comic moments this week, and the opening tune had me in absolute stiches! I'm glad he was added (finally) as a permanent member of the cast- a definate welcome addition to one of my favourite characters!

    Overall, with Alan and Denny's case and Jerry's humour, Boston Legal again finds the correct balance between humour and drama that only it does so well.moreless
  • A good episode.

    Alan's back on the soapbox this week, once again fighting something about the Iraq war and war on terrorism in general. Once again, he acts in a way that would get a lawyer banned for life in real life. Once again, he is propositioned by a judge. Despite the repetitiveness, this was still an enjoyable episode. Jerry really needs to be added to the cast, he's my favorite character. Brad and Denise either need more screen time or just need to leave entirely. I really would like to see some stories with Paul. Whatever happened to his daughter in rehab? Well?moreless
  • This episode was just televised in Australia and very topical given the recent detention of Dr. Haneef.

    I loved Alan Shore’s speech about how the media does not pay attention to this important subject. And the hit out at the media for being obsessed with Paris Hilton and co.

    It seems that the only place subjects like these get highlighted is in popular TV series. They have a captive audience to air the views, but fairly they do show both sides.

    This episode was extremely well written and the humorous storyline of Jerry returning to the firm together with Denny helped to diffuse the seriousness of the Guantanamo storyline.

    Brilliant episode.

    I can’t wait for the next episodes and next season. It’s only getting better.moreless
  • I loved Jerry's song.

    This episode was fantastic. I am so glad that Jerry is back to work at Boston Legal. This is going to be so much fun to see him around the office for season 4. In this episode Alan and Denny defend an innocent man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for 2 years, and they try to get some justice for him.

    I also loved how Jerry had to go and say sorry to Shirley after he held a knife to her throat. I didn't think she would agree to have him back but she did. I also liked Denny's fears that Jerry would take Alan away from him. So nexgt week looks really good and i can't wait for that... Brad and Denise's wedding!moreless
Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

U.S. Attorney Mark Freestone

Guest Star

Leon Russom

Leon Russom

Colonel George Hegarty

Guest Star

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Judge Marianna Folger

Guest Star

Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady

Judge Gloria Weldon

Recurring Role

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Jerry Espenson

Recurring Role

Meredith Eaton

Meredith Eaton

Bethany Horowitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode features a unique opening credits sequence, with Jerry singing the Boston Legal theme song along with the actual music. A few character shots of the main cast are replaced by images of Jerry singing, continuing the scene from the teaser. One character shot of Candice Bergen is replaced by her character's reaction to Jerry's singing.

    • When Alan leaves Judge Folger's chambers, he puts a cushion on a chair with one of the corners sticking upwards. But in the next shot, the cushion's position changes to resting on its side.

    • Before the opening credits when Jerry is talking to Shirley, the position of documents on Shirley's desk change between shots.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Denny: Women.
      Alan: Can't live with them
      Denny: Can't take them quail hunting.

    • Alan: I realize that jurisdiction barriers are prohibitive. We don't let little things like the law stand in our way in this great country. The law for example recognizes the Geneva Convention, but we say the hell with it. The law has very strict regulations on domestic wire-tapping, we say the hell with it. The law says if you shoot someone with a shotgun mistaking him for a quail, you should call the police.

    • Jerry: (to Shirley) My hopes are so high, I have to do a higher hop just to see them!

    • Denny: This is America. Human rights are so yesterday here.

    • Denny: (to Bethany) Alright, don't tell me. Denny I never want to see you again... The little ones are the most unstable.

  • NOTES (2)