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Boston Legal

Season 5 Episode 2

Guardians and Gatekeepers

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 2008 on ABC
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Episode Summary

When Denny faints in the lobby of Crane, Poole & Schmidt, Alan helps him take on the drug companies that contributed to his critical condition.

Meanwhile, Carl helps Shirley's granddaughter Marlena who once again finds herself in legal trouble after voting in the presidential primaries, and Jerry and Katie defend a young girl who was raped in a private prison.moreless

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  • Shirley's granddaughter is arrested for under age voting and Carl must defend her in court. Jerry and Katie deal with a rape case that occurred in a private prison. When Denny faints almost dead away he gets Alan to sue the drug companies for damages.moreless

    I thought last weeks episode involving Big Tobacco was much more effective. Not that the drug companies should get off scott free but the arguments don't hold the same weight. We'll see how this works out going forward.

    The rape case seemed a little contrived in the courtroom procedure. Jerry got a little to carried away in his cross examination. He is almost belligerent where Melvin the plaintiffs attorney was smarmy but not belligerent. Katie's argument was OK but didn't have the kick I thought to bring that kind of judgment.

    Shirley's granddaughter Marlena is a little out of the box. You have to admire her spunk but at the same time she acts sort of stupid for being so smart. This was an interesting case though and Carl's part was well done and I always enjoy the judge that tried that decision.

    The scene at the end with Denny and Alan was better than last weeks because it had some genuine emotion and humor to it. Denny, "Of all the women I've loved and have loved me. Who would have believed Alan Shore was my Prince Charming?"

    Not as good as last week overall though. Thanks for reading...moreless
Don McManus

Don McManus

A.D.A. John Lennox

Guest Star

Francesca P. Roberts

Francesca P. Roberts

Judge Jamie Atkinson

Guest Star

Bradford English

Bradford English

CEO Michael Ryder

Guest Star

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Recurring Role

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Judge Victoria Peyton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • [Warning, spoilers for final episode!]

      Alan and Denny's conversation on the balcony at the end of the episode, prefigures a lot of the events of the series finale:

      Alan You know, if we are thinking of it as our last year, we need to think of how best to go out.
      Denny Fishing for sure.
      Alan For sure.
      Denny Supreme Court, gotta go back.
      Alan Scalia misses me.
      Denny Of all the women I have loved, and been loved by, whoever would have believed that Alan Shore would be my prince charming.
      Alan Let no man tear asunder. Denny Till death do us part.

      (Following a return visit to the Supreme Court, Alan and Denny go to Nimmo Bay and are married, according to Massachusetts law, by Justice Scalia.)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Shirley: (regarding Marlena) Surely, you think she should settle this case.
      Carl: Surely, I don't. Shirley.

    • Jerry: Mr. Palmer likes to say attacked. Attack's a nice word. Our troops attack, for example. Troops are good. Attack's a good word. Much better than, say, rape. Which is ugly. Which is what happened to my client.

    • Jerry: When we say for-profit, how much profit are we talking about?
      Melvin: Objection, relevance?
      Jerry: I'd simply like to explore whether the savings afforded them a better opportunity to, say, prevent the 15-year-olds from getting raped.
      Melvin: Objection, that's inflammatory!
      Jerry: Rapes are an inflammatory thing. Mel, don't you agree? Two pops for yes.
      Judge Atkinson: Mr. Espenson.
      Jerry: Sorry, Judge, I'm a chip off the old hoot. Exactly how much moolah do you make?
      Defendant: We made about $350 million this past year.
      Jerry: That's kind of a lot! Don't you agree, Mel? One pop, three if you love me.

    • Katie: What's really nauseating is he's good. They jury seem to be with him.
      Jerry: He's very good. But we'll get him. Wait 'til I get that defendant on the stand. He's muffin. (Katie looks at him quizzically) I mean toast.

    • Alan: Sue the drug company?
      Denny: They almost killed me, you heard the doctor.
      Alan: Even so.
      Denny: How 'bout I sue the one that markets 16 of the 42 prescriptions I was taking.
      Alan: Denny, the question would be how could they predict you'd eat them like jellybeans.
      Denny: Alan, have you seen the television ads?
      Alan: Yes, I've seen them.
      Denny: They list off the side-effects like they're reading the telephone book. The benefits get all the bells and whistles. They nearly killed me. I wanna sue. Let's get 'em.

    • Denny: Toxic shock?
      Dr. Harris: Your blood puts a lot of drugs in your system. How many medications are you on?
      Denny: I don't know, 30 or 40?
      Alan: What???
      Dr. Harris: 30 or 40?
      Shirley: My God!!!
      Denny: Is that a lot?
      Dr. Harris: Why are you taking them?
      Denny: I don't know. You name it. Acid reflux, weak stream, restless leg, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel, memory, cholesterol, blood pressure-
      Dr. Harris: Whoa whoa whoa. These drugs can interact.
      Denny: No, I keep them in separate bottles.
      Shirley: Do they make one for common sense?
      Dr. Harris: Where the hell are you getting your medical advice?
      Denny: Television.
      Alan: Television?
      Shirley: For God's sake, Denny!
      Denny: What? They wouldn't advertise if it wasn't safe.
      Dr. Harris: Mr. Crane, you very nearly died. You're lucky you didn't die.
      Denny: Really? Oops.

    • Katie: You're disgusting.
      Melvin: You know, Missy...I get that a lot. I'm actually okay with it, which is something you might consider. I mean, who wants to subject that poor girl to a disgusting lawyer who's willing to tear her up and do, perhaps, irreparable psychological damage. I certainly don't want that. Do you?

    • Mathis: I'm sorry. You did go to law school, right?
      Alan: Actually, I bought my degree on the internet. What's your point?

    • Shirley: Did you just call me a former suffragette?
      Marlena: ...Aren't you?
      Shirley: How old do you think I am?
      Marlena: I don't know, eighty?
      Shirley: Please, leave now. And take the window, it's faster.

    • Denny: Well, well, well, well, well. Yum.
      Marlena: Okay, serious ick.
      Shirley: Denny, you remember my granddaughter Marlena?
      Denny: Oh. Clearly, you're as hot as granny. Are you as nasty?

  • NOTES (1)