Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 1

Head Cases

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2004 on ABC
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Head Cases
When name partner Edwin Poole shows up to a staff meeting without pants, visiting attorney Brad Chase is asked to stay on at the Boston branch of Crane, Poole & Schmidt to keep Denny Crane in check. Lori's case involving one of the firm's most important clients turns ugly when it turns out the man his wife is sleeping with is Denny. Alan takes on the case of a young black child who was turned away from playing the part of Annie, allegedly due to the color of her skin.moreless

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  • The crazy, sexy, gossiping world of Crane, Poole and Schmidt...

    This series is by second favourite T.V show, behind the greatness that is House.

    I thought this was a perfect season opener, and I forgot how much I enjoyed the episode until I re-watched it. Bizarrely, I only caught Boston Legal on a relevantly unheard of channel called FTN in England, midway through Season 2, so I watched all of Season 2 before starting on this one! Nevertheless, I thought it was a fantastic opening. Not seeing the Practise, I thought Alan Shore was a fantastic creation, and James Spader delivers his lines perfectly. Also Denny was hilariously funny, although, after watching Series 2, it was bizarre to see him "not quite so insand" (despite him sleeping with a client's wife!).

    I also thought the characters of Lori and Brad were welcome additions, whilst Tara and Sally added a quite sexy feel. The plots and subplots were all interesting, and the lines, humour and banter were fantastically delivered and written.

    Overall, this was a simple yet excellent introduction to life at the crazy law firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt.moreless
  • review.

    This is a great first episode of Boston Legal the cast is likeable the actors bring them to life well the cases are good as well the set of Boston Legal looks way better then the one they used as Denny's office on The Practice the in firm stories are great and not dull the new carters are great and funny when they need to be on the show over all the episode moves a great pace and is not slow at all which makes it even more better my over all rating for this episode is 9.4 the very endmoreless
Lisa Kaseman

Lisa Kaseman

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Guest Star

Jadzia Pittman

Jadzia Pittman


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Kevin Owers

Kevin Owers


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Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

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Rebecca Lin

Rebecca Lin

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the last several episodes of The Practice, there was a wall with no windows behind Denny Crane's desk in his office. In Boston Legal, there is a huge window behind his desk.

    • When Rev. Al Sharpton makes a reference to "Little Orphan Annie" as being only 50 years old, he is incorrect. The comic strip first appeared around 1924; the musical in 1977.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (10)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: September 7, 2010 on JOJ

    • Rhona Mitra (Tara Wilson), William Shatner (Denny Crane) and James Spader (Alan Shore), held the same role on The Practice.

    • The offices of Crane, Poole and Schmitt have undergone re-decorating and redesign in the months since its appearance on The Practice. Instead of the cold, enclosed dark colours that were prevalent, it is now light gray and red with glass walls and balconies.

    • Rene Auberjonois and William Shatner also appeared in the December 6, 1991 movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Colonel West and James T. Kirk respectively. Even though the majority of Rene's scenes were edited out, they were put back in for the video and DVD release.

    • Re-aired on Tuesday, August 9th at 10 PM, its new timeslot for the 2005-2006 schedule.

    • Though they were set 100 years apart, Rene Auberjonois and William Shatner both starred in Star Trek. William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek and Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. They did, however, appear together in the classic and extremely well edited episode of DS9, "Trials and Tribble-ations". Shatner did not actually appear modernly but the producers used archive footage from the original series.

    • Although Vince Colossimo was part of the cast during the show's run on The Practice as Matthew Billings, he was let go for unknown reasons.

    • Although Rebecca DeMornay was part of the cast during the show's run on The Practice as Hannah Rose, she was let go due to the fact that audiences did not like her character.

    • This show was introduced during the last few episodes of The Practice.

    • This episode marks a tradition with Denny and Alan having a cigar on a balcony at the end of the episodes.