Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 12

Helping Hands

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Helping Hands
Alan finds himself all alone against the firm when he decides to defend Jerry Espenson from charges of attempted murder, torture and terrorist threats. Denise and Daniel Post get closer as Daniel second chairs a case against parents who are constantly harassing their daughter's teacher. Meanwhile, Paul is worried about the impact Denny's pending nuptials may have on the firm.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • "Wanting control but having very little of it."

    Another wonderful episode of this Season.

    Alan tries to defend Jerry for attempting to kill Shirley- theres something about Jerry which is so heart warming (he does become one of my favourite characters on the show), and I liked how Alan realised he had Aspergers. Shirley showing compassion was great also, and it really does show the depth of her moral character.

    Daniel Post returns this episode, and I liked the second chairing case with Denise- hes a very good lawyer! It was brilliant to see, but also quite sad. The scene with him and Denny was hilarious, and he has such good chemistry with Denise- the discussion in his bed and Denise looking for cancer cures was heart rendering.

    Denny provided some good entertainment as always- the scene with him and Alan dancing was brilliant! Nevertheless, the threat of his pending nupitals seem to be getting him into trouble- Paul and Denny are certainly clashing over it. The balcony scene was as rememberable as always- inclusing Alan's brief but enjoyable scene with Bev (who I have never been sure if I have liked).

    Overall, the Season continues its perfect streak. Utter brilliance.moreless
  • it's just a kind of touching,when talented guy get wrong method to handle his motive,when successful business man get deep to feel his emotion and help to the real society, when naughty old man get falling new spring love.moreless

    it's just a kind of touching,when talented guy get wrong method to handle his motive,when successful business man get deep to feel his emotion and help to the real society, when naughty old man get falling new spring love. Helping hands, yes helping or more insight with the sympathy,sincerity and humanity . that's always means and touching. i love this episode. also Michael J Fox has expressed me by his acting. and i guess if possible to enrich this character by adding some stuff , like his child, his initiate friends . hope to his recurring again. looking forwarding new.moreless
  • Poor Jerry.

    So Alan tries to defend hands. But Shirley makes it difficult for Alan to get him off the hook. Anyway Denise's relationship with Daniel grows and she tries a case with him. Meanwhile the firms partners are concerned about the possible repercussins of Denny's pending nuptials. I really thought this was a good episode. I can understand why Jerry snapped. In this episode he and Alan bond and become good friends. I also can understand where Shirley is coming from. So as usual i cannot wait for the next episode. Season 2 is coming up with some really great episodes.moreless
  • Would have been better if an official diagnosis was made.

    I thought that it was a good episode and as a person with Asperger\'s it was good that they promoted awareness of the condition. However I thought that the story was weak when the character of Jerry refused to get an official diagnosis, without this the person cannot be confirmed to have the condition thus weakening the storyline. That being said the condition was protrayed very well in my opinion.
  • Continued from last week's episode. This is a very good episode. Some very funny moments as well as some dramatic moments.

    I loved this episode. This was the second episode that I saw (the first one being last week's). There were a lot of funny parts and some sad parts. I loved the part at the beginning when Denny was singing with his fiancé Beverly. I thought that the short scene between Denny and Daniel Post was funny as well. Also, the scene where Denny and Alan Shore were dancing was hilarious ("I can't here you. Vietnamese wall."). And then there was the part at the end with Alan and Denny. This wasn't really funny, but it did show how strong their friendship was, when Alan said that Beverly makes Denny happy, and that's all he needs to know about her for him to like her.

    And then there was the part where Alan was representing "Hands." I thought this was a very good story. I loved when "Hands" didn't want to use the fact that he had Asperger's syndrome to win the case because it would mean that he would not be able to find a job as a lawyer ever again. And then at the end, Alan tried to get Shirley Schmidt to let "Hands" get help treating the Asperger's syndrome, saying that it would be the just thing to do, and she agrees.

    Finally, the reason I started watching last week. The story with Michael J. Fox, who plays the character Daniel Post. This week he gets more scenes than last week. I loved this story. In the last episode, his character was a greedy rich man, who started to show regret for what he did. In this episode, he helped Denise with the trial. He had some really great scenes in this episode. I loved the part in the courtroom when he and Denise were badgering the witness with all of the questions, and when the judge sustains the objection, they use it to say that nobody deserves to be badgered like that. I also love the scene at the end, when he stays in the courtroom just sitting there when everybody else is leaving. As usual, Michael J. Fox does a wonderful acting job.

    This, as well as the previous episode, was so good that I will continue to watch the show even after Michael J. Fox's guest appearances are done.moreless
Veronica Cartwright

Veronica Cartwright

Judge Peggy Zeder

Guest Star

Megan Gallagher

Megan Gallagher

Gigi Gering

Guest Star

Audrey Wasilewski

Audrey Wasilewski

Traci Carpenter

Guest Star

Michael J. Fox (I)

Michael J. Fox (I)

Daniel Post

Recurring Role

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Melissa Hughes

Recurring Role

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Jerry "Hands" Espenson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • The reggae song playing in the background during the final balcony scene is Three Little Birds from Bob Marley & the Wailers.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Denny dances around his office)
      Alan: (knocks) May I cut in?
      Denny: I'm practicing for my wedding. Come and join me.
      Alan: Why not?
      Denny: No, no, no, no. Not on the ones. It's not a mambo. It's a feeling, like a heartbeat. Ka-chung, ka-chung, ka-chung.
      Alan: Shut up and dance, mister.

    • Daniel: Daniel Post.
      Denny: Denny Crane.
      Daniel: I'm a client.
      Denny: I'm a partner.
      Daniel: CEO, Kreisberg-Pellum.
      Denny: My name's on the door.
      Daniel: I love the offices.
      Denny: Thank you. I love your hair.
      Daniel: I got a plane.
      Denny: Indeed?
      Daniel: Could use a little more color, though.
      Denny: I'll make a note. My fiancee sells office furniture.
      Daniel: Congratulations. I'd love to meet her.
      Denny: My club, Thursdays. They serve Reubens.
      Daniel: I'll take you flying. Oh, by the way, I'd like to try a case with Ms. Bauer over here.
      Denny: Why not? See you Thursday.
      Daniel: Thursday. (to Denise) That's what I do. I make connections. That's how we met, remember?

    • Bev: And why did you screw him?
      Shirley: I lost a bet.

    • Shirley: But understand that everyone at this firm is considered a witness. Don't expect anyone to help you -- or speak to you.
      Alan: And won't that make for a refreshing change...

    • Denny: So, do you like her yet ? You promised.
      Alan: I did. And I do.
      Denny: I thought you would. She has many fine qualities.
      Alan: She makes my friend smile, that's the only quality that matters.

    • Denny: Alan, Bev is the woman I've always dreamed of. An angel in the bedroom and a whore in the kitchen.
      Alan: I think it's the other way around.
      Denny: Not last night.

    • Denny: (to Paul) …I left Bev on simmer. She should be coming to a boil rather nicely now.

    • Denise: Have you ever actually tried a case?
      Daniel Post: No but I've always wanted to. Think of it as the Make-A-Wish foundation granting a dying kid his fantasies…if that kid were a rich guy in his forties.

    • Alan Shore: And good for you, you've enlisted the one prosecutor who's running for D. A. next year. Tell me how big was your campaign contribution? And is there a matching fund here at the firm we can all go in on?
      Shirley: It was sizeable, and speak to Kim in accounting.

  • NOTES (1)


    • When Paul says that Bev could become Denny's "Nancy Reagan", he is referring to the wife of the 40th U.S. President, Ronald Reagan. President Reagan suffered from alzheimer's, and in the 1980's when he was still president was believed by many to already be affected. Nancy Reagan was believed to have a tremendous influence on the president's policy decisions during the later years of his term.

    • Denny: It's not on the one. It's not the mambo. It's a feeling, a heartbeat. Ka-chang, ka-chang, ka-chang!
      Denny copies this scene from the movie Dirty Dancing, (1987 with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey) where Johnny tries to teach Baby to dance, but she steps on the one forcing them to start over and over.

    • During Shirley's time on the witness stand, Alan mentions she's "a bit of a low talker." This is an exact reference to the Season 5 episode of Seinfeld "The Puffy Shirt."

    • (while dancing a mambo with Denny in the lead)
      Denny: Hey, you're a natural!
      Alan: Anything Denny Crane can do I can do backwards and wearing high heels...
      A reference to an observation many years ago by Gene Siskel about Ginger Rogers (who used to partner with Fred Astaire) being better than Astaire in that "She did everything Fred Astaire did and she did it backwards while wearing high heels". There is some truth to this observation, clearly, but it does ignore the vast array of Astaire solo numbers where he did steps she could not begin to duplicate.

    • It is suggested that Jerry has Asperger's Syndrome, which is a pervasive developmental disorder, distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), all of which demonstrate significant difficulties in social interaction and restricted, stereotyped patterns of behavior, activities and interests. However, Asperger's differs from other ASDs in its relative preservation of linguistic and cognitive development. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody (rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech), and physical clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.