Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 8

Loose Lips

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 28, 2004 on ABC
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Loose Lips
After Denny rejects the case for personal reasons, Alan defends a man who was fired from being Santa because he is a transvestite. Brad and Alan make a bet towards Alan's case. Lori's therapist is worried that one of his patients may or may not kill someone and asks her for legal help. Backed into a dilemma, Lori goes to extreme measures to help her therapist, but she soon discovers the consequences are more than what she bargained for.moreless

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  • Ho-mo-sexual- those three little words...

    This episode was both thought provoking and humourous, pefectly balancing the two.

    The whole cross-dressing santa was brilliantly weird, yet also strangely touching as well. The humour in it was brilliant, from Denny calling him a sicko, to Alan's run in with the judge, and Alan and Brad (who's been strangely quiet in recent episodes) bet on the case. It was also interesting to see him rant to Lori.

    Rev Sharptons performance was just as good as in episode one- especially as it won the case.

    Lori's storyline was so much better than the previous episode- it was a brilliantly written twist that the husband ends up the one being killed. My only slight niggle was that the cliffhanger was never picked up again...a little flaw that unfortunately plagues BL from time to time.

    Overall, however, this was an excellent example of the shows brilliant blend of hard-hitting drama and whimsical comedy.moreless
  • Santas and Ranters...and a little Rev. Sharpton.

    This was the first full episode of Boston Legal I watched. Three seasons in, it's one of my favorites. The strength of this episode definitely hooked me.

    There is whimsy and heart in each episode, this episode found them both...and it created a nice side case (B. Story) that was full of ethical dilemas for those of us seeking tougher drama than crossdressing gay Santa Clauses.

    What this episode did better than many others was start to find and re-inforce the character rolls. The Brad versus Alan dichotomy plays very well.

    We get to delve a little deeper in the Paul as patriarch pattern (forgive the alliteration.)

    Denny is mostly not in this one, as are Tara and Sally. But there's plenty of Alan to go around as he works hard on a case that keeps slipping through his fingers. He eventually turns to a certain Civil Rights leader who puts in his second "cameo."

    I don't suppose I'm doing a very good job of explaining, but this episode was fun (Ho-Mo-Sexual-There's those three words again), serious, and thought provoking. If all television shows could find a way to mix those three concepts, it would be a better world.moreless
Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton


Guest Star

Debbie Lee Carrington

Debbie Lee Carrington


Guest Star

Jim O'Heir

Jim O'Heir

Gil Furnald

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Alan (about Gil): He's played Santa for eight years without incident. In fact, he's received glowing praise from both parents and employers.
      Judge: Would you sit in his lap?
      Alan: Sure. Why not?
      (Alan goes and sits on Gil's lap)
      Alan: And he hasn't gone homo erectus on me if that was your fear.

    • Tara: Do you have a thing... for little women?
      Alan: I have a thing for women. You've never fallen for someone shorter than you?
      Tara: Well, I believe I'm involved with one now.
      (Alan stands next to Tara, comparing their height)
      Alan: Either you're mistaken, or I'm jealous.

    • Gil Furnald: I just like wearing women's clothes sometimes. It's not a sexual turn-on, it just feels right sometimes.
      Denny: So, basically you're a sicko.
      Gil Furnald: I'm not sick.
      Denny: Lighten up, man. So what, you got caught in a skirt? That was it?
      Gil Furnald: My employer found out, and, yes, I got fired. They asked me a lot of questions, like whether I'm gay.
      Denny: Are you? Not that there's anything wrong with it.

    • Alan: What's your specialty?
      Dr. Konigsberg: Couples' counseling. I first saw the client and his wife together. Since the divorce I've been working with him alone.
      Alan: So they came to you to improve their relationship, and now one wants to kill the other. Not your best work, was it, doctor?

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Denny asks the cross-dressing Santa if said Santa is gay he immediately follows it up with "Not that there's anything wrong with that". This is a reference to a Seinfeld episode entitled The Outing, during which Denny's statement was said many times.