Boston Legal

Season 5 Episode 7

Mad Cows

1
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2008 on ABC
8.4
out of 10
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113 votes
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Alan goes up against Denise Bauer and the USDA when he represents a cattle rancher who is suing the government for not allowing her to test all her livestock for Mad Cow disease. Meanwhile he and Denny argue over the upcoming presidential election, and Jerry goes before the senior partners, including Paul Lewiston, who are reviewing his application for partnership.moreless

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  • A Very Special Episode about The Issues.

    7.0
    Oh remember how they just dropped the character of Denise a few seasons ago without ever mentioning her again? Well at least now they had the decency to wrap it all up! We finally know why she quit the firm and what Brad is doing these days. Oh wait we don't! All we know is that he's "traveling" for some bizarre reason (wasn't he working for the DA's office now?). Nice to see you Denise, your cameo just goes to show how much the writers of this show care about character development, continuity and having a character-based plot that's going somewhere.



    Paul made a cameo as well. Honestly speaking, this show never treated Auberjonois with the respect he deserved. During the time he was a regular, he only got ONE court scene and they cut it before he even said a word.



    I realized why this is the last season: The election's are over, nothing to preach about anymore.moreless
  • Politically motivated claptrap

    1.0
    Boston Legal is usually one of my favourite shows. I normally enjoy their up-to-date issues and occasional political biases. However, this episode was nothing more than a 40 minute campaign ad for Obama. I am a UK resident and if I were able to vote in the US election I would have voted for McCain. My political leanings, however, are irrelevant in this case. The argument between Alan and Denny is unfair to say the least. Alan shouts louder and does not give Denny a chance to voice his opinion. Also Denny's reasons for voting McCain at the beginning of the episode are ridiculous to say the least and make McCain supporters look foolish at best. Whilst it may be argued that this answer is typical Denny, the end of the episode is completely out of character. This is nothing more than a high budget below the belt shot at McCain. I wouldn't be at all surprised if this episode was funded by the Obama campaign.

    I really and truly think that the purpose of this episode was to influence voters. TV shows should be here for entertainment purposes only and whilst it does make for great entertainment to use contemporary issues in the show - using the show as a blatant political forum is unacceptable at best.moreless
  • Politically motivated Sh!t!!

    1.0
    I love Boston Legal, I watch it religiously but this wasn't an episode of Boston Legal, It was 40 minutes of McCain bashing the night before the elections!! As a UK resident who can't vote in the US elections but would have voted for Obama given the choice, this was an episode dedicated to swing votes in Obamas favour and the writers have embarressed themselves with this. I'm considering selling my boxsets on Ebay and washing my hands of Boston legal forever after this outrage. i'm just upset that the lowest score i can give is 1 and not a zero because this episodes and the writers aren't worth a single point more. i'm not even going to comment on what happened because all that did happen was political bias. Terrible episode and terrible writing. you dont need to wonder who the writers voted for in the election, they made it clear in 40 minutes. Did Obama donate to or direct this episode? it might as well have been a promotional video for Obama!!moreless
  • Valerie Bertinelli is a cattle rancher that wants to test all of her cows for Mad Cow. Alan represents her as plaintiff against the FDA and Denise Bower (Julie Bowen). Kate gets called before the partners to discuss Jerry's impending partnership.moreless

    8.5
    Improvement over last week but we still have cattle to contend with. Sorry! :) The FDA has ruled that this rancher can't test her cows because then it makes it look like other ranchers meat is dangerous even though she accepts the cost herself? The complaint becomes secondary when Bower and Shore spend all of their time sparring back and forth and Denny is infatuated with Valerie. Let's face it you know how this works out and even though Alan wins he doesn't if you know what I mean.



    Denny and Alan go all paint ball on each other over the politics of the election that is coming up. Shirley is lucky and misses all of this as she is voting in her secondary residence Colorado.



    Kate played brilliantly by Tara Summers is called in as a reference for Jerry on his partnership appointment. When it becomes clear that there is a good ole boys club at the top many words are spoken and she does an excellent job with the scene. Jerry does make it after a little theatrics later, but the highlight of the episode was Kate and her part in the process.



    The episode ends with it showing everyone doing there civic obligation of voting etc... Kate gets this episode an 8.5. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Polotics and ermm more polotics, mixed with tears of joy.

    10
    As a Brit who doesn't exactly understand the whole American way of polotics, I might be forgiven for writing many words about how dull and boring this episode was, thankfully that was not the case. I was lucky enough to be able to pause the episode after the paint gun fight.. tears running down my face, stomach aching with laughter no way could I just continue watching. RE Jerry Esp.. no spoilder here.. just have the tissues handy, any chance of a spin off of B.L. featuring Jerry and Alan??? This was one of the best ever for me.moreless
Julie Bowen

Julie Bowen

Denise Bower

Guest Star

Ned Vaughn

Ned Vaughn

U.S.D.A. Rep Joel Beavis

Guest Star

Jim Jansen

Jim Jansen

Marshall Kennedy

Guest Star

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

Recurring Role

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Recurring Role

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