Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 23

Race Ipsa

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2006 on ABC
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Race Ipsa
When Denny shoots his therapist in self-defense, the senior partners, fed up with his rogue behavior, begin to enact plans to remove him from the firm. Meanwhile, Alan enlists the help of Chelina in a racially-charged case involving a black man being arrested for being in a white neighborhood, and Brad asks Denise to teach him to be a better kisser.moreless

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  • Denny vs his therapist.

    Denny's story was just brilliant in this episode- I really loved it! The dialogue between him and his crazy ass therapist made me laugh so much! It was also fairly dramatic, particulary in the court room. The barmy, senile judge also made a welcome guest return! Really excellent tried case, especially seeing a deeper side to Denny's character- hes not really a gun person deep down, it seems.

    Chelina made a welcome return- her and Alan sizzle with chemistry. I wished they picked her up again, and kept her- shes also a good lawyer. Her closing was really touching, and the story of racial profiling very prolific today. Denise and Brad seem to have developped chemistry as well- their kissing scene leading to sex a sign of a future romance to come, perhaps.

    Overall, the Season continues to perform its perfect streak- need I say more?moreless
  • Peter McNicole what more should i say...

    Peter McNicole guest stars in this episode as Denny's crazy shrink, who asks Denny to shoot him or he will shoot Denny. So Denny does as he asks but gets arrested and Alan must defend him but when the Dr. holds the court room hostage it becomes clear why Denny did shoot him. Meanwhile Paul and Shirley get ready incase Denny is convicted because if he is then they will remove him from the firm!

    Alan also juggles a case about racial profiling and how a black man cannot be see in an all white neighbourhood. Overall i thought this was a great episode. It was fast passed and fun. Alan also finds out that Milissa wants to sleep with him... but the question is when. Another great episode only a few left now until the season final.moreless
  • Great story with lots of funny lines

    William Shatner continues to be funny as usual. Just the looks he makes in this episode had me rewinding the VCR.

    The quotes between Chelina and Alan were too funny to begin with, but I didn't get the "old footage" comment until after I read that this was a holdover from last season.

    I also have to admit that I was slightly concerned that Peter McNicol was guest starring in this episode. He already plays a character (the Buscuit of Ally McBeal) in this David Kelly universe (Boston Public/Ally McBeal/The Practice/Boston Legal) However, he was sufficiently disguised enough that it was acceptable. Though his throw away line near the end about his "brother is a lawyer" had me wondering...

    The only thing that could have made this better would have been to see more Candice Bergin. She could have easily defended Denny instead of Alan and it probably would not have made much of a difference.moreless
  • David Kelley picks up loose threads again, bringing back Chelina for a superb installment. And Kelley keeps his Alumns working by pulling in Peter McNichol from Ally McBeal as Denny\\\'s shrink.moreless

    After the show was pre-empted a couple weeks ago by the Ten Commandments I actually almost had a disconnect. I turned on the last Tom Selleck aka Ivan Tiggs show about half way through and was a little disappointed with it. It\\\'s funny how a tv movie preemption can show you that you can live without a show.

    But, I\\\'m glad they came out with this one when they did. Seeing Chelina again was just awesome. She was in two (I think) first season episodes, including the wonderful program where Alan went to Texas. So the fact that David Kelley pulled her back to the tv series was a welcome surprise. The actress was a co-star in the Oscar winning film Ray and had a small part in the hit Fantastic Four. So I hope we haven\\\'t seen the last of her. The case she worked on with Alan was decent especially in light of the profiling going on toward Arab Americans (and others too).

    The Story with Denny\\\'s therapist was okay a little too over the top. The nice thing about it was seeing Peter MacNichol back in the Kelley fold.

    The Story with Brad and Denise was also a little silly. But it was nice to give the two supporting players more screen time. There best work together this season though was in the episode where Brad chopped the Priests fingers off.

    Ultimately the Alan/Chelina chemistry and the usual Alan/Denny chemistry made the show memorable.

    A great return to form after a boring slow previous show.moreless
Peter MacNicol

Peter MacNicol

Dr. Sydney Field

Guest Star

Jason Blicker

Jason Blicker

A.D.A. Duncan Jones

Guest Star

Page Kennedy

Page Kennedy

Dennis Pryor

Guest Star

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Chelina Hall

Recurring Role

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Melissa Hughes

Recurring Role

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Judge Robert Sanders

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Peter MacNicol (Dr. Sydney Field) makes his second appearance in a David E. Kelley program.

      He previously acted in Ally McBeal as John Cage.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Denny: I'll take over from here.
      Alan: Don't you dare! And don't shoot anybody!
      Denny: Oh, please...

    • Denise: Tell me exactly what happened.
      Brad: I told you. I was on a date. It was a terrific date.
      Denise: With another woman? Where do you find all these women, anyway?
      Brad: I'm a lawyer. I was a marine. Just do the math. I'm the complete package.

    • Melissa: You and I are in a relationship, Alan. The fact that you don't realize it, doesn't give you license to be unfaithful.
      Alan: You're mad as a hatter.
      Melissa: When two people sleep together...
      Alan: That was a night terror thing.
      Melissa: I'm talking about the sex.
      Alan: What sex?
      Melissa: The sex you and I both know it's coming.

    • Denny: It's total self defense. After I threatened to kill him, the bastard threatened to kill me. It's not right...

    • Chelina: Alan, the last time we worked together I kissed you.
      Alan: Really? I've forgotten. You'll have to refresh me on that.

    • Alan: I couldn't help but overhear, which is so often the case when people shout...

    • Denny: Talk to me, Sidney. What are you thinking?
      Dr. Field: I think you're bored, Denny.
      Denny: Bored? How can I be bored? I'm Denny Crane. Even the sound of my name fascinates. More Sidney, more about me.

    • Dr. Field: I didn't shoot before Denny, but I will this time. I really will.
      Denny: Sydney, I did it once don't make me do it again.
      Dr. Field: With what?
      Denny: This! (takes out his gun and fires)
      Alan: You said you'd never so much as look at a gun again.
      Denny: I never said I wouldn't shoot one.

    • Denny: Canada, Japan, England. Any number of those pinko countries. I'd be in jail for shooting somebody.
      Alan: God bless America.

    • Brad: I was wondering if I could join you and Denny on the balcony sometime. Just trying to diversify my life with some male bonding and I was know.
      Alan: Brad, any gathering of three or more men always seems like a team to me and I've never been much of a team player so if you're going to show count me out. (pause. stare.) Was there something specific you'd like to talk about?
      Brad: Are you a good kisser?

    • Judge Paul Resnick: I've had enough of all this. Mr. Crane, you've had no excuse to be carrying a gun.
      Denny: 2nd Amendment. Founding Fathers. You probably knew them.

    • Melissa (about Chelina): Don't fall for her, Alan. She's just a guest star.

    • Chelina: God, the last time I saw you...
      Alan: I think it was a Sunday, then I was taken off the air, you went off to do movies and I got switched to Tuesdays and...
      Chelina: Here we are... with old footage.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: October 12, 2010 on JOJ

    • When Alan Shore first sees Chelina Hall, he quips that when he last saw her they were on Sunday nights, then they were canceled for a while an now they're on Tuesday nights. In reality, this is what happened to the show "Boston Legal" itself. It debuted on Sunday nights after "Desperate Housewives", but was put on hiatus when "Grey's Anatomy" proved to draw higher ratings in the same time slot. In Fall, it returned to Tuesday nights.

    • This episode was originally intended to air as episode 18 of Season 1. When the season was cut short due to the success of Grey's Anatomy, the last 5 episodes of the season were held back until Season 2. For unknown reasons, Race Ipsa wasn't aired at the beginning of the season but instead held until near the end of Season 2, with a completely reworked story to eliminate the old characters and integrate the new ones.


    • Dr. Field: Anytime he doesn't like what he hears, yes, it's Dirty Harry time.

      Dirty Harry is a 1971 crime film produced and directed by Don Siegel. It is the first film in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his role as San Francisco Police Department Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan.

    • Brad: I mean, a kiss is just a kiss, right? It's what the stupid song says.

      Brad is referring to the song As Time Goes By written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931, which was later sang by John Lennon with the name A Kiss is Just a Kiss (As Time Goes By).

    • In this episode's first dialogue between Alan and Chelina, they break character to alert the audience that they are using clips filmed during the first season and that since they last interacted (in the first season), Alan has changed nights (as Boston Legal did in season two) and Chelina (Kerry Washington) has started working in movies.

    • Episode Title:
      An allusion to the legal term "res ipsa loquitur" which means "the thing speaks for itself".

    • Denny: (about shooting his therapist) Thought he was a quail.
      This is a joking reference to Vice-President Dick Cheney, who made the news in an incident where he shot a friend while hunting for quail.