Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 11

Schmidt Happens

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 09, 2005 on ABC
8.9
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Schmidt Happens
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A Sudanese native wants to sue the U.S. government for the lack of action taken against the mayhem happening in his country and Paul looks to Lori to take the case. Founding partner Shirley Schmidt arrives with a mission to bring order to the firm. While making herself known, she has to deal with Denny who does not want her there, help with Lori's extremely high profile case, and learns that she has to keep her eye on Alan. Alan ends up defending a man who killed his mother in a fit of rage but by accident.moreless

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  • Perfect apart from the nonsense from the judge...

    8.5
    Okay- positives first: the episode was brilliant on its face. Alan's case was amusing, and his one one liners cracked me up. I liked the little Bernie character, and I thought the storyline was well played out.



    Schmit was also a good addition. I thought she bonded well with both Lori and Paul, whilst clashing with Denny worked well. Her and Alan also seems good- she doesn't seem to be rattled by him. The case involving the Sudanese man was also heart-rendering- very well acted indeed. This combinded with the balcony scene at the end of the episode made it fantastic. However, the judges verdict on America being "the only country who gives a damn" is shocking nonsense that I don't expect from this programme. If theres one thing I hate about that type of American attitude, its the arrogance. It may have escaped their notice, but Britian also is in Iraq, and Afganistan, and other countries, including us and Spain, have helped out in the war against terror. This was a shocking enditement of that.



    Fortunately, this seems to be the only time that this type of arrogance has been permitted in the show. If it was constant, this episode would have got a much lower review, and I would have stopped watching the Series.moreless
Fiona Hale

Fiona Hale

Della Ferrion

Guest Star

Gregory Alan Williams

Gregory Alan Williams

John Zenawi

Guest Star

Thom Gossom Jr.

Thom Gossom Jr.

Judge Blake Winters

Guest Star

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

Bernard Ferrion

Recurring Role

Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

Paul Lewiston

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: The judge in one of the trials is named "O'Keefe", however the nameplate on the judge's bench in court is spelled "O'Keffe" incorrectly. The cast listing spells the judge's name properly.

    • In the scene where the mother is shown apparently dead on the floor, Alan checks her pulse with his thumb. A pulse can never be checked in this way because a thumb itself contains a pulse.

    • Shore gets Bernard's arraignment thrown out because he says the mother's statement was hearsay, but hearsay only applies to a trial. The judge shouldn't have heard hearsay objections during arraignment.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (7)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Sally has a run-in with Schmidt, Tara says 'Dibs on her office'. This is an in-joke, referencing another David E. Kelley series, L.A. Law, in which Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) uses the same line in both the first and last episodes, first about Norman Cheney and then Leland McKenzie.

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