Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 18

Shock and Owww!

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 2006 on ABC
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Shock and Owww!
Shirley covertly asks Alan for help when nude photographs of her surface for auction. Paul sends Brad in undercover when he suspects his daughter is once again using drugs, and Denny is inspired by a case involving self-defense electrocution.

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  • With Alan and Denny at their best, Paul finally getting the storyline he deserves, and Brad at the top of his unorthodox brilliance, this episode is more than worth the while.moreless

    Boston Legal is a show that gains its strength from the extraordinary characters of Denny Crane and Alan Shore, and both showed their full potential as both attorneys and comedians yet again here. While it is almost painful to watch the lengths Denny will go to in order to defend his beliefs (which I couldn't help but perceive as more his own than his client's at first), I stand in true awe - or, more truthful to the episode title, Owww) - at the fact that he actually achieves his goal once more. We all know by now that A.D.A. Ginsberg hardly stands a chance against the attorneys at Crane, Poole and Schmidt, but ending a trial before it even has had a chance to begin is new, even for Denny. Especially Denny's enthusiasm when he first learns about the case and his newfound way of mentioning his name by writing it on a pad and showing it to Ginsberg in the courtroom are fine examples of why Denny never gets boring.

    Alan has, once again, proved why he's the one to be trusted when it comes to finding creative methods of settlement. Finding Shirley with a truly personal problem, he doesn't hesitate to help without losing his quick wit towards her. The fact that he buys the nude photographs she was afraid of exposing to the public is as uniquely a part of who Alan is as can be. Seeing Shirley in a situation as delicate as this one also helps adding to her character and shows that, brilliant as she may be, she can still have flaws without losing her dignity.

    Last but not least, my personal favourite: Paul finally gets a storyline that is entirely his, and René Auberjonois more than fulfills the expectations. It is hardly a surprise that Paul's daughter is still, or again, abusing drugs, and Paul's misery is more than understandable. Throughout the episode remains a vague hope that Paul's suspicion might be wrong, which unfortunately turns out to be not more than an optimistic dream - watching Paul finding Rachel's drugs is more than painful. Brad is nicely involved in this part of the episode, and Mark Valley's performance when Brad dresses up as a drug addict is absolutely fantastic. I hope to see much more of Brad's creative methods in the future. His ethics may seem different from Alan Shore's, but seeing as they both never hesitate to do anything to protect others, their mutual dislike of each other may be based on their alikeness more than their differences sometimes.

    All this leaves us with a wonderful episode of Boston Legal that evokes curiosity about the future conflicts and cases at Boston's most famous law firm. All actors are brilliant in this episode, especially the male ones. I give "Shock and Owww!" a 9.5 rating, to leave some space for future brillancy, which without a doubt is to be expected.moreless
  • The Return of Denny Crane

    The simple fact of Denny trying a case gives me enough reason to give this a ten.

    From the beginning to the end, the episode is just brilliant! Denny "creating his own reality" was very funny, and proves he can still prove the doubters wrong. He may not be as good as he once was, but he nevertheless can still compete with the best of them. The scene with the guy who electrocuted the robber was amusing in a warped way, as well as Denny and Denises reactions to them.

    The balcony scene at the end was also brilliant and touching, as we realise Denny took the case as a distraction from the loss of Bev.

    Alan helping Shirely with her nude pictures was also entertaining, especially as he buys them all to win the case! A very entertaining way to win what seemed to be an impossible one!

    Meanwhile, Paul's scenes with his daughter continue to be dramatic, and I did like Brads interaction with her as well- there is a lot of chemistry there.

    Overall, Boston Legal continues to impress with such a broad range of dramatic and funny stories. How I miss the Series.moreless
  • Paul was right...

    In this episode Paul begins to wonder if his daugher is really as clean as she says she is, when he begins to suspect that she still may be taking drugs. He is correct and he threatens her by saying you will not look after my grandaughter when you are on drugs.

    Meanwhile Alan tries to get back some nude photos of Shirley when she was only 18. And finally Denny defends a man who killed an robber by elerocuting them. So overall i think this was a very good episode. I knew Paul's daughter was on drugs still. Anyway Brad gave a good attempt to work undercover anyway. So overall i really liked the episode.moreless
  • The return of Denny Crane

    Overall a very well executed episode, Denny returns to take the case of a man who electrocuted an intruder whilst Paul investigates his daughter through Brad.

    What particularly intrigued me for this episode is the seemingly accurate portrayal of the legal system. When Denny paints his client as an "American Homeowner" you can't help but feel uncomfortable as this is perhaps a painful truth. The clients with the big name firms win and cases are more and more often fought in the media.

    On a more darker side there was also some powerful character development with the revelation of Pauls daughter's drug addiction and the audience catches a very brief glimps of a not so fast talking Brad.moreless
  • Denny bounces back, Alan and Shirley find common ground and Paul sadly finds out he's right.

    I was worried Denny might become morbid after the end of his marriage and so it was good they got that out of the way right off by having Denny throw himself into the vigilante case. The way he used the media was brilliant and it was nice to see the DA trying to match him but coming up short. I hope they bring that judge back as it was great to see her point out how unethical both were but "Denny was better at it."

    Spader was in fine comic form with his reaction to Shirley's photos. It was good to see more of Shirley's past coming up and the obvious guilt she feels over that past affair. It also showed once more the honorable side of Alan he kept hidden as Shirley herself noted how she knew he'd keep his word on keeping the photos sealed.

    And then there's Paul. Just as Shatner is finally escaping the shadow of Captain Kirk as Denny, Rene Abuerjenos is making you forget about DS9's Odo. After spending so long as the exasparated foil of Denny and Alan, it's great to see Paul get a juicy plot of his own. I was really hoping his daughter had pulled herself together and it was convincing. He was great in the scene where Brad told him it seemed real, so hopeful and even proud. And then that vanishes when he realizes she was pulling her scams again. Their confrontation was highly charged and I look forward to how it comes to a head next week.

    So an episode that ranges all over from high humor to dark drama and with a great end scene of Alan, Denny and more nude photos of Shirley. A good time for all.moreless
Jayne Brook

Jayne Brook

Rachel Lewiston

Guest Star

Daniel Roebuck

Daniel Roebuck

Russell Blayney

Guest Star

Fran Bennett

Fran Bennett

Judge Diane Avent

Guest Star

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Attorney: You make a legitimate argument, Mr. Shore.
      Alan: Not my favorite kind, but I'm glad to play for that team when necessary.

    • Shirley: What have you got?
      Alan: The 26th Amendment. Karl Hauser was taking naked pictures of me, not denying me the vote.
      Alan: The 26th Amendment, which not only extended the right to vote to 18 year olds, but also persuaded the states to grant them status as adults, was ratified in 1971. The photos were taken in 1966. Which, by the way, is my new favorite year.
      Shirey: And now mine as well.

    • Shirley: Marguerite, I'm sorry, but your husband was an adult. A famous man of the world. And I was an immature kid who did not understand the document she was signing. There was no meeting of the minds here. So this contract, I'm afraid, is not binding.
      Marguerite: As I recall, was not your minds that met.

    • Paul: I believe Rachel's using again. She's back on crystal meth.
      Shirley: What proof do you have?
      Paul: We were supposed to meet at 8:00... coffee shop near her apartment. She showed up 20 minutes late with Fiona in tow. Was harried, disorganized. She couldn't find her keys.
      Shirley: Paul, you have just described every single working mother in America.

    • Alan: How many pictures are we talking about?
      Shirley: I think there were 15, maybe 20...
      Alan: That's not so many.
      Shirlety: ...rolls of film that he used.
      Alan: I am so glad I came into work today.

    • Alan: Denny, you must go to work. It's hump day, your favorite day.
      Denny: I don't have a favorite anything anymore.
      Alan: Listen, I understand the need to retreat into oneself after a failed love affair, but you haven't gone to work in three days. You've been in that bed for two. You're drinking... scotch at 9 in the morning. And most disturbingly, you're watching "The View".

    • Denise: I wonder what he's gonna put on the table.
      Denny: No jail time.
      Denise: How can you be so sure?
      Denny: Years of experience... And he called half an hour ago.

    • Paul: Looks like Denny is being Denny.
      Denise: He's creating the reality.
      Paul: I doubt many people would want to live in Denny's reality.

    • Denny: I realized the truth about myself. I just love... power!

    • Shirley: He told me I was very pretty, and, I did some modeling for him.
      Alan: Please tell me this is going where I think it's going
      Shirley: Yeah, it is. Carl took some very tasteful black and white nudes of me.
      Alan: I'm so disappointed in you Shirley. Tasteful?

    • Denny: Well. Are the rumors true? You have naked photos of Shirley? Awww, come on! What's the big deal? I've had naked photos of Shirley for years. (pulls out a stack of pictures to show Alan)
      Alan: Denny? She's asleep in all of these.
      Denny: (Denny hands him another photo) Here's one where she woke up. Have you ever seen a beautiful naked woman look that angry?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: October 7, 2010 on JOJ

    • In this episode, it is shown on a plaque in one of the music cut-scenes, 'Thanking Dennis Crane,' most likely meaning that Dennis is his real first name. (meaning Denny is an abbrevation or nickname)


    • Alan: And most disturbingly, you're watching "The View".
      The View is an Emmy Award-winning American talk show on ABC. It features a panel of women as co-hosts: Whoopi Goldberg moderates discussions and is joined by Joy Behar, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Sherri Shepherd and Barbara Walters, who also serves as the show's co-executive producer.