Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 8

The Ass Fat Jungle

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on ABC
8.9
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The Ass Fat Jungle
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Denise finds herself wanting to sue her own client when Boston's most celebrated plastic surgeon is under fire for unorthodox techniques. Shirley takes on a difficult case involving an Alzheimer's patient which touches her personally. Meanwhile, Alan and Denny fight their own demons as Alan asks his new secretary to protect him from night terrors and Denny undergoes an MRI.moreless

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  • Getting head's examined.

    10
    This was a lot darker than the previous episode, but it was also just as brilliant- showing how well Boston Legal combines the two.



    Shirley's plot and storyline was so dramatic and heart-rendering- the writing is simply brilliant, and excellently delivered. Finding out her father has alzeimers was also heart-rendering.



    The light humour provided by Denise's case was much needed, though slightly silly. It made me laugh how many weird clients this firm has.



    Alan's hiring of the new secretary got him into a little bit of trouble, but I loved his placid relationship with Melissa- the night terrors were another monumental piece of acting from Jame's Spader. It was also touching him going to the MRI with Denny as well, showing how they really do care for each other.



    Overall, another fantastic episode- this Season was the one that pulled out all the stops.moreless
  • Great episode mainly about Shirley.

    9.6
    This episode was mainyl about Shirley. In this episode she is forced to take advantage of a person with memory disease, but the whole thing hits a little too close to home for Shirely when we find out her father is a sufforer. Meanwhile Alan has seriously bad night terrors that put his life at risk. So much that he has to hire his pay some one to watch over him in bed. Meanwhile Denise defends a man who enjects ass fat into his patients. Overall this was a good episode. Really liked finding out a little more about Shirely. Anyway as always can't wait for the next episode.moreless
  • about Shirley

    9.1
    This episode let me know more about Shirley Schmidt. I have always thought that she is there to control the situation, as opposed to Paul who is a typical boss, Shirley is about right.



    However, this episode show the soft side as well as the human and weak side of her. She felt pain and guilty that she had to defend that "hit-and-run" boy and posting hostile questions to that tiny and humble but sharp old alzheimer lady in the court. She almost broke into tears. (and me too!!)



    At the end of the day, she visited her father in the hospital, and told the father, she had won a case today in the court, but not the best case she has ever wanted.



    As a viewer, you tend to judge her character and her decision to defend that boy. However, as a human, usually we fall into such trap, and at the end of the day, we will feel bad, and guilty and yes, that will be a black dot in your life, but yet, life still goes on!!moreless
  • Shirleys case to close for comfort.

    10
    Its hard to play a part that is so surreal for

    Shirely and her relationship with her Dad.

    Shore needs psychotic help, where is Tara when

    you need that girl. Thank you Denny Crane for regarding your mental issues. Denise is ok for a

    lawyer, but to be honest her two (2) associates steal the show when it comes to her introduction.
  • 2nd best episode of the season - real drama, subtle humor - just what Boston Legal is all about.

    9.1
    This probably was the least silly episode to date, as it dealt w/ Denny's potential alzheimer's in a courtcase brought by Candice Bergen. To see real emotion and real issues w/ these characters was a refreshing change of pace. We learned more about Shirley's character, and the relationship between Denny and Alan continues to become more odd, yet more endearing. Go figure. Julie Bowen also starred in a humorous, but not too over-the-top case about a doctor injecting his own ass fat in his client's faces. Overall, a more dramatic episode - and even the best comedy on T.V. needs to change it up once in a while.moreless
Alice Drummond

Alice Drummond

Lydia Tuffalo

Guest Star

Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Dr. Barry Glouberman

Guest Star

Stacy Edwards

Stacy Edwards

D.A. Chelios

Guest Star

Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

Melissa

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (8)

    • Alan: Denny... how would you feel about sleeping with me?

    • Denny: Night terrors?
      Alan: I haven't had them in years. Usually it's brought on by distress. Maybe it's my breakup with Tara.
      Denny: You jump off balconies?
      Alan: I could where I happen to be living. I see images of someone or something after me and in my sleep, I run. It's awful.
      Denny: Last week it was clowns.

    • Melissa: You're a really weird man, aren't you?
      Alan: Seems so.

    • Dr. Glouberman: I would never do anything to harm a patient. My fat, Denise, it's the good stuff.

    • Melissa: I will make sure you don't wig out and that's it.
      Alan: I'm not sure the term 'wig out' has legal teeth.
      Melissa: Mmh, but it is extremely xeroxable for all the partners' windshields.

    • Dr. Glouberman: She's a vicious, spiteful, treacherous pig. That's what she is.
      Denise: I'm not going to lead with that.

    • Denny: Because we're friends, I'm gonna tell you something that nobody else knows. I'm homophobic.
      Alan (ironic): I'm stunned.

    • Denny: Thank you, Alan, for coming with me [to be tested for Alzheimers].
      Alan: I think friends should always encourage friends to get their heads examined.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • The song that played near the end of the episode, Someone to Watch Over Me, was written by George Gershwin with lyrics by his brother Ira Gershwin. It was written for the 1926 musical Oh, Kay.

    • The novel Alan is reading in bed, Oroonoko (1688) by Aphra Behn, is one of the first prose narratives in English literature. The plot concerns a love triangle among the grandson of an African king, the daughter of the top general and the king himself. Oroonoko, the grandson, is captured and forced into slavery in Surinam. Imoinda, the daughter, rejects the king and is sold into slavery. Oroonoko foments a slave rebellion in Surinam. The novel was considered to be an anti-slavery work at the time. Current views of the novel are more complicated, but the book is one of the earliest to portray African characters in a positive light. Aphra Behn was one of the earliest professional women English writers.

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